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Send questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow me on Twitter! Question: Last Sunday's "Hitting the Fan" episode of The Good Wife lived up to the hype. It was a game changer, but I guess it left me feeling slimed. Alicia has always taken a righteous position and walked a fine ethical line. On Sunday, I feel like she fell off a cliff — not only was she a party to trying to download files which I'm not sure is illegal but certainly not ethical (notwithstanding the ends-justify-the-means argument), but she also seemed gleeful about Peter using his political position to her gain. As Will seemed so right to point out, she seems to have no idea how bad she has become. This is not the good wife that I have been watching. What were your thoughts? — Megan
Send questions and comments to email@example.com and follow me on Twitter! Question: Love your column and hope you could shed some light on an issue for me. As I understand it, TV shows/actors submit one episode of what they feel is their best work (that season) for Emmy consideration. Is this true? If so, don't you think the criteria should require a greater sample size since one episode, no matter the quality, does not necessarily tell the story of an entire season? —Charles
Question: What are your thoughts on the selection of Scottish actor Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who's Twelfth Doctor? I have to admit that I had no idea who he was — I assume he's more of a household name in the U.K. I don't want to prematurely bash the selection and I'm willing to see how things work out, but it seems to be a traditional choice and even more so since the modern Doctor Who series has featured younger actors. During the special that announced the selection, the show runner ...
Reinhold Weege, who created Night Court and was a writer/producer for Barney Miller, died Dec. 1 of natural causes, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 63.
Actor Dan Frazer, who was best known for his role as Capt. Frank McNeil on the '70s crime drama Kojak, has died, according to The Associated Press. He was 90. Frazer died on Friday of cardiac arrest in his Manhattan home, according to his daughter, Susanna Frazer, who described her father as a "very truthful, naturalistic actor".
Yes, yes, the holidays are here. But instead of making some lame joke about fruitcake or ugly ties, we're just gonna get right down to it. Because the art of finding that perfect something for the loved ones (or legal obligations, if that be the case) is serious business.
Hipster and cop are two words that don't usually go together. But at the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York, the two words have become synonymous with a plainclothes NYPD detective named Rick Lee. Why is he known in the blogosphere as "The Hipster Cop" you ask? Because he can be seen sporting fashion brands like Ralph Lauren and J. Crew every day on the protest lines (his best friend works at Ralph Lauren, natch) as part of his style that he...
Steve Landesberg, who starred in ABC's Barney Miller, has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 65. Landesberg died Friday morning of cancer. "I'm sorry to report the loss of Steve," Landesberg's agent said in a statement. Check out the rest of today's news Landesberg was best known for his role in...
And no, it is not Abe Vigoda, as Raven Snook pointed out in passing this along. As reported by the New York Times:"Ron Carey, the pint-sized, round-faced comic best known as the unjustifiably cocky police officer Carl Levitt on the long-running television situation comedy Barney Miller, died [of a stroke] Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 71."Aww, I loved Levitt. Represented for the little guy so well. Then again, I loved everything about Barney Miller. Terrific show.
Question: Do you remember a show with, I think, the guy from Highway to Heaven and a black actor that was sort of a comedy version of In the Heat of the Night? It's driving me nuts.Answer: Yes. Aaaah, you didn't really think I was gonna stop at being a wiseacre and answer your question with one word, did you? You'll never so easily curb my urge to babble, Joon. Funny you use the word "nuts," since the show in question, ABC's Carter Country, bore the name of former peanut farmer Jimmy Carter, who was president at the time it debuted in September 1977. As you say, it bore a strong resemblance to In the Heat of the Night, which 10 years later would be a hit TV series itself.