Q. Could you please tell me what happened to some of the cast of the old Rawhide — with the exception of Clint Eastwood, of course. What about Eric Fleming, who played Gil Favor; Paul Brinegar (Wishbone); James Murdock (Mushy) and Steve Raines (Quince)?
All of those actors from the 1959-66 Western drama have passed away. The most shocking death was that of Fleming, who played the trail boss (with Eastwood as his ramrod, Rowdy Yates). About a year after he was dropped from the show in 1965, he was working in Peru on a movie called Selva Alta ( High Jungle) and drowned at the age of 41.
Brinegar died in 1995, Raines in 1996 and Murdoch in 1981. Eastwood, by the way, is due back on the big screen later this year in Trouble With the Curve, also starring Amy Adams. This is the first movie-acting work for Eastwood, often busy as a director, since Gran Torino, and the first time he has worked for another movie director since 1993’s In the Line of Fire.Q. I haven’t seen a new episode of Bones in a long time. Please don’t tell me that my favorite show is being dropped.
It will be back. The series did have an abbreviated seventh-season run in 2011-12 in order to fit in maternity leave for star Emily Deschanel. It started airing late in the fall, then took a break from January until April before concluding its season in April and May. It will begin a new season on Sept. 17. The Finder, a Bones spin-off, was not renewed.
Q. I was shocked when Fox opted to not bring back Alcatraz. Do you see Fox reconsidering or another network picking the show up? The finale left many questions unanswered.
Sadly, serialized shows tend to leave viewers unsatisfied when they are canceled. A big problem for Alcatraz was that it steadily lost audience over the season, indicating declining interest in the concept and presentation. As the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker blog noted, the Sam Neill drama “struggled to sustain its solid launch numbers — 10 million viewers, with a 3.3 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. Its finale drew just 4.7 million viewers and a 1.5.” So don’t look for its return.Q. Have we seen the end of Revenge or is one of my favorite shows returning after a hiatus?
The series, which stars Madeleine Stowe and Emily VanCamp, will return in the fall. At this writing, ABC has not announced specific dates for its shows.
Q. I am trying to find an old comedy routine with a man reciting Mary Had a Little Lamb and saying the phrase “It’s in the book!” over and over.
You remember a famous routine, but the wrong nursery rhyme. It’s in the Book, a comedy bit by Johnny Standley, was a monologue built around “Little Bo Peep.” You can hear it (and see Standley performing it) on YouTube, and I have seen it for sale as a digital download.
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