‘This Is’ … only one Primetime Emmy nomination?


Mandy Moore

Q: Is it true that “This Is Us” didn’t get any Emmy nominations for its final season? —Carol Whitman, via email

A: The now-ended NBC drama did get one … for the song “The Forever Now,” which series regular Mandy Moore performed (and wrote with husband Taylor Goldsmith). However, many fans made it known on social media that they were outraged that Moore didn’t also receive an acting nomination for her age-spanning portrayal of Rebecca Pearson.

As proven by the recognition given the show in earlier seasons, “This Is Us” was a Primetime Emmy darling through much of its run, so the very obvious shunning of it for its victory lap is something of a mystery. However, Moore and others involved in the series took the high road in their responses, expressing that their pride in the work they did is something that no one ever can take away from them.

Q: What was the name of the detective series that Burt Reynolds made? — Pete Wolf, Bexley, Ohio

A: Actually, there were several of them. The first was “Hawk,” a 1966 drama in which he played an investigator for the New York City District Attorney’s Office. Then came “Dan August” in 1970-71, with Reynolds as a homicide sleuth working in his California hometown.

Finally, there was “B.L. Stryker,” actually a series of 12 films that aired in 1989-90 in ABC’s bid to revive the rotating “Mystery Movie” anthology that had originated on NBC. Reynolds also directed some of those stories, which cast him as a Florida-based private eye. Interestingly, Tom Selleck was among the producers of that venture.

Burt Reynolds in “Hawk”

Q: Did Julie Andrews have a hand in picking the films of hers that Turner Classic Movies showed along with her American Film Institute tribute special? — Jean Carey, via email

A: She didn’t, and we know this because we informed her of those titles being shown when we interviewed her about the AFI special (which TNT also showed). She was very pleased with the choices of “Victor/Victoria” and “The Americanization of Emily,” largely because both movies also featured James Garner, one of Dame Julie’s favorite co-stars. They worked together three times, and she told us that each was “a pleasure.” (The last of their tandem films was a 1999 TV movie titled “One Special Night.”)

Q: I saw “It’s Complicated” on cable recently, and I loved the house where Meryl Streep’s character lived. Where in California is that? — Margaret Elliott, Clovis, Calif.

A: Thousand Oaks was the location where writer-director Nancy Meyers filmed the exterior of Jane Adler’s (Streep) home … but as far as the inside of it goes, those scenes largely were done on soundstages in a studio in Brooklyn. N.Y. Just call it movie magic. Montecito, Santa Barbara and Pacific Palisades were other California areas where second-unit filming was done for the 2009 release and integrated into the final product.

Q: If “Magnum P.I.” is moving to NBC, why is it still on CBS this summer? — Gary Wake, via email

A: CBS still has the rights to the detective-show reboot until fall, and the fact is that it didn’t perform badly for that network, which made its cancellation there a surprise to many. Thus, its current home is getting all it can while it can out of the show.

Also, it’s not as if CBS is openly promoting NBC by still running the series now, since it will be a while before new “Magnum” episodes are set to air. The plan for the continuation of the Jay Hernandez-starring show is to run two seasons consisting of 10 episodes each.

Q: I’ve read that Milton Berle was one of TV’s first superstars. Is that true? — Don Murphy, Norman, Okla.

A: In a word, yes. Though the veteran comedian was just one of several rotating hosts of “Texaco Star Theater” when that program made the leap from radio to TV in 1948, it ultimately became his show … and it was such a hit, it scored ratings as high as 80, meaning 80 percent of the television sets in use when it was on were tuned that show. Just try finding anything that gets anywhere close to that kind of ratings number now. As a result, Berle earned the nickname “Mr. Television.”

Send questions of general interest via email to tvpipeline@gracenote.com. Writers must include their names, cities and states. Personal replies cannot be sent.

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.

Pin It on Pinterest