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Question: It's driving me ...

Question: It's driving me crazy: Was Toni from Paradise Hotel also on another reality TV show last year? — Jennifer B., Woodmere, N.Y.

Televisionary: Yep. She was on another Fox show, Love Cruise. (And I'll admit: Whenever I get a look at those shoulders, I hear Nick Nolte saying, "We're going to have watch that temper of yours.")

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HIS LIPS ARE SEALED

On the Today show this morning, NBC Sports President Dick Ebersol confirmed that he shelled out $50,000 at a charity auction Monday to learn who Carly Simon was singing about in her 1972 hit, "You're So Vain." In related news, rumor has it newly bankrupt boxer Mike Tyson wants to reveal to the highest bidder what he was thinking when he married Robin Givens. read more

Question: What is the name of ...

Question: What is the name of that beautiful, haunting song that is The Dead Zone's theme and who sings it? — Lauren, Columbia, Md.

Televisionary: That's the late Jeff Buckley's "New Year's Prayer." You'll find it on his album Sketches (For My Sweetheart the Drunk).

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SHADY SUIT

Eminem is slated to appear in a Detroit courtroom Aug. 18 to ask a judge to dismiss a $1 million lawsuit filed against him by a former schoolmate. DeAngelo Bailey claims the rapper's song "Brain Damage" — which named Bailey as a bully — hurt his rep and thwarted his attempts to launch a music career. read more

Question: There was a ...

Question: There was a short-lived television show in the late '80s or early '90s that featured a large (eight to 10 people) band. The band also had a record out at the same time. I believe part of the name was "heights." Any ideas? — Laura W., Lawrenceville, Ga.

Televisionary: Well, one. You're thinking of The Heights, a drama which ran on Fox for only three months beginning in August 1992.

As you say, the band was nearly big enough to field its own baseball team, with Dizzy (Ken Garito), Stan (Alex Desert), Rita (Cheryl Pollak), Hope (NYPD Blue's Charlotte Ross), J.T. ( read more

SHORT CUTS

Oprah Winfrey's monthly mag, O, will publish a 48-page home-design supplement next month. O at Home will be bundled with the October issue... The Rolling Stones were forced to postpone a concert tonight in the Spanish coastal resort of Benidorm after 60-year-old frontman Mick Jagger came down with laryngitis... King of the Hill co-creator Greg Daniels has been tapped to manage the upcoming American take of the sublime UK comedy The Office. read more

Question: I can't remember ...

Question: I can't remember the name of the actress who played Goldie Hawn's character in the sitcom Private Benjamin. And how long did the series last? — Julie T., Taylor Mill, Ky.

Televisionary: In taking the hit feature film from the big screen to the small, Lorna Patterson stepped into Goldie Hawn's boots as pampered widow Judy Benjamin, who enlisted after her hubby died. The only two actors to carry over from the movie version were Eileen Brennan as Judy's C.O. and Hal Williams as her D.I. Her fellow recruits included read more

MONEY TALKS FOR NBC

Boomtown scribes Chris Brancato and Bert Salke have inked a deal with NBC to develop a new hourlong crime drama. Titled Money, the potential series revolves around FBI and Treasury Dept. agents who track down perps by following their money trail, Variety reports. read more

BAD NEWS, CLARK

Superman may have met his match: Big screen baddie Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner, The Hitcher) has signed on to play an underworld kingpin in two episodes of Smallville this fall, according to The Hollywood Reporter. read more

Question: Televisionary, how ...

Question: Televisionary, how do you get a boy to like you? — Marissa, New York, NY

Televisionary: I no longer have to, Marissa. You see, I've been married for a while and maybe you'll understand when you're older, but that changes everything. I, for instance, don't have much time for in-person male companionship anymore. Watching sports, political talk shows and network news is about all the testosterone splash I get. Well, that and trading Simpsons lines with a guy at my office now and then.

Oh, you mean you? You can't "get" anyone to like you, sweetheart. But you can be yourself and see if he appreciates that. If he doesn't, you may be sad for a while. But you'll eventually find that just leaves you free to find the boy who will — and who you'll end up liking a whole lot better. It might take longer than you want it to, but be patient.

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