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Question: Have you seen The L ...

Question: Have you seen The L Word on Showtime and what do you think of it? PS — What a little hottie you are! — Kat

Ausiello: Honestly? It put me to sleep.

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Question: Just got TiVo for ...

Question: Just got TiVo for Christmas. What did critics and TV Guide writers do before TiVo? I rank it with the wheel, fire and the alphabet in human development. Over the top? — James Wester

Ausiello: Not by a long shot. I think it's the best thing to happen since the birth of Jesus Chr... no, make that Keri Russell!

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Question: Are the men on Lost ...

Question: Are the men on Lost ever going to shave? I mean, it has to be a nightmare for the continuity person. — Matt

Ausiello: Let's ask exec producer Carlton Cuse: "Obviously, this show is not literally Castaway or Survivor," he told me. "You could easily deconstruct the show on the verisimilitude level. [The shaving thing] is one of those gimmes we hope the audience will let us have." My take? Any guy that can work "verisimilitude" into a sentence deserves to be cut a little slack.

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Question: Why did NBC run a ...

Question: Why did NBC run a repeat of Medium last Thursday when they promised us a new episode? Are they trying to tick off the "16 million" people that gave the show a chance? — Timothy

Ausiello: Here's the statement NBC gave me: "We launched the show successfully on Monday so we had the luxury of saving the episode originally scheduled for Thursday for the regular time period and the long battle ahead versus CSI: Miami. We thought we made the change in time to avoid confusing viewers, and we apologize for any confusion." Clearly, viewers forgave the Peacock. All 16 million viewers who tuned in for last week's premiere returned for Episode 2 this past Monday. The moral of the story? Lying breeds loyalty.

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Question: When is Summerland ...

Question: When is Summerland coming back? I just saw Carmen Electra doing an interview saying she taped six episodes of the show. — Kim

Ausiello: We finally have a date — Lori Loughlin and Co. return Feb. 28. And yes, Carmen is joining the cast for at least six episodes as Johnny's (Shawn Christian) new love interest. I'm also hearing a member of the show's young set (of the female persuasion) is gonna get axed soon.

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Question: I just heard that ...

Question: I just heard that The Mountain aired its last episode. Is that true? — Rick

Ausiello: Yes, the show is dead. The series finale aired Jan. 2. Let's all observe a moment of silence for The Mountain.

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Question: I was at the movies ...

Question: I was at the movies recently and saw a trailer for Keri's new movie, The Upside of Anger. When her face came up on the screen, I instantly thought of you. Just thought I'd let you know. — Cat

Ausiello: That's funny. I recently saw the trailer and when her face came on the screen, I instantly thought of me, too! What are the odds?

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Question: I was wondering if ...

Question: I was wondering if there was any news about a possible spin-off of Brad Garrett's character from Everybody Loves Raymond? — Jake

Ausiello: Good question. The Raymond cast will also be participating in a press-tour panel next week, so I'll remember to toss this question at them.

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Question: I found your ...

Question: I found your Oklahoma Sooner-bashing comment offensive ("Entertainment News" 1/4). Hopefully for you, USC will be able to score some points on the Oklahoma defense. — Robert Young

Ausiello: I was never good at math, but, um, does 55 qualify as "some?" Rob? You there? Bueller?

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Question: Why do you answer ...

Question: Why do you answer the same questions over and over (Tru Calling for one!) but won't answer mine?? What happened to the show Cracking Up starring Molly Shannon? — Dawn

Ausiello: You people are killing me. Look, here's a tip: If your favorite show is MIA for more than six months — and it's not 24, Alias or on cable — chances are very good that it's been axed due to low ratings and/or because it stars Rob Lowe.

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