Ed McMahon hospitalized

LOS ANGELES - Ed McMahon, former sidekick to Johnny Carson on 'Tonight' and a familiar TV commercial pitchman, was hospitalized in intensive care, a spokesman said Friday.

McMahon, 85, was suffering from pneumonia and other ailments and had been in the hospital for several weeks, spokesman Howard Bragman said. He declined to identify the Los Angeles facility or the other illnesses.

'It's serious,' Bragman said when asked about McMahon's condition, noting his age. But, Bragman added: 'We're hopeful.'

Hudson: Singing is 'like therapy'

CHICAGO - Jennifer Hudson says she's found getting back to work to be a healing force in her life.

'I'm just glad to be back and be back to work again. Just doing what I love to do is like therapy,' Hudson said on a live episode of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' broadcast Friday. 'I'm in a very good place.'

In a brief interview, the Oscar- and Grammy-winning performer made no direct reference to the October slayings in Chicago of her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew.

She performed her latest single, 'If This Isn't Love,' and promoted an upcoming tour with Robin Thicke, beginning March 31.

Hammer's show focuses on family, business

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. - Viewers of MC Hammer's new reality TV show shouldn't expect to see him lounging around the house in baggy pants.

The 1990s rap music sensation said 'Hammertime' will give viewers a glimpse of his 16-hour days as a businessman, computer geek, proud father and husband. The show will air on cable's A&E, starting as early as May.

The show will follow Hammer, his wife of 23 years, five children and two nephews - aged 3 to 21 - who live in their Oakland, Calif., area home.

'You're going to see an American family in the current environment of America,' Hammer told The Associated Press on Thursday before giving a private concert at a resort.