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Question: Alright, Mr. ...

Question: Alright, Mr. Know-It-All. I'm getting very impatient with you! You have yet to answer any of the questions I have sent you, thus delaying an unsettled bet that I know I will win. So, I'm only going to ask you one more time before I give up on you and stop visiting your site. My roommate and I have a bet about Debra Messing from Will & Grace. The loser has to clean the kitchen for two weeks and go out on a blind date that the winner chooses. I say that she was in a similar sitcom called (straight guy for roommate instead) Ned & Stacy with that guy who used to be on Wings. My roommate says she's never acted before this show. Help me prove her wrong so I can send my sore-loser friend on a blind date with another loser! — Sherry

Televisionary: OK, Sherry. I'll congratulate you for working in the two most popular gambits readers use when trying to get a question answered — the "wacky bet" ploy and the "how dare you ign read more

Question: I am a fan of UPN's ...

Question: I am a fan of UPN's The Beat and was wondering what happened to it. I only saw six episodes. Has it been canceled? Many thanks for your attention in this matter.

Televisionary: OK, here's where I clear up another round of cancellation questions. I regret to inform you that yes, UPN has decreed that The Beat go off. Fox declared that the Time of Your Life has ended and, for the people who are too busy pummeling me with missives to notice that their favorite show has been gone for some time, Turks is no longer being produced.

Now, to be fair, CBS did give the once-ousted Grapevine a second chance years after the fact, so anything seems possible. Then again, that bombed the second time around, too.

On a more positive note, in a column mourning the loss of his series on industry biz site, Beat creator Tom Fontana hinted at the possibility of another network picking up the show. Stay tuned.

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Manly Memorial Set

Fans of Comedy Central's The Man Show are expected to be out in full force later this month at an L.A. memorial service for late show regular Bill "The Fox" Foster.

Foster (pictured in background), whose broad repertoire of saucy songs and ability to down a full mug of beer in a single gulp made him a natural hit with raucous Man Show fans, will be honored at a public memorial on June 17 in Santa Monica (at 2518 Wilshire Blvd.). Proceeds from the sale of his CD's and T-shirts at the event will benefit research into prostate cancer, which took Foster's life last month at age 68.

"He really had wanted to do a public announcement regarding prostate cancer and just got too sick at the very end," wife Nancy Grade tells TV Guide Online.

Foster originally made a name for himself displaying his quirky talents through guest spots on TV talk shows and sitcoms (The Jeffersons, Taxi). But younger audiences will remember him best for his rol read more


If you're like us you probably love the sarcastic but cute Sock Puppet, so you'll be thrilled to learn that replicas of the sardonic sock are now available for purchase exclusively at And that's just the beginning: Look for a whole line of Sock Puppet merchandise beginning in July. Hmmm... will there be a Sock Puppet pooper-scooper?

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Jack Hanna's Wildest Adventure

Quirky Jack Hanna of Pax TV's Animal Adventures is so dedicated to his wild creatures that he once tried to talk his wife into breast-feeding a finicky baby chimp!

The animal handler came up with the wacky plan several years ago during a particularly frustrating bottle-feeding session with the difficult chimp. Hanna remembers looking across the room at his wife, Sue, who was breast-feeding their daughter at the time. "Well, you know, my brain just clicked in," he tells the TV Guide Channel.

"I said, 'Hey Sue, would you come over here?' " he recalls. "Before I even finished she goes, 'No way, Jack!' because she thought I'd tell everybody. Well, she didn't do it and I'm tellin' everybody anyway. The chimp lived, to make a long story short."

Hanna actually credits his wife and kids for playing an important part in helping to raise the many wild animals in his menagerie. "We've had camels in our kitchen," he says. "We've had five lion cubs raised with read more

Tork's Through Monkeeing Around

TV reruns of The Monkees and an upcoming made-for-TV movie based on the 1960s pop phenom are about as close as we'll ever get to seeing the band perform together again, according to original Monkee Peter Tork.

Tork tells TV Guide Online that he's still hopping mad at former bandmate Michael Nesmith for suddenly dropping out of the band's last U.S. reunion tour back in March 1997. Tork, who stays in touch with former Monkees Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz, says he hasn't spoken with Nesmith since the snub and says that the odds of another reunion are "very slim."

"Michael's in a force field of his own and not much gets in there," says Tork. "I think everybody's good and angry at Michael and I think justifiably. All he did was inform the manager, 'I don't think I'm gonna make it.' Yeah, right. Well, suit yourself, pal, nobody can force you."

Tensions between the band members come as the Monkees are enjoying yet another resurgence in popula read more


Speaking of awards, Keanu Reeves and The Matrix won big at the MTV Movie Awards on Saturday; the show will air Thursday night on MTV. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Cruel Intentions won two awards each, including ones for Best Kiss (between Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair) and Female Performance (Gellar). read more


Is it too soon to start talking about midseason replacement series? According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS has put in midseason orders for Kiss Me Guido and the Alfred Molina/Sharon Lawrence series Ladies Man. Hey, what happened to Falcone? — Jonathan Reiner read more


Contact, the dance musical with no live or original music, won four awards at Sunday night's Tony awards, including the prize for best new musical. The acclaimed revival of Kiss Me, Kate took home five trophies, including one for best musical revival. Copenhagen was named best new play, and Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing won the award for best revival of a play. Elton John and Tim Rice, who didn't attend the ceremony, won the award for best original score for Aida, which took home three additional awards despite being denied a nomination for best new musical. read more


So long, Jasmine? reports that the latest gossip on the Rialto is that Broadway baby Bebe Neuwirth (also of Cheers and Frasier fame), not Jasmine Guy, could replace Bernadette Peters in the Broadway production of Annie Get Your Gun before Reba McEntire possibly joins the show next year. Before you order your expensive tickets, be forewarned that Baywatch himbo David Hasselhoff is being sought for the role of Frank Butler. read more

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