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Question: Hi, TV people. We ...

Question: Hi, TV people. We have watched Nash Bridges since it started, but we must have missed something. What happened to Evan? They talk like he died. If he did, what happened to him and when did it air? Thanks. — AP

Televisionary: "People?" C'mon, now, AP — my wife'll tell you I often contradict myself and even have trouble making my mind up, but you're the first to accuse me of exhibiting multiple personalities. Then again, you refer to yourself in the plural, so perhaps you're some sort of Borg-like communal entity that thinks as one and you assume everyone else is, too?

Be that as it may, you must have missed last year's season ender. Evan Cortez (Jaim&#233 P. Gomez) was killed in Las Vegas by an assassin while working undercover. Many fans were shocked and upset by the death, but as the police genre goes, they should've seen this one coming. The guy was all set to elope wit read more

Question: I know that all ...

Question: I know that all your questions start this way, but please help settle an argument for me. A woman at work says that the Simpsons people stole "cowabunga" from the creator of The Ninja Turtles. But it was really Charles Schulz and Snoopy who took it from the surfer world, wasn't it? Thanks. — Don M., Worton, Md.

Televisionary: Well, as these things usually go, you guys are — how do I say this artfully? — well, you're both wrong, Don. However, you're a bit closer to the truth, chronologically speaking, than your colleague is.

The term "cowabunga" was originally spelled "kowabonga," and it was created by writer Eddie Kean, head writer for The Howdy Doody Show, in 1949. Now, for the following detective work I read more

Question: Who sings the theme ...

Question: Who sings the theme song from CSI? Is it The Who?

Televisionary: Y'know, if I was in one of my more puckish moods (or, as my brother might more accurately define it, being an ass), I might entertain you all with a wonderfully bent variation on the old Abbott and Costello "Who's on first?" routine. But the new, super-serious Televisionary eschews such tomfoolery. [Editor's note: Don't fall for it. He's just suckering you into believing that until he feels like being an ass again — I say he makes it for one or two more questions.]

The CSI theme song is a truncated version of The Who's "Who Are You," which was also featured in a Gateway Computers campaign. It's the title cut from their 1978 release of the same name. If you like the tune, I recommend checking out the entire album (I can call it that since it came out before the advent of the CD). It was the last one featurin read more

EMMY TRIBE SPEAKS

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has denied CBS's plea that it be able to submit both Survivor and Survivor: The Australian Outback as separate programs for Emmy awards consideration, Variety reports. The network had asked that the two seasons of the reality phenom be considered as individual programs in the newly created non-fiction (special class) Emmy category. However, ATAS VP John Leverence argued that the two Survivors are actually two seasons of the same show. Speaking of Survivor, one-time castaway Gervase Peterson was reportedly assaulted Thursday by a limo driver who was taking him to a taping of the CBS soap As the World Turns. Peterson, who was unharmed, opted not to press charges. read more

JOEY RAMONE DEAD AT 49

Singer Joey Ramone, frontman for the '70s pioneering punk rock band the Ramones, died Sunday of lymphatic cancer. He was 49. "Our beloved Joey Ramone passed away this afternoon at 2:40 pm/ET in a hospital in New York City where he was being treated for cancer," read a message on Ramone's website. "Joey's loving family was at his bedside." read more

TANK GIRLS

It's back to the pound for Josie and the Pussycats. Despite mountains of hype, the comic book-inspired teen pic grossed a dismal $5.2 million at the box office over the weekend, bad enough for seventh place. The film's smelly b.o. will no doubt derail plans for a sequel. The news was far better for another big-screen heroine: Bridget Jones's Diary, starring Ren&#233e Zellweger as a neurotic single Brit, opened at No. 3 with a respectable $10.8 million. Two other newcomers — the David Spade white-trash comedy Joe Dirt and the urban family dramedy Kingdom Come — bowed modestly at No. 4 and No. 6, with respective grosses of $8.2 million and $7.5 million. Meanwhile, the kiddie caper Spy Kids spent its third consecutive weekend at No. 1, pulling in another $12.8 million. Along Came a Spider held steady at No. 2 with $11.3 million, and the Johnny Depp drug d read more

A Second Chance for Felicity and Noel?


Scott Foley — who plays endearing bookworm Noel on Felicity — received confirmation that the WB drama had indeed bounced back from its sophomore slump while at a recent hockey game in Los Angeles. "There were three people standing in front of a wall, and I heard one of them say, 'Ask him... Ask him,'" he remembers. "And then the guy yells over, 'Hey Noel! Who got shot?'"

The nervy fan, of course, is referring to the winter cliffhanger that closed out the first half of Felicity's season in December. (For those who missed it, Molly's loopy ex-beau opened fire at Felicity's holiday mixer.) Although critics called the violent climax a cheap stunt that was beneath the show's dignity, there's no denying its ratings-boosting, buzz-intensifying impact.

"It's nice to be on a show that people give a s--- about," Foley admits, adding that he hopes the WB is "as smart as we all hope they are" and ren read more

Josie's Top Cat a Real Doll


Rachael Leigh Cook got a kick out of being a member of an all-girl rock band in Josie and the Pussycats. However, the 21-year-old actress had mixed feelings about becoming a modern-day Barbie.

"They made dolls of us that are so real they're scary," she says of the very anatomically correct figures modeled after Cook and fellow Pussycats Tara Reid and Rosario Dawson. "They actually scanned us with a computer to get the shapes right. You sit with this thing spinning around you that's like a cross between a make-up mirror and a microwave. I just kept thinking, 'Try not to look weird.'"

Well, that experience was not nearly as grueling as the one that transformed her from being a brunette to a redhead — another Josie requirement. "To get my natural brown to flaming red took a lot of hair dye," sighs Cook, whose big break came opposite Freddie Prinze Jr. in the 1999 romantic comedy She's All That. "After a while I real read more

ANOTHER MILLIONAIRE

Bernie Cullen, a 30-year-old grad student from Santa Barbara, Calif., became the eighth grand-prize winner Sunday on ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire when he correctly identified "N" as the letter that must appear at the beginning of the registration number for all non-military aircraft in the United States. Cullen is the second Millionaire contestant to hit the jackpot in a week. read more

SHORT CUTS

X-Men's Famke Janssen is in negotiations to star as the lead villainess in Men in Black 2, according to The Hollywood Reporter... The trade paper also reports that former NewsRadio star Dave Foley will play the title character in the Fox comedy pilot What's Up, Peter Fuddy?, a series described as The Truman Show meets Nightline. — Michael Ausiello read more

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