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Entertainment World Halts to Mourn


Tuesday’s devastating terrorist attacks against the United States shut down the entertainment industry, closing major Hollywood studios, canceling awards shows and shutting down both Disney theme parks. As before with tragic events that reach across the country — most notably President Kennedy's assassination in 1963 — Americans turned to live TV coverage to try to sort through the shocking news. All regular network programming was suspended throughout Tuesday and most of Wednesday. The major television networks — ABC, CBS, NBC — featured non-stop coverage of the assault and its aftermath. MTV and VH1 replaced its regular programming with reports from CBS News, and QVC halted all shopping, opting instead to post a message urging viewers to donate blood.

Behind the scenes, the networks debated whether to push back the premieres of some of their fall shows this week. (For the latest, see Entertainment News.) read more

Order Restored to Harmon's Life


What's the secret behind Angie Harmon's happy marriage to New York Giants cornerback Jason Sehorn? Apparently, unemployment. The Law & Order alumna — who quit the NBC drama at the end of last season to pursue film work — confesses to TV Guide Online that she's growing increasingly fond of her new domesticated lifestyle.

"It's the first time that my husband actually has to leave the house before I do," she enthuses. "He's leaving at 6:15 in the morning and I'm like, 'Buh-bye!' And when he comes home I get to cook for him. I've had a blast — I'm loving it."

In fact, the 29-year-old ex-Baywatch babe is relishing her gig as homemaker so much that she's tempted to take early retirement. Natch, she's kidding — or so Hollywood better hope. Asked when she plans to start pounding the pavement again, Harmon winks: "Probably in like 10 or 15 years.

"I'm at a really good pl read more

Entertainment World Halts to Mourn


Tuesday’s devastating terrorist attacks against the United States shut down the entertainment industry, closing major Hollywood studios, canceling awards shows and shutting down both Disney theme parks. As before with tragic events that reach across the country ? most notably President Kennedy's assassination in 1963 ? Americans turned to live TV coverage to try to sort through the shocking news. All regular network programming was suspended throughout Tuesday and most of Wednesday. The major television networks — ABC, CBS, NBC — featured non-stop coverage of the assault and its aftermath. MTV and VH1 replaced its regular programming with reports from CBS News, and QVC halted all shopping, opting instead to post a message urging viewers to donate blood.

Behind the scenes, the networks debated whether to push back the premieres of some of their fall shows this week. At press time, CBS had not officially announced if Wednesday night's premiere of Wolf Lake read more

Order Restored to Harmon's Life


What's the secret behind Angie Harmon's happy marriage to New York Giants cornerback Jason Sehorn? Apparently, unemployment. The Law & Order alumna — who quit the NBC drama at the end of last season to pursue film work — confesses to TV Guide Online that she's growing increasingly fond of her new domesticated lifestyle.

"It's the first time that my husband actually has to leave the house before I do," she enthuses. "He's leaving at 6:15 in the morning and I'm like, 'Buh-bye!' And when he comes home I get to cook for him. I've had a blast — I'm loving it."

In fact, the 29-year-old ex-Baywatch babe is relishing her gig as homemaker so much that she's tempted to take early retirement. Natch, she's kidding — or so Hollywood better hope. Asked when she plans to start pounding the pavement again, Harmon winks: "Probably in like 10 or 15 years.

"I'm at a really good pl read more

Question: Greetings! I have ...

Question: Greetings! I have rather vague but persistent memories of a TV series based on the evil Chinese doctor Fu Manchu (I think he was a doctor) that aired in the late '50s. I grew up in the NYC area and perhaps it was more of a local show. Any help? Thanks. — Richard H., Costa Mesa, Calif.

Televisionary: It wasn't a local show, Richard, but it was syndicated so it's tough to say exactly where it aired around the country. I can tell you, however, that 39 episodes of The Adventures of Fu Manchu were produced from 1955-56, starring Glen Gordon as the nefarious doctor. (Yep, he had his degree, though for all I know it might've been one of those honorary certificates you get when you're famous and speak at graduation. Or perhaps he had to defend his thesis on poisoning the masses or something?)

