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Question: Can you answer a ...

Question: Can you answer a question for me and my friends? Actually, you're really settling a debate. In an episode of The Newlywed Game, did someone ever answer, "Oh, that would be in the butt, Bob?" (or something similar) after Bob Eubanks asked for the strangest place the couple had ever made whoopee? Curious minds really need to know! Thanks! — Alyson, Hoboken, N.J.

Televisionary: It makes a great story, huh? The oddest thing is that I was going to tell you it never happened, especially since TV Guide reported it was an urban legend in 1999 when we put together our second "TV Confidential" roundup. "It's to the point where it's odd if someone hasn't heard it," host Eubanks told our writers. "I have been told that it was on the training film for the Albuquerque Police Department. That was the weirdest one."

However, if you caught NBC's Most Outrageous Game Show Moments on May 22, you saw that moment on tape. It turns out some car read more

Question: What freshman shows ...

Question: What freshman shows did CBS renew for the 2002-2003 TV year?

Televisionary: Oh, sure — I could list them here, but our nifty Fall 2002 grid already does that for me.

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Eminem fans got a major *#@%&#@ surprise over the weekend. The controversial rapper's new, widely bootlegged CD, The Eminem Show — scheduled to be released today — arrived in stores on Sunday instead. "We saw no reason to have fans waiting until Tuesday in this particular case," said a rep for record label Interscope. In related news, more than two dozen people suffered mostly minor injuries in a mosh pit stampede Saturday night while the real Slim Shady performed at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. read more


The Game Show Network is developing an American version of the European sensation Lingo to debut in August, Variety reports. Chuck Woolery will host the Bingo-esque quizzer, which pits two teams of two against one another as they try guessing five-letter words. read more


A flood of fresh flicks couldn't trample a certain pint-sized force to reckon with at the box office over the Memorial Day weekend. (Yes, Yoda, we're talking about you!) Star Wars: Episode II &#150 Attack of the Clones held on to the No. 1 spot for the second-consecutive weekend, grossing another $61.2 million from Friday to Monday. Clones's 12-day total stands at $202.5 million; the film hit the $200 million mark one day faster than predecessor The Phantom Menace. Spider-Man remained in second place with $36.5 million, followed by newcomers Insomnia (No. 3 with $26.2 million), Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (No. 4 with $23 million) and Razzie shoo-in Enough (No. 5 with $17.5 million). All told, Memorial Day weekend 2002 was one f read more

Question: What show had the ...

Question: What show had the maid named Hazel? — dyehard39, Reno, Nev.

Televisionary: You know, I realize I've proven myself to be up for just about any TV trivia-related challenge (well, the ones I can answer, anyway), but sometimes you people ask too much. Like the guy who wanted to know who the lead in The Bob Newhart Show was. Or the lady who asked where Miami Vice was set. Now this.

Ah, but I kid. Of course, the show with the maid named Hazel was called... Hazel. And it was based on Ted Key's Saturday Evening Post cartoons starring a maid named... Hazel. The series ran on NBC for four years beginning in September 1961 before jumping to CBS for a final year. In it, Shirley Booth played the strong-willed maid, who, though she worked for successful corporate lawyer Ge read more


Annette Bening has joined the cast of the Kevin Costner-directed western Open Range, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Costner will also star in the pic, which revolves around four men living in the West. Bening will play Costner's girlfriend. read more


Sylvester Stallone, 55, and wife Jennifer Flavin Stallone, 33, celebrated the birth of their third child, daughter Scarlet Rose, Saturday in Los Angeles. She joins sisters Sophia, five, and Sistine, three. Stallone also has two sons from a previous marriage. read more


Brian Williams will have to cool his heels a bit longer. Tom Brokaw is staying put as anchor of NBC Nightly News through 2004, at which point he will pass the torch on to Williams. "Brian Williams has been a valuable asset to NBC News and it's reassuring to know that when Tom steps down, Brian will be there," says Bob Wright, chairman and CEO of NBC. In the meantime, Williams will continue to sub for Brokaw on Nightly News and anchor The News with Brian Williams, which will now air on CNBC. Says Brokaw: "It gives me great comfort to know when I move on to other NBC News projects, Brian will be there to take over the Nightly News reins. He is a true professional and a trusted colleague." read more


Roman Polanski's Holocaust drama The Pianist won top honors Sunday at the Cannes film festival, picking up the coveted Palme d'Or award. The Pianist was the 68-year-old Chinatown director's first film in competition at Cannes since 1976's The Tenant. read more

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