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Alias/Felicity Crossover!

Felicity's Greg Grunberg — who has been juggling his role as madcap inventor Sean on the WB drama with a recurring gig as a wisecracking CIA agent on ABC's Alias — insists that Keri Russell and co. are not bitter that he was chosen to make the jump to the acclaimed spy caper and not them.

"So far, they've been really great," Grunberg winks to TV Guide Online. Besides, he adds, "you can't have more than one [Felicity castmember] on Alias. It gets weird."

Grunberg confesses that his friendship with J.J. Abrams — the creative force behind both shows — likely gave him the edge over his co-stars. "I've known J.J. my read more

Ellen DeGeneres: Oscar Host?

Might Ellen DeGeneres's universally-lauded performance as host of the 53rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards earlier this month lead her to snag the granddaddy of all gigs — the Oscars? That's the buzz in Hollywood.

"Ellen did such a good job at the Emmys — even snaring that rare thing, a standing ovation from a cynical Hollywood crowd — that it's inevitable she's now considered a serious candidate," says Tom O'Neil, author of Movie Awards and host of award-predictions website "It doesn't matter that she's not a movie biz insider. Johnny Carson did an ace job hosting the Oscars five times."

Oscar organizers aren't ruling the idea out — especially considering perennial emcee read more

Titus Psycho Returns!

Why didn't Christopher Titus incorporate his leading lady's recent off-screen pregnancy into his Fox sitcom Titus? After all, Cynthia Watros's Erin character is largely based on Titus's own bride, Erin — who also just gave birth.

"Nothing kills an [adult] TV show quicker — whether it was Little Ricky coming back [on I Love Lucy] or Mad About You having a kid — than adding a kid to it," Titus tells TV Guide Online. "Especially on our show with the hard comedy we do. You add a kid into the mix, all of a sudden it takes some of the fun out of that."

An interesting point of view, considering the comic's decision to, well, add a kid to the cast this season (which kicks off tonight at 9:30 pm/ET). Rachel Roth, who played Erin's teenage niece Amy in on read more

The Bride of Bernie Mac

Like All in the Family, Fox's The Bernie Mac Showdebuting tonight at 9:30 pm/ET — aims to tackle real-life issues with bite.

A dysfunctional slice of life, the sitcom follows a couple who unexpectedly acquires three foster kids. Kellita Smith, who plays Bernie Mac's TV bride Wanda, notes, "[All in the Family] dealt with racism, they dealt with no money... They brought all that to the forefront when, before, people weren't laughing at that, you know?"

And as she points out, nobody will mistake the darkly comedic Mac for The Cosby Show. "We love Cosby," says Smith — whom you may recall from stints on Nash Bridges, Martin or The Jamie Foxx Show. "But read more

Question: This isn't a ...

Question: This isn't a difficult question, but your answer will surely settle a dispute between myself and my "know-it-all" hubby, who is a Couch Potato Deluxe! Tonight on Just Shoot Me there was a guest appearance by (I say) Tiffany Ann Bethusan. That's probably misspelled. She was the gal on Saved by the Bell when she was younger. Hubby says it's not the same Tiffany, but is someone else. Can you let me know? I missed the credits! Help! Thanks so much. — Allyson K.

Televisionary: Well you just tell hubby that with his off-the-mark observations, that "Deluxe" title applies to time spent watching, not breadth or depth of knowledge. (You, however, get points for admitting when your spelling is wonky — and for attempting to sound the young lady's name out.)

Yes, that is Tiffani Thiessen (she dropped the Amber recently), formerly of Saved by the Bell and B read more

Question: Everyone knows that ...

Question: Everyone knows that the Emmy Awards have been ignoring Buffy the Vampire Slayer. However, during FX's promos for its syndicated Buffy episodes, it refers to the series as Emmy Award-winning. Which Emmy has the show won? — Kristina T.

Televisionary: Let's be fair now, Kristina. The awards themselves aren't guilty of any such thing. I've seen one up close and as far as I can tell, they just kind of sit there, all inert and metallic-like.

The Academy, however, might be accused of such an infraction since the awards Buffy's won aren't the kind that make fans happy. (Of course, it should be noted that the recognition is anything but minor to the behind-the-scenes people who win them.)

To date, the series has won statuettes for Outstanding Makeup for a Series and Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore), both of which it collected in 1998. It's been nominated for hairstyli read more

Titus Star's Money Woes

Titus scene-stealer Zack Ward may not have received a pay hike for his work on the comedy's upcoming third season (kicking off Wednesday at 9:30 pm/ET), but don't expect him to stage a dramatic sick-out &#224 la the supporting casts of NBC's The West Wing and CBS's Becker. Explains the cut-up: "My renegotiating angle is, 'Hey man, I'd like to have some more cash, okay?' They're like, 'No.' So [I threatened], 'I'll go back to work for what you were paying me before!' I'm not contentious about it."

That's not to say, however, that Ward felt an increase wasn't warranted. "My attitude is, I get paid pretty good money to do what I do," admits the 28-year-old actor, who plays Dave, the dim-witted younger bro of series star Christopher Ti read more

Question: I've seen you cover ...

Question: I've seen you cover behind-the-scenes problems with stars and producers before and wondered why you never wrote anything about the mother of all "difficult" actresses, Roseanne. Was she as bad as so many people said? Thanks. — Laurel W., Mount Pleasant, Mich.


Why? Because nobody asked, Laurel. But since you just did, here you go.

"Bad" is a relative term, and no more so than in Hollywood, where condemning someone for bad behavior is like handing out speeding tickets at the Indy 500. Was Roseanne truly bad? It depends on who you ask and when you ask them. Certainly, she had her detractors — and she sure could call attention to herself.

When the show launched on ABC in 1988, Roseanne Barr's story was already a good one. A poor girl who found her true calling in stand-up comedy with routines built on being a mother and housewife, her series was solidly in the read more

Question: Who sings the ...

Question: Who sings the Enterprise theme song, "Faith of the Heart?" It isn't Rod Stewart, but could it be Scott Bakula, aka Captain Jonathan Archer?

Televisionary: It could be, I suppose. But it ain't.

"Faith of the Heart," written by Diane Warren and originally performed by Rod Stewart for the Patch Adams soundtrack, is sung by rising UK opera star Russell Watson during the show's opening credits. Watson comes from humble beginnings, initially earning a living as a bolt fitter in Manchester and practicing his singing on the side. From there, "The People's Tenor" (I love that name — a tenor for the rest of us) has come into his own as a bestselling singer and was even named a Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations.

Now, if only one could say the same for the song itself, which has created quite a storm in the Trek community. I read more

Bernie Mac's Kiddie Crisis

Fox's brash new family satire The Bernie Mac Show (premiering Wednesday at 8:30 pm/ET) may be polarizing critics, but few would argue that the original King of Comedy struck gold casting his scene-stealing co-stars: "Adopted" whippersnappers Camille Winbush, Jeremy Suarez and Dee Dee Davis.

"We looked at some talented kids," the comic-turned-actor tells TV Guide Online, "but the individuals who made it earned it." Adds Kellita Smith, who plays Mac's wife on screen and off: "They are amazing. They are [wise] beyond their years."

But will they be sticking around? Given Bernie Mac's clever premise — reluctant parents (Mac and Smith) take in his drug-addicted sister's three read more

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