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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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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

FLYING HIGH

Smallville's Tom Welling has joined the cast of 20th Century Fox's upcoming remake of Cheaper by the Dozen, starring Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt as the parents of 12 kids. Welling would play their oldest son. read more

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

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

HOUSE RULES

Queen Latifah is on a freakin' roll! The Oscar nominee's new comedy Bringing Down the House (co-starring Steve Martin) debuted as the weekend's No. 1 film with $31.7 million. It was the third-biggest March opening ever, and a personal best for Latifah and Martin. The Bruce Willis war flick Tears of the Sun opened in second place with $17.2, followed by Old School (No. 3 with $9.2 million), Chicago (No. 4 with $6.9 million) and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (No. 5 with $6.8 million). And in case you're wondering what the heck happened to last weekend's top movie, read more

DADDY'S LITTLE CLUELESS GIRL

Ryan O'Neal has signed on to play Alicia Silverstone's dad in the NBC comedy pilot Miss/Match, from Sex and the City creator Darren Star, Variety reports. The series centers on a New York matrimonial attorney (Silverstone) who doubles as a high-end matchmaker. 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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SILENCE IS NOT GOLDEN

Broadway is on a freakin' roll! Actually, it's not, I just wanted to see what it was like to lead off three consecutive news stories the same way. The fact of the matter is, Broadway is in freakin' trouble. A strike by Great White Way musicians — which left most Broadway theaters dark over the weekend — continues into its fourth day today. The dispute centers around producers' desire to cut the minimum size of orchestras from 26 to 15 players. The good news? The hysterical Off Broadway farce Zanna, Don't! is not affected by all this. The bad news? Neither is the dreadful (and disturbingly overrated) gay baseball satire Take Me Out. read more

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