A book that sings...
Rock 'n' roll songwriter Carole King has a book deal.
The 69-year-old King has signed with Grand Central Publishing for a memoir named for one of her most famous songs, "Natural Woman." The publisher has announced that the book will come out in April 2012.
King wrote or co-wrote such hits as "Up on the Roof" and "You've Got a Friend." Besides writing hits for the Drifters, the Shirelles and other performers, King sang her own material on the classic "Tapestry" album. That album has sold more than 10 million copies in the U.S. alone.
A real lawsuit...
A Chicago family says members of the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" cast were real louts during a boozy trip to a Caribbean resort.
Yolanda Martinez and some of her relatives filed a lawsuit Monday in New York. They say Teresa Guidice, from the "Bravo series," sprayed Champagne in Martinez's face, and then Guidice and others on the show beat up Martinez's son-in-law and his cousin Feb. 23 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
Bravo declined to comment. A representative for series producers Sirens Media had no immediate comment.
No 'Playboy' in Utah...
The NBC station in Salt Lake City has informed the network that it will not air the new series "The Playboy Club" because the affiliate does not want to be associated with the Playboy brand.
"For us, the issue is about the Playboy brand, something we believe is associated with pornography and something we don't want to further in our programming," Michelle Torsak, programming chief at station KSL, told The TV Column on Monday.
Torsak said that station execs had not yet seen the full pilot episode for "The Playboy Club" -- just the four-minute-ish "sizzle reel" shown to station execs and advertisers in mid-May at NBC's Upfront Week presentation in Manhattan.
The drama series, produced by Ron Howard/Brian Grazer's Imagine Television (with 20th Century Fox TV), stars Eddie Cibrian as one of the patrons of the original Playboy Club in 1960s Chicago.
Sorry in Nashville...
Comedian Tracy Morgan plans to return to Nashville next week to apologize to audience members who were offended by an anti-gay rant during a stand-up show June 3.
During the performance, the "30 Rock" actor told the audience that if his son were gay, he would "pull out a knife and stab" him. Morgan already has issued a public apology, saying he went too far, even for a comedy show.
Tuesday, Morgan publicist Nicole Chabot confirmed that Morgan agreed to the Nashville meeting at the request of Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation President Jarrett Barrios.