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Question: I was watching The ...

Question: I was watching The Other Half today, and I recognized one of the hosts from the show Charmed. Do you know who he is? — Kate, Herndon, Va.

Televisionary: Sure do. That's Dorian Gregory, who also appears in Charmed as Det. Darryl Morris. You may also have seen him as a regular on Baywatch Nights, in gigs on such shows as 3rd Rock from the Sun, Moesha or Lois &#038 Clark or on the big screen in Deliver Us from Eva.

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Question: What was the name ...

Question: What was the name of the song that played during the promo for the Feb. 18 episode of Buffy? I can remember hearing it somewhere before but I can't place it. Thanks! — Caroline, Vista, N.Y.

Televisionary: Boy, when music grabs someone, it tends to grab everyone. (In other words: I got a lot of questions about this.)

The song played over the promos for the "Get It Done" episode was Amy Studt's "Just a Little Girl." It's only been released as a CD single, and as far as I know you'll only find it used right now. But she's working on an upcoming album, according to her it's-all-about-me-me-me website AmyStudt.com.

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Question: I remember hearing ...

Question: I remember hearing that Ben Affleck had been in a short lived series when he was a pre-teen. Any info? — Evan, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Televisionary: If you're talking Affleck's pre-teen years, you must mean PBS's 13-episode series The Voyage of the Mimi and 12-episode follow-up, The Second Voyage of the Mimi, in which the actor's character took part in expeditions to study whales and find a lost Mayan city. Otherwise, Affleck's only other series work was in NBC's 1993-94 small-town football drama Against the Grain, in which he played a teen quarterback.

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Question: I enjoy reading your column every week. I do have a comment on this week's column. Actually, I'm a bit confused. I thought the song in the Saturn Ion commercial was "Forever Young," by Alphaville. Maybe there is more than one Saturn commercial out there? I'm thinking of the one where the kids are all playing in a suburban development and then it moves into a prom sequence just before the car reaches the sign. Thanks. — Mary Ann

Televisionary: Unless they've edited both spots together and I missed it, we are indeed talking about two different Saturn ads. "Prom" features the Alphaville tune, while "Childhood" uses the Walkmen's "We've Been Had." You can watch both of them at Saturn.com. (And I'll once again trot out my old observation that auto ads manage to evoke more feeling and impact with 30-second mixes of music and visuals read more

Question: Please help me ...

Question: Please help me convince my husband he doesn't know what he's talking about. On The Golden Girls, how old was Estelle Getty? I always thought she was considerably younger than the character she played. Thank you. — Sarah W., Bakersfield, Cal.

Televisionary: As cagey as the actresses on the hit comedy played it in terms of discussing their ages, Sarah, it was widely known Getty was nearly 20 years younger than her 80-year-old character, the tart-tongued Sophia Petrillo. In early 1986, six months or so after the show's September 1985 debut on NBC, she was reported to be 62.

Getty herself would only tell TV Guide that she was not much older than her co-stars ("only they look better," she said) and those castmates — Bea Arthur, read more

A Heartbeat Away From Regis


He didn't make it to Kelly Ripa's hot seat, but Robert Jerome Lacovara Jr. can always claim he was number one — in line, that is. The film student from Manhattan's Hunter College was first to compete in Live With Regis and Kelly's American Co-Host Search last Thursday. The winner will sit next to Reege on April 16, filling in for Ripa, who's currently on maternity leave with her third child.

"I've tried out for Survivor three times, and for American Idol, you have to be under 25 and sing," says the 34-year-old Lacovara, who's also an ex-model. He braved the night's elements, staking his spot outside the Live studio nearly 14 hours before auditions commenced, even though rumors had read more

Oscar Dilemma Makes Screenwriter Scream


As a onetime executive producer of Dawson's Creek, writer-director-supernova Kevin Williamson is accustomed to answering difficult questions. (Dawson or Pacey? Pacey or Dawson?) But the 2003 Oscar race is an altogether different story, one whose ending he can scarcely imagine penning.

"It is such a tough year for me," the I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scream scribe tells TV Guide Online. "My favorite films, split down the middle, were Chicago and The Hours." Alas, checking off both movies isn't an option on Academy ballots. "I've got to vote, and I'm absolutely torn between Chicago and The Hours as best picture, best director and best writer.

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STILL ON THE MEND

Late Show host David Letterman, who has been sidelined with shingles since last month, has been ordered by his doctors to stay in bed for another week. Show, however, will go on with guest hosts. This week's pinch-hitters include Whoopi Goldberg, Vince Vaughn, Elvis Costello and Will Ferrell. read more

SAG'S KIND OF TOWN

Chicago is on a freakin' roll! The Oscar frontrunner was the big winner at last night's Screen Actors Guild Awards, picking up trophies for best cast, best lead actress (Renée Zellweger) and best supporting actress (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Daniel Day-Lewis was named best lead actor for Gangs of New York and Christopher Walken won best supporting actor for Catch Me If You Can. On the TV side, disgruntled Sopranos star read more

SHORT CUTS

CNN has canceled its afternoon gabfest Talk Back Live after nine years... Former Tonight Show host Jack Paar has been released from a Connecticut hospital, where he was recovering from a stroke. read more

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