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DOWNEY CHARGED

Troubled actor Robert Downey Jr. was formally charged Monday with felony possession of cocaine, felony possession of the prescription depressant diazepam (Valium), and a misdemeanor count of being under the influence of a controlled substance, all stemming from his arrest last month in Palm Springs. If convicted, Downey could face more than four years in prison. He's due to be arraigned Dec. 27. read more

Question: Can you please tell ...

Question: Can you please tell me who plays the theme song to Third Watch? I need to find out so I can purchase the music for a special gift. Thanks. — Ginger

Televisionary: Not just a gift, but a special gift, you say? I won't pry, Ginger. I'll leave the details to you and your intended recipient.

What I can do is tell you that the Third Watch theme song is an abridged version of Las Vegas electronica duo The Crystal Method's "Keep Hope Alive," which can be found on their debut CD, Vegas. (For the record, you'll probably recognize "Trip Like I Do," the single from that disk, provided your pal lets you have a listen once the wrapping is off.)

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WAHLBERG'S BIG CHARADE

The Perfect Storm's Mark Wahlberg has signed on to star opposite Thandie Newton (Mission: Impossible 2) in The Truth About Charlie, a remake of the 1963 thriller Charade, Variety reports. The duo will assume the roles played by Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) is on board to direct. read more

ABC REVAMPS LINEUP

With NYPD Blue reclaiming its Tuesday at 10 pm/ET timeslot beginning Jan. 9, ABC is moving its acclaimed drama Once and Again to Wednesdays at 10 pm/ET starting Jan. 10. As a result, the network's freshman medical series, Gideon's Crossing, shifts to Mondays at 10 pm/ET as of Jan. 15. Speaking of NYPD Blue, the cop drama will kick off its eighth season with a new recruit: Garcelle Beauvais (The Jamie Foxx Show) joins the cast as an assistant district attorney. read more

Question: Where is First ...

Question: Where is First Wave? I get so tired of my shows disappearing. Is it on, off, on hiatus or what?

Televisionary: Imagine me slapping you back into reality here. Now get yourself together, man — your show hasn't gone anywhere!

Matter of fact, the third season of the Sci Fi Channel's First Wave kicks off January 8 (8 pm/ET). If that's not enough to settle you down, mister, the producers are also upping the show's pretty factor, adding actress Traci Lords (now billed as Traci Elizabeth Lords) to the cast. Lords (Melrose Place, Profiler) plays heiress Jordan Radcliffe, an anti-alien militia leader with a worrisome chip on her shoulder — and a really big gun.

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THE MAGIC DRAGON

Time magazine has come out with its list of the top ten films of 2000, and Ang Lee's martial arts fantasy Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon has been named the best movie of the year. The Oscar shoo-in — which grossed a spectacular $660,000 on just 16 screens last weekend — will open wider on Dec. 22. Rounding out Time's top 10 were You Can Count on Me (2), George Washington (3), Sunshine (4), Chicken Run (5), Best in Show (6), The Color of Paradise (7), Nurse Betty (8), Proof of Life (9) and East-West (10). read more

Question: Okay, no cracks ...

Question: Okay, no cracks about me being a baby, but I have to admit the first time I saw Charlie's Angels it was a movie because I'm too young to remember the show. But I wanted your opinion. How faithful was it to the TV version? Better? Worse? Thanks. — Still wet behind the ears

Televisionary: Oh, come now, Wet. If I don't mock people for being old, why would I mock them for being young — especially when I'd much rather go on a long-overdue rant?

You see, I've heard and read opinions from people I might otherwise respect arguing over whether or not Charlie's Angels, the film, remains "true" to the original show. Now, color me reactionary, but such discussions suggest a collective madness. I don't mean to insult you, but asking such a question is like wondering if powdered sugar is as sweet as granulated. What's the difference when there's no substance to speak of? As the saying goes, there's no there there.

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CARREY/ZELLWEGER SPLIT

Hollywood lovebirds Jim Carrey and Renée Zellweger have called it quits. According to Access Hollywood, Zellweger's publicist confirmed that the couple parted ways, saying that "as of a few weeks ago, Jim and Renée are no longer in a relationship." read more

Question: I remember a sitcom ...

Question: I remember a sitcom in the 1960s about a boy's camp across the lake from a girl's camp. I can picture a female counselor (Carol Wayne?) and the guy who played Reuben on The Partridge Family was one of the male counselors. He would always choke on his whistle. My TV trivia buff friends say I'm dreaming! Am I? — A. Duwyn

Televisionary: On the contrary, your naysaying, know-it-all pals (very annoying to those of us who truly are omniscient) are the ones living in la-la land.

The short-lived Camp Runamuck, which ran on NBC for a year beginning in September 1965, did indeed relate the wacky goings-on at the titular boys' summer camp and at Camp Divine, its girls' counterpart across the lake. Runamuck was run by Commander Wivenhoe (Arch Johnson), a man who couldn't stand kids, and senior counselor Spiffy (Dave Ketchum), his assistant of sorts. Helping out were Counselor Pruett (The Partridge Family's Dave Madd read more

Mel Gibson: Hair and Now


Mel Gibson's tired of hearing women complain about their waxing woes. The Oscar winner, who had his legs waxed for a scene in his new film What Women Want, says that the procedure is not the nightmare it's cracked up to be.

"It doesn't hurt that bad," Gibson admits to TV Guide Online. "But when I say that, women all come up and say, 'Yeah, well try waxing the bikini line.' I'm not going there."

In the romantic comedy (opening Friday), Gibson plays Nick Marshall, a Casanova who is suddenly given the power to read women's innermost thoughts. Determined to find the answer to that question himself, the star of the last summer's hit film The Patriot approached an expert in the field. "I asked my dad one night on the phone what he thought women wanted," he recalls. "He answered, 'Everything!'"

Gibson apparently has an easier time getting inside the heads of his children, specifically daughter Hannah. "When she was 14 and 15, I would think, 'Boy, i read more

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