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Question: Edward Winter ...

Question: Edward Winter played a loony CIA Agent on several M*A*S*H episodes. I believe he also played a senator on the show Soap. He was great. I always enjoyed his work. I heard he passed away recently. What a shock! Do you have any details you can share? Thanks. — Jim M., Morrisville, N.C.

Televisionary: Sadly, actor Edward Winter died last year at the age of 63 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Nominated for two Tony Awards for work in Cabaret and Promises, Promises, Winter did indeed appear on Soap as Congressman McCallum and also worked in several movies, but he's probably best remembered as the paranoid recurring character Col. Flagg on M*A*S*H. Over the years, he a read more

Question: What TV series did ...

Question: What TV series did Robert Walden star in? — Sharon M., Riverside, Calif.

Televisionary: There are a few answers to that question, Sharon, so I, being ever dutiful, will run you through them all.

Walden, whose early big-screen work includes such films as the first Out-of-Towners, Woody Allen's Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex But Were Afraid To Ask and All the President's Men, first showed up on TV in NBC's The New Doctors, a medical drama that ran from September 1969 to June 1973. He joined the show in its last season to replace a character played by the departed John Saxon.

However, you're probably thinking of one of two other shows. From S read more

KO'D

Harrison Ford is probably grumpier than usual this morning. His new submarine drama K-19: The Widowmaker was torpedoed at the box office over the weekend, debuting in fourth place with a meager $13.1 million. Adding insult to injury, Ford got crushed by a talking mouse. Yes, Stuart Little 2 debuted at No. 1 with $15.6 million, just a whisker ahead of Road to Perdition (No. 2 with $15.57 million). Benefitting from positive word-of-mouth, the acclaimed gangster epic — starring Oscar shoo-ins Tom Hanks and Paul Newman — slipped just 29 percent in its second weekend. And after two weeks at No. 1, M read more

Burt Reynolds: Cowboy at War


It's been a long time since Gunsmoke's TV debut, but America's love affair with cowboys ain't over. "The Western hasn't gone away," Burt Reynolds told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif., where he talked up Larry McMurtry's Johnson County War. Set to debut Aug. 24 on the Hallmark Channel, the teleplay also co-stars Tom Berenger and Luke Perry.

Reynolds — who's starred in Western yarns from Navajo Joe to The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas — says he much prefers playing a cowboy to being a real one. "I think read more

WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO BAD SHOWS

CBS's Big Brother is in big trouble again. According to TheSmokingGun.com, 25-year-old contestant Chiara Berti was arrested in late May for drunk driving. The incident took place in Los Angeles, where Berti was in the final stages of the Big Brother 3 audition/screening process. Berti's arraignment has been set for Sept. 3. Ironically, in a Q&A posted on CBS.com, Berti expressed concern about the exposure that comes with being a Big Brother housemate. "Although I am pretty open about stuff," she said, "I fear what might get out." CBS spokesman Chris Ender responds: "We were aware of the incident, but it didn't preclude her participation in the show." And what if Berti's still in the Big house when her Sept. 3 court date rolls around? "If that's the case, then we'd have to make a decision whether she's allowed to temporarily leave the house to make the court appearance or [if] that would be grounds read more

SHORT CUTS

USA Network has renewed The Dead Zone for a second season... Jennifer Aniston, Bernie Mac, Pamela Anderson, Kid Rock, Lucy Liu, Michael Keaton and George Foreman are among the celebs lending their voices to Fox's King of the Hill this season... Today weatherman Al Roker is a daddy again: His wife, 20/20's Deborah Roberts, gave birth to the couple's second child, Nicholas Albert R read more

Y HARRY TAMBIEN

It's official: Indie filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón, who directed this year's Spanish-language hit Y Tu Mama También, has been tapped to direct Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third movie in the Potter franchise. Cuarón succeeds Chris Columbus, who helmed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and the upcoming sequel, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. read more

EVERYBODY LOVES ACTION

Ray Romano will make his live-action feature film debut in the comedy Action Abramowitz, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Everybody Loves Raymond funnyman will play an accountant who — after getting hit on the head — thinks he is his favorite action star. read more

Will Emmy Boost 24's Ratings?


Last season, Fox's 24 garnered high critical praise but low Nielsen ratings. Might its 10 recent Emmy nominations — including nods for outstanding drama and lead actor Kiefer Sutherland — boost its viewership this fall? "I sure hope so," exec producer Robert Cochran — himself a writing nominee — tells TV Guide Online. "That's all you can say."

Well, not quite. "Yeah, we're a little disappointed [by the ratings]," he adds, "but I think we're disappointed at least in part because of the expectations that were raised. If you look at our timeslot [Tuesdays at 9 pm/ET] and who we were up against... If when the season started, people had said, 'You're going to have a show that's going to go up against read more

Meet Stuart Little's Wiseacre Daddy


Best known from his multiple roles on Rowan Atkinson's hilarious Blackadder series, Hugh Laurie is used to variety. After all, the British character actor's done everything from Sense and Sensibility to Spice World! Thus, it's no surprise to see him reprise his role as the wholesome head of the Little household in Stuart Little 2.

"I've got a sweet tooth," the 43-year-old Laurie admits. "I love all that stuff. Right from the first moment I read the script, I was tickled. In a world where we're kind of obsessed with dysfunction in every movie and TV show, [the Little family's] functionality becomes quite interesting, I think just out of rarity. They're so sweet, they made me laugh."

Laurie also enjoys read more

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