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Question: On last night's episode of The Guardian ("Paternity"), there was a subplot involving a proxy fight at a company that Simon's firm represented. The daughter who was attempting the takeover had a voice that seemed so familiar, but her wild mane of black hair was so distracting I couldn't place her. Help me please, oh Televisionary. Identify this lady. — Donna, Wakefield, Mass.

Televisionary: Happy to, oh Donna. The Guardian lady in question is Justine Miceli, whom you may have seen in various appearances on commercials, in daytime soaps and on Law &#038 Order. Most likely, though, you remember her from her 1995-96 stint as Det. Adrienne Lesniak on NYPD Blue.

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Alicia Keys won four awards at Friday's Billboard R&ampB/Hip-Hop Awards... USA Network has greenlighted Nashville Star, a country version of American Idol. read more


You think Vin Diesel was cocky before? Just wait. The former bouncer's new spy thriller XXX opened at the top of the box office with $46 million. M. Night Shyamalan's Signs slipped to second with $30 million, followed by the debut of Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams (No. 3 with $17 million) and Austin Powers in Goldmember (No. 4 with $13 million). Clint Eastwood's Blood Work opened in fifth place with $7.2 million. read more

Will Pasadena Be Put Back on the Map?

Now that Fox has officially pulled the plug on Pasadena, series creator Mike White is determined to find a home for the show's remaining nine hour-long episodes. "We are looking to get it on FX or some kind of cable outlet," he tells TV Guide Online, adding that releasing all 13 installments on DVD is another option being considered. "I'm really proud of the rest of the episodes. It's a mystery and it all gets resolved [in the end]."

Despite talk that White might edit the show's entire run into a Mulholland Dr.-esque feature film, the acclaimed scribe behind Chuck & Buck and The Good Girl says that idea is pretty much dead. "Unlike Mulholland Dr., this [would have to be] a 13-hour movie," he points out. "So, it's ha read more


New Line Cinema has tapped Cats &amp Dogs helmer Larry Guterman to direct Son of the Mask, a follow-up to the 1994 Jim Carrey-Cameron Diaz smash The Mask, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Neither Carrey or Diaz are expected to return for the second installment, which New Line is not billing as a sequel. read more


'N Sync's Justin Timberlake, 21, has purchased an $8 million crash pad in the Hollywood Hills, the Los Angeles Times reports. The 12,000 square-foot crib boasts five bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a theater, gym, guest house and tennis court. read more


Lisa Marie Presley and Nicolas Cage reportedly tied the knot over the weekend. According to The Honolulu Advertiser, the couple wed Saturday on the Big Island. Among the attendees: Lisa Marie's mom Priscilla and Cage's son from a previous marriage. read more

Seven Silly Questions for Kermit the Frog

In a showbiz career that spans a quarter of a century and includes television (The Muppet Show), film (The Muppet Movie) and theater (Muppets on Ice), Kermit the Frog has never given a performance that was less than, uh, ribbeting. Now, at last, the consummate professional is being given his due: Come fall, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will award him a star on the Walk of Fame, and almost as exciting, today TV Guide Online is asking him seven questions that are so silly, they just might get us hired as a gag writer for his pal Fozzie Bear.

TV Guide Online: Congratulations on your star. But tell the truth — aren't you relieved that receiving the honor won't involve making webbed handprints in cement?
Kermit the Frog:
I'm thrilled about being the first amphibian to be honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Frogs aren't usually that comfortable being so close to a busy road, but in read more


Big-time movie star Matt Damon apparently can't get enough of the small screen. The former Will & Grace scene-stealer will play himself in an episode of The Bernie Mac Show this season. Ex-Xena badass Lucy Lawless will also appear in the episode, which revolves around a celeb golf tournament. read more


The final performance by late actor Josh Ryan Evans will air on today's Passions. NBC and the show's producers believe "these additional scenes... will provide a sense of closure for his fans." For more on Evans's death, click here. read more

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