Mr. Pop Culture Report – March 16

Out Of The Woods – Tiger Woods said he will return to golf next month at the Masters, ending a four-month hiatus brought on by a sex scandal that shattered his image as the gold standard in sports. “The Masters is where I won my first major and I view this tournament with great respect,” Woods said in a statement. “After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I’m ready to start my season at Augusta.” Woods has not competed since Nov. 15 when he won the Australian Masters for his 82nd victory worldwide. Twelve days later, he crashed his car into a tree outside his Florida home, setting off shocking revelations that he had been cheating on his wife.

Estate Slate - Michael Jackson’s estate has signed the biggest recording deal in history: a $200 million guaranteed contract with Sony Music Entertainment for 10 projects over seven years, according to a person familiar with the deal. The record-breaking contract through 2017 could be worth up to $250 million if certain conditions are met. One of the albums will be of never-before-released Jackson recordings that will come out in November.

The Hunt Is Over - The syndicated “Bonnie Hunt Show” is being canceled after its second season due to low ratings (what else?). The show averaged a .8 share.

Interesting – President Obama is set appear on Fox News to rally last-minute support for the health care reform bill. Bret Baier will sit down with Obama tomorrow for an interview regarding the proposed legislation. The interview will be followed by an in-depth panel that will analyze Obama’s responses. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the bill later this week.

Mr. Pop Archives – This Week In 2000 -

Madonna says she is pregnant with her British-beau Guy Ritchie.

Paul McCartney confirms he’s involved with a former swim wear model named Heather Mills. “She’s a very impressive woman. We are an item.”

VH-1, in an answer to its “Divas” specials, is doing a “Men Strike Back” concert featuring Sting, Tom Jones, D’Angelo, Enrique Iglesias, and the Backstreet Boys.

Television news –

MTV’s Tom Green says he is battling cancer, but that he should be OK.

Friday night television –

CBS – College basketball, David Letterman

NBC – Providence, Dateline NBC, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien

ABC – Boy Meets World, Sabrina, The Hughleys, 20/20, Nightline, Politically Incorrect

WB – Jamie Foxx, Steve Harvey, For You Love

Fox – World’s Wildest Police Videos, Greed: The Series

PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week

MTV – Total Request Live, Dari

VH1 – Movie (That Thing You Do) , The List

HBO – Dennis Miller Live – Tim Robbins

Jay Leno – Michael Imperioli, Enrique Iglesias.

The List – Most underrated artist. Charles Barkely hosts, with Sammy Hagar, M.C. Hammer, Nile Ridgers, Bobcat Goldthwait