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Published Sep. 28, 2005

Question: Last year, my husband and I watched and enjoyed 18 Wheels of Justice on TNN. The last episode indicated the show would be continued this year, but all we've seen are reruns. Has the series been canceled?

Answer: Lucky Vanous, of Diet Coke commercial fame, and his high-tech 18-wheeler are back for a second season of the action show starting Jan. 3. Also returning are Lisa Thornhill as Cie, G. Gordon Liddy as crime boss Jacob Calder, and Billy Dee Williams in a recurring role.

Question: I haven't seen Vivica Fox on City of Angels for quite some time. What's she doing now?

Answer: Fox (Soul Food, Independence Day, Fox's Getting Personal) was dropped from the cast of the now-canceled City of Angels before the start of the season, but she remains very busy. In November, she appeared on the celebrity edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. This spring, she co-stars with Whoopi Goldberg and Jada Pinkett Smith in the feature film Kingdom Come. Now Fox is in Los Angeles filming the urban comedy How to Make Your Man Behave in Ten Days or Less.

Question: The sharp dialogue and fast repartee on NBC's The West Wing are reminiscent of the writing and acting on ABC's great comedy Sports Night. Is there any writing or directorial connection within the two shows? Is Sports Night gone for good?

Answer: The two Emmy-winning series are the work of playwright-screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (A Few Good Men, The American President). Sports Night, critically praised but ultimately canceled, is in repeats on cable's Comedy Central.

Question: Help me plan ahead. When will the Oscars be shown this year?

Answer: Plan your watching party for March 25, with Steve Martin as a first-time host. Nominations will be announced Feb. 13.

_ Times wires