Jane Lynch is right at home, yet not, on ‘Hollywood Game Night’


TV Pipeline


Q: Does Jane Lynch let her own house be used for “Hollywood Game Night”? – Mark Pierce, via e-mail

A: No, though the NBC contest does give the impression that it is – part of the premise that positions Lynch as the host who invites celebrity friends over for a night of party games (as well as “civilians” who hope to win $25,000). Executive producer Sean Hayes (“Will & Grace”) actually has staged such nights at his house, which is where the idea for the show came from … and Lynch has been among his guests, even before the series started.


Q: Is Scott Wolf really playing Nancy Drew’s father in the new series about her? – Jean Terry, Temple, Pa.

A: Yes, but for his still-boyish looks, consider that Wolf has done a lot of living since his “Party of Five” days. Soon to appear as Carson Drew on The CW, the Boston native is now old enough to have three children of his own (with wife Kelley, who was one of the housemates on the first New Orleans season of MTV’s “The Real World”). He’s made several other series stops since his “Party” days, too, with “Everwood” and “The Night Shift” among them.


Q: Is it just me, or have the James Bond movies been on television a lot lately? – Dave Starr, Elk Grove, Calif.

A: It’s not just you. The series is so enduringly popular, there’s always a market for it. Starz and Starz Encore have had most of the 007 pictures in recent months, but Turner Classic Movies – which rarely has shown them – will have the bulk of them on Thursday nights in September.

As for the most recent Daniel Craig-starring titles, Cinemax has been running “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace” this month, and FX currently has the TV rights to “Skyfall” and “Spectre.” Expect the so-called “Bondwagon” to be in high gear again next spring, when Craig’s fifth (and supposedly last) entry in the series is due in theaters.


Q: I heard that “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is ending. Was this its last year? – Rob Frame, via e-mail

A: No, it has one more to go. When its recently ended ABC round originally was announced for this summer, some assumed that might be “it” for the fantasy-adventure … but the network then ordered a seventh season even before the sixth one premiered, and that will be the one that wraps up the show next year.

The producers even said they had written the Season 5 finale to be the end of the series. With Season 7 being the conclusion, anything can happen for and to the characters … though one should bear in mind that in the Marvel universe, nothing necessarily is ever permanent. After all, it was launched around the resurrection of Agent Phil Coulson (played by Clark Gregg), who — for all intents and purposes — had died in the movie “The Avengers.”


Q: I enjoy seeing the “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” episodes that have Christopher Meloni in them. When did he leave the show? – Samantha Johns, West Palm Beach, Fla.

A: He played Detective Elliot Stabler on the NBC drama for its first 12 seasons, leaving in 2011. His former “SVU” co-star Mariska Hargitay is his daughter’s godmother, and the question still arises whether he’ll ever return to the show. He’s given the impression that if it was coming to its end, that might not be out of the realm of possibility – but since it’s heading into its 21st season, he may not have to make that decision anytime soon.


Q: I saw mention in a recent column that Kim Basinger was in a TV-series version of “From Here to Eternity.” Who else was in that? – Debra Phillips, Cranston, R.I.

A: NBC made a miniseries of the James Jones novel first in 1979, then it became a weekly show the following year with most of the same cast, though Barbara Hershey assumed the Karen Holmes role that Natalie Wood had played in the miniseries. William Devane, Steve Railsback, Roy Thinnes, Will Sampson and Joe Pantoliano were among others who had major parts in the drama – which had been made previously as an Oscar-winning 1953 movie, of course.


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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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