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Hostage reprise ...

Former Batavia, N.Y., resident Terry Anderson says he rarely recalls the anniversary of being kidnapped and held captive in Lebanon for nearly seven years, a crisis that he revisits in a new National Geographic special.

Instead, he's reminded of the date by others who call or e-mail when it rolls around.

The former Associated Press chief Mideast correspondent in Beirut marks the 20th anniversary of his captivity in "American Hostage," a special airing Jan. 17 as part of the cable channel's "Explorer" series.

"It brought back some things very vividly that I haven't thought about in quite awhile," Anderson said Wednesday at the Television Critics Association's winter meeting. "I've never forgotten it, and it doesn't go away, but there's an immediacy in seeing this thing that I hadn't felt in a long time."

Anderson has given numerous interviews about his ordeal as the longest held American hostage, but he goes into details never previously revealed in the special that includes interviews with his grown daughter and former wife, who speak for first time.


George Jones in hospital ...

Country Music Hall of Fame member George Jones is hospitalized in Nashville.

A statement from his publicist, Kirt Webster, says Jones, 79, went in for an annual checkup on Wednesday, and doctors required him to stay overnight to continue monitoring him.

He is expected to be released Thursday.

Jones has earned numerous awards and charted more than a dozen No. 1 hits throughout his long career, including the classic song "He Stopped Loving Her Today."

He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992.


Loves his banjo ...

Steve Martin is back behind the banjo.

The 65-year-old actor, author and recent Oscar host will release his second bluegrass album in March.

Martin spent months on the road performing with the Steep Canyon Rangers, and the bluegrass quintet backs him on "Rare Bird Alert," which includes 13 new songs he wrote.

The album also features some impressive guest stars: The Dixie Chicks and Sir Paul McCartney.

"It's very hard to believe," Martin said of having the former Beatle perform on his album. "I was a kid when I first heard Paul McCartney, and if you told me one day that he'd be singing one of my tunes, I'm still flabbergasted."

Martin wrote the album while touring with the Rangers last year. He also penned a pair of tunes on the set of his forthcoming film, "The Big Year," where he was inspired by the Canadian landscape. The film, which stars Jack Black and Owen Wilson, also inspired the album's title.


CBS likes Katy Perry ...

Grammy-nominated pop star Katy Perry will guest star on an episode of CBS' hit comedy "How I Met Your Mother."

The network announced Thursday that Perry will play the naive, beautiful cousin of Zoey, played by Jennifer Morrison. CBS didn't say when the episode will air.

The series stars Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan and Cobie Smulders. It airs Mondays at 8 p.m. Eastern.

CBS' announcement comes on the heels of Perry picking up two trophies Wednesday at the People's Choice Awards. She won as favorite female artist and favorite online sensation.

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