By Margaret Littman
May 31, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

Q On a recent episode of NBC’s Boston-based Crossing Jordan (inset), a mortician says he’s with Fisher & Sons, the L.A. funeral home on HBO’s Six Feet Under (above). What’s the connection?

A ”It was an affectionate nod to the show,” says a Jordan rep. ”We all just love [the show]. It’s an acknowledgment that we all exist in the same false world of dead people and mortuaries and funeral homes.” Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball hadn’t heard of the inter-network reference until EW called, but a publicist for the drama says Ball is flattered. No wonder — it’s a killer compliment. — Margaret Littman (Send queries to