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American Idol meanie Simon Cowell is in talks with NBC to produce an updated version of the classic '60s TV series The Monkees. According to Variety, the remake would feature a new American boy band in the roles made famous by Davy Jones, Mickey Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork. read more


Sean Young will appear on the first two episodes of NBC's Third Watch this fall... Oscar winner Marlee Matlin gave birth to a baby boy, Tyler Daniel Grandalski, on Thursday. This is her third child with husband Kevin Grandalski... Rapper Ja Rule is in negotiations to reprise his role in The Fast and the Furious 2. read more


Eminem's "Without Me" and Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott's "One Minute Man" led the list of nominees for this year's MTV Video Music Awards with six apiece. Rock group P.O.D. also received six nods, but they were split between two clips: "Alive" and "Youth of the Nation." Other multiple nominees included Shakira's "Whenever, Wherever" and White Stripes's "Fell in Love With a Girl." The VMAs are slated for August 29 at New York's Radio City Music Hall. Saturday Night Live's Jimmy Fallon will serve as host. read more

Question: At the end of Door ...

Question: At the end of Door to Door, they ran the URL for Bill Porter's website. We thought it was real and so we tried to log on and purchase something because we were so moved by the movie, but the site wouldn't come up. Please help us find it.

Televisionary: The URL given for Porter's site ( was correct, but the problem you're having reaching it is a classic case of too much of a good thing. So many people watched and enjoyed TNT's first broadcast of the movie, which stars William H. Macy as the real-life Porter, that the site's server has been overwhelmed with customers wanting to buy something from him, according to a TNT spokesperson. She asked that you be patient and keep trying.

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CBS's Big Brother is in big trouble again. According to, 25-year-old contestant Chiara Berti was arrested in late May for drunk driving. The incident took place in Los Angeles, where Berti was in the final stages of the Big Brother 3 audition/screening process. Berti's arraignment has been set for Sept. 3. CBS spokesman Chris Ender responds: "We were aware of the incident, but it didn't preclude her participation in the show." And what if Berti's still in the Big house when her Sept. 3 court date rolls around? "If that's the case, then we'd have to make a decision whether she's allowed to temporarily leave the house to make the court appearance or [if] that would be grounds for eviction from the show," he says, "but neither scenario has yet been discussed." Ironically, in a Q&A posted on, Berti expressed concern about the exposure that comes with read more

Question: What TV series did ...

Question: What TV series did Robert Walden star in? — Sharon M., Riverside, Calif.

Televisionary: There are a few answers to that question, Sharon, so I, being ever dutiful, will run you through them all.

Walden, whose early big-screen work includes such films as the first Out-of-Towners, Woody Allen's Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex But Were Afraid To Ask and All the President's Men, first showed up on TV in NBC's The New Doctors, a medical drama that ran from September 1969 to June 1973. He joined the show in its last season to replace a character played by the departed John Saxon.

However, you're probably thinking of one of two other shows. From S read more


MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews was hospitalized late Monday with malaria. According to a network press release, Matthews is expected to leave Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., later this week and return to Hardball shortly. Veteran journalist Mike Barnicle will fill in on Hardball until Matthews returns. read more

Question: On Gunsmoke, ...

Question: On Gunsmoke, Milburn Stone was always known as "Doc" Adams. I say he had a name (Galen) but my friend says he was just "Doc." Please tell us who is correct. Thanks. — Lynn, Fairfield, Calif.

Televisionary: You are. Doc, the only major character besides Marshall Matt Dillon (James Arness) to stay on the CBS show for its entire 1955-75 run, was indeed named Galen.

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Question: We recently saw Nan ...

Question: We recently saw Nan Martin in Shallow Hal. Has she been in any TV shows? — Dawn, Phoenix, Ariz.

Televisionary: Martin, who's appeared on the big screen in such offerings as Goodbye Columbus and the two Other Side of the Mountain movies, made her first significant series appearance opposite Jeffrey Tambor, who played a blind English professor in ABC's Mr. Sunshine. However, since that show was only on the air from March to September in 1986, I'm betting you missed it.

More likely, you caught her in her numerous appearances as Ms. Louder, owner of Winfred-Louder, the store Drew Carey works for on The Drew Carey Show read more

Question: Could you please ...

Question: Could you please refresh my memory as to the lyrics of the Grizzly Adams theme? — Frances R., Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Televisionary: It'd be positively beastly of me to refuse, wouldn't it? (And no whining about that pun, please — there are plenty more where that came from.) The theme song from the series, which ran on NBC from February 1977 to July 1978, was sort of what you'd get if you threw Michael Murphy's "Wildfire" and anything by Bread into a blender. And went a little something like this:

Deep inside the forest there's a door into another land.
Here is our life and home.
We are staying here forever in the beauty of this place all alone.
We keep on hoping.
Maybe there's a world where we don't have to run.
Maybe there's a time we'll call our own, living free in harmony and majesty.
Take me home. Take me home.

It comes off all pure, sweet and natural, wouldn't you say? Well, j read more

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