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John and Kelly: Scenes from a Marriage


To research her role as a seasoned flight attendant in the upcoming Gwyneth Paltrow comedy A View from the Top, Kelly Preston didn't have to book a ticket on United. "I have my own private plane," Mrs. John Travolta tells TV Guide Online. "I just asked our [personal] stewardess for a few tips."

Preston's flying lesson included all of the basics. "She taught me how to sit in case of an accident, how to serve drinks and how to pass out peanuts," explains the 38-year-old actress, who incidentally named her firstborn with Travolta Jett. "I actually worked a few flights, which was fun. My husband sure loved it!"

In A View From the Top (due in April 2002), Paltrow plays a young woman who dreams of someday becoming a stewardess. Married... with Children's Christina Applegate co-stars as Paltrow's rival at flight attendant school; Rob Lowe and Candice Bergen round out the cabin crew as a pilot and a r read more

R&#038B Stud Tyrese Gets Cheeky


Tyrese Gibson (aka Tyrese) may have shown some skin in those sexy Guess? ads, but the R&#038B superstar admits that when he was asked to drop trou in the John Singleton-directed pic, Baby Boy (opening June 27), he got all hot and bothered.

"You just got to hype yourself up and try to get through it," the 22-year-old acting neophyte tells TV Guide Online of his love scene with leading lady Taraji P. Henson. "But once you are doing it and John says, 'Take four, take five,' and 'We're going to do it from three different angles,' it starts eating away at your soul. I'm a real private person; it wasn't easy for me to do those scenes."

Well, on the eve of the film's debut, Gibson seems to have overcome his early rump angst. "My mama hasn't seen my ass cheeks since I was born," he says, "but I'm going to take her to the premiere."

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NYPD Blue Recast Speaks!


If you thought Dallas's "Who Shot J.R.?" saga was shrouded in secrecy, consider the beefed-up security around Mark-Paul Gosselaar's debut on NYPD Blue. Even the Saved by the Bell cutie himself claims ignorance of most of the details, including his own character's name!

"I'll appear on the first episode [of the season] as an anti-crime officer until I get my detective shield, but that's about all I know," Gosselaar tells TV Guide Online. Of course, he'll be just one of many changes on the Emmy Award-winning drama series as it kicks off its eighth season this fall. Rick Schroeder's Danny Sorenson will be a distant memory, as will Kim Delaney's Diane Russell — the actress is off to star in NYPD Blue boss Steven Bochco's newest venture, Philly. Plus, accommodating her new series means that yet another timeslot switc read more

Lisa Ling's Beau Comes Out


It's no secret that The View's Lisa Ling is dating. She often makes her boyfriend the topic of conversation when the chatfest's dishy women discuss men and — gasp! — sex. But to keep from reducing Mr. Right into her version of Cody Gifford, Ling says, "I've been very careful not to even mention his name."

But now, we can tell you that for nine months the TV host has been dating 29-year-old actor Rick Yune (Snow Falling on Cedars). Tomorrow will be a monumental day for Ling, as she not only publicly utters his name for the first time, but appears with him as a couple on her show. Sure, he's technically taking a seat on the sofa to plug his new street-racer flick, The Fast and the Furious (opening Friday). But the real "Hot Topic" will undoubtedly be grilling Ling and Yune on the details of their h read more

Lil' Zane Changes His Rap


Trash-talkin' rapper Lil' Zane — who got his big break jamming with 112 on their "Anywhere" track — will show hip-hop fans another side of himself on his next album, due out later this summer.

"I'm not cursing in my lyrics no more," he proudly declares. "Instead of using [expletives] or the wrong word, I come up with something clever for it." Because of record execs' pressure to push the envelope, the 18-year-old rapper thinks listeners may have the wrong impression of him. "I had people behind me that were older than me that were like, 'Write this,'" he says, referring to the racy rants on his debut album Young World: The Future. "All I could do was write. I was just trying to do what they wanted me to do."