Based on the characters created by writer Sax Rohmer, Fu Manchu revolved around the brilliant scientist and those who thwarted his no-good schemes read more

Love Cruise's Sexy Secrets Revealed!


Meet Toni, whose store-bought bosom puts her fellow female contestants on guard right from the start on Fox's Love Cruise (debuting tonight at 9 pm/ET on Fox). "I don't mind what people say [about my plastic surgery]. Why do you think I got them?" the brassy blonde proudly declares during a round of the boat-based reality series's "Hot Seat" competition. "I wanted to make myself more attractive to men. It was my choice, my money and I did what I had to do."

Oh, to remember the simpler times of Love Boat, when the most bawdy banter stopped and started with, "Would you like to come in for a night cap?" Instead, Love Cruise — in which eight eligible men share a boat with eight single women — aims to make serious waves. "This is a very raucous, salacious, gregarious — and even exhibitionist — cast," host Justin Gunn teases TV Guide Online. "Each and every one of them is a grand personality with a lot to give."

Af read more

Question: Could you please ...

Question: Could you please tell me what year and network Get Christie Love was on and who was its star? How long did it last on television? Thanks! — Lisette

Televisionary: Get Christie Love, which sought to play off the renown of such tough blaxploitation cookies as Cleopatra Jones and the legendary Pam Grier's Coffy, debuted on ABC in September 1974, starring former Rowan &#038 Martin's Laugh-In bikini girl Teresa Graves as the titular undercover cop.

The big problem, as is mentioned in our fabulous read more

Question: Hello. My father ...

Question: Hello. My father and I disagree: I thought Kristy McNichol was just in movies until Empty Nest, but he seems to think she was in a television series prior to that. Is that true? If so, what was the name? Thank you for your help. — Holly

Televisionary:

Sorry, Holly, but the sentiment holds true in this case: Father knows best. Teen superstar Kristy McNichol made her first splash as a nationally known celeb playing 13-year-old Letitia "Buddy" Lawrence on ABC's groundbreaking Family in March 1976. And her tale resembles that of other child stars — stardom without a real-life perspective was a tough way to grow up.

"Every read more

Question: I asked this two ...

Question: I asked this two weeks ago and still have seen nothing in your column. Could you please tell us (my government class) how each character's role corresponds to his or her counterpart in the real White House? We know C.J. is the press secretary, Leo is Chief of Staff and Charlie is the president's aide. The roles of Josh, Toby and Sam are not remembered. We know TV Guide printed the comparisons in an issue, but cannot find it. Could you please tell us their roles? I will check your column again on Tuesday. Thanking you in advance. — Evelyn T.

Televisionary: Jeez, Evelyn — you've waited a whole two weeks and you're already getting all huffy and demanding on me? I'll assume you're the teacher of that class and not a student, then. I've got months-old questions still waiting for a column slot, but since I still feel guilty for vexing my own instructors with woeful academic performance all those years ago, I'll try to make up for it in some small w read more

Moonlighting: The True (Horror) Story


The egos. The tantrums. The power plays. Moonlighting could have gone down in history as one of the 1980s' most critically acclaimed series. But thanks to Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd, ABC's detective show instead will always be known as the hit that was critically injured by its own cast. Were rumors of backstage backbiting exaggerated? At last, TV Guide Online can tell all.

"Everything you've heard is, to an extent, probably true," attests Curtis Armstrong, who was brought on board as wannabe gumshoe Herbert Viola when tensions flared between the leads during season two. "It was absolutely true that Bruce and Cybill didn't like each other, and don't like each other. They behaved abominably at times."

Although as much as possible Armstrong avoided getting caught in the crossfire, he couldn't help but marvel at the commotion that his colleagues caused. "I was watching it happen around me, and read more

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