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PAPA DIDN'T PREACH

Madonna's spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg is flatly denying reports that her client is pregnant. The Material Girl's dad, Tony Ciccone, reportedly told a British newspaper over the weekend that his superstar daughter was expecting her third child, but Rosenberg insists that such an interview never took place. read more

Question: What happened to ...

Question: What happened to the show The Street? It came on for a while in 2000 and then it just went off. What happened to it?

Televisionary: Fox delisted it after critics and viewers decided it was of little or no value.

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SHORT CUTS

Scorpion King star Kelly Hu has joined the cast of X-Men 2 playing mutant villain Anne... Melrose Place alum Jack Wagner will host a new golf-themed interview show for ESPN titled Off Course. It debuts June 11 at 7:30 pm/ET. read more

THEY'RE HERE, THEY'RE QUEER, GET USED TO IT

Showtime has renewed its racy gay soap Queer as Folk for two more 16-episode seasons. Queer's second season concludes June 16. read more

TRIAL, INTERRUPTED

Talk about a lucky break. A judge delayed Winona Ryder's preliminary hearing on shoplifting and drug charges after the actress allegedly re-injured her right elbow while pushing past reporters outside court. Ryder fractured her right arm while filming the upcoming Adam Sandler comedy Mr. Deeds. The case is expected to resume on Thursday. read more

Question: I seem to remember ...

Question: I seem to remember that Drew Carey had a small, recurring role as a mechanic in a short-lived sitcom in the early 1990s. Was this really Drew? What was the name of the show? — Mark W.

Televisionary: That would be NBC's The Good Life, which launched in January 1994 and starred John Caponera as John Bowman, a family man and working man whose job at a security products business helped put food on the table for his wife (Eve Gordon) and three kids. (Of course, a better title might've been Short and Sweet, since the show was off the air by May.)

Carey played a guy named Drew Clark (the writers really sweated the character names on this series), who ran the company loading dock with John and was his best friend. Of the cast members, Carey bounced the highest by far on the reb read more

Question: I've been watching ...

Question: I've been watching the miniseries Band of Brothers on HBO, and I was wondering if there was any information about availability dates for DVD or video. Hats off to Tom Hanks. The series is great! — DCA, Seal Beach, Calif.

Televisionary: My friends at HBO Video don't have an exact release date, but they tell me Band of Brothers will probably be out on VHS and DVD sometime in the fourth quarter of this year, DCA, so keep the credit card in the wallet until October or so.

And I'm with you on Hank's track record for HBO. Band of Brothers, with its excellent writing and acting and its attention to detail, is right up there among the best of the best war movies. Between that and Hanks's From the Earth to the Moon, his name is on two of the finest miniseries to ever grace the small screen, in my opinion.

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Question: Now that Spider-Man ...

Question: Now that Spider-Man is getting huge box office, I have a bet with my dad. He says that there was a live Spider-Man TV show in the late '70s or early '80s. I say there wasn't. Can you tell me if there was or was not? Thank you for your time. — Anna N.

Televisionary: Father knows best, Anna (at least in this case, but he's probably right about that music of yours being too loud, too). Nicholas Hammond was your friendly neighborhood webslinger on CBS from April to May 1978 and Robert F. Simon was his cantankerous boss, J. Jonah Jameson. After the regular series ended, Spider-Man returned as several specials that aired periodically into the following year. 'Nuff said.

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BOND'S NEXT MOVE

Pierce Brosnan — currently hard at work on the latest James Bond pic, Die Another Day — has signed on to star in and produce the romantic comedy Laws of Attraction, Variety reports. He'll play a divorce lawyer who falls in love with another divorce lawyer. read more

Question: Can you please tell ...

Question: Can you please tell me the years the show Fridays was on and list its cast members? Thank you.

Televisionary: Fridays, ABC's answer to Saturday Night Live, was on from April 1980 to October 1982. Its regular cast members included Mark Blankfield (Good &#038 Evil), Maryedith Burrell (The Jackie Thomas Show), Melanie Chartoff (Parker Lewis Can't Lose), Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Darrow Igus, read more

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