Not about nothing: Julia Louis-Dreyfus has a rich TV history


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Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Q: Were “Veep,” “Seinfeld” and “Saturday Night Live” the only series Julia Louis-Dreyfus was a regular cast member on? – Holly Gregory, Albuquerque, N.M.

A: The multiple Emmy winner earned one of those awards for “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” a CBS sitcom that has remained something of a staple on cable with her portrayal of a woman whose ex-husband (Clark Gregg, now of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) finds another Christine to love.

After her time on “SNL,” Louis-Dreyfus was featured on two other NBC comedies: the post-“Seinfeld” entry “Watching Ellie,” on which each episode unfolded in real time; and the pre-“Seinfeld” daycare-center show “Day by Day.”

Ann Curry

Q: Where is Ann Curry, who used to be on “Today,” and what is she doing now? – Norma DeMain, Youngstown, Ohio

A: She has hosted two seasons of “We’ll Meet Again,” a PBS series on which she also is an executive producer. The program reunites people who first met under very particular circumstances, whether on 9/11, during the Vietnam War or in Cuba while Fidel Castro was in power. The generally acclaimed show hadn’t been renewed for a third season as of this writing.

Curry reportedly also had been under consideration for a role at CBS News, specifically on “CBS This Morning,” when an overhaul of that program was being mapped out by the division’s previous president. That person was replaced recently, and since then, Curry’s name hasn’t been actively part of the conversation in planning the morning show’s future.


Q: I was sorry to learn of the death of filmmaker John Singleton. Will his series “Snowfall” continue? – Carl Johnson, via e-mail

A: It will, with the third season of the FX drama scheduled to premiere July 10. Singleton was a creator and an executive producer of the show set in the mid-1980s and focusing on the roots of the dangerous crack cocaine phenomenon in South Central Los Angeles.

Production of the new episodes largely was completed at the time of “Boyz n the Hood” Oscar nominee Singleton’s death, which resulted from a stroke he suffered, last month. “Snowfall” was the major project he has been working on, though he also had directed episodes of FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” Showtime’s “Billions” and Fox’s “Empire” in recent years.


Q: Will the new version of “Dynasty” be back next season? – Helen Lord, Palm Coast, Fla.

A: It will, with Elizabeth Gillies apparently continuing to do the double duty she recently inherited as both Fallon and (after Nicollette Sheridan left the show) the post-surgery Alexis. The CW has held to the original ABC incarnation’s approach of being outrageous, and the current edition even has surpassed that on a number of occasions … so the outrageousness isn’t over yet.


Q: I heard that Bear Grylls is switching TV networks. Is that true? – Rob Diamond, Providence. R.I.

A: In the broad sense, yes. His series “Running Wild With Bear Grylls” — in which he takes celebrities on demanding outdoor adventures – is moving from NBC to National Geographic, though the latter network already has been running repeats of the earlier NBC episodes. The new installments are expected to begin toward the end of this year.

Grylls also has been turning up on Netflix lately with another show, “You vs. Wild,” which is a sort of “Choose Your Own Adventure” that lets the viewer select from multiple options in directing how Grylls’ given experience in the episode turns out. Particularly since it’s Netflix, you also can go back, make different choices and cause the same show to end differently.


Q: I enjoyed seeing the recent “Private Screenings” highlight special on Turner Classic Movies. Which was the first one of those shows, and which was the last? – Karen Rogers, via e-mail

A: It was mentioned on the special that Jane Powell was the first guest when the recurring series began in 1996 … and the special’s host, Ben Mankiewicz, also noted what a big deal it was for TCM and its late staple Robert Osborne to land that interview since the channel still was in its infancy then.

Fittingly, the last “Private Screenings” subject (in 2014) was Osborne himself, in a conversation conducted by guest host Alec Baldwin. (The last non-Osborne guest was Liza Minnelli, in 2010.)


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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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