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Question: What was the name ...

Question: What was the name of the song played at the end of the Jan. 13 episode of Line of Fire on ABC? — A Loyal Fan

Televisionary: That was Gary Jules's version of the old Tears for Fears song "Mad World," which certainly comes off as more haunting and poignant when he does it, no? You can find it on his album Trading Snake Oil For Wolftickets or on the soundtrack for the movie Donnie Darko.

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Question: Can you help me ...

Question: Can you help me with the name of an old show I used to watch? It had "Hit the Road, Jack" as its theme song and was about a dad who would go down to the basement and talk to this stuffed bunny that used to come alive. The bunny was in love with a Barbie doll. There were either one or two boys and a daughter. No one seems to know what I'm talking about except my brother; what's the name of the show? — Jordan, Peoria, Ariz.

Televisionary: Wow, Jordan. When you consider a show that ran from 1995 to 1999 "old," I begin to feel truly ancient.

You're thinking of Unhappily Ever After, a WB sitcom about used-car salesman Jack Malloy (Geoff Pierson), who was kicked out of the house by his wife (Stephanie Hodge) and given a stuffed rabbit named Mr. Floppy (voiced by Bobcat Goldthwait). The bunny, as you say, would come to life and was pretty much his only pal.

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Family Feud for Obnoxious Fiancé?

When Fox's My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé draws to a close, bride-to-be Randi Coy will learn that, while she was fooling her family into thinking she'd really marry a tubby tool, the reality show's producers were tricking her into believing that her intended was just another contestant. (In fact, he's an actor.) But that doesn't mean the Coy clan wasn't still hoppin' mad over the deception. Have you seen the promos? In future episodes (airing Mondays at 9 pm/ET), those poor people get put through hell!

"I don't think [what we did to them] was necessarily cruel," the funny girl insists. "[The prank] was going to end; that was my [justification to go ahead with it]. It was two weeks. I didn't look at it as harming my family. I thought it was going to be all fun, but real emotions did play into it. It got tricky. I got some reactions that I didn't anticipate."

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German-born photographer Helmut Newton, best known for his racy black-and-white portraits of women, died Friday in a car crash. He was 83. According to reports, Newton lost control of his Cadillac while leaving the famed Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles. Despite the tragedy, a Berlin museum showcasing Newton's work will open in June as planned. read more


Two low-budget films you've never heard of — the time-travel drama Primer and the rock band documentary DIG! — won top honors at the Sundance Film Festival over the weekend. Contain your excitement. read more


The third time was the charm for Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. The conclusion of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic trilogy was the big winner Sunday at the 61st annual Golden Globe Awards, taking home four trophies, including best dramatic movie and best director for Peter Jackson. Lost in Translation won three awards, including best comedic film, best comedic actor for Bill Murray and best screenplay for Sofia Coppola. Top dramatic acting honors went to Charlize Theron for Monster and Sean Penn for Mystic River, and read more


HBO's acclaimed AIDS opus Angels in America was in Golden Globe heaven Sunday night, picking up five awards, including best miniseries, best actor in a miniseries for Al Pacino, best actress in a miniseries for Meryl Streep, best supporting actor for Jeffrey Wright and best supporting actress for Mary-Louise Parker. 24 won the award for best drama series, and Without a Trace's Anthony LaPaglia and Six Feet Under's Frances Conroy were honored as best actor and actress in a drama. BBC America's cult hit The Office read more

Globes Make the Grade

Last night's live broadcast of the 61st annual Golden Globe Awards was a salute to the best in entertainment in '03. But was the ceremony itself entertainment deserving of a salute? To answer that $64,000 question, TV Guide Online put the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's black-tie back-slap to the test, bestowing upon it points for every moment that genuinely amused us... and taking them away whenever we had to pop a No-Doz. Sixty credits (out of a possible 100) were needed to earn a D-minus. So, did the to-do make the grade? Read on to find out. We stayed up late to do the math for you, people; the least you can do is read our review!

Presenter No. 1 Meryl Streep announced, "I've never opened an envelope before." Which must make answering her fan mail quite a challenge. (One point.) Later, accepting her own award, she made a stunning discovery: "I just realized you can see co read more


ABC has had a change of heart about Threat Matrix. The network, which recently picked the show up for a full 22-episode season, has trimmed its order to 16 episodes. read more


Just when it looked like Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez's week couldn't get any worse, out come the Razzies. The estranged couple's stink bomb of a movie, Gigli, received a leading nine nominations for the annual Razzie Awards, honoring the year's most God-awful films. Dr. Seuss' the Cat in the Hat and From Justin to Kelly tied for second with eight nods apiece. The other worst-picture nominees were Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and The Real Cancun. (Hulk was robbed, I tell ya. Robbed!) Winners will be announced Feb. 28, a day before the Oscars. read more

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