Question: What is the name of the western TV series from about 10 years ago where the main character was after some kind of orb? The actress who played his girlfriend, Dixie, now plays the deceased wife of Dr. Kimble on the new Fugitive series.
Televisionary: That would be Fox's The Adventures of Brisco County Jr., which debuted in August 1993 and left the airwaves a year later. As you say, Kelly Rutherford (Get Real, Melrose Place), who portrays the late Helen Kimble on CBS's update of the classic Fugitive series, played Dixie Cousins, Brisco's partner in adventure and sporadic love.
The wonderful Bruce Campbell (rent Army of Darkness to check me on that) portrayed the titular hero, a Harvard lawyer who decided to head west and enter the bounty-hunting business. More often than not, Brisco took his marching orders from 'Frisco attorney Socrates Poole (Ch
Question: I'm a fan of the old show My Three Sons and with the recent TV Land marathon, I'm wondering why the character of Mike was written out. Also, didn't he and his wife Sally make a visit to the family after they moved to California? Why was he never mentioned again after that? Please answer. I'm a real TV trivia buff and I must know these answers to uphold my reputation as pretty close to all-knowing. (You, of course, are all-knowing.)
Televisionary: Oh, come now I've told you a million times not to exaggerate. In truth, I am not quite all-knowing, but am loathe to reveal the holes in my TV knowledge for fear my numerous foes will exploit those gaps to their evil advantage.
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Jim Carrey's live-action remake of Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas debuted at the top of the box office over the weekend with an estimated gross of $55.1 million, the biggest non-sequel opening in history. The impressive haul marked a career best for Carrey as well as director Ron Howard. Rugrats in Paris: The Movie opened at No. 2 with an animated $23.0 million gross, followed by Charlie's Angels, which fell to No. 3 with $13.7 million after two weekends at No. 1. Rounding out the top five: Arnold Schwarzenegger's The 6th Day at No. 4 with $13.2 million (Oh, how the mighty have fallen) and Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow's romantic drama Bounce at No. 5 ($11.5 million). Speaking of flop sweat, Adam Sandler's satanic comedy, Little Nicky, plunged 52 percent in its second weekend, grossing $7.7 million (bad enough for seventh place), and Val Kilmer's sci-fi dud, Red Planet, slid 6
UPN may pick up the NBC-rejected reality series Chains of Love, a Dating Game update in which four people are chained to a member of the opposite sex, Variety reports... The National Network (TNN) has landed cable rights to repeats of Pamela Anderson's syndicated action spoof V.I.P..... Willem Dafoe will star as the evil Green Goblin in the upcoming Spiderman feature film, according to The Hollywood Reporter... Kurt Russell is in final talks to join Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz in the Cameron Crowe-directed romantic thriller Vanilla Sky, Variety reports... Carroll O'Connor, who suffers from diabetes, is expected to make a full recovery after having his toe amputated. Michael Ausiello
Dark Angel's Jessica Alba says training for the role of genetically altered Max wasn't just about looking good in skin-tight, biker-chick-of-the-future gear. A combination of weight-lifting, gymnastics, martial arts and motorcycle lessons also helped the actress transform herself into a superheroine.
"It [is] less about the way I look physically and more about the way I carry myself," Alba tells the TV Guide Channel, adding that she did some of the stunts herself. "I didn't go through the window and I didn't plunge 27 stories with two strings attached to me, and I didn't do a wheelie on a motorcycle. But I did most of the martial arts work rolls and kicks and running up the wall [with a harness].
"I do as many of the stunts as I can because it gives me a different confidence and stride," she continues. "I think it wouldn't be fair for me to play the role if I couldn't carry her confidence."
The pressure is on for Bruce Willis and director M. Night Shyamalan. The duo's highly anticipated follow-up to last year's $293-million-grossing phenomenon, The Sixth Sense, arrives in theaters on Wednesday, and you don't have to possess special powers to know that expectations are high. But the inevitable hype surrounding Unbreakable didn't dampen Willis's enthusiasm about the project.
"There was huge excitement on my part," the actor admits. "[I] couldn't wait to get started on this film. There were a lot of times in pre-production [where] I kept calling and saying, 'Come on man, let's start this thing. Let's start shooting this movie.' I don't think there was any trepidation [because The Sixth Sense] had done well financially."
Shyamalan admits that the added stress placed on him as a result of The Sixth Sense actually benefited Unbreakable. "I viewed it personally as a great opportunity and an honor to have everybody very
Forget Godzilla, the Backstreet Boys sent thousands of Japanese girls running and screaming in the streets Saturday. At least 10 people were injured when the crowd rushed a bus carrying A.J., Brian, Howie D., Kevin and Nick as they left Tokyo's Narita airport headed for a concert appearance. The group's new album, Black and Blue, will hit U.S. store shelves Tuesday.
NBC's all-star Thursday featuring a guest appearance by Cher on Will & Grace and Sally Field's debut on ER earned the Peacock its highest adult 18-49 rating during a November sweeps night for any network since 1998. Will & Grace netted its second largest audience to date (22 million viewers) and ER attracted a season-best 31 million viewers.
Michael Douglas, 56, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, 31, tied the knot Saturday night at Manhattan's Plaza Hotel in front of some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Jack Nicholson (reportedly with on-again, off-again love Lara Flynn Boyle), Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Reeve, Danny DeVito, James Woods, Goldie Hawn, Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. According to USA Today, Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe also were in attendance. Speaking of the tabloid's favorite couple, a rep for Ryan denies buzz that the actress is pregnant with the Gladiator star's baby.
Theater-trained actor Randy Harrison makes his television debut with Showtime's provocative new series Queer as Folk and what an initiation it is. In the pilot episode, airing Dec. 3 on the cable network, the newcomer's 17-year-old alter ego, Justin, loses his virginity with a 29-year-old in a scene so sexually explicit that even the predominantly gay audience at last week's premiere screening in New York were squirming in their seats.
"It actually wasn't as much of an adjustment as I thought it would be," Harrison tells TV Guide Online of his transition from the stage to the small screen. "The cast is amazing and it's such a great environment up in Toronto (where Queer is shot). We all get along really well, which you sort of have to given the intimate nature of a lot of the stuff that we have to do. It's been really idyllic."
Although Queer as Folk delivers on its promise to be as racy as the British series on which it is based, Harrison