Originally created 06/20/00

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TV TONIGHT: The Fox sitcom "Action," a viciously clever satire of Hollywood movie-making that was canceled after it proved too acerbic for network prime time, will air on FX, the Fox network's sister cable channel, starting at 10:30 p.m. today.

The 13-episode run includes five half-hours never shown on Fox. The show stars Jay Mohr as Peter Dragon, a selfish, sleazy, on-the-make producer, and Illeana Douglas, as a former child movie star who's now a prostitute with a knack for spotting good scripts. New episodes begin Aug. 1.

ONLINE RESERVATIONS: Need a table for four at New York's famous 21? You can bypass the maitre d' and make your reservation online at www.opentable.com. For now, the site offers a modest selection of restaurants in New York and other cities including Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Diego, Houston and Seattle. If your favorite eatery isn't listed, check Open Table's coming-soon list. There's no charge for a reservation, and frequent users of the service can accumulate points to exchange for discount certificates redeemable at participating restaurants.

COME BLOW YOUR HORN: You may have a First Amendment right to honk your horn. So says defense lawyer Alan M. Dershowitz, noting a case in which a college student is appealing a fine for honking during a protest outside New York's Lincoln Center. "If (the student) is punished for honking to express agreement with labor pickets," Dershowitz says, "then it would follow that a religious honker could also be punished for expressing belief for a 'Honk if You Love Jesus.'

CONTEST OF THE WEEK: The Oscar Mayer Jingle Jam Talent Search is seeking young stars to sing a new Oscar Mayer Weiner jingle. Children 4-10 are eligible. One grand-prize winner will receive a $20,000 college scholarship, a family vacation and the chance to record a CD with Grammy winning vocalist Monica. Participants must submit an entry form, (available on the Web site oscarmeyer.com) and a VHS videotape of the entrant performing an original jingle in three minutes or less. Entries must be received by Sept. 11. See the Web site for more information.