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JIM'S A LUCKY GUY

That risqué FHM spread has paid off for JAG babe Catherine Bell. The actress has been cast opposite Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston and Morgan Freeman in the big-screen comedy Bruce Almighty. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bell will play one of Carrey's co-workers. read more

DEFINITELY NOT A GOOD THING

A congressional committee today urged the Justice Department to begin a criminal investigation into whether Martha Stewart lied about receiving insider information before selling her ImClone stock. The domestic diva has denied that she did anything wrong. read more

LIGHTFOOT UPDATE

Folk singer Gordon Lightfoot, who was hospitalized Saturday in Ontario, underwent stomach surgery for an unspecified ailment Sunday. The 63-year-old "If You Could Read My Mind" crooner remains in intensive care, but is said to be doing better. read more

DID FREDDY SCARE HIM AWAY?

Actor Jason Ritter — who currently appears in the nation's No. 1 film Swimfan — has replaced Brad Renfro as the lead in Freddy vs. Jason. Creative differences reportedly led to Renfro's exit. read more

FINAL RECORDING

Brainwashed, the album former Beatle George Harrison was recording before his death last year — will be released in November. The CD — which features 11 new songs — is Harrison's first release of new material since 1987's Cloud Nine. read more

SHORT CUTS

Struggling ABC is partnering with McDonald's to promote its new fall lineup — specifically its "Happy Hour" programming block... Tom Berenger will play legendary college football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant in ESPN's original movie The Junction Boys... Frasier star David Hyde Pierce is doing well after falling and hitting his head while rehearsing a scene Friday on the sitcom's set... NBC has ordered three episodes of Adrenaline X, a reality show in which extreme-sports champions compete against each other. read more

HE REALLY IS SUPERMAN

Things are looking up for Christopher Reeve. Seven years after a horseback-riding accident left him paralyzed from the neck down, the 49-year-old actor has regained some movement and sensation in his hands and feet. "To be able to feel just the lightest touch is really a gift," Reeve tells People. Also, the Superman star can breathe on his own for 90 minutes at a time. An upcoming ABC special, Christopher Reeve: Courageous Steps, reportedly will document Reeve's progress. read more

Question: I have spent this ...

Question: I have spent this whole summer wondering what happened on the last two episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer's sixth season. I have seen every episode of the show except these two. Can you please tell me when they might possibly rerun at least one of the two episodes? I thank you tremendously! — Brittany, Calvert City, Ky.

Televisionary: Tell you what, Brittany, mangling the line about angling and self-reliance, I'll give you a little fish and then teach you to catch it for yourself. The first half of the two-part episode you're looking for, "Two To Go," airs tonight at 8 pm/ET on WQTV in your hometown. I'm not sure about "Grave," the last episode of the season, but you can search our listings to check for yourself.

Which brings me to my next little lesson, which involves the TV Guide Online resources all of you can use to answer such questions for yourselves so you don't have read more

Question: On 7th Heaven, what ...

Question: On 7th Heaven, what state is Glen Oak in? — Keida, Seymour, Ind.

Televisionary: The fictional Glen Oak Community Church, where Minister Eric Camden (Stephen Collins) tends to the flock on the WB drama, is located in the fictional town of Glen Oak, a suburb of the fictional city of Los Angeles. (Okay, so L.A. technically exists, but many who live here will concede that few things are real.)

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Question: My husband and I ...

Question: My husband and I have been arguing over this for a week. I say that when Enterprise first started the opening song was by a group called The Calling, and then it changed to the current song. My husband says that it's been the same song since the show debuted. Could you please settle this? — Natasha, Chicago, Ill.

Televisionary: Sure — sort of. The Calling's "Wherever You Will Go" was used in promotional clips for the UPN series before it launched, but the series' theme song has always been Russell Watson singing "Faith of the Heart." For more on that, see the the third answer of my Nov. 13, 2001 column.

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