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Aretha Franklin was hospitalized over the weekend in Detroit for an undisclosed ailment. A rep for the Queen of Soul offered no other details. Franklin turns 62 on Thursday. read more


Eighties rock band Great White, whose pyrotechnics display sparked a Rhode Island nightclub fire that killed 100 people, insists it has nothing to do with a recently released cover album titled Burning House of Love. Great White's manager says the record company, Horizon Italy, is trying to capitalize on the band's current notoriety. The group is reportedly mulling a lawsuit. read more

Question: Can you tell me the ...

Question: Can you tell me the name of the song playing in the commercial for Wonderfalls? I believe the word "holiday" might be in there, but I can't tell. It seems familiar, and I'd love to know what it is. Thanks. — Julia, Chicago, Ill.

Televisionary: That I can, Julia. That's the Polyphonic Spree's "Section 1 (Overture, Holiday)" and you'll find it on their album The Beginning Stages Of... (Hollywood Records).

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60 Minutes is taking a little heat for not disclosing on air its corporate ties to former White House terrorism official Richard Clarke's controversial new book Against All Enemies, which was the subject of a segment on Sunday's show. The book is published by CBS' sister company Simon & Schuster. "60 Minutes has interviewed authors from virtually all the book publishing companies over its 36 years and is beholden to none of them," a CBS rep says. "Publishers seek out 60 Minutes because it's television's No. 1 newsmagazine." read more


It was a good news/bad news situation for singer Bobby Brown on Monday. The good news: He was freed from an Atlanta jail three days ahead of schedule. The bad news: He was sprung in order to appear at a paternity suit hearing Wednesday in Boston... and his wife's in rehab, and his career is in the toilet, and... read more


With 26.7 million viewers, last Tuesday's performance edition of American Idol ranked as the most-watched show of the week. Wednesday's results Idol came in at No. 2 (22.9 million), followed by Survivor: All-Stars (19 million), The Apprentice's clip show (17.5 million) and 60 Minutes (16.2 million). read more


Paramount is developing a Love Boat movie that's being described as a "broadly comic reinvention" of the classic TV series, Variety reports. Well, that explains Captain Stubing's decision to bypass Acapulco and head straight to the Bermuda Triangle. Here's hoping he throws that annoying daughter of his overboard while he's there. read more

Bernie Mac I'm with "Mr. Mac."...

Bernie Mac
I'm with "Mr. Mac." I betta not walk into a kindergarten class and hear a bunch of 5-year-olds calling the teachers by their first names. And I'm all for "developmental programs." There are just some lines of respect you don't cross. And allowing Baby Girl to address grown-ups as if they were equals is one of them.

Still Standing
In an attempt to teach his son to chill, Bill ends up corrupting a brainy minor by showing Brian that you can just slip by in life without too much effort. Hmmm. I used to not get this show. (Jami Gertz as a mother of three? ) But I get it now. Still Standing is trying to be the new Roseanne — a funny tale of barely blue-collar parents trying to raise their kids right. Well, it's got the ring-around-the-collar crowd right. But when it comes to funny situations... it lacks a certain je ne sais quoi. (Yeah, that's me using a little French.)

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ABC will air The Nick and Jessica Variety Hour, starring — you guessed it — Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson, on April 11. The hour-long show will feature musical performances, special guests and comedy sketches. read more


Recently departed NYPD Blue star Esai Morales has been cast in the CBS pilot Sudbury, which revolves around sisters with magical powers. And they say there are no original ideas in Hollywood. read more

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