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Question: I have been trying ...

Question: I have been trying to figure out the name of the song and group who sings the song for the promos for Hack. I watched the credits and it was not there. So, could you please tell me? I absolutely love the song and it totally gets stuck in my head: "Someone saved, someone saved my life today." I think that's how it goes. — Lori M., Sterling Heights, Mich.

Televisionary: Ah, me. If going to blow all self-discipline out of the water, I might as well do it in a big way, huh?

The song in question is Elton John's "Someone Saved My Life Tonight," Lori. And if you're dying to know, it looks like Universal Music's new marketing strategy is working as planned.

In a bid to draw attention to John's Greatest Hits 1970-2002 collection, his label is making his tunes available to networks for use in both shows and promo read more

Question: I never saw Quantum ...

Question: I never saw Quantum Leap that much when it was first on, but have seen reruns and like it. How long was it on originally? Thank you. — Joe O., Hermiston, Ore.

Televisionary: Physicist Sam Beckett (Enterprise's Scott Bakula) started his in-and-out-of-body experiences on NBC in March 1989 and jumped around time with holographic pal Al "The Observer" Calavicci (Dean Stockwell) until mid-August 1993. And the only reason the oft-praised but ratings-challenged cult favorite lasted that long was because of fan fervor and another, more important, factor — demographics.

For the 1991-92 season, for example, QL ranked 63rd out of 132 series on the air but stayed on NBC's schedule while t read more

TRUE CONFESSIONS

Glitter may have been a turkey, but it wasn't so bad that it led Mariah Carey to attempt suicide — at least that's what the 32-year-old diva tells Matt Lauer on tonight's Dateline NBC. Carey insists it's "absolutely not" true that she tried to kill herself on July 25, 2001, when she was rushed to a New York hospital after her mom called 911. "I'm far too much of a spiritual person to do that," she says. "That's God's choice when it's time for me to go." read more

Question: My daughter wants ...

Question: My daughter wants to know why The Powerpuff Girls aren't on TV. She says they have all the boy cartoons on, like Pok&#233mon and Jackie Chan, but never any girl shows like Powerpuff Girls. — Susan, Maysville, Ky.

Televisionary: That's so weird, because my daughter wants to know why yours doesn't go to our lovable listings section, look Powerpuff Girls up and discover that the Cartoon Network is running it twice a day, at 7:30 am and 8:30 pm/ET. (Okay, so only half of that is true. I don't have a daughter — I want to know.)

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Question: Are Anthony ...

Question: Are Anthony LaPaglia from Without a Trace and Jonathan LaPaglia from The District related? — Sheryl, Gurnee, Ill.

Televisionary: That they are. The former is the latter's older brother.

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LADY SINGS THE BLUES

As those many ABC promos have hinted, Whitney Houston spills her guts to Diane Sawyer on tonight's Primetime (airing at 9 pm/ET). Here's a preview: When Sawyer asks whether it's been alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, pills or "all" of 'em that trouble her, Houston responds: "It has been at times." The singer goes on to suggest she's been "addicted to a few things" — including "making love." Yikes! Houston also denies talk of anorexia and bulimia, and says prayer has been helping her. Hubby Bobby Brown also appears to say, "Me and drugs... we're not friends." Now there's a surprise. read more

Question: On the Nov. 17 ...

Question: On the Nov. 17 episode of Alias, there's a beautiful song playing when Sydney goes to visit Vaughn in the hospital. What was the song, and who performed it? Thanks. — Bobbie, Princeton, N.C.

Televisionary: Though I've vowed to cut down on the what-was-that-song questions in this column, once again my resolve fades in the face of a reader — well, readers, since many of you asked — in need of my help.

The song in question is called "Slumber My Darling" and it's performed by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and singer Alison Krauss. You'll find it on the CD Appalachian Journey, a disc from Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Mark O'Connor that blends classical and folk influences.

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PROPS AND LOVE

Slain Run-DMC star Jam Master Jay (aka Jason Mizell) receives a special all-star tribute at this year's Billboard Awards (airing Dec. 9 at 8 pm/ET on Fox). Luminaries including Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, as well as Nelly and Nas, will celebrate the DJ's life. read more

Question: I heard the James ...

Question: I heard the James Patterson novel 1st to Die was being made into a miniseries by NBC. Is this true? If so, when will it be aired? — Travis, Fort Washington, Pa.

Televisionary: 'Tis indeed true, Travis. (Because of that and the fact that you're writing from the town where I attended high school, I know you're a bright boy.) Tracy Pollan is starring as a detective trying to track down a serial killer who specializes in wedding-night newlyweds in the three-hour NBC TV movie, which Russell Mulcahy (Highlander) is directing. The network hasn't set an exact date yet, but look for it during February sweeps.

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John Leguizamo's Gangsta Love


As Winona Ryder's verdict taught us, "I was doing film research" is a poor defense for actors who get caught breaking the law. This didn't stop John Leguizamo from risking his neck for his role as a South Bronx drug dealer in Empire (opening Dec. 6). To get a feel for the world of dope dealing, he shadowed real-life pushers all over New York.

"I wasn't as afraid of being arrested as I was of being shot at," Leguizamo admits. "I hung out and did a couple [drug] runs with some guys and a married couple. I went to suppliers in Queens, did runs in Alphabet City and [saw] the homes where people stashed it.

"It's bizarre," he adds. "It's like living like an animal — always living in fear, always suspect. I wouldn't have been so afraid, except they were looking over their shoulders all the time and telling me, 'Keep moving. We can't stand anywhere. We gotta keep going.'

"I was a little scared of [getting caught], too," he points out, "but I read more

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