Question: Back in the mid '90s, there was a summer TV show called Roar. The young star of that short series reminds me of the young man co-staring with Mel Gibson in The Patriot. Is it the same guy? Thanks. — Cynthia

Televisionary: It is indeed the same Heath Ledger who starred in the short-lived fantasy series Roar, which Fox debuted in the summer of '97, Cynthia.

The young Aussie, who co-stars with Mr. Gibson in The Patriot and was most recently seen on the big screen in the Taming of the Shrew update 10 Things I Hate About You, played the heroic and hunky Celtric prince Conor in the show, which was set in fifth-century Europe. As these things go, Conor found himself the leader of a band of rebels after an enemy clan, working for the ruling Romans, slaughtered his family. Notable talents on the show included castmate and current Felicity star Keri Russell, as well as executive producer and American Gothic creator Shaun Cassidy.

The show attracted an enthusiastic fan base, but nothing like those of Xena or Hercules, two shows whose popularity undoubtedly encouraged Fox's execs to give Roar the go-ahead.