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By Amy Ryan
Updated August 26, 2005 at 05:35 PM EDT
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Sean Astin
Credit: Sean Astin: Jennifer Graylock/AP

Which of these hard-to-swallow stories did I make up?

A. Having defeated Sauron in The Lord of the Rings, fighting terrorism should be a snap for Sean Astin (left), who’s joining the 24 cast this season as a new ally of Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer.

B. Not only is Mary Tyler Moore returning to sitcomland, via That ’70s Show, for a guest arc as a TV newscaster, but she’s shooting on the same soundstage that housed her TV station on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the 1970s.

C. MTV is digging Beavis and Butt-Head out of mothballs to give them a career achievement award at this weekend’s Video Music Awards.

D. Craig Ferguson successfully persuaded Felicity Huffman to appear on his late-night show, only to learn that the Desperate Housewives star agreed because she’d mistaken the CBS Late Late Show host for a booker for Jon Stewart’s Daily Show.

E. Not only does Iraqi TV have its own version of Cops, it also has its own version of Idol.

The correct answer is after the jump.

USA Today has the lowdown on who’s back for more punishment on 24 and who’s new, including Sean Astin.

On That ’70s Show, Jackie (Mila Kunis) will learn if she can turn the world on with her smile when she goes to work for Mary Tyler Moore, playing a local news anchor.

Talking to the Philadelphia Daily News, Felicity Huffman cops to her blonde moment here; she makes good on her promise to appear on Craig Ferguson’s Late Late Show tonight at 12:35 a.m.

The top contender on Iraq’s Idol is a 12-year-old boy named Bilal.

I made up item C; Beavis and Butt-Headwon’t be receiving a career achievement prize on the VMAs this weekend,but MTV did convince them to get off their sofa to present the Viewer’sChoice Award. Heh-heh, I said ”get off,” heh-heh, heh-heh.

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