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Timothy Olyphant (Gone in Sixty Seconds) has been cast as the lead in HBO's upcoming Western series Deadwood, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show will be set in the Montana Territory in 1876. read more

NOT 'N SYNC

Good thing Lance Bass has that music career to fall back on: The 'N Syncer's dream of becoming the world's youngest space cadet won't be coming true anytime soon. The Russian Space Agency has asked Bass to leave the cosmonaut training program after the 23-year-old failed to come up with the $20 million fee. The pop superstar had hoped to fly to the International Space Station aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket on Oct. 28. "After failing to fulfill the conditions of his contract, Lance Bass has been told that his training at the Cosmonaut Training Center has ended and that his flight to the ISS is impossible," spokesman Sergei Gorbunov tells Reuters. "We are preparing to send a cargo container to the ISS instead of a third crew member." Bass is now at Star City training center outside Moscow "gathering his stuff and preparing to leave." read more

Question: Ever since I saw ...

Question: Ever since I saw the first trailer for Blue Crush, I have been trying to remember where I have seen the star before. I think she played Evie on a show from the late '80s called Out of This World, on which her dad was an alien or someting to that effect. However, my brother disagrees and bet me $50. We agreed that you could be the final arbiter, so please, make me 50 bucks richer! — Josh, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Televisionary: The only way I could do that, Josh, would be to either lie or cut you a check for $100 so you'd still be 50 up after paying your bro. Since I'm not planning on doing either of those things, you'll just have to cough up the cash.

You may have caught Blue Crush star Kate Bosworth on the short-lived WB show Young Americans a couple years back. However, neither she nor Crush co-stars read more

Question: Is this the last ...

Question: Is this the last season for Charmed or is there going to be another fifth season? I really need to know soon. Thanks. — Jay K.

Televisionary: Well, I can tell you for sure that there won't be another fifth season since, barring the possibility that stars Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano and Rose McGowan really are witches and are planning to tinker with the space-time continuum itself, it's not really possible for any show to pull that off. I can also say that my pals at the WB tell me they have no plans to yank Charmed after this season, which allows me to end on an up note (provided, of course, that a show you enjoy remaining as vulnerable read more

Question: Has CBS cancelled ...

Question: Has CBS cancelled the wonderful television show That's Life? The show had an excellent cast and storyline. If it hasn't been cancelled, when can we expect to see new episodes? — Casey, Clarksburg, W.V.

Televisionary: Sadly rolling along with the parade o' bad news: That's Life, too, has bitten the dust, unfortunately. Though loved by a very loyal group of fans, the drama didn't make CBS's roster for this fall.

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Question: I saw a promo for ...

Question: I saw a promo for CSI: Miami and the girl looked like Kim Delaney. Isn't Philly coming back? — John N., Berlin, Md.

Televisionary: Nope, the ABC drama is gone. Shed tears only for the show and the other cast members and not for the beauteous Ms. Delaney, however. Her r&#233sum&#233 will now include NYPD Blue, Philly and, as you say, CSI: Miami. When the CBS spin-off to the hit forensic-investigations series debuts in September, you'll see her opposite fellow Blue alum David Caruso, The West Wing's Emily Procter and T read more

RECORD BREAKER

The annual Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon raised a record $58.3 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The 76-year-old comedy legend praised the "generosity and compassion" of contributors. read more

Question: Can you tell me if ...

Question: Can you tell me if Webster burned down his apartment with fireworks or a chemistry set? I really need to know. — Phil B., Milwaukee, Wis.

Televisionary: Oh, come now, Phil. I take TV kitsch about as seriously as anyone I know, but even I question your urgency. A man in a burning house really needs to know where the nearest exit is. A bomb squad really needs to know which wire to cut. A vampire really needs to know when daybreak is so that... well, you get the picture. Nevertheless, I'm here with an answer 'cause I really need this job.

Wee Webster Long (Emmanuel Lewis) was playing with his chemistry set, which he wasn't supposed to do without adult supervision, when he accidentally immolated his apartment. It was but one of the no-good-deed-goes-unpunished effects that the little tyke had on the lives of sportscaster George Papadopolis (Alex Karras) and wife Kathe read more

Question: I remember this ...

Question: I remember this cartoon in the '70s or '60s where the main character was a flea, I believe, who lived in a matchbox. He would put on these over-sized glasses and become a super-hero with super-strength. Am I losing my mind? I want to say that he was called Fearless Flea or something like that. — Michael W.

Televisionary: At the risk of being tiresome (yeah, like I haven't committed that sin in this column before), I'll repeat my usual disclaimer that I'm in no shape to judge your sanity, Michael. But I can tell you that if you are indeed insane, this particular cartoon memory isn't evidence of that.

You're thinking of "Fearless Fly," a rotating segment from the old Milton the Monster cartoon that I, too, watched as a kid. As you say, it related the adventures of mild-mannered Hiram the fly, who, after donning his special glasses, got his antennae all in a twist and transformed into the buff Fearless Fly. When our hero wasn't doing battle w read more

VMA Revelers on Battle Guard


Aside from who'll win American Idol, the buzz at the MTV Video Music Awards was all about which feuding celebs would do battle when forced together under one roof at Manhattan's Radio City Music Hall. Natch, estranged lovebirds Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears got the most votes.

"People have made observations that for the first time in memory, Justin and Britney's seats aren't together," MTV guy John Norris told TV Guide Online on the red carpet. "But I think they're getting along okay today."

Of course, seating charts were made to be broken. And who better to pull off such a stunt than Jackass daredevil Johnny Knoxville. "I'll try to get in there early and switch their seats so [Britney and Justin] are seated t read more

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