‘Timeless’ is out of time, apparently

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Q: What’s happening with “Timeless”? – Nicole Stewart, via e-mail

“Timeless” star Abigail Spencer

A: As a weekly series, it’s over, having been canceled by NBC a second time after its surprising second-season reprieve – and it took some time for the second pink-slipping to come, since both the network and Sony Pictures Television were trying to figure out a way to make a Season 3 financially viable.

Those behind the series have turned their attention toward trying to develop a TV-movie that would wrap up the loose ends left by the Season 2 cliffhanger, They have been encouraging fans — whose support did much to save the show last year — to demonstrate their interest in the proposed movie via messages on social media.

Q: Watching the movie “Julie & Julia” recently, I was amused to see Dan Aykroyd’s “Saturday Night Live” skit about Julia Child included. When did that originally air? – Gail Rhodes, Columbus, Ohio

A: That classic sketch came fairly early in the history of “SNL,” having first been shown in December 1978. In more recent times, some interesting related history has been revealed, since fellow chef Jacques Pepin has said the sketch was based on a real occurrence. He and Child were getting ready for a television segment when she accidentally cut herself … and his attempt to stop the resulting bleeding didn’t go very well, by his own account.

Q: What was the last series Rachel Bilson was in before “Take Two”? – Abby Thomas, via e-mail

A: She had a guest arc on “Nashville” during its fifth season – after the show had moved from ABC to Country Music Television – but the previous series in which she starred was The CW’s “Hart of Dixie,” which lasted four seasons.

Of course, the show that made Bilson’s television career was “The O.C.,” which had a healthy run on Fox from 2003 to 2007. That made her a home-screen personality on a level where she continued to be sought for product endorsements long afterward, as proven by the ads she did for a brand of ice cream (with her clearly enjoying sampling the company’s products on the screen).

Q: I know it’s been a couple of years, but is “Mistresses” ever coming back? – Mary Bridger, Providence, R.I.

A: As of now, no. For a summer-only show, the ABC drama did pretty well, lasting four seasons – and enduring some major cast departures (Alyssa Milano, Jennifer Esposito) and a change of filming location (Los Angeles to Vancouver then back to L.A.). One of the actresses who stayed with the series for its whole run will be visible next season, since Jes Macallan has been elevated from guest star to cast regular on “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” on The CW.

Q: I know Tom Cruise has a cousin who’s done a lot of TV work, but I can’t remember his name. Can you help? – Tim Wright, Bend, Ore.

A: He’s William Mapother, well-known for his work on “Lost,” but he also is a veteran of guest shots on many other series. Recent examples have included “The Blacklist,” “MacGyver” and “Supergirl,” and among his other credits are “Grimm,” ”Hawaii Five-0,” “The Mentalist,” ”Castle,” “American Horror Story,” “Burn Notice,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Prison Break” and “NCIS.”

Mapother also was in both the television and movie versions of “Minority Report,” and very notable in his film work is the 2001 drama “In the Bedroom,” in which his character’s actions set up virtually the entire second half of the wrenchingly emotional story.

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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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