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TV Jukebox: 'Make It Or Break It,' 'The Killing,' 'Person of Interest,' and more music-on-tv moments

Mother’s Day may be next weekend, but there’s no shortage of mama drama in the latest Jukebox. Mom’s got through (and even started) some trouble on shows including Make It Or Break It, Private Practice, Missing, and The Game.

Which isn’t to say the dads didn’t get in on the action, too, creating waves on The Killing, Revenge, and The Client List. The last few weeks also saw a steamy encounter (The Good Wife), a heartfelt tribute (Glee), and an ambush (Person of Interest), plus more music-on-TV moments from The L.A. ComplexGirls, and Mad Men.

Check out our picks below and make sure to click through to the final page to listen to a track-for-track Spotify playlist of this week’s “show tunes.” (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!)

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Autopsy: White residue on spoon in Whitney Houston's room

Whitney Houston was found face-down in a bathtub with cocaine in her system and drug paraphernalia on the bathroom counter nearby, investigators revealed in the singer’s final autopsy report released Wednesday.

The report delivered a grim accounting of Houston’s final hours nearly three months ago. The singer complained of a sore throat before an assistant suggested she take a bath before the start of a pre-Grammy Awards gala. By the time the assistant returned, Houston had drowned and was lying face down in the tub.

Investigators who scoured the room later found in the bathroom a “spoon with a white crystal like substance in it,” and a white powdery substance in a drawer and on a mirror, according the report. The report does not specifically identify the substances as cocaine, although toxicology tests discovered the drug in Houston’s heart and extremities.

The report provides a sad footnote to Houston’s life, revealing the toll the singer’s drug use took on her body.

When coroner’s officials said two weeks ago that Houston died from accidental drowning, they also revealed that cocaine had played a role in her death. The office has said there were signs of both chronic and recent use.

An investigator noted a hole in the singer’s nose, listed under “history of substance abuse.”

Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said he could not discuss how recently Houston may have used cocaine, or other details of the final report.

Beverly Hills police Lt. Mark Rosen said the investigation is still open and he could not comment on the findings. The department has said there did not appear to be signs of foul play.

On her final day alive, Houston complained she had a sore throat for several days, and an assistant suggested she take a bath, according to the report. By the time her assistant returned, Houston had been submerged for at least an hour, the report estimates.

Water soaked the floor, seeping into the bedroom area.

Investigators initially expected drugs or alcohol played a role in Houston’s death, but no alcohol was found in her system. They eventually ruled her death an accidental drowning, with heart disease and cocaine use cited as contributing factors.

Houston’s death came just hours before a pre-Grammy gala thrown by her mentor Clive Davis. She was attempting another comeback by starring in a remake of the film “Sparkle,” in which she plays the mother of three girls who form a singing group and struggle with fame and drug addiction.

A trailer released Monday featured Houston prominently, including a snippet of her performance of the classic gospel song “His Eye Is on the Sparrow.”

Toxicology results also showed Houston had marijuana, Xanax, the muscle relaxant Flexeril, and the allergy medication Benadryl in her system. None of those drugs were considered factors in her death.

The singer also had buildup of plaque in her arteries that can restrict blood flow. Winter has said the condition is common in drug users. The report indicated a 60 percent blockage in the singer’s right coronary artery.

The singer had battled addiction for years, but friends and family have said she appeared committed to making a comeback in the months before her death.

“The biggest devil is me. I’m either my best friend or my worst enemy,” Houston told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in an infamous 2002 television interview with then-husband Bobby Brown by her side.

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Some details on Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks, and R. Kelly's 'Sparkle' soundtrack, including that Whitney-Jordin duet

The trailer for the upcoming remake of the 1976 musical drama Sparkle (which stars Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston) features a few promising snippets of the movie’s music, including bits of “Hooked on Your Love” and “Something He Can Feel,” which Aretha Franklin sang on the original film’s Curtis Mayfield-produced soundtrack. Intrigued? We talked to Sparks and Sparkle director Salim Akil about what to expect from the soundtrack.

–The film will include new versions of most of the original songs, including “Something He Can Feel” (which En Vogue scored a hit with in the early ’90s), “Look Into Your Heart,” and “Jump.” But not the classic title track? “No, not the song ‘Sparkle,’” says Sparks. “Which actually could change, because we’re still working on getting songs on the soundtrack. That could be a possiblilty. I was wondering about that too! I’m actually meeting with people who are working on the soundtrack today. You know what, I’m going to mention that.”

–In addition to some arranging work, R. Kelly wrote two brand-new songs for the movie. READ FULL STORY

Whitney Houston's case still very much open, confirms Beverly Hills PD

With news that Whitney Houston had cocaine and other drugs in her system at the time of her drowning, EW has learned that the investigation of the legendary singer’s death is still very much open. Lt. Mark Rosen of the Beverly Hills Police Department confirmed that the investigation will remain active at least until the final coroner’s report is delivered in the next several weeks.

The preliminary report, which many hoped would solve the mystery of Houston’s unexpected passing, has only triggered more questions. As for Houston’s admitted struggle with cocaine, police will continue to investigate, among other questions, how Houston acquired it and what else happened at her Beverly Hilton Hotel suite in the hours before her drowning on Feb. 11. Until those questions can be answered, said Rosen, “It’s our policy not to comment on open investigations.”

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Coroner: Whitney Houston death an accidental drowning, cocaine in her system

Whitney Houston died from drowning in a hotel bathtub, but coroner’s officials said Thursday that heart disease and chronic cocaine use were contributing factors to the singer’s death.

