From ‘SNL’ to ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine,’ the TV path of Andy Samberg


Andy Samberg

Q: I’m sorry “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” has reached the end of its run. Did Andy Samberg star in any other series after he left “Saturday Night Live”? — Pete Davies, Columbus, Ohio

A: Though he made guest appearances on such shows as “30 Rock,” “Portlandia” and “SpongeBob SquarePants” (in voice only, of course) during that one-year interim, Samberg pretty much went right from “SNL” into the police comedy that lasted eight seasons, the first five of those on Fox and the last three on NBC. For that “rescue” after the Fox cancellation, it certainly didn’t hurt that the show was made by NBC corporate cousin Universal Television.

While he also has made such movies as “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” and the acclaimed “Palm Springs” — both of which he also produced — we’d expect that Samberg will find other home-screen avenues for himself. One that’s coming up fairly soon is “Baking It,” a Peacock competition series for the holidays that he’ll co-host with fellow “SNL” veteran Maya Rudolph.

Serinda Swan


Q: I find Serinda Swan of “Coroner” very interesting. What other work has she done? — Michael Carr, via e-mail

A: The West Vancouver-born Canadian actress began performing at age five, when she was in the Ted Danson movie comedy “Cousins.” Once her career began in earnest about 15 years later, she began booking guest roles on such series as “Supernatural,” “Psych,” “Smallville” and “Hawaii Five-0.” Her first part as a series regular was on “Breakout Kings,” then she also was a star of “Graceland” and “Inhumans.”

Additionally, Swan had recurring roles on “Chicago Fire” and Dwayne Johnson’s “Ballers,” and she played actress Anne Bancroft in the limited series “Feud: Bette vs. Joan.” She has had the lead part on “Coroner,” which originated on Canada’s CBC Television and has aired on The CW in America, for all of its three seasons to date.

Q: When does Sophia Bush’s new series begin? I haven’t seen anything said about it for the fall season. — Megan Parrish, Providence, R.I.

A: The CBS medical drama “Good Sam” is slated to be a midseason entry, with “One Tree Hill” and “Chicago P.D.” alum Bush playing a heart surgeon who becomes her hospital’s new chief of surgery under unexpected circumstances … and then finds her predecessor, who happens to be her father (played by Jason Isaacs), wanting his former position back. Bush is starting work on the show under happy personal conditions, since she recently got engaged to entrepreneur Grant Hughes.

Q: I was interested to see “Cutter’s Way” on Turner Classic Movies recently. When I looked up information on it, I saw another film called “Cutter and Bone” listed, also starring Jeff Bridges and John Heard. Are they two different movies? — Sam Drake, via e-mail

A: No, they’re the same picture. “Cutter and Bone” was the name of the Newton Thornburg novel that the 1981 film was based on, and that was the title United Artists originally kept. When the executives who had backed the project left for another studio, most of those who remained gave the picture little support.

However, several key film critics who saw the film in its very limited New York engagement praised it, enabling it to get a second chance via the United Artists Classics division — which renamed it “Cutter’s Way” and placed it in several film festivals, then gave it a bigger release that helped to expand its reputation, which has held up quite well over the past 40 years. One measure of that was its inclusion by hosts Eddie Muller and Ben Mankiewicz in the festival of neo-noir movies that TCM presented in July.

Q: I enjoy watching repeats of ‘Three’s Company,” and I know there was a spinoff series called “Three’s a Crowd” How long did that last? — Joan Wyler, DeLand, Fla.

A: Not very long … especially in comparison to the original show, which actually was an Americanization of the British sitcom “Man About the House.” Set up by the final “Three’s Company” episodes, with John Ritter continuing as Jack Tripper, the ABC spinoff lasted only one season (1984-85). It also was developed from a British program, “Robin’s Nest,” with Jack living with his girlfriend (played by Broadway actress Mary Cadorette) under the eye of her disapproving father (“Soap” alum Robert Mandan).

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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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