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Whitney Houston can't deny it anymore: She has a problem. The Grammy-winning diva has entered a drug-rehabilitation facility, confirms her publicist, who adds that the singer "thanks everyone for their support and prayers." During a 2002 sit-down with Diane Sawyer, Houston admitted that she had abused drugs in the past, but insisted she had cleaned up her act through prayer. "I partied a lot. Trust me: I partied my tail off," she said. "You get to a point where you know the party's over." Houston's other problem, hubby Bobby Brown, is currently serving a 60-day prison sentence in Georgia on a probation violation. Where does all this leave the couple's 10-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina? In therapy for life. read more

Question: Who is the artist ...

Question: Who is the artist who sang "Joe Cool" and "Little Birdie" on those '60s and '70s CBS-TV Peanuts animated TV specials? (It sounded sort of like Lou Rawls, but I doubt that it was him.) — Brian S., Del Mar, Calif.

Televisionary: Composer-musician Vince Guaraldi, who wrote and played the classic Peanuts music, also handled the vocal duties on "Joe Cool" (1972's You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown) and "Little Birdie" (1973's A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving). Unfortunately, those versions aren't available on any albums, to the best of my knowledge. However, you can find B.B. King covering "Joe Cool" and Joe Williams singing "Little Birdie" (inferior versions, I'll admit) on the 1989 release Happy Anniversary, Charlie Brown (Verve).

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"Yeah. I think he's sexy. I do. But I think Howard Stern is sexy, too. For me it's a power thing." Apprentice evictee Heidi Bressler discussing whether she would date The Donald in an interview with TV Guide Online. For more, click here. read more

Deceit Marlo Thomas as a suburban...

Marlo Thomas as a suburban wife who maybe — maybe not — killed her rich husband... Oh, yeah, the Lifetime movie is making a comeback, y'all. She's Too Young, which aired a few weeks ago, blew me away. That's why I'm taping this. I gotta go watch a soap — I mean, telenovela. But I'll be back.

Daniel esta con otra! And his crazy girlfriend's not going to leave the lobby until he comes back with that cheating hussy. Watch out now! To make sure I was getting the words right I turned the caption box on during the premiere of Telemundo's new soap The Prisoner and it gave me subtitles — in English! What? Thank goodness I didn't have this option all those years ago when I learned melodramatic Spanish from watching Alcanzar Una Estrella and Mar&#237a Mercedes. Otherwise I would never know phrases like "bueno para nada sin verguenza" (Translation: good for nothing, s read more

Question: I really liked Rick ...

Question: I really liked Rick Schroder on NYPD Blue. But I can't remember what show he was on as a little boy. What was it? — Kate E., Union City, Ind.

Televisionary: You're thinking of Silver Spoons, Kate, which ran on NBC for four years beginning in September 1982 and continued for another season after that in first-run syndication. Young Schroder played Ricky Stratton, who was raised by his divorced mom before moving in with his wealthy dad Edward (Joel Higgins), a fella possessed of Arthur Bach-esque qualities (except for the excess boozing — this was a family show, after all).

As is typical of shows revolving around a photogenic kid, however, Schroder was anything but the "little boy" you refer to, influence-wise. When he spoke, people on the set listened.

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Question: What ever happened ...

Question: What ever happened to the UPN show Jake 2.0? Has it been canceled or will it come back as a summer replacement? — Lisa V., Vacaville, Cal.

Televisionary: It's not being produced anymore, Lisa. For more on that, see my pal Matt Roush's March 8 Ask Matt column.

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Question: I read an article ...

Question: I read an article recently indicating that Mary Steenburgen had never previously worked on television. The lead-in read, "Mary Steenburgen Working on Joan of Arcadia, First Time She's Ever Acted on Television." Didn't she star with husband Ted Danson on a short-lived series set in a newspaper office sometime in the mid-'90s? And hasn't she also made guest appearances on TV? I seem to recall her being on Becker. Thanks for your help. — Stephen M., Huntington, N.Y.

Televisionary: That's just an example of bad headline writing, Stephen. Out of curiosity, I went and found the news item you saw. While the headline reads exactly as you say, the story itself never makes such a claim. Rather, it says Steenburgen was nervous about working on a regular TV series because she's never been on any job — TV included — for more than three or four m read more

Question: Hi. I don't know ...

Question: Hi. I don't know for sure if this is the right place to send my question, but I thought I would give it a shot. I was watching TV today and ran across a Ford commercial. It is the newest one I have seen. The voice on the commercial is a woman's. I could swear it sounded like Kate Mulgrew (Capt. Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager). However, I am not sure since I can't seem to find any reference to it on the Internet. Could you please help me out? It is driving me crazy not knowing for sure. Thank you. — Mary

Televisionary: But of course, Mary. Anything I can do to restore a little sanity to someone's life.

You're thinking of the Ford Freestar minivan ad, in which a car-talk-show host helps a woman who's disappointed in the new (competing, of course) minivan she bought. The voice in question is indeed that of Ms. Mulgrew.

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Question: Who is the voice ...

Question: Who is the voice that says, "Beef — it's what's for dinner" in the beef commercials? — Catherine N., Traveler Rest, S.C.

Televisionary: That's Sam Elliott featured in the ads put together by the Cattlemen's Beef Board, Catherine. The actor, most recently seen on the big screen in The Hulk, is the latest in a line of celebs who've lent their voices to beef campaigns. Past voices include those of Robert Mitchum, James Garner and Cybill Shepherd.

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Straight Girl's Queer Crisis!

The 21-year-old bachelorette at the heart of Fox's latest dating romp, Playing It Straight, better fine-tune her gaydar if she wants to meet Mr. Right Orientation. On Friday's premiere, Jackie gave the boot to two guys she suspected were gay but who were actually straight. (Somewhere, Liza Minnelli is feeling her pain.) TV Guide Online rang up the perky Wisconsin coed — and suspected Jennifer Love Hewitt clone — to see whether her queer eye could pass our inspection.

TV Guide Online: How was the show initially presented to you?
They told me it was going to be a dating show with a big twist.

TVGO: What did you think it might be?
Honestly, I thought it might have been that some of the guys were gay.

TVGO: Really?
Yeah. They said i read more

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