Q. Is Bethenny Frankel coming out with a talk show?
Frankel, who came to fame via The Real Housewives of New York City, tried out a talk show this summer on a handful of stations, and the results were good enough for full-scale production in 2013. The show, with Ellen DeGeneres as an executive producer, could be on as early as January, according to Deadline.com, or may wait until next fall. Q. Since NBC announced its 10-hour Dracula miniseries, did it drop the Mockingbird Lane pilot?
It doesn’t look that way, though Mockingbird Lane was knocked from NBC’s fall schedule. The revamping of The Munsters (whose address is 1313 Mockingbird Lane) is from writer-producer Bryan Fuller ( Pushing Daisies), who told the Hollywood Reporter that “It was really tricky to cast. …There were a lot of people who were afraid.”
The unafraid apparently include Eddie Izzard, who will play Grandpa; Portia de Rossi as Lily and Jerry O’Connell as Herman. Based on Fuller’s Twitter feed, a new Mockingbird Lane pilot was delivered to NBC about a week ago. Q. My sister is a big fan of the CW series Supernatural and of Misha Collins, who plays Castiel. I know nothing about him. Can you help?
According to his CW bio, 38-year-old Collins was born in Boston. While a student at the University of Chicago, he received an internship at the White House during the Clinton administration. He was a writer-producer for National Public Radio, and then traveled the world for a year, spending several months in a monastery in Tibet. He has been a guest star on Nip/ Tuck, ER, 24, CSI: NY, and Monk, among other shows, and worked in movies. The CW says he is also a published poet and resides in a Los Angeles house he built and designed himself. Q. The late Phyllis Diller was in a 1969 movie called The Adding Machine. Is it available in some format?
Diller, who died in August at the age of 95, did indeed co-star in The Adding Machine, starring Milo O’Shea as Mr. Zero, a bookkeeper about to be replaced by an adding machine. (Diller was the shrewish Mrs. Zero.) It was based on a 1923 play by Elmer Rice, which was also adapted into a 2007 musical. I do not know of an authorized video release; I did see a clip from the film on YouTube.