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‘Desperate’ actor hurt

“Desperate Housewives” actor Gale Harold is in critical condition following a Tuesday motorcycle accident, according to USC Medical Center spokeswoman Adelaida De La Cerda. Publicist Nancy Seltzer said Wednesday he fractured his shoulder, and “Housewives” creator and executive producer Marc Cherry said he apparently has swelling on the brain, but was expected to recover. Harold plays Jackson, the boyfriend of Teri Hatcher’s character.

Jackson back on stage

Janet Jackson has resumed her “Rock Witchu” tour following two weeks of scrapped shows. She was scheduled to resume her tour Wednesday night at the Verizon Center in Washington. Jackson has revealed she was dealing with a bout of migraine-associated vertigo, which is characterized by dizziness, imbalance and other symptoms. She is on her first North American tour in seven years.

Creator still on board

Mark Schwahn, creator of the TV series “One Tree Hill,” has told The CW he’s agreed to head a seventh season, he’s just waiting to hear if the network plans on keeping the show around. Schwahn has inked three deals, including a one-year agreement with Warner Bros. TV to continue as executive producer for a possible seventh season. His other deals include a two-year deal with CBS Paramount Network TV to develop new projects and a deal with CBS Records to begin his own imprint.

Actress speaks out

Ellen DeGeneres, who married actress Portia de Rossi on Aug. 16, has made a public service announcement urging California voters to oppose a ballot initiative that would ban same-sex marriage. DeGeneres has been criticized in the gay press for not giving money to the campaign or lending her presence to the cause. While she still hasn’t made a contribution, she posted the video on her show’s Web site Tuesday. DeGeneres’ mother, Betty, has donated $700 to help defeat the initiative.

Concert scheduled

MTV and CNN are teaming up to present a concert supporting veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. “A Night for Vets: An MTV Convert for the BRAVE” will air at 8 p.m. Oct. 24 on MTV from a performance taped in New York the day before. The show’s name alludes to a petition MTV and several veterans’ organizations created call the Bill of Rights for American Veterans. On Oct. 25, CNN will air a special edition of “Anderson Cooper 360” titled “Back from Battle.” The concert will feature performances by artists such as 50 Cent and Ludacris, as well as taped performances by artists including Kayne West, Juanes, Fall Out Boy and Kid Rock.

Music with motive

“I’m not making music because I want to be on your TV screen or the cover of your magazine. I want you to make a baby to something I wrote. I want you to clean your kitchen on Sunday to this, ride in your car, go to work. … That’s my goal.” — Soul singer Maxwell, who has a new album after a seven-year recording break.

Compiled from wire reports by Melissa Sullivan

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