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Ted Danson apparently isn't holding a grudge against CBS for banishing Becker to midseason. The actor and his real-life wife Mary Steenburgen have signed on to star in the CBS telepic Surviving Love, a drama about a married couple whose icy relationship thaws out during a freak snowstorm. read more


Rumor has it that the working title for the next Star Wars prequel is Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, reports. Filming on the sixth (and allegedly final) Star Wars film begins Monday in Australia. read more


Tom Selleck apparently is holding a grudge against NBC for not picking up his comedy pilot Touch 'Em All McCall. The Magnum, P.I. star has sealed a deal with rival net CBS to headline the TV movie 12 Mile Road. He'll play a divorced farmer whose life is thrown into turmoil by the unexpected arrival of his emotionally troubled daughter (played by The Practice's Anna Gunn). read more

Question: This has plagued me ...

Question: This has plagued me for 20 years. When I was a kid in the '70s there was a Sunday night series, something like The Sunday Mystery Movie. It featured a revolving roster of shows, including McMillan and Wife and, if I'm not mistaken, Columbo. One of them, I'm sure, starred Richard Boone, but whenever I ask anyone about it, all I ever get is Palladin and Have Gun Will Travel, a series way before my time in the '50s. Am I misremembering? — Caryn F., Houston, Tex.

Televisionary: Not at all, Caryn. From October 1972 to August 1974, Hec Ramsey did indeed rotate with Columbo, McCloud and read more

Question: I recently began ...

Question: I recently began watching NYPD Blue. I love this show very much. I am wondering if you can tell me what happened to Andy's second wife, Sylvia. Why did that character leave the show and what where the circumstances involved? — Erin S.

Televisionary: Well, if you love catching up with the show, you might not want to read what happened. So I'll answer your first safely: Sharon Lawrence, who played Asst. District Attorney Sylvia Costas, had already given up playing the role fulltime so she could star in her own sitcom, NBC's Fired Up. When that was cancelled, she came back to Blue for 10 episodes, but asked that she be given something interesting to do. When she found her storylines to be boring, she left for good. Stop reading right now if you don't want the rerun surprise ruined. Still with me? Then I'll read more

Question: Is Julia ...

Question: Is Julia Louis-Dreyfus related to Richard Dreyfus? We are having a huge argument over here! — Kirsty B., Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Televisionary: No kidding — I can hear it from here. Well, all of you settle down — no relation. (Richard's is spelled Dreyfuss.)

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Question: I saw the piece you ...

Question: I saw the piece you did on The Hogan Family, and I'm dying to know if the one twin brother was played by Fabrizio Filippo! Can you help me out? — Tammy, Houston, Tex.

Televisionary: No and yes, Tammy. Fraternal twins Willie and Mark Hogan were played by Danny Ponce and Jeremy Licht, respectively.

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Question: I am a huge fan of ...

Question: I am a huge fan of comedian Paul Rodriguez as well as the TV show Smallville, starring John Schneider as Jonathan Kent. I vaguely remember an old buddy-cop show starring both Paul and John that ran either in the '80s or '90s. It was a short-lived show, and on it Paul played a Hispanic cop who drove a low rider with a chain-link steering wheel. He also carried a sawed-off shotgun and always annoyed the John Schneider character. One scene I remember involved Paul's character picking up a bag of chili peppers from the local store. He dared John to eat one and they both did. Trying to act like tough guys, they eventually couldn't handle the heat and crashed their car into a civilian's yard and stumbled all over each other to drink from the yard faucet! I re read more


Miramax and producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the team behind Chicago, are bringing another popular musical to the big screen: Damn Yankees... British filmmaker Paul Greengrass (Bloody Sunday) is in talks to direct Matt Damon in The Bourne Supremacy, the sequel to The Bourne Identity... Jodie Foster is in talks to appear in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's French-language romantic drama Un Long dimanche de fiancailles, starring read more


There may be some truth to buzz that Cameron Diaz, 30, and Justin Timberlake, 22, are 'n item. On Saturday, Britain's Sun tabloid ran a photo that appears to show the duo — ohmygawd — 'n a liplock! Diaz's rep Brad Cafarelli told USA Today that he couldn't comment on the incriminating photo because "it's a little blurry." How very, um, conve'nient. All right, that one was lame, I admit it. read more

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