ABC’s Amy Robach has a close ‘Melrose Place’ connection


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Amy Robach

Q: Is it true that Amy Robach of “Good Morning America” and “20/20” is married to Andrew Shue, who used to be Billy on “Melrose Place”? – Jan Collins, Delta, Colo.

A: It is. They began dating after meeting at a book party, and they were married in 2010 … on Robach’s birthday, Feb. 6. Their union is sort of a “Yours, Mine and Ours,” since each brought children from previous marriages, Robach’s two daughters and Shue’s three sons.

As Robach continues her work for ABC News, Shue (the brother of actress Elisabeth Shue) is on the board of directors of Do Something – a nonprofit organization that he co-founded – and he also operates several companies under the umbrella name CafeMom. Additionally, he has hosted the web series “Mad Life,” including Robach’s mother Joanie as one of his co-hosts.

James Brolin

Q: I enjoyed “Life in Pieces.” Why was it canceled? – Julia Platt, via e-mail

A: While the uniquely structured CBS family sitcom had a certain fan base and critical acclaim, it never was a ratings blockbuster for the network, so its four-season run has to be deemed fairly healthy.

The fact that it returned so late in the past television season suggested that the writing might be on the wall – something the show’s creative forces evidently took a cue from, since even before the cancellation was announced, they had devised a true series finale that set up the futures of the main characters played by James Brolin, Dianne Wiest and others.


Q: I’m glad to see that Jimmy Smits is coming back in a new series this fall. How many shows has he done since “L.A. Law”? – Rebecca Scott, Providence, R.I.

A: There have been a number of them, and some have involved his joining series that were ongoing. The first of those was “NYPD Blue,” which Emmy winner Smits entered in the second season, after David Caruso left. He also became a presidential candidate on “The West Wing” toward the end of its run, then took roles on “Dexter,” “Sons of Anarchy” and “How to Get Away With Murder.”

Though it was a continuation of a series, “24: Legacy” also was a show of its own that featured Smits prominently. Original series in which he also has starred have included “Cane,” “Outlaw” and “The Get Down” – and starting in September, he’ll tackle the legal profession again by headlining NBC’s “Bluff City Law.”


Q: Since CBS is showing the first season of “The Good Fight,” does that mean the other seasons will be on broadcast television, too? – Bruce Warren, via e-mail

A: It’s a possibility, partially depending on how CBS feels about the ratings results of this summer’s run. Executive producers Robert and Michelle King have said that editing the content originally seen on CBS All Access was quite challenging in some cases, but they added that they believed making episodes shorter – to accommodate the CBS time slot and commercial breaks – made some of them better.

One other factor is that CBS All Access might not want to infer on a broader scale that programming its subscribers currently are paying for will be available for free eventually. As its corporate cousin, CBS also has to be sensitive to that, so time will tell how that plays out.


Q: Wasn’t there talk of turning “Goodfellas” into a TV series at one point? – Charles Field, Reading, Pa.

A: Talk of that has spanned much of this decade, with AMC announcing that it was developing such a show in 2012. However, seven years and a change in regime at the network later, it remains a question whether the series (on which the movie’s producer, Irwin Winkler, was to reprise that job) ever will see the light of day.

The closest AMC has come to such a program was “The Making of the Mob,” which had two seasons … the first of which, in 2015, dealt with the New York underworld and touched on some of the figures who were dramatized in “Goodfellas.” Interviewees in that program included Frank Vincent — who co-starred in “Goodfellas” (and “The Sopranos”) – and Edward McDonald, the federal prosecutor who portrayed himself in the movie, offering Henry Hill (played by Ray Liotta) witness protection.


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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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