Question: Who was the girl who played Ms. Parker on The Pretender? Thanks. — Pete

Televisionary: That's an actress named, appropriately enough, Andrea Parker playing Centre operative Ms. Parker, Pete. And if you believe the show's press materials, the character was named before she was cast. Before you caught her on The Pretender, you might also have seen her both in bit parts and recurring roles on such shows as ER, JAG, Seinfeld, Coach, Married... with Children or Ellen.

As I wrote last year in the final question of my Oct. 17

column, while the series version of The Pretender was created and cancelled by NBC, TNT has produced two original films that continue the story of Jarod (Michael T. Weiss) and the gang. Look for The Pretender: The Island of the Haunted on December 10 at 8 pm/ET, with a 19-hour marathon of series episodes plus TNT's first Pretender film, The Pretender 2001, leading up to it. There are no plans for any more beyond this one, according to a network spokeswoman, so savor this latest offering as if it's your last since, hey — it might just be.