Originally created 08/29/00

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'FREAKS' REDUX:

Mourned by loyal fans after its brief run on NBC last season, Freaks and Geeks is coming to Fox Family Channel starting today from 8 to 10 p.m., and airing Tuesdays thereafter at 9 p.m. (including three never-before-broadcast episodes). The series, which received two Emmy nominations, is a for-all-ages look at the high school experience for any viewer who wasn't a senior superlative and who hated P.E. The setting is William McKinley High somewhere in Michigan in 1980. And series star Linda Cardellini is luminescent as Lindsay, a smart, spunky but disaffected girl who manages to penetrate the camps of both freaks and geeks, and understands neither.

THE FAMILY PET:

Who's that next to Grandma in the family picture? Fido? Could be. More than 60 percent of cat and dog owners include news about their pets in their holiday greetings, 27 percent take their pets along for family photographs or to have their pictures taken with Santa, and 79 percent give their pets holiday or birthday presents, American Demographics magazine reports.

PETS OF THE STARS:

Speaking of pets, if a movie or TV show is a dog, many of you will go for it. The dog, that is. Because when a breed turns up on TV or in the movies, a boom inevitably follows, USA Weekend reports. "Right now, Eddie from Frasier has everyone thinking they want a Jack Russell terrier," says Matthew "Uncle Matty" Margolis, the L.A.-based trainer, author and host of the PBS series Woof!

HOT LEGS:

Summer is the perfect excuse to put away your pantyhose. But what if you don't want to give up the body-smoothing effects of pantyhose when you wear sandals and sundresses? Givenchy's new footless pantyhose are just the ticket. The company's Passion Privee collection, made by Danskin, includes footless hosiery - in capri and short lengths - to be worn under pants or skirts with summer sandals. The line, which features five styles and seven colors, ranges in price from $12 to $15 per pair. In Georgia they are available at Nordstrom and Parisian stores. They also can be ordered by mail by calling (800) 926-4022. The minimum mail-order is three pairs ($36).