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WHY WON'T SHE GO AWAY?

Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire bride Darva Conger is at risk of getting divorced from her teeth! She's agreed to take on Olympic gold-medal gymnast Olga Korbut on Fox's Celebrity Boxing 2 on May 22. Also slated to do battle: Welcome Back, Kotter's Ron "Horshack" Palillo and Saved by the Bell's Dustin "Screech" Diamond. These classy C-listers join a previously announced fight card that includes Joey Buttafuoco. read more

Question: Is CSI's William ...

Question: Is CSI's William Petersen the same actor who played the part of Pat Garrett in Young Guns II? What else has he done? I think he's a fantastic actor and don't see why he's not the show's heartthrob. — April, Westminster, S.C.

Televisionary: Well, if you really care about him, April, don't tell him — he'll never know. And yes, he did play the Billy-shootin' Garrett in Young Guns II. See our fabulous movie database for reviews of that and all of Petersen's other big-screen work.

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MATTHEW PERRY'S NEW LOVE

Friends millionaire Matthew Perry has signed on to star in the Paramount drama One of Us, playing a man who returns to his hometown and falls in love with an alien. Yes folks, this is a drama. read more

SAVE THE DATE

The Sopranos will return with new episodes beginning Sunday, Sept. 15, HBO exec Chris Albrecht tells the New York Times. "Nobody is waiting more than we are to get The Sopranos back on the air," Albrecht said. The mob drama's fourth season was delayed when series creator David Chase requested more production time. read more

Question: I'm trying to help ...

Question: I'm trying to help plan a 25th anniversary trip for my in-laws in late June to NYC, and one of the things both would enjoy is to be in the audience at the Letterman show. How does a person go about getting tickets? — Ed K., Madison, Wis.

Televisionary: Unfortunately, there are no Late Show with David Letterman tickets available for the near future, according to CBS. However, you can put your name in for consideration in case any spots open up by filling out this form on the network's site.

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Question: I have heard that ...

Question: I have heard that Enterprise is being cancelled after season one. Is this true? — David D., Eaton Rapids, Mich.

Televisionary: No.

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Question: I missed the first ...

Question: I missed the first five minutes of the May 2 episode of ER and that was when they read the famous letter from Dr. Greene. Any chance of finding out what it said? — Marni T., Malibu, Calif.

Televisionary:

Gee, is it any wonder ER remains a heavy hitter for NBC? By the morning after that episode aired, I'd already received a mailbox full of requests from fans begging for the same thing. (But it's a good thing the NBC drama doesn't live or die on its opening teaser ratings, huh?)

Using my unique Televisionary powers of suggestion, I compelled a contact to fax me the script for that episode. As those who caught it saw, the following letter from the cancer-stricken Dr. Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards) was faxed from Hawaii by Dr. Elizabeth Corday (Alex Kingston) to Dr. John Carter (Noah Wyle), who read it out loud to the other hospital staffers:

So here I am, out on the bea read more

Question: In the CBS movie ...

Question: In the CBS movie Living with the Dead, who did Ted Danson portray?

Televisionary:

He played celebrity psychic James Van Praagh, who, like Crossing Over's John Edwards, claims to be able to contact the dead. A former sitcom writer and Paramount paralegal (and no, that doesn't mean he specialized in supernatural law), Van Praagh says he used to see spirits all the time as a child, lost the ability at the age of eight or nine and regained it 20 years later.

Whether he can or not, his success is out of this world — his 1998 book Talking to Heaven: A Medium's Message of Life After Death was a bestseller. And the spirits certainly smiled upon the Danson movie, which was a ratings winner.

Dead set on seeing more of him? You're in luck. Beyond with James Van Praagh, a syndicated TV show, is set to debut this fall.

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Question: A friend of mine ...

Question: A friend of mine and I were talking about how much money stars and show creators make these days and I was amazed at how the stars of Friends are getting $1 million an episode. He said that's nothing compared to what you can make in syndication. How does that work? And isn't that why Bill Cosby's so rich? — Phil H., Storrs, Conn.

Televisionary:

In a word? Yes. And while you have to remember that Cosby wasn't exactly poor by mere mortal standards when The Cosby Show first hit NBC's schedule in the fall of 1984, he walked away with a much fatter wallet.

There are a lot of ways to make money in this business and starring on a hit show for straight pay is one of them. (Just ask Frasier's Kelsey read more

Rupert Everett's Least Fave Thing


Rupert Everett charmed his way into America's hearts by "saying a little prayer" in My Best Friend's Wedding — but no divine intervention could save his alterna-family film, The Next Best Thing. "In defense of its critics," he says, "it certainly wasn't how I wanted it to be."

The British wit signed on to Madonna's ill-reviewed flick with good intentions. In fact, he even attempted to work on it behind the scenes. "At one point, I was the writer and the producer," the 42-year-old explains. "I was barred from being both of them. It was a disappointing thing for me, because it was the first film that I had really started off being kind of in control of."

One of Everett's major complaints about Thing — the tale of a gay man and a straight read more

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