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Question: After the tongue ...

Question: After the tongue lashing you gave Eric S. about ABC's The Shining I'm almost afraid to ask: Is NBC planning to release their version of Carrie on DVD? — Corey H., Sioux Falls, S.D.

Televisionary: Not to worry, Corey. After being dressed down in my Nov. 19 column, Eric S. wrote in and apologized for his mistake, so I'm in a better mood now. (Actually, he said I need to work on my attitude and proceeded to tell me exactly why I was wrong, but, hey — I live in a state of perpetual denial.)

And besides, you didn't dare to present an opinion differing from mine, so you're off the hook. The good news, according to an NBC source, is that MGM plans to release the TV movie on home video. The bad is that they haven't set a date, so you'll just have to keep your eyes peeled.

There — now that wasn't so bad, was it? Other than the part about peeling your eyes?

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LOOK OUT, ROSS

Film actor Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend's Wedding) has signed on to do three episodes of Friends playing an office rival of Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston). His first episode airs in January. Dick Van Dyke, meanwhile, will appear in the Jan. 23 episode of Scrubs as a long-time friend of Dr. Kelso's (Ken Jenkins). read more

MAKE LOVE, NOT WAR

A group of 100 entertainers, including Kim Basinger, Matt Damon, Ethan Hawke, Samuel L. Jackson and Jessica Lange, are banding together to protest a possible war with Iraq. At a press conference today, the celebs — who are calling themselves Artists United To Win Without War — will unveil a letter to President Bush urging him to avoid war. read more

Question: When and for how ...

Question: When and for how long was Sherry Stringfield on NYPD Blue?

Televisionary: ER's Stringfield played attorney Laura Kelly, estranged wife of Det. John Kelly (David Caruso) for the ABC drama's first season (1993-94) before her character was written out of the show.

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Question: Didn't Fox attempt ...

Question: Didn't Fox attempt to do a Get Smart sequel series sometime back in 1995? — John S., Washington, D.C.

Televisionary: That they did, with the emphasis on the word "attempt." And what a lame effort it was.

With C.O.N.T.R.O.L. agents Maxwell Smart (Don Adams) and 99 (Barbara Feldon) off active duty — Max was the new chief and 99 was a member of congress — their son Zach (Andy Dick) was the one out there mining spy games for laughs. (Elaine Hendrix, as Agent 66, stepped into Feldon's old straight-woman role.)

But the pair didn't strike too many giggles. Dick wa read more

PR NIGHTMARE

Add Natalie Cole to the list of people who think Whitney Houston made a mistake going toe-to-toe with Diane Sawyer on Primetime last week. "I think the timing was crappy," Cole told Access Hollywood. "The questions were extremely difficult, very invasive, and it's just too hard to do that. I don't even know, as a totally sober person of 20 years, if I would even like answering those questions." read more

Question: I love reading your ...

Question: I love reading your column. It's great fun to read. There is an old TV movie called Always Remember I Love You that starred Patty Duke. It's about a boy who, around his 16th birthday, finds out that he was stolen from his real birth parents and goes in search of them. My parents and I totally love it and used to watch it on Lifetime around Christmas time. It's such a fabulous movie (and a tear jerker to boot), but it hasn't been shown the last couple years. Do you know if it is available on video anywhere? Thanks so much.

Televisionary: The bad news first: The 1990 made-for-TV movie, which also starred Stephen Dorff, Joan Van Ark, Ri read more

Question: This might be weird ...

Question: This might be weird for a TV site, but settle a sports bet for me, please. Who played in the Super Bowl that was on before the first Homicide episode? I say Dallas and Buffalo. My friend says Washington and Buffalo. Who's $100 richer? Thank you. — John F., Tempe, Ariz.

Televisionary: Well, since Dallas played Buffalo in the Super Bowl twice and Washington only did it once in the early '90s, around the time NBC launched Homicide: Life on the Street, the odds are with you having an extra Franklin in your wallet, John. And since you're right, you should. Homicide debuted after the first of those Super Bowl match-ups, in January 1993.

And the critical darling started defying conventional TV wisdom right off the bat since up until then shows with a Super Bowl lead-in tended to be utter successes (The A-Team, read more

Question: Where and when can ...

Question: Where and when can I view the original '60s cartoon Jonny Quest? — Paul V., Cotati, Cal.

Televisionary: Young Master Q. airs more times than you can shake a stick at on The Cartoon Network's Boomerang channel, which shows many of the classic Hanna-Barbera 'toons the original network started with. See our luminous Listings section to search for it in your area. If your provider doesn't carry Boomerang, you can badger them about it at Boomerang's site.

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Blair Witch Returns!


When The Blair Witch Project became the monster hit of 1999, Heather Donahue naturally thought she'd be able to write her own ticket in Hollywood. Alas, for a while there, the only ticket she got offered was one straight outta town!

"I was sort of counted out before I even had the chance to show up," she tells TV Guide Online. "All my life, I wanted to be an actor, and then all of a sudden, it wasn't entirely clear that anyone was going to let me be an actor... [because the movie's marketing execs] kept telling people that [the thriller's unhappy campers] weren't actors but were really in this [scary] situation. That wound up being very damaging to the cast."

Ever since, the University of the Arts (Philadelphia) grad has worked double time to prove that she was more than a contestant in an especially creepy installment of Fear read more

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