By Seth Arenstein Final Answer It wasn’t long ago when execs would sooner give blood than give answers to our CableFAX 100 questions. No longer. They responded with such gusto this year that space dictates many answers appear only in the 100’s online version (https://www.cablefax.com). Some favorites: When Lifetime’s Meredith Wagner was asked whether it’s getting harder or easier to balance work and home life, she answered: "What home life?" (Was her response to the question "what is your favorite non-Lifetime show?"-"Rescue Me"-the truth or a call for help?) That question (Is it getting easier to balance home and work?) struck a chord. ABC Family’s Paul Lee waffled: "I don’t know. I’ll Blackberry my wife and ask her." TV One’s Johnathan Rodgers said "it’s getting easier-I just bring the kids to the office with me and do whatever they tell me to do." Comcast’s Charlie Thurston passed; "my son has me programmed on demand like TiVo, so you better ask him." We admire Hallmark’s Dave Kenin’s honesty: "Divorce has made it much easier to balance work and home," he said. Another answer led us to believe he might not be a role model. Asked how he relaxes, he responded: "driving blindfolded." The 100 are workaholics, so we asked how they relax. Lifetime researcher Tim Brooks: "Mass deleting unwanted messages from my computer without even looking at them." And Cox’s Billy Farina’s favorite vacation? "Any place by the water-frozen or in liquid form." Latest book read? Charter’s Sue Hamilton: "ESPN’s long-form agreement." Court TV’s Henry Schleiff: "The Bible…in truth it’s ‘Dave Pelz’s Short Game Bible.’" Your hobby? Sundance’s Larry Aidem: "Transferring shampoo and conditioner from the little hotel containers to big bottles at home." And resolutions. Nat Geo’s John Ford’s was in 2 parts. Last year’s new year’s resolution: "Lose weight." Next year’s: "Gain hair." We’re not ready to endorse headhunter Ann Carlsen’s resolution: "To start smoking, drinking, and talking about people." Another question resounded: "Who would you like to play in the movies?’ Comcast’s Natalie Rouse: "Winnie The Pooh-he is surrounded by friends, is always happy and at the end of the day, honey is always available." The question "who would play you in the movies?" was gender- neutral. Nat Geo’s Laureen Ong: "…I’d go with Jack Nicholson. To my knowledge, he’s never portrayed an Asian American woman or a cable network executive, let alone both together. Besides which, some people say we look alike." And the things you learn. Insight’s Pam Euler Halling responded to ‘I Can’t Live Without’ with "public transportation (I haven’t owned a car for 16 years)." Highlights "Someone’s Watching," tomorrow, 10pm, Discovery Times Channel. Fascinating look at who’s looking; best bit is the historical look at FBI bugging. Worth a Look "The Agronomist," Wed, 7am, HBO. Interesting story of a Haitian radio station owner/political activist; a caveat: the protagonist is very expressive. — "Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares," Tues, 9pm, BBC America. The definition of tough love as a chef attempts to rescue failing restaurants. — "Movie Club with John Ridley," tonight, 10pm, AMC. Diverse (and fun) alternative to "Ebert & Roeper." — "Unlocking DaVinci’s Code: The Full Story," Sun, 9pm, National Geo. Might have helped if we’d read Dan Brown’s bestseller first, though there is enough info here to fake it on the party circuit.

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