Question: Hello. My father and I disagree: I thought Kristy McNichol was just in movies until Empty Nest, but he seems to think she was in a television series prior to that. Is that true? If so, what was the name? Thank you for your help. Holly
Sorry, Holly, but the sentiment holds true in this case: Father knows best. Teen superstar Kristy McNichol made her first splash as a nationally known celeb playing 13-year-old Letitia "Buddy" Lawrence on ABC's groundbreaking Family in March 1976. And her tale resembles that of other child stars stardom without a real-life perspective was a tough way to grow up.
What's the secret behind Angie Harmon's happy marriage to New York Giants cornerback Jason Sehorn? Apparently, unemployment. The Law & Order alumna who quit the NBC drama at the end of last season to pursue film work confesses to TV Guide Online that she's growing increasingly fond of her new domesticated lifestyle.
"It's the first time that my husband actually has to leave the house before I do," she enthuses. "He's leaving at 6:15 in the morning and I'm like, 'Buh-bye!' And when he comes home I get to cook for him. I've had a blast I'm loving it."
In fact, the 29-year-old ex-Baywatch
babe is relishing her gig as homemaker so
much that she's tempted to take early retirement. Natch, she's kidding or so Hollywood better hope. Asked when she plans to start pounding the pavement again, Harmon winks: "Probably in like 10 or 15 years.
"I'm at a really good pl
Question: I asked this two weeks ago and still have seen nothing in your column. Could you please tell us (my government class) how each character's role corresponds to his or her counterpart in the real White House? We know C.J. is the press secretary, Leo is Chief of Staff and Charlie is the president's aide. The roles of Josh, Toby and Sam are not remembered. We know TV Guide printed the comparisons in an issue, but cannot find it. Could you please tell us their roles? I will check your column again on Tuesday. Thanking you in advance. Evelyn T.
Televisionary: Jeez, Evelyn you've waited a whole two weeks and you're already getting all huffy and demanding on me? I'll assume you're the teacher of that class and not a student, then. I've got months-old questions still waiting for a column slot, but since I still feel guilty for vexing my own instructors with woeful academic performance all those years ago, I'll try to make up for it in some small w
Question: Greetings! I have rather vague but persistent memories of a TV series based on the evil Chinese doctor Fu Manchu (I think he was a doctor) that aired in the late '50s. I grew up in the NYC area and perhaps it was more of a local show. Any help? Thanks. Richard H., Costa Mesa, Calif.
Televisionary: It wasn't a local show, Richard, but it was syndicated so it's tough to say exactly where it aired around the country. I can tell you, however, that 39 episodes of The Adventures of Fu Manchu were produced from 1955-56, starring Glen Gordon as the nefarious doctor. (Yep, he had his degree, though for all I know it might've been one of those honorary certificates you get when you're famous and speak at graduation. Or perhaps he had to defend his thesis on poisoning the masses or something?)
Based on the characters created by writer Sax Rohmer
, Fu Manchu
revolved around the brilliant scientist and those who thwarted his no-good schemes
Question: Could you please tell me what year and network Get Christie Love was on and who was its star? How long did it last on television? Thanks! Lisette
Televisionary: Get Christie Love, which sought to play off the renown of such tough blaxploitation cookies as Cleopatra Jones and the legendary Pam Grier's Coffy, debuted on ABC in September 1974, starring former Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In bikini girl Teresa Graves as the titular undercover cop.
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On CBS's Wolf Lake debuting Wednesday at 10 pm/ET Lou Diamond Phillips plays a lovelorn lawman out to get his woman (Mia Kirschner). The catch? Things get hairy when he tracks her to a secretive, werewolf-inhabited town.
"The puns are going to fly fast and furious on this show," Phillips laughs, adding of his role: "It gives me more to sink my teeth into. I get a girlfriend, which is always welcome news to me except that I keep losing them, you know? You get to work with Meg Ryan, and shoot her." (He co-starred with Ryan in 1996's Courage Under Fire.)
Setside, Phillips has a more pressing concern than charming the ladies. He's got to keep diplomatic relations with his lupine co-stars, who he says are trained "
As so many comedians today insist on pushing the envelope by developing new approaches to old material, we at TV Guide Online find it refreshing, nay laudable, that at least one humorist has the chutzpah to keep telling tried-and-true knee-slappers in traditional fashion. Why, not since the heyday of vaudeville has there flourished a funnyman with the familiar timing and eager-to-please stage presence of the stand-up guy we readily leap to our feet to salute. For that matter, with the possible exception of Bruce Vilanch, there's never been an entertainer hairier than our honoree, either. So, with the 25th anniversary of The Muppet Show rapidly approaching, please join us in giving credit where it is due, to the groundbreaking variety program's preservationist huckster Fozzie Bear. Even now, his classic act never fails to leave us laughing.
Simian aficionados are dying to know: When Planet of the Apes auteur Tim Burton said he wouldn't direct a sequel, was that really his final word? Not according to actor Tim Roth, who played shady General Thade.
"I think that depends on how he's feeling from day to day," Roth tells TV Guide Online with a grin. "You have to remember [Burton had wrapped] production and he was still cutting the film when he got on the plane to Tokyo to start doing press. He has not had a moment to himself!
"So when people talk to him about a sequel," the Apes star guesses, "the idea of that probably makes him scream. But maybe down the line. If he wanted me to come back and do one with him, I'd do it in a second. I loved playing [Thade] I think he's fascinating."
Since many of the recording artists who populate MTV are known as much for their off-stage misadventures as their on-screen triumphs, it's fitting that the Video Music Awards are eagerly anticipated not because they give props to creative innovation (although that's nice, too), but because they shine a spotlight on a crowd of hipsters that never fails to shock. Someone always
either acts up, falls down or, against all odds, truly moves the audience. Or, in the case of this year's 18th annual ceremony, broadcast live from Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera House last night, all three possibilities came to pass. Here are the highlights and, okay, the low points, too:
The opening monologue: After performing a medley of hits in incongruous classical-music style somewhere, Adam Sandler, the original Opera Man, surely was phoning his lawyers emcee Jamie Foxx (a surprisingly passable vocalist) launched into an energetic ramble that was raunchier th
Though moviegoers saw a nude Mena Suvari strewn with rose petals in American Beauty, the starlet isn't eager to flash the flower of her nubile youth just anywhere! Clichéd though it sounds, she bared all for art's sake alone.
"It wasn't this gratuitous sex shot," Suvari tells TV Guide Online. "But I'm not keen on doing it again. I always said before American Beauty that I was never going to do anything like that. I don't know, maybe I'm kind of shy.
"With [that film], it was just an exception at the time," she continues. "[Director] Sam Mendes had me fly down to L.A. just to meet with him in person, so he could tell me how he was going to do the scene. That was really comforting and really important. I thought, 'Hey, maybe it won't be that bad.' I knew it was going to be done in good taste."
Clearly, tastefulness is a key issue for Suv