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Question: Will Witchblade ...

Question: Will Witchblade continue after this season? I only ask because the last episode in the series had such a shocker ending that it almost seemed as if there was no need to continue. Or maybe they were setting it up that way. And if it is going to continue, when will it premiere? Since TNT's season for this show was so different from the other networks, I'm a little confused (and the show's web page doesn't say). If you could provide any insight on this one, I'd appreciate it. Thank you. — Jena B., Anchorage, Alaska

Televisionary: Oh, come now, Jena — "no need to continue?" One little time warp and you're ready to throw in the towel on the whole thing? For shame!

Ah, what the heck — they did come up with a puzzler of a season ender, didn't they? Never fear, though. The network recently announced another 13-episode order for the successful series, so you should see that cliffhanger resolved. Other details ar read more

Question: Who played the ...

Question: Who played the first Tarzan? — Edith B.

Televisionary: Assuming you mean the first TV Tarzan — this column has a strong small-screen bias, after all — that'd be actor Ron Ely, who was actually the 15th actor to go ape-man. (Elmo Lincoln was the first to discover jungle love in the 1918 big-screen feature Tarzan of the Apes. For a complete overview of the character's history, see TV Guide Online's handy Tarzan timeline.)

If there's one thing I can say about Ely, he earned his paycheck on the NBC series, which debuted in September 1966 and left the air three years later. The six-foot-four, athletic actor refused to let a stuntman handle the risky shots, so all that beast battling, vine swinging and waterfall diving took a terrible toll on his body. Yet he worked through the pain like a man possessed, w read more

Question: Hi. I really hope ...

Question: Hi. I really hope you can help me. My mother died very suddenly recently and my dad has gone through letters she wrote. In one letter, dated November 11, 1963, she tells my dad about a guy who appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and sang a song she called "More." I really hope you can tell me who this was and what the song is so that I might be able to get a copy of it for him. He never heard the song, and now really wants to know what it said. Something about "loving you more" or "love you more." Please help! Thanks. — P. Czinka

Televisionary: After a lot of searching and digging, P., I'm pretty sure I've got enough to help you out.

When you hear it, I'm sure you'll recognize the easy-listening staple "More," which is popular in its vocal and instrumental versions. Written by Riz Ortolani, Nino Oliviero and Norman Newell, it was nominated for a Best Music (Song) Academy Award in 1963 as part of the read more

Question: Could you enlighten ...

Question: Could you enlighten me on a series called Murder One? It has just started on Showtime in the Middle East and I was wondering if it is an ongoing series or a one-time miniseries. The first episode was very entertaining and I just want to know what to expect. Thanks. — Nasreen, Oman

Televisionary: Well, I'll give you enough to whet your appetite, Nasreen, but don't expect me to hand you the ending so you can lord it over your pals or anything.

Murder One was a noble experiment that failed to pick up an audience. When it debuted on ABC in September 1995, the idea was that it would follow one case over the course of the entire season. As you'll no doubt see by the time you read this, attorney Theodore Hoffman (Daniel Benzali) and his team of defense lawyers (Michael Hayden, J.C. MacKenzie, Mary McCormack and Grace Phillips) spent that first season defending an actor (Jason Gedrick) in a murder case. (And read more

Superman Babe Returns to Smallville


Annette O'Toole's last-minute casting as Clark Kent's mom Martha on the WB's promising new drama Smallville brings her career full circle: The 47-year-old actress played Kent's high-school crush Lana Lang in 1983's Superman III. Jokes O'Toole to TV Guide Online: "Maybe I'll be Lois Lane's grandmother next."

