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Mars/Venus meets Planet Bonaduce

Television doesn't particularly need The View, much less something described as The View on steroids, but that's what it's getting this fall, with former Partridge Family hatchling Danny Bonaduce talking about relationships from a man's point of view. (Isn't that what The Man Show is?)

Bonaduce is one of four men _ including my perennial New Year's Eve date, Dick Clark _ featured on the syndicated show The Other Half. "I don't think that I'm on the show because I used to be a Partridge," says Bonaduce. Of course not.

Bonaduce certainly does have a unique perspective on relationships.

He met his wife of 11 years on a blind date and, he says, married her seven hours later because that was the only way she would have sex with him. In 1991, after he was married, he was arrested in Phoenix for beating up and robbing a transvestite prostitute whom he offered $20 for a sex act. (He pleaded guilty to endangerment and no contest to misdemeanor assault, and got probation.)

So why should anyone listen to him? Simple, says Bonaduce, who turns 42 next month. His wife hasn't left him.

The devil is in the details

Now the witches aren't happy with Harry Potter (and Bewitched and the Wicked Witch of the West, for that matter). A high priest of British White Witches says Harry is riding a broomstick the wrong way in his movie debut. Trailers for the film show the wizard-in-training being taught to ride with the brushy part of the broom in back. Kevin Carlyon, who has his own coven in Sussex, England, says woodcuts from the 16th and 17th centuries show brooms being ridden with the brushy part in front. There is no way I would have known that, contrary to what you may hear from other sources.

ATTN: Fashion victims

Vogue's five "superpowerful" accessories for fall:

1. A giant fur hat

2. An oversize bag

3. Laced boots

4. The ballerina shoe

5. A wide belt