Q: I’ve really been enjoying “DC’s Stargirl.” Is it a summer-only show? — Susan Zahn, Attleboro, Mass.
A: It is, at least so far, but the good news is that it will be back at some point next year. And not only that, but The CW evidently is so pleased with the performance of the Brec Bassinger-starring adventure, the network has arranged to have the show exclusively for Season 2 — no longer sharing it with DC Universe, which had been streaming each episode the night before its CW debut.
The arrangement also sets up the Stargirl character nicely to be included along with other DC heroes and heroines in future crossover stories (as she was last season in “Crisis on Infinite Earths”) that unite the shows in what has been called the “Arrowverse” … though, now that “Arrow” is over, there may have to be a new label for that merging of CW series.
Q: I’m interested in the background of one of ABC’s newer reporters, Rachel Scott. Where did she work before joining that network? — Jon Harms, via e-mail
A: She just got a big promotion at ABC News, being named a White House and Washington, D.C., correspondent in a year when she has covered the Democratic primary season and President Donald Trump’s re-election bid (including all of his rallies).
Scott’s history with ABC dates back to 2016, soon after she graduated from the University of Southern California’s renowned Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She first was a production associate and then worked on the digital side of “Good Morning America.” At the start of 2019, she became a producer with the network’s White House unit, then embedded with the Trump campaign and later became an on-air talent full-time.
Q: I’ve seen “My Fair Lady” on Turner Classic Movies many times. Did Rex Harrison do his own singing in it? — Keith Sanders, Clermont, Fla.
A: He did, and it’s notable that he also did it “live” as the scenes were being filmed, rather than pre-recording the tunes and then lip-synching to that as the cameras rolled. His reasoning was that he never performed a song the same way twice, based on his portrayal of Professor Henry Higgins in the original Broadway version of the musical, so his trying to match his lips to a recording might look unconvincing.
The decision paid off since Harrison won the 1964 Oscar for best actor, but co-star Audrey Hepburn did plenty of lip-synching, because she hardly ever sang in the film. The musically gifted Julie Andrews was Harrison’s Broadway co-star as “My Fair Lady’s” Eliza Doolittle, but studio chief Jack L. Warner didn’t think she’d be as much of a box-office draw as the then-more-established Hepburn. However, Andrews had the last laugh on that count, since she won that year’s Oscar for best actress for “Mary Poppins.”
Anyway, not being a singer, Hepburn largely was dubbed in the “My Fair Lady” musical selections by the celebrated Marni Nixon … except for portions of “Just You Wait,” in which the rougher-sounding Eliza actually was Hepburn singing, which worked for the situation. Also dubbed in the movie was co-star Jeremy Brett, whose “singing” actually was done by Bill Shirley.
Q: It seems like “Press Your Luck” has been running a lot of repeats lately. Why? — Melanie Porter, via e-mail
A: Actually, that’s been true of all of the shows in ABC’s Sunday “Summer Fun & Games” lineup, and it probably has seemed more pronounced because some of the repeats have been running only a few weeks after the episodes originally aired. The strategy undoubtedly is the same one used by drama series when they take a break of several months, to extend playing out the available first-run episodes for as long as possible.
The summer game shows only make a relative handful of new installments each year, and they’re designed to be timeless, so a network generally can feel confident in deciding to run those shows again. With that said, with something like “Press Your Luck,” where you’re sweating it out for a while with the last contestant standing — yes, if you saw that same hour recently, you probably know it.
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