All kidding aside, the red-haired beauty — whose recent small-screen credits include the USA Network series The Huntress and CBS's Nash Bridges — admits there are far worse things than being forever linked to such a popular franchise. "I love Superman," she confesses. "As a kid, I read all of the comic books. I was always drawn to it. And when I was Lana Lang, that was a huge thing for me." Still, she adds that one dream remains unfulfilled: " read more

Sweet Memories of Willy Wonka


Is it harder to believe that 30 years have passed since the release of the children's classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, or that the five young Golden Ticket-winning stars are now adults — and some have Oompa-Loompas of their own?!? The grown-up cast — who recently reunited to celebrate the pic's anniversary and DVD release — shared with TV Guide Online their thoughts about the film's enduring appeal, and revealed some behind-the-scenes secrets as well.

Denise Nickerson, whose role as the gum-chewing Violet turned her into a big blueberry, attributes the movie's success to one simple fact: "It can be viewed by both adults and children," she says, before cracking: "And no one has ever looked as good in blue as me!

"I have met a total of 21 people in my lifetime that have not seen the movie," the 42-year-old adds. "I always l read more

Superman Babe Returns to Smallville


Annette O'Toole's last-minute casting as Clark Kent's mom Martha on the WB's promising new drama Smallville brings her career full circle: The 47-year-old actress played Kent's high-school crush Lana Lang in 1983's Superman III. Jokes O'Toole to TV Guide Online: "Maybe I'll be Lois Lane's grandmother next."

All kidding aside, the red-haired beauty — whose recent small-screen credits include the USA Network series The Huntress and CBS's Nash Bridges — admits there are far worse things than being forever linked to such a popular franchise. "I love Superman," she confesses. "As a kid, I read all of the comic books. I was always drawn to it. And when I was Lana Lang, that was a huge thing for me." Still, she adds that one dream remains unfulfilled: " read more

D'Onofrio's Happy Outlook


Is actor Vincent D'Onofrio bitter that his new romantic indie Happy Accidents — featuring his turn as Marisa Tomei's unsettlingly quirky suitor — only just hit theaters after sitting on the shelf for a year? Hmm... could be!

"If I say what accounts for the delay in the film's release, then I'll get in trouble," he explains mysteriously. "A big company [expletive] us."

Truth be told, D'Onofrio doesn't really concern himself with such extraneous details. In fact, unlike many of his peers, the star of such varied fare as The Cell and Steal This Movie doesn't even give much thought to what impact his choice of projects will have on his career. "Obviously I haven't set out to be a read more

Bob Saget's TV Comeback in Trouble


Former Full House patriarch Bob Saget owes a debt of gratitude to Food Network chef-cum-sitcom star Emeril Lagasse. All of the negative press being heaped on Lagasse's upcoming NBC comedy is deflecting attention from Saget's equally cringe-worthy WB effort, Raising Dad. But with the show's premiere drawing near — Dad bows Sept. 14 as part of the WB's new Friday night comedy block — Saget may want to take cover, and quick!

"It's bad," groans Mediaweek's Marc Berman. "It's definitely considered one of the worst new shows of the fall." Adds Ed Martin of industry newsletter The Myers Report: "After sitting through the pilot, I can't imagine why anyone would want to see more. It was painful to watch."

In all fairness to Dad, Berman points out that any show starring Saget should expect to be saddled with a certain stigma. "When the name Bob read more

Farscape: The Greatest Love Story Ever Retold


It took nearly three years for Farscape's lost-in-space lothario, John Crichton, to turn butt-kicking, leather-wearing alien babe Aeryn Sun into girlfriend-worthy material — and all this week at 8 pm/ET, the Sci Fi Channel is replaying every episode in the couple's unorthodox mating dance.

"It was never two normal humans having a conversation," Claudia Black, who plays the modern-day Barbarella, explains to TV Guide Online. "Rather, they had exchanges which carried the strain of couples whose languages and cultures are not the same — let alone the fact that they are from different planets!"

Ironically, the Farscape love story only began to feel strange to the Pitch Black bad-ass when it at last began to seem normal to everyone else. "I get creeped out when it feels too Earthbound," the actress admits, "when Aeryn could be walking around in rollers and fuzzy slippers, and at any moment, Crich read more

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