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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

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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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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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: 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

Miranda Richardson Kisses (Kidman) and Tells!


Nicole Kidman's astonishing resemblance to Virginia Woolf in The Hours had even her co-stars seeing double. But it wasn't the famous literary figure that Miranda Richardson saw when she looked at Kidman. "She reminded me of a girlfriend of mine," laughs the two-time Oscar nominee. "I was like, 'Oh my God, it's Kate.'"

Richardson — who plays Virginia's sister Vanessa in the highly anticipated film (opening Dec. 27) — believes all the identity confusion worked to her advantage. "I suddenly saw somebody that I had a very particular affinity with," she says, "[which] was good for the sibling thing."

Of course, the sisterly bond between Virginia read more

DAILY NEWS

Late-night funnyman Jon Stewart has struck a deal with NBC to write and exec produce a half-hour comedy starring fellow Daily Show star-scribe Stephen Colbert, Variety reports. The untitled series will borrow heavily from Colbert's experiences growing up in South Carolina. read more

SHORT CUTS

Drew Barrymore is in talks to reteam with her Wedding Singer co-star Adam Sandler in the upcoming Columbia romantic comedy 50 First Kisses... The Reese Witherspoon hit Sweet Home Alabama will be released on DVD Feb. 4... Emmy-winning producer-writer David E. Kelley (The Practice, Boston Public) is pitching to the networks a new hourlong drama series centered around an Irish-American family. read more

SCOOP!

Orlando Jones — who plays a by-the-book bandleader in Drumline (opening Friday) — is negotiating to take a role in Columbia's as-yet-untitled love triangle comedy starring Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton and Keanu Reeves. "I don't know if we can work out the scheduling," Jones tells TV Guide Online. Nancy Myers (Father of the Bride) penned the script and plans to direct. read more

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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