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By RD Heldenfels Published: October 25, 2005

Has ''Logan'' gotten a bad name? Think of Logan Huntzberger (Matt Czuchry) on ''Gilmore Girls,'' who is so bad for Rory. And troubled, cynical Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring) on ''Veronica Mars.'' And, if you've read some of my e-mail lately, you would add Mike Logan (Chris Noth) on ''Law & Order: Criminal Intent.'' Some fans of the show consider him a wan alternative to Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio), now seen in about half the ''CI'' episodes. Maybe they'd like him better if he wasn't a Logan. ...

Speaking of ''Gilmore Girls,'' a look at the credits tonight made me wonder if the actors playing Rory's boyfriends are required to have complicated names. Think of Czuchry, Jared Padelecki, who played Dean, and Milo Ventimiglia (Jess, who is coming back to the show). No wonder that Chad Michael Murray (Tristan) didn't last.

Fans of ''Kate & Allie'' remember Allison Smith as Jennie Lowell, Allie's daughter. And she's become a pretty good actress as a grownup, even if some of her projects -- like the series ''Buddy Faro'' and ''Spy Game'' -- didn't last. (Put me in the small group that liked both shows.) But more recently she has been maKing a niche for herself as serious, principled women who fall into kinky relationships and reveal a murderous streak. She has played that part on both ''The Closer'' (in the series premiere) and tonight on ''Close to Home.'' As I said, she's a good actress -- but I also wonder if there's some residual likability from ''Kate & Allie'' that the audience picks up on, making those roles even more complicated for viewers -- how could that nice girl do such things? Ordoes it just happen when she appears on shows with c-l-o-s-e in the title?

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