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Question: The new password ...

Question: The new password should be TVGuide. — Scott

Ausiello: I love it! It'll be a few weeks until we can get this into place, folks. Please be patient.

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IMPORTANT REMINDER!

If you haven't already done so, don't forget to check out this week's "Ask Ausiello" for scoop on Desperate Housewives' killer plot twist, Alias' new time slot and Keri Russell's latest gig. There's also a heartfelt tribute to Smurf Shrinky Dinks that you do not want to miss. read more

FANTASTIC FOUR

The search for Craig Kilborn's replacement is narrowing — and it would seem I'm out of the running. (The key word here being "seem.") Comic-actors D.L. Hughley and Craig Ferguson, former Ed star Michael Ian Black and TRL V.J. Damien Fahey have all been asked to return for multinight guest stints this month, per The Hollywood Reporter. It would seem a final successor will then be picked from this group. (The key words here being "What about me!?!?") read more

Question: ABOUT 5 YEARS AGO ...

Question: ABOUT 5 YEARS AGO THERE WAS A NEW COMEDY THAT CAME ON WITH A POPULAR OLDER MALE LEAD. THE SHOW WAS A HIT, BUT AFTER ONLY ABOUT FIVE SHOWS, THE MALE LEAD DIED SUDDENLY — I THINK OF A HEART ATTACK ON THE SET. WHO WAS THE ACTOR AND WHAT WAS THE SHOW? — LORI

Ausiello: Sorry, Lori, but I don't answer questions in this format. Please turn off your caps lock and resubmit.

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SHORT CUTS

A&E has cleared a third season of Airline for takeoff... The new syndicated series Home Delivery has been axed... LL Cool J has scrapped the remaining 12 dates on his tour due to an abdominal ailment. read more

Question: How about, ...

Question: How about, "ilovemike" or "mikeyisthebest" or "mikerocks" or "mikeistheman?" — Jess Kennedy.

Ausiello: A little too obvious. Next...

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Ally McBeal Vamp Paws Jude Law


As Elaine Vassal, the sex-crazed secretary on Ally McBeal, Jane Krakowski found herself in spicy situations on a weekly basis. Next up, the 36-year-old actress enjoys a steamy backseat dalliance with Jude Law in Alfie (in theaters Friday). In fact, their lurid limousine ride opens the film.

"I read the first scene," smirks Krakowski, "and thought, 'That's great.' What girl wouldn't want to do that?"

Still, it's never easy stripping down to nearly nothing on one's very first day on set. "I showed up [at] 7 am," she recalls, "met the Jude Law. And [we're like,] 'All right, now what are we going to do?' — knowing what was ahead of us.

"There have been a lot of sex scenes in limos before," Krakowski continues. "[Director Charles Shyer] didn't want it to look like all of the others. He wanted to get in the car with the camera and see bodies and everything you need to see. We spent an hour discussing things we'd alw read more

END OF AN ERA

Paramount chairman Sherry Lansing, who broke ground by becoming the first female to head a major Hollywood studio, announced Tuesday that she will step down next year to "do something different." During her 12 years at Paramount, the 60-year-old mogul presided over such hits as Forrest Gump, Titanic and Braveheart. Of course, she also gave us recent flops The Four Feathers, Narc and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, so this news isn't all bad. read more

Question: Who's the guy that ...

Question: Who's the guy that sings in the bar on American Dreams? — Brigit

Ausiello: It's Ben Taylor, James Taylor and Carly Simon's son. And that completes the "legitimate questions portion" of this week's "Ask Ausiello." Now, let's get to the good stuff!

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Question: Sorry, I should ...

Question: Sorry, I should have been more specific about what part of your Smurf collection I wanted to see ("Ask Ausiello" 10/27). I was thinking along the lines of PVC figurines. — Jerome

Ausiello: I have a cancellation this Friday at 4:30 pm. Otherwise, I'm booked through Easter.

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