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More Boobygate fallout, folks: Janet Jackson has backed out of her starring role in ABC's upcoming biopic about Lena Horne after she says Horne effectively disinvited her from the project. According to Variety, Horne — incensed by Jackson's Super Bowl peep show — asked ABC to drop the "Nasty" girl. Although the network refused, Jackson decided to pull out anyway. Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Chicago) also quit in solidarity with the singer-actress-stripper — leaving the movie in limbo. And there's apparently no truth to the rumor that Janet's brother Michael may step into the title role. read more


Jessica Simpson and Patti LaBelle have signed on to headline the seventh annual VH1 Divas special, airing live from Las Vegas' MGM Grand Hotel on April 18. read more

Question: At the end of the ...

Question: At the end of the series finale of Ed, someone was singing "My Little Corner of the World." Can you tell me who the artist was? — L.B., Springfield, Mass.

Televisionary: That I can. It was Yo La Tengo and you can find it on their CD I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One (Matador).

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Filmmaker Wolfgang Petersen is teaming up with reality guru Mike Fleiss (The Bachelor) on a remake of 1972 disaster film The Poseidon Adventure. read more

Question: Please help! At ...

Question: Please help! At least 10 years ago, there was a Hallmark movie or movie of the week about an abused young girl who found solice with an African-American neighbor lady (maybe Oprah Winfrey). The name of it escapes me. I believe the mom was played by Ellen Barkin, but I'm not sure. Sorry for the limited info, but if anyone can figure it out, it's you. Also, do you know if it's available for purchase any where? Thanks! — Christine, Sumner, Wash.

Televisionary: Sounds to me like you're thinking of Ellen Foster, a 1997 Hallmark Hall of Fame movie that starred Jena Malone as the titular Ellen, a young girl trying to escape life with her abusive father (Ted Levine) and grandmother (Julie Harris) after the death of her caring mother (Glynnis O'Connor). The home of her friend Starletta (Allison Jones II) and Starletta's mother (Lynne Moody) proved to be her salvation.

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Just in case this whole sitcom thing doesn't work out, Whoopi Goldberg is readying a Plan B — author. The Oscar winner has inked a deal with Hyperion to pen a series of children's books, the first of which is due out next year. read more

Question: Is it true that Tom ...

Question: Is it true that Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg are going to make a second Band of Brothers series? Thanks. — Ryan S., Ijamsville, Md.

Televisionary: That they are, Ryan. However, the 10-part miniseries, which will also be on HBO, won't share the Band title and will not be based on a book.

Hanks and Gary Goetzman's Playtone is teaming with Spielberg's DreamWorks for the original creation, which will focus on the fight against Japan during World War II. It will be headed up by writer Bruce McKenna, who won a Writers Guild Award for the Band episode he penned.

Also keep your eyes peeled for another Playtone-HBO project, the 13-part John Adams, which will be based on David McCullough's best-selling book.

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The Littlest GroomI was ready...

The Littlest Groom I was ready to hate this reality show (see My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance below) but I have to say that this was the best one of the bunch so far (which ain't saying much, kids). After I got over my initial shock and dismay at the show's premise — women of short and average heights vie for the affections of 4-foot-5 Glen, who has the option of proposing to the woman of his choice at the end of the two-episode run — I found myself oddly compelled to find out whom he chose. It might have something to do with the fact that the little people on this show have been the most interesting reality-show subjects yet, probably because overcoming the social and physical difficulties their short stature has caused in their lives has taught them the value of a good heart over good looks. Glen is the most personable TV bachelor I've seen, not only sharing a hot tub and swapping smooches with his female admirers but also revealing his softer sid read more

Question: I love Adrian ...

Question: I love Adrian Pasdar on Judging Amy. I am surprised there has not been more publicity touting the fact that he is on there since he is married to Dixie Chick Natalie Maines. I remember him having is own series that I liked a lot, but can't remember the name of it. Can you help? It's one of those things that is driving me crazy!

Televisionary: I sure hope so. You must be thinking of either Mysterious Ways or the short-lived but well-regarded Profit, which I wrote about a few years back.

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Question: I just began ...

Question: I just began watching One Tree Hill a month or two ago, and I thought I had everybody straight as far as who they were and how they were connected to each other, only now I am totally confused. I know that Dan is Lucas' real father, and I know (I think) that Keith and Dan are brothers, and I thought that Karen was Lucas' mother, but I am totally confused now about how Dan, Keith, Karen, and Lucas all tie in together. Please help me on this one! Thank you so much! — Brittany, Calvert City, Ky.

Televisionary: Dan (Paul Johansson) got Karen (Moira Kelly) pregnant while they were in high school. He then took off for college, leaving her with Lucas (Chad Michael Murray), their son. While Dan was gone, Karen maintained a friendship with Dan's brother Keith (Craig Sheffer). Then Dan came home with a new wife and new son, Nathan (James Lafferty). Make sense?

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