You have questions. I have answers.
Q: What is the age difference between Tom Selleck and Len Cariou? I don’t think much.
A: You are right. Tom Selleck, who plays Frank Reagan in ‘Blue Bloods’, turns 77 in January. Cariou, who plays Frank’s father, Henry, is 82 years old. It’s magic for you. And, before anyone asks, Frank’s kids are played by 50-year-old Bridget Moynahan; Donnie Wahlberg, 52; and Will Estes, 43.
Q: I know my question is not the usual kind of request for information. However, I don’t know where to look for an answer. A beautiful poem was read during Bob Dole’s funeral service about “the dash we make in our lifetime”. I would appreciate any help you can offer as to the title or author.
A: Although TV is the topic most of the time, I’m open to all sorts of arts and entertainment questions here. The work read at Dole’s funeral is “The Dash” by Linda Ellis. Dole is said to have quoted the poem often in his speeches.
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Q: Can you tell me if “La Brea” is coming back?
A: He is. NBC ordered a second season in November. But it looks like you won’t see any new episodes until fall 2022.
Q: David Spade had a half-hour comedy series with guests skewering the news appearing after Trevor Noah’s Comedy Central show. He disappeared during COVID. Will it come back?
A: No. “Lights Out with David Spade” was canceled, with Spade stating that a Comedy Central executive wanted to “go a little cheap”. Spade’s show wasn’t that expensive, he told the Los Angeles Times, “but I think he’s talking, like, really cheap. I don’t know if he’s seen a show. I think that’s how hard the business is, where they say, ‘How much is that one? OK, get rid of it.'” More recently, Spade co-hosted “The Netflix Afterparty,” a talk show -show focused on the streamer’s programs.
Q: “Our Miss Brooks” was a big comedy in the 1950s, with reruns now on the Decades channel. But, in 1955, several of the regular stars were dropped from the show, when Miss Brooks had to go teach at another school. Please tell me why such a major change has happened. It may be difficult for you because it is so old, but I trust you to get the answer.
A: It’s short: Notes. The comedy starring Eve Arden as a high school teacher had been a hit in its first two seasons, from 1952-1954, but by its third season, 1954-55, it had dropped in the TV ratings. To rekindle interest, the show changed scenery and part of the cast. According to “The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows”, the change proved unsuccessful, and a former cast member, Robert Rockwell as Mr. Boynton, was brought back at the end of the season. Still, the series ended in 1956, although there was a “Our Miss Brooks” movie that year, which completed a storyline.
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