A ‘Designated’ return: Kiefer Sutherland will be back soon


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Kiefer Sutherland

Q: When is Netflix going to start showing “Designated Survivor”? – Annette Ginter, Port Orange, Fla.

A: We’re assuming you mean the newly ordered stories, since Netflix already has made available the two seasons of the drama series that aired on ABC. The 10-episode Season 3 premieres June 7, with President Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) running for re-election after having been thrust into the office by the death of his predecessor (and most of the other Cabinet members) in a terrorist attack.

Italia Ricci, Adan Canto, Maggie Q and Kal Penn also are back in the cast, with “ER” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” veteran Neal Baer the latest to join the show in an executive-producer capacity.

Kristoff St. John

Q: Someone told me that Shemar Moore credits the late Kristoff St. John with getting him into acting. Is that true? – Monique Adams, via e-mail

A: On a recent episode of CBS’ “The Talk,” on which several fellow veterans of “The Young and the Restless” paid tribute to the late St. John, Moore related the story of how he had been one of those to audition for the role of Malcolm Winters 25 years ago. Since that character was the brother of St. John’s character Neil, the latter actor met with Moore at that time.

Per Moore, when executive producer William Bell asked later for St. John’s opinion of those who had come in to try out, St. John acknowledged that Moore appeared inexperienced and nervous – but added his belief that Moore had a certain something and would rise to the occasion. The rest is daytime-TV history, and current “S.W.A.T.” star Moore said on “The Talk” that he “wouldn’t have this career” if not for St. John.


Q: Why was “The Amazing Race” off the air for so long? – Cara Anderson, Grand Junction, Colo.

A: It likely owed to CBS having room on the schedule for it, which also was the situation that saw the show start at midseason or late in the television year for its previous three rounds. As it happens, the contest returned earlier than expected for its current edition.

It was set to begin in May, but “Million Dollar Mile” didn’t work out quite the way the network had hoped ratings-wise, so the Phil Keoghan-hosted “Race” – an Emmy winner for outstanding reality-competition program 10 times — was called back into action sooner and got an April premiere.


Q: Is actor Barry Pepper any relation to character actress Barbara Pepper? I have seen her in several episodes of “Perry Mason” on Me-TV. – Margaret Sarns, Kansas City, Mo.

A: Not that we’ve been able to determine. The late Barbara had two sons, neither of whom is “Saving Private Ryan” and “Flags of Our Fathers” co-star Barry. However, she herself was the daughter of a character actor named Dave Pepper.


Q: Why wasn’t Shannen Doherty announced for the “90210” revival that Fox is supposed to show this summer? – Bill Ryan, via e-mail

A: When the project first was announced, she was one of very few original “Beverly Hills, 90210” stars not involved … the other prominent one being Luke Perry. However, that has changed, since Fox revealed at the end of April that she will indeed be a part of the new show.

Not to play pop psychologist here, but it wouldn’t surprise us if Perry’s death (which happened after plans for the new “90210,” now titled “BH90210,” became known) had an impact on Doherty regarding thoughts about reuniting with the other acting veterans of the hugely popular 1990s series.


Q: Will Daniel Dae Kim or Grace Park ever return to “Hawaii Five-0”? – Mary Pitts, Grove City, Ohio

A: Though we are ones never to say “never,” we’d at least opine that scenario is highly unlikely, given the circumstances under which the two talents left the CBS reboot … which involved their seeking pay parity with the show’s top-billed stars.

Besides, both are busy with other projects. Kim is an executive producer and sometimes actor on ABC’s “The Good Doctor,” while Park will be back in the second season of that same network’s “A Million Little Things.”


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Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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