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Question: In the mid-1960s, I ...

Question: In the mid-1960s, I think, Dennis Weaver starred in a show where he had an adopted Korean son, lived on a ranch and drove a convertible Mustang. What was the name of it? Thanks. — Greg T., Dallas, Tex.

Televisionary: That would be the short-lived comedy-drama Kentucky Jones, which ran on NBC for a year beginning in September 1964. Weaver, coming off his nine-year stint as Chester Goode on the classic Gunsmoke, starred as veterinarian Kenneth Yarborough "Kentucky" Jones (he signed his name "K.Y."), who lived on a ranch in southern California.

And the nine-year-old boy of whom you speak, Dwight Eisenhower "Ike" Wong (played by Ricky Der — apparently nifty nicknames were plentiful on this show), was Chinese, not Korean. Kentucky's wife had arranged to adopt the lad and then promptly died, leaving the widower vet to raise him alone.

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Question: I recently saw ...

Question: I recently saw Stephen King's miniseries Rose Red on ABC and I was wondering if there are any plans to sell it on video. Thanks.

Televisionary: What're you, kidding? I mean, sure, the horror-meister's got all the money from his various books, movies, miniseries and videos, but he's got that pending retirement to save for!

The short answer? The latest is that Rose Red will be out on DVD and VHS sometime in May.

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Anne Heche and Coley Laffoon welcomed a 7 lb. infant son on Saturday in L.A. The John Q star and her cameraman hubby have dubbed their first child Homer Heche Laffoon. (Don't laugh, it's not nice.) read more

Question: I don't know if you ...

Question: I don't know if you can help me, but there is a Calypso song playing during the Oil of Olay Moisturizing Body Wash commercial. The song is wonderful. Do you know the title, who performs it and if it is available? Thanks much. — Janet S.

Televisionary: No, no and no. I hate to start off so negative, Janet, but unfortunately that music was written expressly for the ad and isn't available for purchase, according to the helpful Oil of Olay folks. Sorry.

It may make you feel better to know you helped someone else, though. Your query reminded me of one from Corvallis, Ore.'s Kate D., who wanted to know the name and performer of the African-sounding song playing in an Olay UV Protectant ad from a couple of years back. That was South African legend Miriam Makeba singing her signature tune "Pata Pata," which was a big hit in the U.S. in 1967. You'll find it on her album Hits &#038 Highlights, Kate. Now send a nice note to Janet.

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Question: I don't have any ...

Question: I don't have any wagers, arguments or bets to settle. I just have a question, if that's okay. Was there another actress who played Cagney on Cagney &#038 Lacey before Sharon Gless did or is my memory failing already? Thank you for your time. — Ruth Z., Gatlinburg, Tenn.

Televisionary: Actually, there were two, Ruth. Loretta Swit (M*A*S*H) first played Det. Chris Cagney in the CBS TV movie that aired in 1981. However, after that movie proved successful enough for the network executives — who didn't initially believe the concept was strong enough for a show — to order up a series, Swit was unavailable. In stepped actress Meg Foster, and the reason for her abrupt departure together with the lack of network spin on it provides an interesting lesson in how different today's political climate is from that of 20 years ago.

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Partridge Family mom Shirley Jones has filed for divorce from her husband of 25 years, comedian Marty Ingels. Jones cited irreconcilable differences as the reason. read more

X-Finale: The Confusion Is Out There

Here's a puzzle even Mulder and Scully would be hard-pressed to solve: How do you wrap up nearly a decade's worth of convoluted — and some might say downright undecipherable — mythology in just two hours? That's the challenge currently facing producers of Fox's The X-Files, which ends its nine-year run on May 19.

"The truth is, it would be impossible to answer all of the questions people might have," executive producer Frank Spotnitz tells TV Guide Online. "More than answering questions, the [final episode will be] about giving meaning to the story that we've told for the past nine years — giving closure not just to the hard plot of The X-Files, but to the lives of the characters."

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Hartnett Co-Star's Bad Trip

Though he's best known as doobie-tokin' Rubin from Road Trip, Paulo Costanzo doesn't love being recognized for that role. "Luckily, I played kind of an introverted pothead, so I don't have people screaming [at me]," he sighs. "Once in awhile, there's a person who gives me weed on the street or something. A lot of people do that."

Sadly, he's not amused. "If you really feel that [a movie] showcases what you want to put forth into the world and you get recognized for that — then you can take the compliments personally," Costanzo says. "I never really liked the movie. I'm not a fan of that type of [teen] movie. So I don't take the compliments very personally with that."

Well, at least he's honest. "I'm a huge film buff and I have a very distinct taste," the 23-year-old offers. "So I can either say, 'I like it because I'm in it' — o read more


Think moviegoers are tiring of war-themed films? Think again. Mel Gibson's Vietnam War saga We Were Soldiers debuted at the top of the box office, grossing $20.2 million. The Josh Hartnett romantic comedy, 40 Days and 40 Nights, opened at No. 2 with a respectable $12.5 million. Rounding out the top five: John Q (No. 3 with $8.4 million), Dragonfly (No. 4 with $6.8 million) and Return to Never Land (No. 5 with $6.5 million). Last weekend's No. 1, vampire pic Queen of the Damned, bit the dust in its second weekend of release, plummeting to sixth place with $5.8 million. read more


On Feb. 28, soap opera actress Mary Stuart died at 75 due to complications from a stroke. A beloved suds staple for 50 years, she starred as Jo in Search for Tomorrow's entire 35-year run. Most recently, she was Meta on Guiding Light. For more on Stuart's passing, read Soaps News on Friday. read more

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