The release of autopsy findings Thursday ends weeks of speculation about what killed the Grammy-winning singer on Feb. 11 on the eve of the Grammy Awards.

Houston was found submerged in the bathtub of her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and her death has been ruled as accidental. Several bottles of prescription medications were found in her hotel room, but coroner’s officials said they weren’t in excessive quantities.

Beverly Hills police said in a statement there was no evidence of wrongdoing in connection with Houston’s death. READ FULL STORY

Album sales: One Direction makes history with No. 1 debut of 'Up All Night'

A few months ago, we asked you, “Are boy bands officially back?” According to this week’s Billboard 200, the answer is a resounding “Yes.”

British boy band One Direction debuted atop the chart with their first album, Up All Night, which sold an impressive 176,000 copies in its first week. In doing so, Simon Cowell’s fivesome, who are signed to SYCO/Columbia, became the first-ever British act to debut atop the Billboard 200 with its debut disc. The former highest Brit debut was the Spice Girls’ Spice, which started at No. 6 in 1997, although it did climb to No. 1 three months later.

One Direction turned industry heads a few weeks ago when their American television debut on The Today Show drew over 10,000 screaming fans into Rockefeller Center, but before this week, the group hadn’t demonstrated much sales power Stateside.

Remarkably, their debut single “What Makes You Beautiful,” which currently sits at No. 33 on the Hot 100 (and was predicted as the spring’s biggest song by EW readers), has only been available in America for five weeks. But in a YouTube-driven industry, international artists are available to fans at the click of a mouse (the music video has garnered over 75 million views since its debut in August) — tweens had more than enough time to fall for their new obsession via the Internet. READ FULL STORY

Madonna laments the loss of Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse: 'How did it happen?'

Madonna opened up to UK’s The Sun recently about her “shocking sense of disbelief” following the sudden passings of Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston.

“It had not been a secret,” she said, “the struggles Amy had been through — both brilliant, brilliant artists and obviously both huge losses,” she said. “But when these things happen, I’m always shocked by the first thing you say, ‘It’s such a loss,’ which doesn’t quite cover it. Then you reflect and you think, ‘How did it happen? How did the people around them allow it to happen?’”

Winehouse and Madonna never really went toe-to-toe on the charts, but the Material Girl watched her star rise around the same time Houston was laying the groundwork for her own superstardom.

“I remember looking at her singing and hearing people talk about her, and just thinking, ‘Oh my God. She’s such a beautiful woman and my God, what an incredible voice. I wish I could sing like that.’ I just remember being extremely envious of her and also touched by her innocence,” she said. “I was struck by that — how well she started and where she ended up, and the tragedy of it.”

What do you think about Madonna’s comments? Are you surprised that she envied Houston?

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Whitney Houston's will leaves everything to Bobbi Kristina

Whitney Houston left everything to her 19-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina. The pop superstar’s will doesn’t mention specific assets, but leaves all of her furnishings, clothing, personal effects, jewelry and cars to her surviving children. Bobbi Kristina was her only child. Inside Edition first reported the will, filed in Atlanta, on Wednesday.

Houston’s money will be put in a trust. Her sister-in-law and manager, Patricia Houston, was appointed the administrator of the estate. Upon turning 21, Bobbi Kristina will receive part of the money, more of it at age 25 and the balance at age 30. Houston’s trustees can give her money from the trust for various purposes, including tuition, to buy a home and to start a business. The will was signed on Feb. 3, 1993, about a month before Houston gave birth to her daughter. The 48-year-old died Feb. 11 in California.

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Report: Callers demand L.A. coroner to treat Whitney Houston's death as murder

Although the L.A. County Coroner’s office found no signs of trauma or foul play in its investigation of Whitney Houston’s death (toxicology tests are still pending), it seems that a fair number of skeptics are still suspicious of the circumstances surrounding her passing.

The late singer’s official cause of death is still pending on a full toxicology report, and while police have already ruled out the possibility of foul play, many aren’t so sure.

The coroner’s office has reportedly fielded multiple phone calls and emails from people — some claiming to be relatives of Houston or her ex-husband, Bobby Brown — who believe that Houston was murdered, according to TMZ. One caller even claimed to have information regarding a specific relative who may have committed the murder.

TMZ adds that the coroner declined to comment on these reports, as the investigation is still ongoing.

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Target takes jokey Whitney Houston greeting card off shelves

How soon is too soon?

It can be hard to tell sometimes when the joke came before the soon. Such is the case with a Whitney Houston-themed greeting card carried by Target before the diva’s Feb. 11 death and still on shelves that read:

“Next time you think of dating the bad boy, consider Whitney Houston. That’s all I’m going to say.”

The card has since been removed from Target’s shelves, the retail giant announced. The company also released a statement, saying:

“It is never our intent to offend guests with the products we offer, and we take feedback from guests very seriously. The card was in our stores prior to Ms. Houston’s death. As soon as this was brought to our attention, we began the process of removing the card from all applicable stores.”

But by no longer carrying the fairly distasteful, barely humorous card, Target has actually rocketed the item’s value, indirectly creating a rare new slice of Whitney Houston memorabilia. It shouldn’t be long ’til the card shows up on eBay.

What do you think, reader? Is the card just crass enough to be pulled from Target’s shelves now, or so crass that it should never had made it into the store in the first place? Let us know where Target falls on the bullseye.

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