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Question: Maybe it's my ...

Question: Maybe it's my memory going in my old age, but I seem to remember a live-action superhero show from when I was a kid. It was a one-shot show, with characters from the DC comics. Help me out and tell me I'm not crazy. — Rodney

Televisionary: You're not crazy, Rodney, though the youthful version of me sure wished Legends of the Superheroes was but a madman's hallucination when I suffered through it in 1978. Alas, it was real, alright.

Now, I have no idea if you were as much of a comic-book geek as I was as a kid, but just imagine how much I looked forward to some of my favorite superheroes appearing on TV. Now picture my steadily falling face as I watched the Hanna-Barbera-produced Legends, which was like a staged version of the execrable Super Friends — only much worse. Remember the extreme close-up of young Danny's horror-stricken mug in The Shining? Darned close.

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Question: I recently heard a ...

Question: I recently heard a musical group on The Tonight Show, but missed their name. It aired Oct. 7 and James Van Der Beek was also on. Maybe I don't know how to search such things on the computer very well, but I've been on The Tonight Show and TV Guide websites and so far have not come close to finding anything out. Help! Thank you big time. — Greg P., San Francisco, Cal.

Televisionary: The band in question is Queens of the Stone Age. You can find out more about them here.

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Question: This isn't a bet or ...

Question: This isn't a bet or an argument, but I don't believe a friend of mine who told me they shot the pilot of The Love Boat a bunch of times before the network accepted it. Is that true? I can't believe anyone actually tried to make it that bad. Thanks and keep up the good work. — Vic J., Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Televisionary: I see what you're getting at, Vic, but keep in mind that The Love Boat's brand of "bad" kept it on ABC's schedule for nine years (1977-86) and made it an unsinkable hit from its very start, despite the many waterline shots it took from critics. ("My idea of hell is to spend eternity watching 1950s films starring Sandra Dee, Gale Storm and read more

Question: Who was the actress ...

Question: Who was the actress who played opposite George C. Scott in East Side/West Side in the 1960s? — Tom R., Berlin, Md.

Televisionary: You're probably thinking of Elizabeth Wilson, who was Scott's boss at the New York welfare agency that served as the setting for the series, which debuted on CBS in 1963. Either that or you mean Cicely Tyson, who played the agency's secretary.

East Side/West Side left the air after only a season, most likely because '60s-era viewers didn't take to realistic (for the time) portrayals of real urban social problems. Learning from the experience, Scott went on to big-screen stardom in such relentlessly upbeat fare as Rage read more

Question: I have a simple ...

Question: I have a simple question about who has been on more TV Guide covers. I have a dinner riding on this. My friend says Mary Tyler Moore. I say Lucille Ball. Who is right? — Richard, Dallas, Pa.

Televisionary: You are, Mr. Freebie Diner. And if your pal won't take my word for it, humiliate the unlucky lad or lass by going to our wondrous Cover Gallery and searching on both names.

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PEER PRESSURE

The Winona Ryder saga took another turn for the bizarre on Friday when former Sony Pictures head Peter Guber was selected as one of the jurors in the actress's shoplifting trial. Also among the 12-person jury: A TV producer and a Sony legal secretary. Opening arguments begin today. read more

Revisiting Dallas: Southfork Role Call

Ever since we caught wind of 20th Century Fox's plans to remake Dallas for the big screen, we haven't been able to stop trying to imagine which wannabe Ewings could possibly fill the Stetsons and cowboy boots of the CBS series' original 1978-91 cast. Who, we wondered, really, truly deserves to take a shot at J.R. Ewing — er, that is, at the role of J.R.? Well, darlin', why don't you just fire up the barbecue, kick back and read on for a spell? TV Guide Online has picked the perfect performers to play not only the oiliest tycoon this side of Kenneth Lay, but his feudin' family, too.

George Clooney as J.R.: We always thought there was an inappropriately devilish gleam in ER doc Doug Ross's eye. Plus, casting this matinee idol as the two-timing Texa read more

TITUS RETURNS!

Comic Christopher Titus, whose self-titled Fox sitcom was axed in May after three seasons, is developing a new hour-long buddy drama for NBC. Titus — who first revealed his dramatic ambitions to TV Guide Online in July — will star in and produce the series. His dream co-star? John Leguizamo. read more

CONCERT MISHAP

Nearly a dozen people attending a Bow Wow concert Saturday night in Minneapolis were hospitalized with minor injuries after a floor railing gave way. The railing snapped as fans pressed forward when the teen rap star worked his way into the crowd. read more

Farewell to Harry Potter Star Richard Harris


On Friday, Richard Harris — who starred as Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and the upcoming sequel Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (opening Nov. 15) — died peacefully in a London hospital. The 72-year-old acting vet — an Oscar nominee for 1990's The Field — had recently been undergoing chemotherapy for treatment of Hodgkin's disease.

In an interview conducted just a few days before Harris's passing, Harry Potter director Chris Columbus told TV Guide Online that the feisty Irishman's will to live was strong. "I saw Richard a coup read more

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