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ANGER MANAGEMENT

Singer-actress Courtney Love, 38, was arrested Tuesday upon arriving at London's Heathrow airport. Kurt Cobain's troubled widow allegedly was "verbally abusive" to the cabin crew aboard a Virgin Atlantic flight from Los Angeles. Love, verbally abusive? Get out of town. read more

BEN COMES CLEAN

Ben Affleck will not be marrying J.Lo on Valentine's Day, he reveals in the latest Vanity Fair. "I think it will be sometime next summer," he tells the mag. The Sexiest Man Alive adds that the public's fascination with him and his fiancée is all about race and class. "The fact that I am white and she is Puerto Rican... that's what's underneath," he says, "although nobody says it, because it's not politically correct." For the record, Affleck also states in the interview that he doesn't wear a toupee, he's not gay and he never had a fling with Britney Spears. But what about Colin Farrell? read more

AXED

Here's proof that all bad things must come to an end: Long-running talker Jenny Jones will call it quits in May after 12 years on the air. read more

OUT ON BAIL

Legendary music producer Phil Spector, arrested Monday for investigation of murder after police found a woman shot to death at his Los Angeles estate, is free after posting $1 million bond. The victim was identified as 40-year-old Lana Clarkson, but there's still no word on what her relationship was to Spector. Ex-O.J. Simpson attorney Robert Shapiro is representing the 62-year-old music giant, who produced such landmark records as the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" and the Ronettes' "Walking in the Rain." He also produced the last Beatles album, Let It Be, in 1970. read more

Question: Without hair he ...

Question: Without hair he looks different, but didn't Michael Chiklis play a cop on another TV series? I can't think of the name, but hated that they took it off the air. — Sandra W., Spartanburg, S.C.

Televisionary: Actually, Chiklis was busted down to detective to play Vic Mackey on FX's The Shield, Sandra. You're thinking of ABC's The Commish, which ran from September 1991 to August 1995.

In it, Chiklis, who just picked up a Golden Globe for his Shield efforts (the series itself won best TV drama), played a Brooklyn native who was the police commissioner of Eastridge, a suburban New York town. Theresa Saldana portrayed his wife and David Paymer read more

Question: I have seen two ...

Question: I have seen two late-night runs of a show with Annie Potts, in which her character and a black friend (now an attorney) grew up together. What is the name of this show and when and where does it run? — E.K., Uvalde, Tex.

Televisionary: Sounds like you caught reruns of Any Day Now, which originally ran on Lifetime from August 1998 to March 2002. The network runs old episodes of the series — it wasn't renewed because Potts opted out after its initial four-year order was up — weeknights at 1:30 am/ET.

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Question: My grandmother and ...

Question: My grandmother and grandfather love the actress who played Miss Parker in The Pretender and would like to know what new show she is on. Thanks. — Jenn

Televisionary: Andrea Parker, who had such fun with villainy on The Pretender, is now playing opposite Sara Rue, Andy Dick and company on ABC's Less Than Perfect.

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FOX ON TOP

Whatever Fox is paying American Idol meanie Simon Cowell, it's not enough. Fueled by two highly-rated editions of Idol (as well as a little show called Joe Millionaire), Fox was the most-watched network last week — the first time it has scored such a feat on the strength of its entertainment programming alone. In other ratings news, the Sunday premiere of Dragnet on ABC drew 13.3 million viewers while NBC's competing Kingpin had 12.5 million. read more

MORE SEX, BUT SAFER

Sex is getting more common on television, but shows are more likely to include some references to making it safe, according to a study released today from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The report found that 26 percent of shows with sex references also included messages of abstinence or protection. That is nearly double the rate that the foundation found in 1997-98, the first year of its ongoing study. read more

SHORT CUTS

Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh is developing a series for HBO set in the world of political consulting... Calvin Klein model Travis Fimmel has been tapped to play the title role in the WB's upcoming drama Tarzan... The UPN sitcom One on One has replaced Fox's The Bernie Mac Show as the top-rated show this season among black households, according to a recent study by ad agency BBDO... Fox is bringing young billionaire Richie Rich back to life in the form of a new TV series... Claudia Schiffer has named her newborn son Caspar. I bet he'll grow up to be a friendly fella. read more

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