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Newlywed and new mother Catherine Zeta-Jones says the media attention surrounding her family has her fearing for her son Dylan's future. The Traffic star told TV Times she feels that pressure from the media will leave her son — with hubby Michael Douglas — vulnerable. "Think about it: He's the son of a famous mum, dad and grandfather. His self-identity could be knocked constantly, because he may have to work harder to make a name for himself as a lot of people will have the attitude, 'Oh, he's from that family — everything is an easy ride for him.'... It terrifies me." read more

Question: I remember watching ...

Question: I remember watching this television show when I was little about a bumbling superhero. I think the superpowers came from his costume, which was given to him by aliens. However, he lost the instruction book and can't figure out how to use the suit. No one else seems to remember this show, and I was wondering if you could tell me the title? Thanks. — Mike

Televisionary: Sure, I could, Mike — and I will just as soon as I get over the shock of your statement that you used to watch a show that launched in March 1981 when you were "little." Not that it should surprise me, mind you, since you're probably in your late 20s and the difference between us isn't all that great, but I'd only recently gotten my driver's license when that show debuted so I'm feeling a little old. (Like that should surprise me in a city where actresses are over the hill at 20.) Ah, me.

Believe it or not, the series you seek is The Greatest American Hero, which ran on AB read more


'N Sync's Lance Bass and Joey Fatone are headed for the big screen in Miramax's new romantic comedy, On the Line. reports that Bass signed a deal yesterday at the Sundance Film Festival to make his first movie through his own production company, which will star fellow band member Fatone. The boy-meets-girl plot will feature Bass courting a mystery woman he sees while riding the el train in Chicago. read more


I Know What You Did Last Summer's Jennifer Love Hewitt will star with Sigourney Weaver in the upcoming comedy Breakers, according to the New York Daily News. The two will play a mother-daughter team who con wealthy men... Singer Michael Bolton lost a Supreme Court battle to overturn their ruling that his 1991 hit "Love Is a Wonderful Thing" copied parts of an Isley Brothers song, reports Reuters...Variety confirms that Madonna and U2 will perform Feb. 21 at the Grammys. — Lauren Kane read more


Election star Reese Witherspoon has signed on to produce and star in a big-screen adaptation of the short story collection The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing, reports Variety. The flick will combine two of the short stories, chronicling a young woman's life and relationships in the publishing world. "When I read the book, I knew immediately that this was a character I had to play," Witherspoon said. read more

Question: I was hoping you ...

Question: I was hoping you could help settle a problem regarding an actor on the show Bull. Could you please tell me who plays the father to Alicia Coppola in the series, and what other shows he's been a regular on? My wife and I both recognize the actor but cannot place him. Thank you. — Robert

Televisionary: Aside from the fact that he's showing a lot more scalp and what hair he has left is now gray, Bruce Weitz is probably tough to recognize because he's cleaned up and doesn't growl anymore.

You most likely remember the actor as semi-feral undercover detective Mick Belker, who sported a stocking cap, a moustache, a few days' growth of beard and a whole lotta "wash me" on NBC's Hill Street Blues from 1981-87. Weitz was so great in that role that it took a drastic change in physical appearance for me to accept him as anything else. (Call it a karmic injustice for doing a good job, I guess.)

But accept him I do. I think he does a bang- read more

Question: I must get my ...

Question: I must get my husband Raymond on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. He is intelligent, charming and handsome, the gene pool blessed him with an Encyclopedia Britannica brain, and we're in debt. Please, dear 'Visionary, tell us how we can change our lives and show the American public the real Everybody Loves Raymond. Phone numbers and any tips on the secret juju of television game show magic are most appreciated. A winner's reward is in your future. — Jayne McKenzie

Televisionary: Well, say, thanks for the good vibes, Jayne!

As luck would have it, the gene pool granted me only a Bazooka Joe Comix brain, but I do what I can. The best I can offer you is a link to the official ABC Millionaire page, where they post the toll-free number at times when calls are being accepted. (Last I checked, we should be right in the middle of the latest read more

Question: Do you have any ...

Question: Do you have any information on Catherine Bell of the hit TV series JAG? Thank you.

Televisionary: This is the point at which my second-grade teacher said "Yes" and nothing more, then sat with a smirk pasted across her pinched face, waiting for me to actually ask for said details. I refused to give in, which is probably why I grew up ignorant and cycled through her classroom for three years straight. Me? I'm a get-along guy, so here goes.

Born in London before moving to L.A. at the age of three, the beauteous Ms. Bell pretty much backed into an acting career. She did some modeling in college — at UCLA, she planned to be a doctor or a biomedical engineer — and hired an acting coach to help her overcome her natural shyness. She took to the new discipline, and bingo — new career path.

Interestingly enough, Bell appeared on JAG before being cast as Lt. Col. Sarah "Mac" MacKenzie. Back when the show was on NBC, the producers put read more

Golden Globes Spread the Wealth

The results of last night's Golden Globe Awards confirmed what Hollywood insiders have been saying for months: This year's Oscar race is likely to be the most wide open in years. Instead of letting one film dominate, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association chose instead to spread the cheer around, awarding four movies — Almost Famous, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Gladiator and Traffic — with two trophies apiece. Factor in big wins for Cast Away, Erin Brockovich, Nurse Betty and O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and suddenly the 2001 Academy Awards is shaping up to be the biggest nail- biter since George W. Bush squeaked past Al Gore in Florida.

But it's safe to say that Gladiator's win as Best Motion Picture (Drama) gives the Russell Crowe epic the edge to take home the gold next March. However, Ang Lee's surprise victory as Best Director for Crouching Tiger, Hi read more

Golden Globe Goofs Galore

Isn't it comforting to know that nobody — not even the high-falutin' Hollywood Foreign Press Association — can throw a party without a guest winding up wearing a lampshade? "Ren&#233e Zellweger is drunk, ladies and gentlemen," reported poker-faced presenter Hugh Grant last night when at first the actress couldn't be located to accept her Golden Globe. It turned out, she wasn't under her table, but had pulled a Christine Lahti and ducked out to go to the john. "I had lipstick on my teeth," she laughed, red-faced, after making her way to the stage — past Lahti, ironically. And she was far from the only celebrity to be embarrassed during the broadcast. That's why TV Guide Online compiled this list of the other stars who dubiously distinguished themselves. And the winners... uh, losers were: Tom Cruise. Without announcing the nominees for Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie, the man with the million-watt smile dimly started read more

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