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ARTIE IMITATES LIFE

Former Mad TV funnyman-turned-Howard Stern sidekick Artie Lange is set to produce and star in an NBC comedy playing a man caught between his blue-collar roots and his current life as a semi-successful sitcom star. Veteran Simpsons scribe Sam Simon is developing the project with Lange. read more

Question: Sometime in ...

Question: Sometime in September there was a program on either the Food Network, Discovery, or The History Channel featuring the lavish and sumptuous menus of King Henry VIII, his dining habits and cooking staff. Frequently the features on these channels are aired more than once. I would be most interested in the title of that program and if or when it may air again. If not, is it available on video? I've exhausted my search and would appreciate your help. Thank you. — Julia, Oakland, Cal.

Televisionary: Sorry to say, Julia, that the The Food Network has no immediate plans to rerun its Eat Like a King special or make it available on home video. However, a network spokesperson tells me they could always decide to air it again sometime next year. In the meantime, you can read a little more about it on the network's site, FoodTV.com. And if you're into other Food Network fare, episodes o read more

Question: I'm hoping you can ...

Question: I'm hoping you can help me find the name of a movie I saw as a child and provide me with a site or sites that can help me. The movie dealt with a small boy who befriended a girl and a sea turtle that no one else could see. He moved away and eventually returned to the coastal community he had lived in. The girl had grown up into a young woman and the sea turtle was of immense size. The turtle had a mark on its back that they had drawn. I believe this was a made-for-TV movie aired by one of the big three. This would be, say, 20 to 26 years ago. Any help would be appreciated. — John G., Syracuse, N.Y.

Televisionary: Now comes the part where I feel a little guilty about linking to someone else's work, John, but since I keep getting questions about The Bermuda Depths, and I, too, was obsessed with the movie, its star (Connie Selleca) and the theme music (Vivaldi's Largo from his Concerto in D, RV93 ) as a lad, I'll help you out. (And oddly enoug read more

UP A CREEK

Dawson's Creek star Joshua Jackson was arrested and charged with drunkenly assaulting a security guard at a Carolina Hurricanes hockey game Saturday night in Raleigh, N.C. The 24-year-old actor allegedly grabbed the 40-year-old guard around the neck and struck him. Jackson posted $1,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court on the misdemeanor charge on Dec. 4. A Creek crew member was also arrested and charged with being disruptive and possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Creek films in nearby Wilmington. read more

THIS'LL MAKE HIS DAY

Clint Eastwood has been selected to receive the Screen Actors Guild's Life Achievement Award — the group's most prestigious honor. "Clint Eastwood is truly a film icon, a celebrated star of international magnitude," says SAG president Melissa Gilbert. "His prolific career as an actor and filmmaker demonstrates a total command of the medium that has rightly earned him the admiration of his peers, the industry and the public." Eastwood will be presented with the honor at the 9th Annual SAG Awards on March 9. read more

Question: How long was Sonny ...

Question: How long was Sonny and Cher's show on the air and why was it canceled? Thanks. — Sue P., Ocean City, Md.

Televisionary: Well, that answer's not quite so simple since we have to talk about the pre- and post-divorce incarnations. What most people think of when they mention the hit show is The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, which launched on CBS in August 1971 as a summer tryout and met with enough enthusiasm to land a regular slot on the schedule.

When Salvatore and Cherilyn (n&#233e La Piere) Bono first hit the air, they'd already enjoyed success in the music field, recording such hits as "I Got You, Babe" and "The Beat Goes On." But that was the mid-'60s, and in between read more

Question: What was the theme ...

Question: What was the theme song to the show Joanie loves Chachi, and where can I find it? — Brenda H., Batavia, N.Y.

Televisionary: The theme song to the Happy Days spin-off, which ran from March 1982 to September 1983 on ABC, was called "You Look at Me." Written by Pamela Phillips and James P. Dunne, it was sung by stars Erin Moran and Scott Baio. As far as I know, it's not available for purchase anywhere, but, as always, if someone wants to correct me, I'm game.

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Question: What is the name of ...

Question: What is the name of the girl Mary on 7th Heaven? — Josh W., Williamsport, Pa.

Televisionary: Uh, that would be Mary, Josh. Or maybe you'd like the name of the actress? 'Tis Jessica Biel who plays the wayward Mary Camden on the WB family drama.

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Question: I was wondering if ...

Question: I was wondering if the actress that plays A.J.'s new girlfriend on The Sopranos also plays the role of Alison on As The World Turns? If not, they look very similar to each other. — Melissa F., San Diego, Cal.

Televisionary: That she does. Devin Pillsbury, A.J.'s new flame on HBO's mob drama, is played by Jessica Dunphy, who also pulls down a check playing ATWT's conniving Alison Stewart for CBS. You may also have spotted her doing guest work on ABC's All My Children.

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BREAK IN THE CASE

An arrest has been made in the weekend shooting death of television and film actor Merlin Santana. According to The Associated Press, Los Angeles police arrested a woman early Monday in connection with the murder. Authorities provided no other details. read more

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