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Question: During the final 10 ...

Question: During the final 10 minutes or so of the May 7 West Wing episode a haunting song was played (while the president's daughter was being kidnapped and occasionally cutting back to the White House, too). Who was the artist and what was the song? It was as well chosen a song for the scene and situation as I have ever heard. Please tell. I gotta know!! — Mike P.

Televisionary: Sure thing. That was Massive Attack's "Angel" and it can be found on their 1998 album Mezzanine.

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Question: What was the name ...

Question: What was the name of the plumber who starred on Designing Women for a few episodes, and was the butt of some crack jokes? — Nezzie S., Huffman, Tex.

Televisionary: Actually, I believe you mean Rusty the electrician (Michael Goldfinger), who appeared in several episodes and was the subject of cracks (jeez, now you've got me doing it) because his pants didn't adequately cover his posterior. His hairy pal Dave (Clayton Landey) was a plumber who joined in on a double-date when Julia (Dixie Carter) went out with Rusty out of pity and dragged Mary Jo (Annie Potts) along in the 1 read more

Question: Is the main female ...

Question: Is the main female character on Alias the same actor as the daughter on the TV show Coach? They sure do look alike. Thanks! — Shabnam M., San Francisco, Cal.

Televisionary: Nope. Alias star Jennifer Garner's first series work was in Fox's short-lived Significant Others, which came and went in about three weeks in 1998. 'Twas Clare Carey who played Kelly Fox, daughter of coach Hayden (Craig T. Nelson) from 1989-93 on ABC's hit sitcom.

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Question: Where can I watch ...

Question: Where can I watch Beverly Hills, 90210? — Agnes, Clifton, N.J.

Televisionary: Anywhere there's a signal, a power source and a working TV, I'd imagine.

No, seriously — once again, I'm happy to point you and others with similar questions to our ever-lovin' listings, which, after a little customization on your part, will tell you which networks and channels carry which shows. Matter of fact, once you've configured the listings, you can click the "search" link in the top right corner of any page on the site and use the search field on the left. I did, and found out I can watch 90210 reruns on both FX and SONY.

Give it a whirl!

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SHAMELESS PLUG

There were some tense moments behind the scenes of last night's Law & Order: Criminal Intent finale. Brat Packer Andrew McCarthy — who was originally slated to guest-star on Sunday's season-ender — was fired and replaced after getting into a nasty argument with leading man Vincent D'Onofrio. You can read all the juicy details in the TV News column in the current issue of TV Guide magazine, on newsstands now! read more

CBS Channels Hitler


Fans of The Full Monty know what Scottish actor Robert Carlyle looks like, from head to toe — and his features don't exactly remind us of Adolf Hitler. But for some reason, at least three directors have courted him to play Germany's dictator. CBS finally won him over to star in Hitler: The Rise of Evil (Part Two airs tomorrow at 9 pm/ET), though Carlyle seems disturbed by the Fuhrer connection.

"I don't think I have a resemblance to him," says Carlyle, who honed his maniac schtick as Begbie in Trainspotting. "Perhaps in terms of physical weight and height I'm the same, but you can be made to look that way."

The Hitler makeup team added a prosthetic nose and cheeks, a new hairline and blue contacts to complete the physical transformation. The results, he says, were chill read more

SHORT CUTS

Billy Crystal has signed a three-year deal with HBO to create, produce and direct series, movies and miniseries... R&B crooner Macy Gray has inked a deal with Warner Bros. to develop an animated series based on her own childhood... For those who have inquired about the fate of UPN's hip-hop soap Platinum, I'm afraid the news isn't good: The network has axed the low-rated drama...Broadway's Hairspray netted a field-best 10 trophies at Sunday's Drama Desk Awards, including best musical. Take Me Out was named best play... A line of video games based on NBC's Fear Factor will arrive in stores in 2004... SoapNet has acquired rights to rebroadcast all 9,000 episodes of the late NBC sudser Another World, beginning July 1. That's great, but what about Santa Barbara?! read more

Frasier Star in Love


With all signs pointing to Frasier ending after next season, David Hyde Pierce is more careful than ever when it comes to picking movie roles. His rules of thumb: If a character is too Niles Crane, he's not interested. And if a friend offers advice, he's not listening. "You know what the most frequent suggestion is?" he asks. "'You really should play a psychotic serial killer.'"

Luckily, the man who's portrayed the younger Dr. Crane for 10 years understands something they don't. "I can't just leap into something completely different and expect people to buy it," Pierce says. "I have to make that transition gradually, which is what I've been trying to do."

His current role in Down With Love should help. Pierce plays a magazine editor whose star writer (read more

Buffy's Creator Speaks!

Tomorrow night, Buffy the Vampire Slayer will turn in her stakes after seven demon-dusting seasons. Yeah, yeah, we know: This bites. But on the bright side, the Buffy franchise will no doubt outlive the lifespans of Spike and Angel combined — at least if series creator Joss Whedon has anything to say about it. In honor of the show's swan song, TV Guide Online rang up Whedon and asked him to do the only honorable thing: Give us the real scoop behind a number of hot-button topics, including Eliza Dushku's now-defunct spinoff, the much-buzzed-about Buffy feature film and the show's surprising final scene. Lucky for us, he obliged.


TV Guide Online: Were you bummed that Eliza opted to do the new Fox drama Tru Calling instead of a Buffy spinoff?
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IN A LATHER

As the World Turns, General Hospital and comedian Wayne Brady were the big winners at Friday night's Daytime Emmy awards. ATWT was named best soap, while GH picked up statues for best actor (finally, Maurice Benard), best supporting actress (Vanessa Marcil) and best writing team. Brady, who emceed the three-hour ceremony, scored a major upset by snagging the outstanding talk-show host trophy over heavily favored Dr. Phil. Brady's variety hour also won for best talk show, tying with ABC's The View. For complete coverage, click here. read more

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