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Question: There was a really cool theme song for the show Down the Shore. Do you know what song that was and who sang it? — Scott, Denville, N.J.

Televisionary: Sure, let's make it three, why don't we? Those were your fellow New Jersey-ites Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Scott. The theme for the Fox show, which ran from June 1992 to August 1993, was "I Don't Want to Go Home." You'll find it on several of the band's albums, including, of all things, I Don't Want to Go Home (Epic).

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Five-time Emmy winner Alan Alda is joining the cast of The West Wing this season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He'll play a Republican senator who — let's be real — will eventually run against Jimmy Smits for president. Martin Sheen's second term as commander in chief comes to an end in '05. read more


Fox is developing a miniseries about the life and times of legendary moon man Neil Armstrong, Variety reports. The project will be based on the recently released Armstrong biography One Giant Leap. read more


Debbie Matenopoulos, late of The View and the TV Guide Channel, and Arthel Neville, formerly of E! and Extra, have been tapped as the new female cohosts of the syndicated gabfest Good Day Live. They replace Jillian Barberie and Dorothy Lucey, who left to pursue other interests. Like standing in an unemployment line. read more


With an average audience of 26.6 million viewers, ratings for NBC's Olympics coverage are up 15 percent from the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney. In related news, Paul Hamm needs to do the right thing and give Yang Tae Young his gold medal. And the judges a freakin' calculator. read more


Ellen DeGeneres has signed on to headline a remake of the 1977 comedy Oh, God! According to Variety, the actress/comic/talk-show host will play the title character, a role originated by the late George Burns. "Ellen is a strong comedienne and she has always done material about God and questions about God," says producer Jerry Weintraub. "She will help us with the writing, and using her will allow us to do a proper 2005 view of Oh, God! that is hip and modern." This will mark DeGeneres' first major live-action movie gig since 1996's Mr. Wrong. And, oh, how wrong it was. read more


"You did kinda get creamed by Hal Sparks. But you beat Janeane Garafolo, Graham Norton, John Heffron, Arsenio Hall, Snoop Dogg and Sandra Bernhard — not too shabby." TV Guide Online's Angel Cohn consoling yours truly about this weekend's poll results, in which seven percent of readers picked me to replace Craig Kilborn as host of CBS's Late Late Show. Sparks ranked second with 18 percent. Translation: I should have listened to my gut and just rigged the damn thing. read more

Triumph Bites Back

How do we explain Triumph the Insult Comic Dog? He's kind of like Don Rickles with a flea collar, or a verbally abusive sock puppet. Did we mention he's made a reputation out of eating up celebrities like kibble? The Late Night With Conan O'Brien regular serves up his greatest hits on two new DVDs, Conan O'Brien 10th Anniversary Special and The Best of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, and proves his naughty late-night shtick has plenty of bite.

TV Guide Online: Have you always worked blue?
In the early days of television, you couldn't say "poop." For years, I had to say "...for me to relieve myself on." Those were frustrating times for me and for Topo Gigio, who cussed like a sailor in his nightclub act.

TVGO: Did you settle your feud with Eminem?
We've moved on. But I've renewed my old feud with Kermit. Do we really need new episodes of Sesame Street? By now you'd think eve read more


Two masked gunmen stole Edward Munch's iconic masterpiece The Scream from a Norwegian art museum Sunday during a shocking morning raid. Authorities are said to be working on several leads, one of which may or may not involve a large albino man, a small black cryptex and the following clue: "In London lies a knight a Pope interred." read more


Get this: Julianna Margulies will appear on an NBC hospital show during November sweeps — but it's not ER! The Emmy-winning actress has signed on to do a two-episode arc on TV's funniest comedy Scrubs, sources tell TV Guide Online. Margulies will not, however, be playing a nurse. Rather, she'll portray a malpractice attorney. In other Scrubs news, Ed's Tom Cavanagh will reprise his role as J.D.'s (Zach Braff) bro in two episodes this October. read more

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