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Q&A: AT&T commercial features tune from Willy Wonka

Willy Wonka heard on ads

Who is the vocalist on the AT&T commercial that says, "We'll begin with a spin"? It has been shown on the NBC Nightly News and on some Rays games.

We believe you're referring to the AT&T commercial that is set in a city with a man's childhood drawings coming to life. It moves from the drawings to a man sitting on a bench, and a narrator says: "Remember when you were 5, and anything was possible? Happy fifth birthday again."

The song is Pure Imagination, written by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse, and sung by the actor Gene Wilder. It was used in the movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

To see it, go to www.splendad.com/ads/show/3567-AT-T-Birthday-Pure-Imagination.

Rooney flick no longer makes cut

For many years we used to see a movie at Christmas titled It Came Upon the Midnight Clear, starring Mickey Rooney. Then it didn't appear anymore. Why?

TV stations and networks determine what they will show, and our guess is that this 1984 movie, while a favorite of many, has just been squeezed out of the seasonal rotation by later releases.

It does not appear to be available on DVD, but can be bought in VHS format from amazon.com.

'Cleaner' no longer running

Do you have any idea when The Cleaner, starring Benjamin Bratt, will return?

The A&E network series ended after two seasons. Both seasons are available on DVD.

More 'Supernanny' on the way

Could you please tell me why Supernanny was taken off TV? I'm 83 years old and enjoyed it very much.

The ABC series finished its sixth season with the airing of its 100th episode in March. The network has reportedly ordered 13 more episodes to air in the 2010-11 season. But the show's star, Jo Frost, told entertainment publication Variety that she may call it quits after those telecasts.

'In Treatment' coming back

I have been anxiously awaiting the return of HBO's In Treatment. Will it air again?

HBO has ordered a third season of the series starring Gabriel Byrne for telecast later in 2010.

Too sad to join celebration

Recently on the TV Land Awards, Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd of Charlie's Angels made an appearance, but Kate Jackson was missing. Why?

Jackson pulled out of appearing with her castmates on the awards show, citing her sadness over the death of co-star Farrah Fawcett, who died of cancer at age 62 last June. "Emotionally, it was simply too soon for me to join my co-stars," she said in a published statement.

Q&A: AT&T commercial features tune from Willy Wonka 06/03/10 [Last modified: Thursday, June 3, 2010 12:11pm]
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