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Now that “Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles” has been canceled, is it possible that Brian Austin Green could return to “90210”? Pamela S., White Plains, NY

While it does seem logical — since on-screen wife Tori Spelling has already guest-starred for a few episodes, and it would excite many “90210” fans — it looks as if Brian has another offer on his plate. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Brian is in negotiations to join another CW show, “One Tree Hill.” The character he would play is Clayton, a brash sports agent who represents James Lafferty’s character, Nathan Scott. This move actually does make sense, as Brian has tended to distance himself professionally from “Beverly Hills, 90210” since the show ended. He did not take part in the 2003 special, “Beverly Hills 90210: 10-Year High School Reunion,” and according to Tori Spelling (in her memoirs, sTORI Telling), she hasn’t spoken to Brian since that last show back in 2000.

I remember hearing a while back that Whitney Houston was going to release a new record. Is it still on track for a release date? Gary B., via e-mail

The date for Whitney Houston’s musical comeback has finally been announced. After a seven-year wait, Whitney’s much-anticipated album, which has yet to be titled, will be released Sept. 1. The Grammy-winning artist is excited by and proud of her latest album, and if her amazing performance at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy gala back in February is any indication, her new work will remind us all of why Rolling Stone magazine named her one of the 100 greatest singers of the rock era.

“Without a Trace” is my favorite show. Will it be back in the fall? Emma J., via e-mail

CBS seems to be paring down its dramas, as it has canceled “Without a Trace,” along with “The Unit” and “11 th Hour.” If you also are a fan of “The Mentalist” and get scared when you notice it is not at its regular Tuesday night timeslot, don’t fear: It has been moved to Thursdays at 10 p.m., following “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” CBS must have a lot of faith in its sophomore drama to give it a plum spot after the always-high-rated “CSI.”

Who wrote the theme music for “30 Rock”? My husband says Tina Fey did, but I think he is mistaken. Hannah H., Washington state

Well, your hubby is close, but no cigar. When I spoke with “30 Rock” star Jane Krakowski, she let me in on a little “30 Rock” trivia. Tina Fey’s husband, Jeff Richman, writes all the songs and all the music on the show — the incidental music, the theme song, “Muffin Top,” all the Janis Joplin-type songs they did this past season, the musical event on the season finale, etc. Jeff certainly has a fan in Jane, as she raved: “Jeff writes incredible songs. He is such a talented musician.”

Have a question for Cindy? E-mail her at letters@cindyelavsky.com, or write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, PO Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Copyright 2009 King Features Syndicate

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