On Feb. 28, actor Kevin Pollak will visit NBC's Ed as an inventor with a renewed zest for life after a near-death experience. "He's a wacky, nutty professor who sweeps all the women off their feet and ends up taking Molly out on a date," Lesley Boone, who plays Molly, tells TV Guide Online. "He whisks off out of town after our date, but he instills in me the strength to decide that I'm going to ask out this other guy that I'm interested in [played by Sex and the City's David Eigenberg]." Pollak can also be seen on the big screen in The Wedding Planner and 3,000 Miles to Graceland, which hits theaters Feb. 23.
Question: I was flipping channels last night and came across WB's sitcom, Nikki, which actually wasn't nearly as bad as I expected it to be, what with all the awful reviews it received when it first came on the air. I swear one of the co-stars of the show has a voice that sounds just like the voice of Megara, biting sarcasm and all, in Disney's Hercules movie of a few years back. As I was a huge fan of the character, especially the voice, I was wondering if you could tell me if this is the same person and, if so, how she went from a Disney film to a third-rate sitcom. Appreciate any light you can throw on the subject. Bryan L.
Televisionary: Actually, Bryan, failure is in the eye of the beholder: What you see as a drop, I see as a rise, business-wise.
Granted, on the surface actress Susan Egan went from Broadway accolades (playing Sally Bowles in
Question: Who is the Canadian actor in the TV series The $treet?
Televisionary: Lesser columnists would work in a cheap "hoser" comment or tell you to "take off, eh?" But darn it, I'm better than that, so I'll simply tell you the man you're thinking of is young Christian Campbell, brother to the better-known Neve. The actor played Balmont Stevens trainee Tim Sherman.
The Toronto native started acting at the age of six and, while still in school, scored a role in the cult-favorite Canadian series Degrassi Junior High. You may also have caught him working alongside such notables as Keri Russell and Charisma Carpenter in the short-lived Spelling high-school series Malibu Shores, which ran on NBC for a scant three months in 1996. Other TV roles include William Shatner's TekWar and the mini-series Seduced by Madness.
Those of you who keep writing in to ask about the show's health will note, by the way,
Actor-comedian Lewis Arquette father of actors Rosanna, Richmond, Patricia, Alexis and David died of congestive heart failure at the age of 65. Arquette's big screen credits include Waiting for Guffman, Scream 2 and Best in Show.
Question: Bubba, from the series In the Heat of Night, did another series in which he starred in sometime (I believe) during the year 2000. Do you know the name of the series? Thanks. — Alden.
Televisionary: I reckon you're thinking of Sons of Thunder, a Walker, Texas Ranger spin-off that aired on CBS for a month beginning in March 1999.
Autry, who portrayed Sgt. (eventually promoted to Cpt.) Bubba Skinner alongside Carroll O'Connor and Howard Rollins on NBC's In the Heat of the Night, played former boxer and ex-private investigator Marion "Butch" McMann on Thunder. He ran a sports bar and rented the office above it to Trent Malloy (Jimmy Wlcek) and Carlos Sandoval (Marco Sanchez), who had just opened a P.I. operation of their own.
Though they brought some experience to the job Trent had worked under kick-first-ask-questions-later lawman Cordell Walker (Chuck Norris) on Wal
As if the choreography-crazed boy band weren't animated enough, 'N Sync will appear in cartoon form on The Simpsons on Feb. 25. That same night, Renée Zellweger and rapper Snoop Dogg lend their voices to an ex-hooker and her pimp on the 100th episode of King of the Hill. And Niles fans will get a double dose of David Hyde Pierce on Feb. 27 when, in addition to his regular Tuesday night gig on NBC's Frasier, he moonlights as a self-help guru on Fox's Titus.
Question: This is a comment from faithful ER watchers. We have watched ER since day one. Tonight we turned it off because we refuse to watch a homosexual relationship. It is such a good show and they had to ruin it by putting a gay relationship in the storyline. If it continues you will lose quite a few viewers. Not every show needs a gay storyline. Thank you for your time. Kari
Televisionary: Oh, shut up.
Question: This one seems like it should be easy, but my boss is so sure he's right. Wasn't Johnny Carson the first host of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson? After all, it was named for him. Tell me I'm right and this jerk owes me a bottle of bourbon. Thanks. Sam L.
Televisionary: Well, Sam, this question leads to a couple more. Did Carson serve as the first master of ceremonies on the show you named? Technically, yes, since it wasn't called that until he began hosting. But the legendary gabber and comedian, as great as he was, certainly did not create The Tonight Show. That was the late Steve Allen, who was the first host of the late-night fixture when it debuted on NBC way back in 1954. (The other question is whether or not you should call your boss a jerk in a widely read column, but only you and he can answer that, friend.)
The Tonight Show has gone through various permutations since it first aired. In the Allen years
Last week, kindergarten teacher Megan, 26, was among the sexy singles rejected and ejected by the men of Temptation Island. Now the sweet-schoolmarm-
turned-tantalizing-temptress sits down with TV Guide Online to reflect on her fateful foray to Belize, and how it's affected her "real life" back in Los Angeles.
When Megan wasn't kissing Kaya or huddling in a hammock with Andy, the coquette often mused on why the island lads were so intrigued by her profession. "A lot of men have a strange attraction to schoolteachers," she chuckles. "It reminds them of when they were young and they had a crush on their teacher. Or maybe it's a mommy thing for guys, too."
One would think that schooling studs in the ways of pleasure on national TV might harm Megan's career as a children's educator. Fortunately, moonlighting as a Temptation tease one of her dates did rather uncharitably label her a "whore" hasn't impacted her day job. "Teachin
Actor Eugene Levy would love to tell the world how thrilled he is to be reprising his role as Jason Biggs's old man in American Pie 2. However, due to the strict code of silence surrounding the eagerly anticipated sequel, his lips have been sewn shut.
"They've got me paranoid," he tells TV Guide Online of Universal, the studio behind the film. "They keep sending me these letters and they send scripts with false titles on them, saying, 'We don't want anybody to see this.'"
Although Levy is keeping mum, brothers Chris and Paul Weitz who directed American Pie and are executive producing the follow-up are willing to offer a little clue. "Let's just say there is Krazy Glue in the place of baked goods in this one," hints Paul. Younger sib Chris is quick to add with a laugh, "[But] not in the exact place."
Despite the sticky situation, Paul assures Pie fans that the sequel isn't oversaturated with goo. "It is rela