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Question: There was a show on NBC a couple years back that was about people with special powers. One of the characters was blind, and another was named Satori. What was the name of that show, and is it available on video? — Wanda, Virginia Beach, Va.

Televisionary: You're thinking of NBC's The Others, which had a run of five months or so back in 2000. You can find out more about it on our Others ShowGuide page. To my knowledge, it's not available on video.

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Sci-Fi Sexpot Just Wants to Have Fun


Traci Elizabeth Lords is ready to go on the record — literally. The Sci Fi Channel's unofficial poster girl is working on a follow-up to her 1995 techno platter, 1,000 Fires, she reveals to TV Guide Online. "I finally got out of my [exclusive deal with Radioactive, my old] label, so I'm a free agent now. I've got several record companies interested in putting this album out, but I'm not sure where I'm going with it yet."

No matter: What's important, at least to us Lords lovers, is that at last new tracks are in the offing. "Music is absolutely happening at the moment," says the former First Wave leading lady and star of the recent Deathlands: Homeward Bound telepic. "I'll release at least the single this summer."

Intrigued? So are we. Alas, the tight-lipped ex-Melrose Place and Profiler vixen refuses to name that tune! "I can't," she insists. "If I did, then I'd have to kill you." Blimey. Maybe just a hint, then? " read more

HOLLYWOOD DEAD-ENDING

Box office titan Harrison Ford can add a new title to his resume: shark bait. Ford's new flick Hollywood Homicide — in which he plays buddy to Josh Hartnett's cop — got eaten alive by the cartoon fish of Finding Nemo over the weekend. Homicide debuted at No. 5 with a lethal $11.7 million while Nemo reclaimed the No. 1 spot with $29.2 million. Last weekend's top movie, 2 Fast 2 Furious, fell to No. 2 with $19.1 million — a steep 62 percent drop. Newcomers Rugrats Go Wild and Dumb and Dumberer, meanwhile, opened at No. 4 (with $12.5 million) and No. 6 ($11.1 million) respectively. read more

GRUESOME TWOSOME

There must have been something about syndication royalties that appealed to sibling filmmakers Peter and Bobby Farrelly. The guys behind There's Something About Mary and Shallow Hal are developing a Fox sitcom about a loser telemarketer who becomes a hot TV producer overnight. read more

SHORT CUTS

Jimmy Kimmel has been tapped to host the 31st annual American Music Awards, airing Nov. 16 live on ABC... New mother Joan Lunden is parting ways with A&E, where she has hosted Behind Closed Doors for the past three years, the New York Post reports. read more

YOU ASKED FOR IT...

Attention fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and James Marsters! In today's Roush Room, TV Guide critic Matt Roush addresses the burning question you've been pestering us about for weeks: What in hellmouth were we thinking putting Tom Lenk on our Dream Emmy Ballot over James Marsters? Now we can finally put this whole issue to rest, right? Please? read more

PECK REMEMBERED

A public memorial service is being held today for legendary actor Gregory Peck, who died Thursday at age 87. The service will take place at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels in Los Angeles. Peck's To Kill a Mockingbird co-star Brock Peters will deliver the eulogy. read more

Lou Ferrigno: The Real Hulk Speaks

Back in 1977, when Lou Ferrigno first donned green make-up to star in The Hulk, he was just 25 years old, a two-time Mr. Universe with no real acting experience. But except for all the ripped shirts, his TV role turned out to be a perfect fit. He convincingly growled and flexed his way through five seasons and three subsequent TV movies, the last airing in 1990. (Those telefilms and the series pilot episode are now on DVD). Since then, Ferrigno, 51, has stayed in shape, written his autobiography (available at www.louferrigno.com) and landed a recurring role on The King of Queens. And this Friday, he can be seen making a cameo in Ang Lee's big-budget Hulk feature. Here, we catch up with the former (not-so-jolly) green giant.


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BUSTED

Nick Nolte — who pleaded no contest to drunken driving in December — is being investigated for probation violation after Celebrity Justice reported that the actor had been spotted drunk in San Francisco. read more

D'OH!

Here's another reason you gotta love them Brits. According to a just-released BBC online poll, the folks across the pond have named Homer Simpson the greatest American who ever lived. Bart's deadbeat dad outranked such bigwigs as Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., and George Washington. read more

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