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THEY HAD IT COMIN'

Movie-musical Chicago was the big winner at Sunday's 60th annual Golden Globes, razzle-dazzling its way to three statuettes (the most of any project on the big or small screen this year). Ren&#233e Zellweger and Richard Gere won for best actress and actor, and the movie won for best picture in the musical/comedy category. Other multiple winners included The Hours (best picture, drama; best actress Nicole Kidman), About Schmidt (best actor Jack Nicholson; best screenplay) and read more

JUST JACK

This is probably as strange for you to read as it was for me to write: The new comedy Kangaroo Jack topped the holiday weekend box office with $21.8 million from Friday-Monday. It edged out Martin Lawrence's new flick National Security, which debuted in second place with $17.5 million. Golden Globe winners Chicago and The Hours, meanwhile, continued to perform solidly in modest release. Chicago ranked No. 6 with $9.1 million, while The Hours climbed 13 places to No. 9 with $5.7 million. read more

BEST GENTS AT THE HELM

Five men are in the running for the Directors Guild Award for best director of 2002, Variety reports. The helmers are Stephen Daldry (The Hours), Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers), Rob Marshall (Chicago), Roman Polanski (The Pianist) and Martin Scorsese (Gangs of New York). read more

Question: In 1989/1990, I ...

Question: In 1989/1990, I believe there was a remake of Dark Shadows on network television. I think it was a one-season show and could have been a mini-series. Can you tell me if it is available on video? — Ann Marie D., Dallas, Tex.

Televisionary: Several episodes are available on VHS as either Dark Shadows: the Revival Series or Dark Shadows 1991, Ann Marie, but copies may be hard to find since I believe they're not being distributed anymore. You may, however, be able to order it used so check your favorite online video retailer.

And for those of you who aren't familiar with the revival, NBC aired a new version of the 1966-71 daytime cult hit Dark Shadows from January through March of 1991. Ben Cross (Chariots of Fire) played vampire Barnabas Collins, who was revived after a long sleep in the Collins family mauso read more

Question: In what Star Trek ...

Question: In what Star Trek episode did Worf travel back to the time of the original "The Trouble with Tribbles?" — Angelina, Masawa, Aomori, Japan

Televisionary: Well, just to be specific for the folks at home, Angelina — those not as well versed in the Trek universe need a little hand holding, after all — allow me to point out that you're talking about Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the syndicated show that was produced from 1992 to 1999.

In the November 1996 episode "Trials and Tribble-ations," Sisko, Dax, Odo, Worf, O'Brien, and Bashir travel back in time to track down the Klingon spy nabbed by Capt. Kirk (William Shatner) and crew on the original series before the spy can take revenge and prevent his own capture. As fans know, they failed, Kirk was killed and a read more

LAST CALL

NBC's perennial fave Frasier may be calling it quits. It's highly likely that the 2003-04 season of the Cheers spinoff will be its last, according to Variety. This could spell serious trouble for the Peacock network, which will also bid Friends adieu after next season. read more

FAREWELL

Legendary showbiz caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, whose celeb drawings appeared in numerous publications (including TV Guide), died in his sleep Monday at his home in New York. He was 99. Some of Hirschfeld's most famous subjects included Charlie Chaplin, Woody Allen and Jerry Seinfeld. The artist was known for hiding the word "Nina," the name of his daughter, in the lines of his drawings. For TV Guide, Hirschfeld illustrated series like Ally McBeal and All in the Family. His most recent cover was a post-Sept. 11 tribute featuring the American flag. read more

Question: When is My Big Fat ...

Question: When is My Big Fat Greek Wedding coming to TV? — Ed, Middletown, N.J.

Televisionary: The series spin-off of the hit film debuts Feb. 24 at 9:30 on CBS. It'll settle into its regular time slot (Sundays at 8 pm/ET) on March 2.

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Question: Is the little girl ...

Question: Is the little girl who played Grace on The Nanny the same girl who played Rachel (Dr. Greene's daughter) on ER? — Brian C., Laurel, Md.

Televisionary: Almost. Madeline Zima played wee Grace Sheffield from 1993-99 on the CBS comedy. Yvonne Zima, her sister, was the first to portray Greene's rebellious daughter. She was later replaced by Hallee Hirsh.

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Question: Is it true that ...

Question: Is it true that David Schwimmer of Friends made a guest appearance in "Dr. Carter, I Presume,'' the Sept. 26, 1996 ER episode? — Seth, New York, N.Y.

Televisionary: That it is, Seth, although his work was uncredited and unseen. Schwimmer provided the voice of Dr. Karubian in that episode.

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