Television Q&A

‘Iron Chef’ chairman a martial artist and actor


Akron Beacon Journal

Q. I enjoy Iron Chef America on the Food Network, and was wondering how Mark Dacascos became “the Chairman.”

Dacascos is an actor with a long resume, including playing the villain Wo Fat on the current version of Hawaii Five-O. (Dacascos was born in Hawaii.) He is also a martial artist. When contacted about Iron Chef America, he says, he asked if the producers “knew that I ‘kick,’ not ‘cook’?.”

“Two French films that I had done, Brotherhood of the Wolf and Crying Freedom, had done very well in Japan, and the producers of Iron Chef knew me from that,” he says.

Q. What happened to the Tim Allen show Last Man Standing and the Reba McEntire show that was on right after it?

Last Man Standing will be back on ABC in the fall. McEntire’s Malibu Country will not.

Q. Is Justified coming back?

FX has renewed the excellent drama starring Timothy Olyphant for a fifth season. Look for it in early 2014.

Q. I love the Jesse Stone movies with Tom Selleck. Will there be another one?

Selleck made eight of the movies based on a character created by novelist Robert B. Parker, but Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt in 2012 was the last one for CBS. Selleck will be back on the network this fall with a new season of Blue Bloods.

Q. Will HBO’s Newsroom be back?

The drama created by Aaron Sorkin begins its second season on HBO on July 14. It picks up 14 months after the first season ended, but then backtracks to follow fallout from a comment by anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) and a major crisis over reporting by the News Night team.

Q. I have been wondering for months what happened to Jack Cafferty, who was a regular on CNN.

Cafferty, whose name seldom appeared in print without the word “curmudgeon” attached, left CNN in November. The TV Newser website said his contract was not renewed. I have found no indication of what he is doing now.

Q. Who is the man with the beautiful voice who narrates the G.E. commercial that refers to a talking car and a talking train? He sounds so familiar.

As well he should be. That is William Daniels, an actor whose 60 years of screen work has included St. Elsewhere, Grey’s Anatomy and The Graduate. His work in the G.E. commercial is based on another role he played, as the voice of the car K.I.T.T. on the David Hasselhoff version of Knight Rider.

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