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RECOVERED?

Courtney Love is on her way home. The troubled rock star, who spent her 40th birthday in a Manhattan hospital for an undisclosed gynecological condition, was reportedly discharged on Monday. Love now faces a warrant for her arrest in Los Angeles, after failing to appear for an arraignment on assault charges last Friday. read more

TV EXES TO WED

WB cutie Chad Michael Murray announced on last night's Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn that he is engaged to his One Tree Hill costar, Sophia Bush. (Omigod, y'all! Lucas and Brooke are broken up on the show, but they're getting married in real life?! That is soooo cool.) Murray proposed to his fiancée in Australia while filming the upcoming movie House of Wax. read more

TRADING SPACES

Entertainment Tonight has promoted weekend anchor Mark Steines to a Monday-Friday work schedule. He'll join Mary Hart as coanchor of the entertainment news show, effective immediately, announced Paramount Domestic Television. Outgoing ET host Bob Goen has signed a development deal with the studio. ESPN Sportscenter anchor Kevin Frazier will take over the vacated weekend slot beginning Sept. 18. read more

HILTON'S LEFT BARE

A Los Angeles judge has tossed out Paris Hilton's invasion of privacy lawsuit against Kahatani Ltd., the Florida-based Internet company that distributed her infamous videotaped sex romp with former boyfriend Rick Salomon. The $30 million demand was dismissed on Friday for reasons that were not specified in court documents. The socialite's sweaty romp can now be purchased as a video bearing the title One Night in Paris. On the bright side, thanks to Hilton's legal settlement with Salomon, she'll reportedly collect $400,000 — plus a percentage of the video's sales — which she plans to donate to "worthy charities." read more

HILTON'S LEFT BARE

A Los Angeles judge has tossed out Paris Hilton's invasion of privacy lawsuit against Kahatani Ltd., the Florida-based Internet company that distributed her infamous videotaped sex romp with former boyfriend Rick Salomon. The $30 million demand was dismissed on Friday for reasons that were not specified in court documents. The socialite's sweaty romp can now be purchased as a video bearing the title One Night in Paris. On the bright side, thanks to Hilton's legal settlement with Salomon, she'll reportedly collect $400,000 — plus a percentage of the video's sales — which she plans to donate to "worthy charities." read more

Question: When I was growing ...

Question: When I was growing up, I heard a rumor that the Monkees couldn't really play their instruments. Is that true? Thanks. — Monica T., Altoona, Pa.

Televisionary: It's not that they couldn't play their instruments, Monica. It's just that when they were cast for the series, which ran from September 1966 to August 1968 on NBC, musical talent wasn't exactly the first thing the producers were looking for. And because they didn't have much confidence in their cast members' abilities, their contributions to their early hits were limited, which led to a bit of a revolt further down the line when the songs became hits and the guys wanted to play their own music.

Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz all had some musical experience, though certainly not enough when the show launched — and not enough together — to sound like the tight, poppy band the series required. But it didn read more

Question: I was wondering if ...

Question: I was wondering if you could tell me the name of the song played during the Sex and the City ads on TBS. I checked their website but couldn't find it. — Clinton, Houston, Tex.

Televisionary: Shame on you for checking the wrong website when you should've come to this one first, then. Nevertheless, it's French Affair's "My Heart Goes Boom" and you'll find it on their Desire CD.

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North Shore Here's how desperate...

North Shore
Here's how desperate I am to see a non-reality show: I watched this entire episode even though the cute bartender guy was barely in it. And I liked it. In a plot twist that I didn't see coming, Tessa ended up hustling her evil hustler ex boyfriend, getting him arrested and getting $11,000 out of the deal. (Shut up!) Next on her hit list: hotel head Vincent Colville (aka James Remar).

But, wait. Let me get this Chris and MJ story straight. So they accidentally ride into a marijuana farm, drug dealers take them captive and are about to beat the aloha out of them and all they do while waiting for their inevitable end is share their how-I-came-to-be-in-Hawaii stories and kiss? Yeah, right. That's what I'd do — after I tried to tunnel my way out of the hut or MacGyver a weapon out weed seeds. I'm just saying.

VH1's I Love the '90s
No, they didn't. VH1 pulled out the big guns for these shows. (Ian Ziering, read more

Question: What was the real ...

Question: What was the real name of the little girl who played Jenny in the episode of Gunsmoke? — Mark J., New York, N.Y.

Televisionary: Assuming you mean the 1970 episode "Jenny," Mark, that was young Lisa Gerritsen, who had earlier appeared as William Windom's daughter on My World and Welcome to It and later went on to play Cloris Leachman's daughter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show spin-off Phyllis.

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Question: There's a ...

Question: There's a commercial on TV these days that claims that a brand of cleanser is so good that it gives you a lot of free time; they illustrate the point by showing well-known TV maids and housekeepers on vacation. We recognized Marla Gibbs (Florence from The Jeffersons) and some of the others, but can you name them all? Especially the woman at the end who goes parasailing? (We think it's Shelley Morrison, who plays Rosario on Will & Grace.) — Shawn W., Winnetka, Cal.

Televisionary: That's no mere cleanser, Shawn. That's the Swiffer Duster with Extendable Handle, which lets you clean in those hard-to-reach places around the house! (There... Now I've repaid the Swiffer people for being nice enough to return my call.)

You've already identified two of the TV ladies appearing in the ad. Also in the commercial are Ann B. Davis (Alice, read more

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