Television Q&A

‘Golden Boy’ star died in Lady Mary’s bed on ‘Downton Abbey’


Akron Beacon Journal

Q. Can you tell me anything about the young detective and his partner on Golden Boy? I don’t recall seeing them before.

The CBS drama, which airs at 10 p.m. Tuesdays, is about a police detective who will become the department’s commissioner. Theo James, an English actor whose credits include You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, stars as Det. Walter Clark. Fans of Downton Abbey will remember him as Kemal Pamuk, the Turkish diplomat who died in Lady Mary’s bed in the series’ first season.

Chi McBride, who plays Clark’s partner and mentor, Walter Owen, is a Chicago-born actor whose many TV series have included Pushing Daisies, Boston Public, The Nine, Human Target and The John Larroquette Show, as well as a recurring role on House.

Q. The series The Secret Circle ended as if there would be a sequel. Will it be returning?

The series, which aired on The CW in 2011-12, was not picked up for a second run. You may want to seek out the three Secret Circle books by L.J. Smith, which inspired the show. Smith also wrote the first seven books, through The Return: Midnight, in the TV-show-inspiring Vampire Diaries series.

Q. The commercial for American Advisors Group’s reverse mortgages refers to Fred Thompson as a “former senator,” and I wonder why his acting career is never mentioned.

Fred Thompson was indeed a U.S. senator from Tennessee from 1994 to 2003, as well as a presidential candidate in 2008, but, as you know, he was also an actor. Billed as Fred Dalton Thompson, he played district attorney Arthur Branch on Law & Order and was in movies including In the Line of Fire, The Hunt for Red October and Die Hard 2.

I would imagine the makers of the reverse-mortgage ads decided Thompson’s government service would carry more weight with potential customers than his career as a guy who pretends to be someone else.

Q. Is it true that Gail Russell, who starred with John Wayne in Angel and the Bad Man and Wake of the Red Witch, had her own television show in the 1950s?

Russell, a compelling screen presence, was a guest star on a few television shows but, as far as I can tell, never had her own network series. It’s possible that someone confused her with Gale Storm, a movie actress who was a big TV star in the ’50s in the series My Little Margie and The Gale Storm Show.

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