Television Q&A

‘Bring back Cote’ campaign likely to fall on deaf ears: hers


Akron Beacon Journal

Q. For many years I have been a loyal NCIS fan, so you can imagine my disappointment that CBS didn’t re-sign Cote de Pablo to play Ziva. Many of us have started a campaign to “Bring Back Cote,” and it would be great if you could help us get out the word.

It appears this was purely the actress’ decision. Here’s what Leslie Moonves, the top executive at CBS told Entertainment Weekly: “We offered Cote de Pablo a lot of money, and then we offered her even more money, because we really didn’t want to lose her. … And ultimately she decided she didn’t want to do the show.”

Q. What was the name of the quiz show Bob Saget hosted in the late ’90s or early 2000s? Players sat in a row, and had questions with A, B and C answers to choose. They could lose big or win big.

Although it aired later than you remember it, the show you are thinking of was 1 Vs. 100, which Saget hosted on NBC from 2006 to 2008. (A later version for GSN was hosted by Carrie Ann Inaba.)

A single contestant tried to eliminate 100 people — called “the mob” — by answering questions correctly while people in the mob got the answers wrong. If the main contestant successfully outlasted everyone else, he or she won $1 million.

Q. On Body of Proof, did they really think viewers would not recognize Tommy as the old Peter?

If you thought that the actor who played Peter was the same one who played Tommy on the Dana Delany drama, you are mistaken. Nicholas Bishop played investigator Peter Dunlop for the first two seasons, before his character was killed off. The third season saw the arrival of police detective Tommy Sullivan played by Mark Valley, whom you may know from series like Boston Legal.

Q. John Ireland is an actor I enjoyed seeing. Is he related to the actress Jill Ireland who was married to Charles Bronson?

No. John Ireland, born in Canada and raised in New York, appeared in films including Red River and All the King’s Men (the Broderick Crawford version). He died in 1992 of leukemia.

Cancer also claimed London-born Jill Ireland in 1990. She wrote about her battle with breast cancer in a memoir, Life Wish, the title of which was a play on the Bronson movie Death Wish.

Q. Are Larry Romano (Richie on King of Queens) and Ray Romano ( Everybody Loves Raymond) related?

Although the last name is the same, they are not related.

Send questions to TV Mailbag, Akron Beacon Journal, 44 E. Exchange St., Akron, Ohio 44309 or Replies cannot be guaranteed.

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