Having made his film debut with Sean Connery in Finding Forrester — "I think it was kinda long, but it was a good movie," he says — Lil' Zane returns to the big screen in read more

Question: I swear there was a ...

Question: I swear there was a game show called Whew! on TV in the late '70s. I think there was a bonus round in which contestants had to face a row of cut-out monsters and somehow knock them down by answering questions. My friends think I'm crazy, and when I describe it aloud, it certainly does sound more like a bad dream than a game show. Was it real? Thanks. — Jenny

Televisionary:

Now, Jenny, your friends simply have to learn that when someone swears, it simply must be true. At least, they'll see that this time since Whew!, hosted by Tom Kennedy, ran on CBS's daytime schedule from April 1979 to May 1980.

The basic setup was this: One player, the blocker, placed a series of "blocks" on a board while the other player was out of the room. Then the other player, the charger, came back and, choosing squares by their dollar amounts, had to correct a serious of erroneous facts hidden behind each square and make it to the top of the board in 6 read more

Question: I am looking for ...

Question: I am looking for the name of the TV series that had a character named Jim Anderson. Can you help me with so little information given to you? Thank you in advance! — DD

Televisionary:

That would be Father Knows Best, which featured the warm, nuclear-family experiences of Jim Anderson (Robert Young); wife Margaret (Jane Wyatt); son James Jr., aka "Bud" (Billy Gray); and daughters Betty, aka "Princess" (Elinor Donahue) and Kathy, aka "Kitten" (Lauren Chapin). On the series, which managed to appear on CBS, NBC and ABC during its initial 1954-63 run (only repeats ran after the 1959-60 season), Jim worked for the General Insurance Company during the day and served as counsel for his family at night.

The show started off as a radio series in 1949, read more

Question: Hi. What is the ...

Question: Hi. What is the name of Ben Stein's co-host : Nancy P...? — Ed

Televisionary:

Why, that's writer and comedian Nancy Pimental matching wits and sparring with the monotone conservative on Comedy Central's Win Ben Stein's Money (weeknights, 7:30 pm/ET), Ed.

Mind you, the lady's more than just a pretty face — and certainly needs to be if she hopes to hold her own against the brainy, biting Stein. Originally from Massachusetts, she's got a degree in chemical engineering and has done some writing for the network's other hit, South Park. In addition, she's got standup experience and has a few screenplays in circulation, so expect to hear more from her.

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Buffy Vamp: Will Act for Beer


The USA Network movie Beer Money (premiering tonight at 9 pm/ET) probably won't do for Mercedes McNab what, say, American Beauty did for Mena Suvari. But the comedy about a trio of burnouts who exploit an extraterrestrial to earn the title dough still might expose the Buffy the Vampire Slayer co-star to a few new fans.

"It's Tom Green-type humor," she tells TV Guide Online somewhat apologetically. "Fourteen-year-old boys who like gross-out humor will think it's hysterical. That's definitely the target audience.

"I don't find that kind of humor funny," she adds.

Still, it was worth McNab's while to make Beer Money. For starters, she got to hang with leading men Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Nick Von Esmarch. "I definitely got voted into the guy group," she recalls fondly. "We played Sega in their trailers all day."

Plus, the m read more

Question: My brother and I ...

Question: My brother and I were trying to remember an old show from when we were young, but cannot remember the name. It was about a dog that wandered around and made friends with a different family each week. Some of the words from the theme song were: "Travelin' around from town to town / Sometimes I think I'll settle down / But I know I'm destined to be free / Driftin's the only life for me." Can you help us remember the show? Also, who sang the theme song and what was the exact title? Thanks!

Televisionary:

Actually, those last two lines are: "But I know I'd hunger to be free / Rovin' is the only life for me."

The show in question was the syndicated Canadian series The Littlest Hobo, which followed the adventures of a german shepherd named London who rode the freights and, as the song says, wandered from town to town. Much like read more

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