Q: Do you know why they killed Detective Carter on Person of Interest?
A: Before joining the CBS drama, Taraji P. Henson, who played Carter, had a thriving movie career in films like Talk to Me, Think Like a Man, Larry Crowne and, most notably, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, for which she received an Oscar nomination as best supporting actress.
For that reason, she never planned a long run on Person. As she told TV Line, “I don’t think I’m there in my career yet, where I ride out a show until the wheels fall off. I’m still getting calls by big-time movie directors and I still have a lot of movies I want to do.”
Carter, she said, “was never meant to last forever. And art imitates life, and sometimes the good guys don’t make it. Sometimes they’re the ones that lose in the end.”
Q: Back in the ’60s or maybe the early ’70s I remember watching a show called The Young Rebels that I thought was great. Can I get it on DVD?
A: The Young Rebels aired on ABC for a single season in 1970-71. It focused on young people during the American Revolution; the cast included Louis Gossett Jr. as a former slave. It was aimed at the young-adult viewers ABC was also targeting with shows like the hit The Mod Squad and The Young Lawyers, another one-season wonder.
The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows says The Young Rebels was meant to provide a parallel to the upheaval among youth in the ’70s, with the main characters “under 30, and British rule … the ‘system’ they sought to overturn.”
Curiously, ABC aired it at 7 p.m. Sunday nights, right before the decidedly unrebellious The F.B.I. The show does not appear to be available on DVD.
Q: As long as I can remember, the opening credits of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer have had the numerals MCLXIV, which is 1,164. If this was meant to be the year 1964, it should be MCMLXIV. I can’t believe no one has caught this over the last 50 years.
A: First, let me praise either the quality of your eyesight or the size of your TV screen. It is not an overlooked error, having been pointed out on Moviemistakes.com, the Internet Movie Database and EmmyTVLegends.org, among other places. But it is minor enough that it has not been corrected.
Q: Was the actor who plays Rigsby on The Mentalist a character in an English Midsomer Murders episode as a competition rower? Is he English and will he return to the Rigsby role?
A: The actor you are asking about is a Welshman, Owain Yeoman. Besides The Mentalist, his credits include Troy, Generation Kill, Kitchen Confidential and an episode of Midsomer Murders called Dead in the Water with Yeoman as a rower named Henry Charlton.
As you know, The Mentalist has made a big change, jumping ahead two years after the resolution of the Red John story. Amanda Righetti, who plays Van Pelt, and Yeoman are reportedly leaving the series sometime this season, but will still be on view for some time after new episodes resume in January.
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