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Question: I used to watch ...

Question: I used to watch reruns of Early Edition with Kyle Chandler. I remember there used to be this character named Chuck and I was wondering what happened to him. Could you tell me why he wasn't on the show after a while? — Jill, Iowa City, Iowa

Televisionary: Sure thing. Chuck (Fisher Stevens) left the CBS series to be a big Hollywood producer in 1998. He came back, penniless, a few months later, just in time for Gary (Chandler) to save him from disaster before it could happen. So Chuck gave the entertainment biz another shot and ended up producing a string of cheerleader movies.

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Question: I seem to remember ...

Question: I seem to remember watching a TV series very similar to Starship Troopers, with space-like troops being deployed onto a planet. The aliens were more human-like than bugs, though. Did such a series exist? — Rob

Televisionary: Uh, Rob? Your memory's such that you're afraid you might've imagined stuff from eight years ago? You must've had yourself a blast in the go-go '90s.

Anyway, you're thinking of Fox's Space: Above and Beyond, which ran from September 1995 through the following June. A mish-mash of sci-fi conceits from movies that had gone before (the space marines from Aliens and Starship Troopers, an orphaned soldier whose parents were killed by Blade Runner-esque, rebellious androids, etc.), it focused on the Wild Cards, a Marine unit fighting alien enemies known as Chigs.

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Rapper DMX was arrested Saturday by authorities on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts for using profanity during a concert the night before. (Using cuss words on stage is a big no-no there.) The 32-year-old — whose real name is Earl Simmons — was released after posting $376 bail. read more


Ex-Disney Channel fixture Hilary Duff is getting back in business with Mickey Mouse. The Lizzie McGuire star has signed a deal with Disney to release a solo album. Titled Metamorphosis, the CD is due out Aug. 26. read more


Six Feet Under star Rachel Griffiths (Brenda) and her hubby, artist Andrew Taylor, are expecting their first child, Access Hollywood reports. The Aussie couple married last New Year's Eve. There's no word if the pregnancy will be written into SFU, but given what a raging nympho Brenda is, it would hardly be a stretch. read more


After six years of struggling ratings, Port Charles has been cancelled. The General Hospital spinoff's half-hour format "posed significant financial challenges," said Brian Frons, ABC's newly appointed daytime president. "This was an extremely difficult decision." Since its 1997 kickoff, PC has searched for its niche, ultimately adopting the Latin telenovela style of short-term story arcs, and even introducing gothic plotlines ripped off from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Still, the news is surprising, since PC was nominated for best show at this year's Daytime Emmys — for the first time in the soap's entire run. PC's final airdate is Oct. 3. For more, read Soaps News. read more


Carson Daly is licking his wounds today after being royally roasted at Saturday night's inaugural MTV Bash. Among the celebs who were on hand to skewer the TRL/Last Call host: Madonna, Britney Spears, P. Diddy and Andy Dick. Daly's romantic escapades proved a popular topic for ridicule. Ex-girlfriend Jennifer Love Hewitt read aloud a love letter he supposedly wrote her, and Daly was visited by a "drunk" woman impersonating former fiancée Tara Reid. MTV Bash airs July 13 at 9 pm/ET. read more


David Letterman has quit using guest hosts on The Late Show's Friday episodes. Word is, Dave had wanted extra leisure time this summer, but Jay Leno's increasing ratings lead has him nervous. So far, Tom Arnold, Kelsey Grammer, Tom Green and Jimmy Fallon have subbed for the late-night comic. read more

Katharine Hepburn: A Tribute

Katharine Hepburn made the world safe for women in pants. Not pig-tailed farm girls or slinky vixens of ambiguous sexual proclivities, like her movie-star sister-in-slacks Marlene Dietrich, but offhandedly stylish, forthright women who held their heads high and strode through life to the beat of their own hearts. With her tall, angular figure, clipped speech patterns and candid but understated sexiness, Hepburn didn't fit the female stereotypes — vamp, flapper, tough-talking dame, simpering ingenue — that were popular when she began her career. She never tried to change herself to fit the fashions or fads of the day, and she's now one of the classic stars whose performances look consistently modern and unselfconscious.

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Legendary actress Katharine Hepburn, who won a record four best actress Oscars during her remarkable half-century long career, died Sunday at her home in Connecticut. She was 96. The cause of death was "simply complications from old age," her brother-in-law, Ellsworth Grant, told Reuters. Known as the first lady of American cinema, Hepburn picked up her first Academy Award in 1933 for Morning Glory; she also won for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Lion in Winter and On Golden Pond. Her last film was the 1994 remake of Love Affair, starring Warren Beatty and Annette Bening read more

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