Will the ‘Homeland’ fires keep burning?


TV Pipeline


Q: I know it’s the final season of “Homeland,” but has any thought been given to continuing it in another form, like a movie? – Kim Russell, via e-mail

A: At a January gathering of television critics, executive producer Alex Gansa said that was “certainly a possibility,” but not in the immediate future. He cited last year’s “Downton Abbey” film as a possible model for doing such a film … and added his principal partner in producing the Showtime drama, Howard Gordon, “Never say never. That’s as much as you are going to get.”

Co-star Mandy Patinkin, who also was at that session, then mused about doing “Homeland: The Musical” in the future. “There’s a lot of dance numbers,” he noted.


Q: I’ve enjoyed Rachel Brosnahan on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” but wasn’t she also on “House of Cards”? – Kate Lane, Grand Junction, Colo.

A: She was, among many other pre-“ Mrs. Maisel” acting jobs she had. During the first three seasons of Netflix’s Americanized version of the show, she played Rachel Posner, a prostitute who was trying to better her lot in life … but as with many who entered the sphere of the Underwoods (Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright), her future was less bright and less lengthy than she had hoped.

Brosnahan also starred in the series “Manhattan” and appeared on such other series as “Orange Is the New Black” and “The Blacklist” before she really made a name for herself (and won an Emmy Award) in “Mrs. Maisel.”


Q: Every now and then, I’ll catch a repeat of the old show “Sea Hunt,” and it looks like Lloyd Bridges did a lot of his own diving in the show. Did he? — Mark Curtis, Canton, Ohio

A: He sure did. The actor purposely learned to scuba dive for his role as Mike Nelson, though he also had a stunt double, since the potential danger of filming underwater – which was where the bulk of many episodes took place — was that much more than it might be for a performer on dry land.

That said, Bridges got increasingly involved in the stunt work as the four-season run of the show progressed. The insurance concerns left the producers hesitant to let him do very risky things, but he did as much as he could. Something else he did was to give sons Jeff and Beau, both widely respected acting veterans in their own right now, some of their earliest roles by getting them cast on “Sea Hunt.” Beau had appeared previously on “My Three Sons,” but Oscar-winner-to-be Jeff made his television debut by playing four different characters in four different episodes.


Q: I heard that “Blood & Treasure” was renewed for a second season. When will it be back? – Jim Pittman, via e-mail

A: As with last year, you can expect CBS to give it a summer premiere (exact date yet to be announced), since the adventure series is designed to air during that season. Stars Matt Barr and Sofia Pernas will return, and while the first-year story is likely to be referenced in passing, they’ll have a fresh adventure to pursue. And they’ll also have a new co-star: Paget Brewster, fresh off her run on the same network’s “Criminal Minds.”


Q: How is Nancy Travis able to be on “Last Man Standing” and “The Kominsky Method” at the same time? – Helen Paul, Waynesboro, Pa.

A: It’s a matter of cooperative production scheduling ,.. and it’s also the difference between when a streaming service film all the episodes of a series’ season for potential binge-watching, and when a broadcast network show is in production for virtually every week of a given TV season. The Netflix model for “Kominsky” isn’t what the Fox (and before that, ABC) process is for “Last Man,” a fact that works greatly to Travis’ benefit in being able to have and keep both jobs.


Q: Is it true that Shelley Fabares, who used to be on “The Donna Reed Show” and “One Day at a Time,” is married to Mike Farrell of “M*A*S*H”?  – Grace Powell, Rutherford, N.J.

A: It is. After each had a previous marriage, they wed in 1984, and Fabares is the stepmother to Farrell’s two children from his earlier union. Her former husband is music-industry veteran Lou Adler, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


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