Tom Hanks

A one-generation leap -- Bulgarian labor camp to Hollywood fame

Most weekends, you can catch two excellent shows tracing people's roots -- NBC's "Who Do You Think You Are?" on Fridays, PBS' "Finding Your Roots" on Sundays.

The next couple "Roots" are, as usual, excellent -- Barbara Walters and Geoffrey Canada this Sunday, husband-and-wife Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick on April 8. I haven't seen the next "Who," but I have interviewed Rita Wilson, who has a promising hour Friday. Here's the story I sent to papers:


Conan II: Hanks, yes; rest, no

"You have taken the chat-show format and blown it out of the water," Tom Hanks told Conan O'Brien tonight.

He said it with that Hanks-style tone of sarcasm. In truth, tonight's episode -- the second night of "Conan" on TBS -- was standard, old-school talk. Hanks was great; the rest was so-so.

O'Brien did venture into topical humor: Apple was selling its computer in China, he said; that offers "an exciting opportunity to sell i-pods to the very kids who make them."