Question: Did Steve Burns, of Blue's Clues fame, quit the show? Someone told me he wanted out of the series. I see him as the Captain Kangaroo for today's kids. If there is a contract dispute. tell Nick to give the man a raise! Looking forward to new episodes! Dennis, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Televisionary: Unfortunately, Dennis, you heard correctly and believe it or not for once it's not about money. You may see the beloved Burns as today's Captain, but he sure as heck doesn't. Matter of fact, that was part of the problem.
"I really didn't want to become Krusty the Clown in front of the nation," Burns
Question: I hope you can answer this: Who played Nick on The Big Valley? It is killing me and my co-workers! We know that Barbara Stanwick was the mother and Linda Evans was Audra. Lee Majors was Heath and Richard Long was Jarrod. I can picture the Nick character always in black, wearing two guns, with wavy hair and striking good looks. But who is he? Thanks. Judy
Televisionary: Now just you and your co-workers hang on a minute there, Judy. If everyone who wrote in was as well-informed as you, ticking off names of cast members and all, I'd be out of job. But praise be to whoever kept the face behind Nick Barkley out of your noggin, since you still need the ol' Televisionary to ease your troubled mind.
The man's name is Peter Breck and he is, to my mind, one of the more interesting fellas to sit down with a TV Guide reporter since, to hear his tales, there's not a whole lot of difference between him and his in-you
Question: Hi. I remember a TV show from my childhood with two women who lived in a trailer near Hollywood. They worked as extras in films and tried to break into movies. I think one was a war widow with a young daughter. I believe Virginia Gibson was in it and it was called So This is Hollywood. Can you tell me if I'm remembering correctly? And do you have any more info on this show? Thanks. Carol from NJ
Televisionary: Why, you've done most of the work for me, Carol, but I'll add what I can. So This is Hollywood was a sitcom that ran on NBC from January 1955 to August of the same year.
One of the stars was indeed Ms. Gibson, whose extra/actress wannabe character Kim Tracy roomed with stunt woman Queenie Dugan (Mitzi Green). Queenie was already over the star game herself, but devoted a chunk of her time to figuring out ways to help Kim break in. Also on the series were Jimmy Lydon as Andy Boone, Kim's agent, and Gordon Jone
Haven't gotten your fill of fame whores just by watching reality TV? Well then, why not tote the latest Jackie Collins novel, Hollywood Wives, The New Generation, down to the beach this summer? As always, the bestselling author says her fiction is based on real dreamers who've fallen prey to their own celebrity-fueled fantasies.
"I write about people who have nothing and want everything," Collins says. "You take a beautiful young girl: She wins the local beauty contest. She thinks, 'Why can't I be a star? I see Renée Zellweger I'm prettier than her. Why can't I go to Hollywood and meet Jim Carrey? Why can't I meet George Clooney?' They come here and what happens is, an attractive older woman will come up to them and say, 'Do you want to sleep with movie stars? Because I can arrange that.' And that's how some of them become hookers. They're being paid to sleep with this guy that they worshipped."
Even if Collins wo
If you were one of the millions of moviegoers who experienced Steven Spielberg's mind-blowing morality tale A.I.: Artificial Intelligence over the weekend, then you no doubt have a whole new appreciation for stuffed plush thanks to Teddy the bear, Haley Joel Osment's heroic, heartwarming supertoy. Luckily, audiences' love affair with the raspy-voiced plaything won't have to end when the credits roll: Tiger Electronics the company behind Furby is hoping to have Teddy dolls on store shelves by late July.
Four versions of Teddy will range in size (four to 15 inches) and price ($4.99 to $29.99), with the larger dolls uttering such phrases as, "I am robot, but I am also teddy," "You have a trusting hand, my friend" and "What's new, super friend?" (The bigger models wo
Empty Nest star Dinah Manoff who played angsty Carol on The Golden Girls spinoff is quietly making a comeback. Now she's Evelyn Rayburn, a purse-clutching Jewish mom on Fox Family's charming new dramedy, State of Grace (airing Mondays at 9 pm/ET), which debuted last week to nifty ratings.
Set in 1965 North Carolina, the series concerns a Jewish family's ties with a wealthy Southern brood via the friendship of two little girls. And while Manoff's alter ego is a fish out of water, the actress feels quite at home. "There are so few roles for Jewish women on TV," she tells TV Guide Online. "I've spent my career trying to pass as a non-Jew, because in order to work you have to be more generic American. But this speaks to my heart about people I know."
Especially refreshing, Manoff says, is not being "consigned to repeat behavior" a sitcom trap she fell into on Empty Nest. "Though play
TV enchantress Beth Broderick who plays Aunt Zelda to Melissa Joan Hart's Sabrina, the Teenage Witch admits that she and co-star Caroline Rhea won't mind hanging up their pointy hats next year, when their six-year contracts expire.
In fact, the actresses have privately yearned to dematerialize for some time. "The first four years of Sabrina were very tough on Caroline and I," Broderick tells TV Guide Online. "The hours were quite insane and we hadn't realized that it would be marketed as such a kids' show. For us, it was a little frustrating. We thought our characters were pretty one-dimensional."
Fortunately, matters improved last year, when Sabrina left ABC for the WB where it airs Fridays at 8 pm/ET. "Going to the WB really turned the show around for us," she says. "It's become a more positive situation. Zelda's teaching at the university [Sabrina attends], she's
Meow wow! Sean Hayes plays Mr. Tinkles, a petulant pussy poised for world domination in Cats & Dogs (opening July 4). But wherever did he come up with his catty character's frou-frou voice?
Jokes Hayes: "Mr. Tinkles is a frustrated Shakespearean actor who never got to the stage, so he decided to take it out on the world I know too many people like that." Actually, he confesses, "my friends and I just always goof off and do characters. Funny people hang out with funny people. We just try to make each other laugh, and this is something I came up with. [Tinkles's voice] is what we call 'refined American.'"
But seriously, folks, does Hayes an Emmy winner as Will & Grace jokester Jack ever fret about being typecast as an over-the-top oddball? "Is it a fear of mine?" he muses. "It was a
Has Kirsten Dunst revealed too much? At 18, her shapely form has clearly filled out in all the right places. But now, the actress confesses that she's had second thoughts about serving up the evidence with provocative photo spreads in mags like Details and Maxim not to mention the daring duds she donned at the MTV Movie Awards.
"It's weird," she says, "because I'm at this place where I'm very comfortable with my own body, but I have this role model thing. I know that some kids do look up to me. Recently, I've been wondering, 'Have I been too sexy?' I think sometimes it's sexier not to show too much, and I think that's where I'm headed now.
"I'm not into showing everything in a magazine anymore," Dunst sums up. "It's like, 'What's the point?' It's not that interesting to reveal all of yourself."
While she's still willing to employ her sexuality when necessary for her art, Dunst reportedly nixed a prolonged nude scene in