People: Snooki, Oprah Winfrey, Jessica Lange, Vanessa Lachey, Alex O'Loughlin

March 6, 2012 12:00 am
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Not only is Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi expecting her first child with Jionni LaValle, but the happy couple are also engaged, People reports.

The "Jersey Shore" star, 24, and her now husband-to-be will welcome a baby later this year, a source confirms.

"I know he's the one, so I know the ring's gonna come soon," Polizzi told People on Jan. 12 -- although at the time, she had no idea a proposal was coming.

"Well, not soon-soon. He knows it should be big, cuz if it's small I'm saying no. Like, 'Get another ring!' "

A few weeks later, she also talked about her hopes for a family with her beau of a year and a half.

"I definitely do want kids, but I'm not pregnant," Snooki said on "Good Morning America" on Feb. 2. She also denied being with child on her "Live! With Kelly" appearance, demurring: "Everyone thought I was pregnant. I'm like cool, I gained weight again."

To make it a three-peat, she also denied the news to Andy Cohen on "Watch What Happens Live."

Polizzi's rep and MTV have not commented. The couple were photographed in Jersey City over the weekend, where LaValle moved boxes into Polizzi's home where she's filming a "Jersey Shore" spinoff.

Oprah Winfrey sits down with Whitney Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina, her sister-in-law and manager Patricia Houston and Whitney's brother Gary Houston in an intimate interview to air as a special episode of "Oprah's Next Chapter" Sunday at 9 p.m. on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, the network reports.

In the special, Bobbi Kristina shares personal memories of her mom and how she would like the superstar to be remembered. The family also addresses the rumors and speculation surrounding Houston's death.

Preceding the all-new "Oprah's Next Chapter," "Remembering Whitney: The Oprah Interview" will re-air 7-9 p.m. featuring Whitney Houston's last in-depth television interview from "The Oprah Winfrey Show" as Winfrey reflects on her personal memories of the superstar.

Other "Oprah's Next Chapter" episodes include Lady Gaga March 18 and Gloria Steinem March 25.

They may be playing different characters, but some very familiar faces from the first season of "American Horror Story" will make a return visit to Ryan Murphy's horror-fest on FX, reports.

The co-creator of the drama announced Friday during the PaleyFest in Beverly Hills that Sarah Paulson (the medium Billie Dean Howard), Evan Peters (Tate Langdon) and Lily Rabe (Nora Montgomery) will join Jessica Lange in the show's second season.

Also participating in the scarefest will be former Green Tree resident Zachary Quinto, who played a gay man who previously owned the Harmon home (with "Torchwood's" Teddy Sears as Patrick). "Anybody could pop up at any time," Murphy said during the panel hosted by EW's Tim Stack. "It's fun to take actors you love and say, 'Come play again.' "

Speaking of which, it doesn't seem like there will be appearances by the dead Harmons, aka Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott. The actors signed only one-year deals on the show, but, apparently, Murphy's not opposed to working them in if he can snag 'em. Stay tuned.

When "AHS" wrapped its memorable first season, Murphy said the plan was to start over with a whole new haunting in the second season, which is expected to take place on the East Coast and involve a horror institution. Production resumes in the summer for a mid-October return to FX.

There's a little Lachey on the way!

Vanessa Lachey (formerly Minnillo) is pregnant, her husband, Nick Lachey, confirmed on "Live! With Kelly," which he co-hosted Monday. Vanessa is due late summer or early fall, People reports.

After Vanessa appeared on the show in early January, "she started to feel a little different, not herself," Nick, 38, explained. "So she went to the store, got a pregnancy test, and it came back positive. So we are having a baby!"

The giddy dad-to-be added: "I've had a chance to do a lot of great things in my career and my life, but this is the one thing that, more than any other, I look forward to. The fact that it's actually here, it's overwhelming."

And while the couple don't yet know the sex of the baby, they will -- if Nick has anything to do with it.

"We definitely want to know," Lachey told Kelly Ripa. "I can't take the knowledge that someone out there knows, but I don't know. It's like watching a sports game on TiVo."

A representative for Alex O'Loughlin says the "Hawaii Five-0" star is taking time away from the show to get treated for problems related to pain medication, the Associated Press reports.

Rachael Wesolowski says in a report by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that O'Loughlin "is taking a short break to receive supervised treatment for prescription pain medication due to a recent shoulder injury."

Series producer CBS Television Studios and O'Loughlin representatives declined to comment on the nature of O'Loughlin's injuries or his treatment.

O'Loughlin, who portrays crime fighter Steve McGarrett, is known for doing many of his own stunts on the action-packed show. The paper says he reportedly will be absent for at least one episode.

CBS says in a statement that "everyone at CBS Television Studios and 'Hawaii Five-0' wishes him well and we look forward to his return."

First Published 2012-03-05 23:21:43

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