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News flash: Amy Fisher can write. The so-called Long Island Lolita has been hired by a Long Island newspaper to pen her own biweekly column. "She's a natural writer," Robbie Woliver, editor-in-chief of The New Island Ear, tells The Associated Press. "If she wasn't able to write, we wouldn't have her do this." Fisher's column — which will cover topics from cyberdating to celebrity interviews — debuts on July 3. read more

Question: I really enjoyed ...

Question: I really enjoyed the WB show Glory Days. Will it be coming back for another season? — Drenda H., East Bridgewater, Mass.

Televisionary: Sorry, Drenda, but no. Its Days were numbered.

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Question: It's argument time ...

Question: It's argument time again. My sister says the guy who played Mel was the only cast member to make the jump from the movie Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore to the TV version. I say some of the other waitresses were in the movie, too. Am I right? Thank you much for your time. — Paul W., Durham, N.C.

Televisionary: You're correct, Paul. However, it's worth noting that for the first three seasons of the CBS sitcom Alice, which ran from August 1976 to July 1985, your sister was.

Vic Tayback, who played Mel's Diner owner and cook Mel Sharples in the 1974 Martin Scorsese film was initially the only player to show up in the network version. read more

Question: I've been catching ...

Question: I've been catching reruns of Little House on the Prairie on TBS and there's a character on that show, Mr. Edwards, played by Victor French, who disappeared from the show around the third season. A friend of mine claims it's because they tried to spin him off into his own show, but I don't recall any other Little House spinoffs that didn't involve the Ingalls. Can you shed some light on this? — Lucy, San Jose, Cal.

Televisionary: That I can, Lucy. French did indeed leave Walnut Grove at the end of the show's third season to star in his own series — he was replaced by former Los Angeles Ram Merlin Olsen as Charles Ingalls's pal Jonathan Garvey — but it wasn't a Little House spinoff.

French left for Carter Country read more

Question: Did Christopher ...

Question: Did Christopher George star in The Immortal? — Michelle S., Detroit, Mich.

Televisionary: Yes, he did, Michelle. The series, which debuted on ABC in September 1970, featured George (The Rat Patrol) as race-car driver Ben Richards, who was immune to disease and the aging process (hence the name) due to the unique characteristics of his blood. Evil rich guy Arthur Maitland (David Brian) was always after Richards in order to obtain said immortality for himself, so Richards was constantly on the run between races. Also in the cast: Carol Lynley as Richards's fianc&#233e.

Unfortunately for all involved, the show was unable to live up to its title read more

Question: What happened to ...

Question: What happened to the sitcoms Watching Ellie and Leap of Faith, both of which debuted this year? I can't seem to find them on TV anymore. Thanks.

Televisionary: Well, you'll be watching Ellie come mid-season, since that's when NBC says it will return to their schedule. The suits didn't have much faith in Leap, however. It's a goner.

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Britney Spears has set her sights on a new boy — Hugh Grant. The broken-hearted diva told London's Sun tabloid that she thinks "Hugh Grant is so cute." This follows Grant's earlier disclosure that he thinks Spears was "special." Oh, get a room already! read more

Question: Who was the culprit ...

Question: Who was the culprit behind the ping-pong balls falling on top of Captain Kangaroo's head? — Pete B., Uncasville, Conn.

Televisionary: That was Mr. Moose, who set the good Captain up with a knock-knock joke or some other gag before dumping a light load of plastic on his noggin.

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Britney Spears can't seem to catch a break these days. Justin Timberlake's onetime steady was booed off stage Friday night at the Texas Tech arena when a power failure led her to cancel the concert after just two songs. Meanwhile, Spears seems to be taking her split with Timberlake in stride. "It wasn't a bad breakup," she tells In Style. "We still talk all the time... Of course, it's gonna kind of hurt sometimes." Translation: She's a basket case. read more

Are Sex Symbols Just Plain Folk?

When the fifth season of HBO's Sex and the City begins in mid-July, the same old question is sure to arise: Are the gal pals really just gay men trapped in the bodies of straight women? This go-round, however, we've finally come up with a definitive answer — yes. In fact, with a little gender bending, the party girls become almost interchangeable with the playboys of Showtime's Queer as Folk. See for yourself.

Sex and the City: Shoe collector Carrie broke her engagement to Aidan so that she wouldn't have to share her closet.

Queer as Folk: Comic-book collector Michael asked out female co-worker Tracy so that he wouldn't have to come out of the closet.

Sex and the City: Hard-hearted attorney Miranda was rushed to the maternity ward in labor nine months after hooking up with bartender Steve.

Queer as Folk: Hard-up read more

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