Q. I saw a few episodes of the show Partners on CBS and thought it was pretty funny. I haven’t seen it on in the last month, and am hoping that it is on a break and not canceled. Any news you can provide?
Yes. The show, which starred Michael Urie, David Krumholtz, Sophia Bush and Brandon Routh, has been canceled. Q. Is Ringer ever coming back?
No, the CW decided not to renew the Sarah Michelle Gellar drama after it aired for a single, 2011-12 season.Q. I always wonder this time of year, what became of the original stop-motion miniatures of Rudolph and others from the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer TV special?
For a long time, they just decayed. As the Associated Press reported in 2007, no one at the now-legendary Rankin/Bass production company thought the figures would become important artifacts when the 1964 telecast was made. The Japanese animation studio that worked on the film had some replicas that were probably thrown away, and some of the original figures that Rankin/Bass had were given to people who worked on the special.
A Rudolph and Santa were taken home by a secretary, who gave them to family. And the family didn’t take any special steps to preserve them, using them instead as toys and decorations, the AP said.
“They had Rudolph in a candy dish with candy all around him, just on a coffee table, and people would just reach in around Rudolph’s body and pull out a candy cane or something,” said Kevin Kriess, who bought the figures from the family in 2005 for an undisclosed price. At the time, Kriess ran timeandspacetoys.com, a site selling collectible items tied to holiday shows and other productions; a recent attempt to reach him was unsuccessful.
When Kriess acquired the figures, the AP said, “Santa’s face was stained, there was mold under his beard and half his mustache was gone, Rudolph was missing the red light bulb from his nose,” Kriess turned to Screen Novelties International, a stop-motion studio, which restored the figures. Animal hair was found to match the surviving half of Santa’s mustache, and Rudolph’s red nose was rewired to light up.
Screen Novelties only charged expenses, which Kriess said were about $4,000. After being fixed, they — along with Kriess and Rankin/Bass historian Rick Goldschmidt — were displayed in TV interviews and at memorabilia conventions. Q. Is the movie All the Marbles with Peter Falk available on DVD?
It is. The 1980 movie starred Falk as the manager of women wrestlers (Vicki Frederick and Laurene Landon). If your local retailer cannot get it, it is available from online vendors including Amazon.com, which also has it in streaming video.