While Showtime's Queer As Folk primarily features male-driven plotlines, the spicy gay sudser's lesbian couple are certainly not wallflowers. And if NYPD Blue alum Michelle Clunie who plays feisty Melanie opposite Thea Gill's lovely Lindsay has anything to say about it, you'll be seeing even more of the show's only two female drama queens.
"I think it's a tough dilemma because the men outnumber us on the show five to two," Clunie points out to TV Guide Online. "So if you divide it up, of course the men are going to have more airtime. But this season we keep getting more storylines, which is a wonderful thing. For next year, I'm really pushing to have some lesbian friends come on the show, so it's not just us in our pajamas with the men popping by to see us. So we'll see how those talks go and hopefully I'll win that battle."
None of this is to say Clunie resents her male castmates for the amount of face time they're getting o
Question: There used to be a television program in the '50s, I think, called Boston Blackie. Could you give me some information on the progam and the actors in it? Thanks much.
Televisionary: Not a problem what else do I have to do on a weekday afternoon, after all? (Just give me a moment to tear myself away from Timmy and Passions.)
Fifty-eight episodes of the syndicated Boston Blackie were produced from 1951-53, starring Kent Taylor as the "enemy of those who make him an enemy, friend of those who have no friend." An L.A. denizen who'd come around from a life of crime, Blackie was helped by gal-pal Mary Wesley (Lois Collier) and accompanied by faithful canine pal Whitey as he solved mysteries the ineffective Inspector Farrady (Frank Orth) couldn't suss out himself... which was pretty much all of them.
The character was originally conceived by writer Jack Boyle in 1919, appearing in a series of magazine stories
Following in the footsteps of Renée Zellweger and Gwyneth Paltrow, Christina Ricci, 21, had to master a British accent for her latest film, The Man Who Cried (opening Friday). The arduous task would have brought the Opposite of Sex star to tears herself, if it weren't for the help of cast and crew.
"I would get nervous before scenes, which is really different for me," says Ricci, who plays a Russian-Jewish refugee who grows up in pre-World War II England. "I work best by not thinking about what I'm doing, but when you do an accent, you have to think about every word."
Ricci was coached by Barbara Berkery, the dialect wiz who trained Zellweger for Bridget Jones's Diary and Paltrow for Shakespeare in Love and
Question: Did Jane Kaczmarek (Bradley Whitford's wife) ever appear in The Paper Chase TV show or movie? Rachel K.
Televisionary: Now, Rachel, let me get this straight. In this time of enlightenment, Ms. Kaczmarek's work on Malcolm in the Middle earns her an Emmy nomination and all you can do is define her as West Wing-er Whitford's wife? Ah, me.
To answer your query, though, the actress was on the small-screen version of the 1973 film. She played law student Connie Lehman in The Paper Chase: the Second Year, the series continuation shown on Showtime in 1983 after CBS's 1979 cancellation of the original Paper Chase. She only appeared for one season, a
Not since Dallas nearly knocked off J.R. Ewing in 1980 has a cliffhanger sparked as widespread a guessing game as the one that has erupted in the wake of this season's Friends finale. The $64,000 question: Who impregnated Rachel (Jennifer Aniston)? A recent TV Guide Online poll revealed that most viewers thought that the single gal's ex-husband Ross ought to stock up on cigars. But he is far from the only fellow who might ace a paternity test. In fact, next season the mom-to-be could conceivably find herself reading Dr. Spock with any of these potential fathers.
Ross (David Schwimmer): Since their breakup, Rachel and her old flame have repeatedly reheated their romance heck, they even got hitched during a lost weekend in Vegas. Plus, just because the one booty call they scheduled on-screen was aborted doesn't mean that there couldn't ha
At the WB's fall schedule presentation to advertisers last week, Angel hunk David Boreanaz practically woke the dead when he stumbled onstage and uttered: "This isn't the UPN." The crack a not-so subtle reference to the Smackdown network's acquisition of Buffy the Vampire Slayer made WB execs' blood boil, and intensified speculation that Boreanaz wanted Angel to join its sister show across the dial.
But in an interview with TV Guide Online, the actor insists that he "really didn't have a preference" either way. "If Angel ended up on UPN, I would still have gone into work and done my thing. And if it stayed on the WB, I'd do the same thing. That's what I get paid to do. I am not in a position to decide what network we should be on."
Of course, Boreanaz concedes that having Buffy and Angel on rival channels will make crossovers "difficu
Question: Can you settle an argument for me? My fiancé and I are arguing over some Old Navy commercials (I believe they showed them mainly during Christmas) featuring the "Item of the Week." There is a woman on the commercial and my fiancé believes it's Megan Mullally from Will & Grace. I say it's not. Who's right? Thanks. Teresa
Televisionary: Once again, I play peacemaker and this time I'm happy to head off a relationship crisis before it tears you two kids apart. Don't let TV get in the way of your love, Teresa. It's just not worth it.
Your intended is right; 'twas Ms. Mullally (Will & Grace's money-loving Karen) dancing with the Old Navy boys in the ads, which hawked such essentials as sleep bottoms and half-zip pullovers. And lest you two lovebirds stop your cooing to battle over another aspect of those spots, that was
Question: Help! I thought I once heard that there were three different openings for The Dick Van Dyke Show one where star Dick Van Dyke falls over the ottoman, a second where he jumps over it, and a third where he goes around. I told my 11-year-old son this and I think he is starting to think I made the whole thing up as we only see Dick go around the ottoman. I can picture all three scenarios in my head but, is it only in my head? Thanks. PS: Love your column. Jacqui
Televisionary: Why, thank you kindly for sharing the love, Jacqui now let's see if I'm worthy of it.
My unearthly Televisionary abilities indicate there were actually four openings to the legendary show, which ran on CBS from October 1961 to September 1966. The first showed two hands holding a folder of photos which spill out to reveal a flattering head shot of the star before a follow-up montage of
Question: In the mid-'70s I seem to recall watching four shows on ABC on Tuesday nights. The schedule was as follows: Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley and Three's Company. I can't for the life of me remember the fourth show. Any help would be appreciated.
Televisionary: It depends on which year you're talking about. In 1977, Happy Days kicked things off at 8 pm, followed by Laverne & Shirley at 8:30 pm,
If you live under a rock, maybe you don't know: The Daytime Emmys just happen to be the biggest awards show of the year, next to the Oscars and the primetime Emmys. And the Tonys. And probably the Grammys, too. And maybe the Espys. Oh yeah, and the CableAce Awards, for sure. And... and...
Okay, fine. So, since perennial also-ran Susan Lucci finally won one of the damn things in 1999, the Daytime Emmys have been pretty pointless. Heck, even she seems to know it. Though the All My Children melodrama queen was again a nominee at Friday night's 28th annual ceremony, she didn't attend, but instead appeared via satellite from her and Regis Philbin's Atlantic City cabaret gig. And why should she have gone? It's not like the show provides the excitement of wondering whether Robert Downey Jr. is going to get busted onstage or the suspense of watching J. Lo read off a TelePrompter, her ample bosom promising to burst forth at any second from a bar