Angie Harmon whose three-year run as assistant district attorney Abbie Carmichael on Law & Order ended with last week's season finale didn't leave the show without giving her replacement, Bull's Elisabeth Rohm, some lasting words of encouragement. "She said, 'Come on, I wanna give you a tour of the set,'" laughs Rohm. "She's a very gregarious person. I really didn't talk to her that long, but she was lovely."
Given the speed of the transition Rohm started work less than 24 hours after Harmon taped her final scene it's no surprise their encounter was a brief one. (Fearing a writers strike, L&O creator Dick Wolf got an early jump on Season 12; an agreement between scribes and producers has since been reached.) "I must say, we had wondered what it was going to be like ahead of time," admits co-star Sam Waterston of the rapid leading-lady switcheroo. "But
As much as Mercedes McNab relishes playing Harmony, the undead dingbat of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and sister show Angel, she still dreads reading her scripts. "Every time I get one," she tells TV Guide Online, "all I do is skim to the end to find out if I die. It's really scary."
Luckily, the actress notes, as hare-brained as the blonde blood-sucker can be, she has managed to hit upon a fool-proof survival tactic. "The theme of every episode seems to be, 'Make Harmony as big an idiot as possible, then have her run away with her tail between her legs.'"
All kidding aside, McNab probably needn't fret quite so much over her alter ego's life expectancy: She clearly has made a fan of series creator Joss Whedon, who originally read her for the part of Buffy. "I don't think [Harmony's expanded role] is cosmic payback [because Sarah Michelle Gellar got cast]," she insist
CSI stud George Eads is having technical difficulties, please stand by... Apparently, starring as a forensic investigator on TV is almost as hard as being one! And the actor who plays dreamboat-in-a-labcoat Nick Stokes on the hit crimefest clearly has the most trouble running his lines in science-speak.
"You know, I didn't realize how applied technology has really become to forensics," Eads tells the TV Guide Channel. "It's complicated. There's static dust [fingerprint] lifters. And scopolamine is a certain kind of chemical that you can put on a dry surface and it will reveal blood. Uh no, that's phenalthalene, sorry. Scopolamine is somethin' else it knocks you out. So yeah, I'm learning quite a bit!"
Charmingly flustered, Eads tries to make a save: "It's an ongoing thing," he concedes, "but the tech advisor's always there. If she just lets us know how to pronounce the word and what the chemical o
Question: On Boston Public, the teacher played by Jessalyn Gilsig was driving and listening to a song when her car broke down, prompting her to take a baseball bat to it. What was the name of the song? My wife really like the few lyrics she heard and would like to get it. Thank You Jimmy L., husband of a fan
Televisionary: But of course, Jimmy. However, may I first say you're a breath of fresh marital air for writing in to help the little lady, unlike all the other cranky spouses who merely want to prove their partners wrong in a spat?
Anyway, the tune teacher Lauren Davis (Gilsig) listened to just before meeting her stalker ex-student was the 1973 Intruders hit "I'll Always Love My Mama," which the wee Televisionary sang along with during his AM-radio childhood in Philadelphia. The band recorded with visionary producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, who created the acclaimed "Philly sound," but a
Apparently, spending a month on a far-flung island with rats, snakes and Richard Hatch can prepare you for anything even a movie career. To wit, original Survivor castaway Colleen Haskell, 24, makes her big screen debut on Friday in The Animal, which co-stars a motley menagerie including Saturday Night Live alum Rob Schneider.
Though she initially wasn't too confident about her acting ability, the novice says sharing screen time with a cast of critters helped take the pressure off. "I liked having the animals on the set because they attracted attention away from me," Haskell chuckles. "No matter how bad I was messing up, the goat was really messing up!"
Unfortunately, when it came time to film one unsavory scene in which Schneider chews up a live worm and lets a baby turkey vulture eat it from his mouth her gag re
Question: Can you please tell me the name of the song (and the artist) that played at the end of The West Wing's season finale? Thanks. Shirley
Televisionary: That was the title song from Dire Straits's 1985 disc Brothers in Arms, Shirley. And let me congratulate you for your speedy keyboard work you were the first in a wave of viewers who logged on and asked about it. (I had a hunch there'd be at least a few of you guys when I watched it thanks for demonstrating that I'm right every now and then).
If you're looking to sample the band, that's not a bad place to start, certainly, though several of the tracks on it ("Walk of Life," "Money for Nothing") were played to death for years after the album's release. However, in my opinion Dire Straits's best remains 1980's Making Movies.
And I must admit that while I'm usually not a big fan of using pop music to create mood and impact on TV
If Traci Elizabeth Lords wasn't such a hottie, she probably would've recorded a half-dozen albums by now. But dang it, her ready-for-its-close-up pout not to mention her underrated acting ability keep getting her cast on TV series (like First Wave, the Sci Fi Channel's Invasion of the Body Snatchers-meets-The Fugitive hybrid) and
in movies (among them, the upcoming Blade sequel). As a result, fans of her scorching 1995 techno platter, 1,000 Fires, just keep waiting for her to get back into the groove.
"I was six tracks into a new record when I signed to do First Wave," the sometime songwriter tells TV Guide Online, "and now that I'm [done taping for the season], I'm like, 'I don't feel like that anymore.' So basically, it's all screwed up. I have to start all over."
While the prospect of scrapping a half-finished disc would start many a vocalist shrieking in panic, this admirer of acts as diverse as Ricky Ma
Question: Did Heather Locklear ever appear on TV's CHiPs?
Televisionary: Nope, but I can certainly understand why you might think so.
Affectionately known by fans as "chippies" (I assume they don't mean the slang term for a female prostitute), a few different lady officers rotated through the California Highway Patrol during CHiPs's 1977-83 run on NBC. Brianne Leary played Officer Sindy Cahill from 1978-79, Randi Oakes patrolled as Officer Bonnie Clark from 1979-82 and Tina Gayle enforced the law as Officer Kathy Linahan from 1982 until the series left the air.
I bet you're thinking of current Spin City star Locklear's work in the
Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon wants to set the record straight so to speak about the show's upcoming all-musical episode. Contrary to his recent Buffy.com posting, in which he told fans, in jest, that the installment "could be the worst hour of TV ever made," the acclaimed auteur is now singing a different tune.
"I actually think it's going to be good," he says of the episode, which is slated to air next season during November sweeps (it's episode six). "But it is something I've never done before, so it's a little nerve-racking."
Whedon who will write and direct the hour-long singing and dancing extravaganza (with a choreographer on deck to coordinate the fancy footwork) reveals that beneath all the spectacle will rest something far more profound than, say, a Busby Berkeley opus. "It's about what it's like to live in a musical world," he previews, "because all our guys are gonn
Question: Who were the stars on the TV show The Streets of San Francisco?
Televisionary: Karl Malden was the "name" star in the police drama, which ran on ABC from September 1972 to June 1977, and Michael Douglas was the unknown kid with the famous dad (Kirk, for you newcomers to TV and film). And a fitting match they were to play street-educated Det. Mike Stone (Malden) and college-boy Inspector Steve Keller (Douglas). (For the record, Douglas left the show and was replaced by a pre-Battlestar Galactica Richard Hatch's Inspector Dan Robbins in 1976, but I find the Malden-Douglas comparison to be far more interesting, so I'll just ignore poor Apollo.)
At the time the show debuted, Malden, born Mladen Sekulovich, was a film veteran who'd worked his way up from