Can't keep track of when your favorite TV shows are on? Well, ABC is simplifying the process by naming one of its midseason sitcoms after the timeslot it will occupy: Wednesday 9:30. Previously titled The Web, Wednesday revolves around a fictional TV network. Insiders anticipate the show will be renamed Cancelled in no time.
Question: I don't know if you can help me, but there is a Calypso song playing during the Oil of Olay Moisturizing Body Wash commercial. The song is wonderful. Do you know the title, who performs it and if it is available? Thanks much. Janet S.
Televisionary: No, no and no. I hate to start off so negative, Janet, but unfortunately that music was written expressly for the ad and isn't available for purchase, according to the helpful Oil of Olay folks. Sorry.
It may make you feel better to know you helped someone else, though. Your query reminded me of one from Corvallis, Ore.'s Kate D., who wanted to know the name and performer of the African-sounding song playing in an Olay UV Protectant ad from a couple of years back. That was South African legend Miriam Makeba
singing her signature tune "Pata Pata," which was a big hit in the U.S. in 1967. You'll find it on her album Hits & Highlights
, Kate. Now send a nice note to Janet.
Question: In the mid-1960s, I think, Dennis Weaver starred in a show where he had an adopted Korean son, lived on a ranch and drove a convertible Mustang. What was the name of it? Thanks. Greg T., Dallas, Tex.
Televisionary: That would be the short-lived comedy-drama Kentucky Jones, which ran on NBC for a year beginning in September 1964. Weaver, coming off his nine-year stint as Chester Goode on the classic Gunsmoke, starred as veterinarian Kenneth Yarborough "Kentucky" Jones (he signed his name "K.Y."), who lived on a ranch in southern California.
And the nine-year-old boy of whom you speak, Dwight Eisenhower "Ike" Wong (played by Ricky Der
apparently nifty nicknames were plentiful on this show), was Chinese, not Korean. Kentucky's wife had arranged to adopt the lad and then promptly died, leaving the widower vet to raise him alone.
Harry Morgan (Dragnet, M*A*S*H
Anne Heche and Coley Laffoon welcomed a 7 lb. infant son on Saturday in L.A. The John Q star and her cameraman hubby have dubbed their first child Homer Heche Laffoon. (Don't laugh, it's not nice.)
Sounds like Russell Crowe regrets ranting at TV producer Malcolm Gerrie for removing part of his acceptance speech at last month's British Academy Film Awards. "He said his language had been excessive and, yes, he was still a bit sore but he understood that Malcolm had a job to do," Gerrie's rep told Reuters. In an apologetic phone call over the weekend, Crowe offered to buy Gerrie a drink on his next London trip, and also spent 15 minutes chatting with his "thrilled" son, who's a big fan. Cheers to making peace, gents.
Question: I don't have any wagers, arguments or bets to settle. I just have a question, if that's okay. Was there another actress who played Cagney on Cagney & Lacey before Sharon Gless did or is my memory failing already? Thank you for your time. Ruth Z., Gatlinburg, Tenn.
Televisionary: Actually, there were two, Ruth. Loretta Swit (M*A*S*H) first played Det. Chris Cagney in the CBS TV movie that aired in 1981. However, after that movie proved successful enough for the network executives who didn't initially believe the concept was strong enough for a show to order up a series, Swit was unavailable. In stepped actress Meg Foster, and the reason for her abrupt departure together with the lack of network spin on it provides an interesting lesson in how different today's political climate is from that of 20 years ago.
"[T]oo tough, too hard and not feminine," an unname
On Feb. 28, soap opera actress Mary Stuart died at 75 due to complications from a stroke. A beloved suds staple for 50 years, she starred as Jo during Search for Tomorrow's entire 35-year run. Most recently, she was Meta on Guiding Light. For more on Stuart's passing, read Soaps News on Friday.
Question: I recently saw Stephen King's miniseries Rose Red on ABC and I was wondering if there are any plans to sell it on video. Thanks.
Televisionary: What're you, kidding? I mean, sure, the horror-meister's got all the money from his various books, movies, miniseries and videos, but he's got that pending retirement to save for!
The short answer? The latest is that Rose Red
will be out on DVD and VHS sometime in May.
Here's a puzzle even Mulder and Scully would be hard-pressed to solve: How do you wrap up nearly a decade's worth of convoluted and some might say downright undecipherable mythology in just two hours? That's the challenge currently facing producers of Fox's The X-Files, which ends its nine-year run on May 19.
"The truth is, it would be impossible to answer all of the questions people might have," executive producer Frank Spotnitz tells TV Guide Online. "More than answering questions, the [final episode will be] about giving meaning to the story that we've told for the past nine years giving closure not just to the hard plot of The X-Files, but to the lives of the characters."
Still, Spotnitz who is mapping out the series finale with X-Files creator