Sarah Jessica Parker will keep exploring ‘Divorce’

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Q: Will Sarah Jessica Parker’s series “Divorce” be back? – Donna Strong, Cranston, R.I.

A: It will, though its Season 3 will have fewer episodes than its first two HBO rounds … specifically, six this time (compared to 10 in the first season and eight in the second). The seriocomic show will return with a new showrunner, but one who’s quite familiar to Parker: Liz Tuccillo, who also worked on “Sex and the City” (as did the person she’s succeeding, Jenny Bicks).

Also, Becki Newton – who joined “Divorce” in a recurring role for Season 2 – will be a regular in the new stories. The Sharon Horgan-created series goes back into production early next year, likely for a premiere later in 2019.

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Q: With Beth Behrs now on “The Neighborhood,” is the other of the “2 Broke Girls” – Kat Dennings – also planning a new series? – Lisa Ewell, via e-mail

A: In fact, she is. She’s going to a streaming service since Hulu has picked up her show “Dollface,” about a woman who reinvests effort in her female friendships after her longtime love ends their relationship.

Dennings also will be an executive producer of the show, to which she’s been connected for a while, though it was put on hold when she made a pilot for an ABC series that ultimately wasn’t picked up for the current television season. “Dollface” is slated to begin production in 2019.

Q: I keep hearing about a new competition show that Dwayne Johnson is making. When will it be on? – Greg Duncan, Worthington, Ohio

A: “The Titan Games,” on which Johns9n is an executive producer, is scheduled to be one of the new year’s first new series when it makes its NBC debut Jan 2. The series challenges contenders to enter “the Titan arena” and engage in intense physical contests designed to help them fulfill what the network describes as “their potential for greatness.”

That doesn’t mean they’ll be taking the kinds of leaps (literally) that Johnson did in the recent movie “Skyscraper,” but then again, you never know. And though he isn’t slated to be a regular presence in front of the cameras on the show, don’t be surprised to see him show up more than once.

Q: Please settle an argument. How many actresses starred in “Charlie’s Angels” during the show’s run? – Jim Nathan, Leesburg, Fla.

A: On the original 1976-81 ABC show, Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith and Farrah Fawcett-Majors (as she then was known) were the original trio. Farrah famously left after the first season – though the contractual settlement mandated that she return for several guest appearances – and was replaced by Cheryl Ladd as the character’s younger sister.

Then. Kate Jackson left, and Shelley Hack was brought in as her first successor. A year later, that slot was refilled with Tanya Roberts, who became the last of the Angels during the first incarnations run … making Smith the only one who was present for the entire run.

After a couple of feature-film versions that starred Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu, ABC gave the show what turned out to be a very brief revival in 2011, with Minka Kelly, Annie Ilonzeh (who’s now on NBC’s “Chicago Fire”) and Rachael Taylor as the three detectives.

Q: I was pleased to see a “Burke’s Law” marathon on Decades. Did Gene Barry do any other series after that? – Cindy Porter, via e-mail

A: Several. ABC’s “Amos Burke, Secret Agent” actually was a revised ”Burke’s Law,” devised to try to compete with such shows as “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” at the mid-1960s peak of the James Bond craze. Later, Barry became one of the alternating stars (with Robert Stack and Tony Franciosa) of the NBC anthology “The Name of the Game,” in which he played the chief of a publishing empire from which the stories unfolded.

In the early 1970s, Barry headlined a British-made adventure aptly titled “The Adventurer,” syndicated in the U.S. and featuring him as an agent who operated fairly independently despite his government ties. After many roles in TV movies and miniseries and as a guest on other shows, the late Barry starred in his final series in the mid-1990s, a two-season revival of “Burke’s Law” on CBS (also for Aaron Spelling, who had produced the original version as well).

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Jay Bobbin

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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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