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GELLAR SAYS "NO" TO BUFFY MOVE

Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar says she's not going anywhere, despite reports that the popular series is being sought by other networks. "I will stay on Buffy if, and only if, Buffy stays on the WB," Gellar told E! Online. "The WB has been so supportive, such a great network over the past four years. It feels like home. I don't want the show to move, because I feel that we belong on the WB. It's where our fans are. If Buffy leaves the WB, I'm out." read more

OSMOND GETS HAPPY

Former talk show host and teen singing sensation Marie Osmond is singing the blues no more. After a highly publicized bout with postpartum depression, Osmond has announced she has written a book on the subject. AP reports that Osmond, the mother of seven, has penned Behind the Smile in order to help others who are suffering. "My only hope is that other women will gain something from it," said Osmond. 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

SHORT CUTS

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

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

PUFFY TRIAL BACK ON TRACK

After a day of suspended jury selection in the case against rap star Sean "Puffy" Combs for the infamous December 1999 nightclub shootout, the case is said to be back on track today. Reuters reports that the gun possession and bribery trial hit a snag yesterday after Puffy's co-defendant, Jamal "Shyne" Barrow, was arrested for driving with a suspended license following a Manhattan car accident on Sunday night. Barrow, who is also facing attempted murder charges, was arraigned Monday. Jury selection in the case will resume today. read more

'N SYNC GOES TO THE MOVIES

'N Sync's Lance Bass and Joey Fatone are headed for the big screen in Miramax's new romantic comedy, On the Line. Foxnews.com 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

ZETA-JONES FEARS FOR SON

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

REESE GOES HUNTING AND FISHING

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

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