Q: Has Devious Maids been canceled? I thought it was a really great mix of humor and suspense with great actors.
A: The series has been renewed for a second season. Look for it on Lifetime in the spring.
Q: Please tell me where I have seen the African-American actress who played the Mother Superior in the live broadcast of The Sound of Music. She had a beautiful voice.
A: That was Audra McDonald, and you may have seen her lots of places. In addition to being in The Sound of Music with Carrie Underwood, December found her on Christmas in Rockefeller Center” and in the documentary Six by Sondheim.
She has two Grammys and five Tonys, the latter for performances in productions of Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.
Her most extended TV role was as a regular on the ABC series Private Practice; her movie credits include Rampart with Woody Harrelson.
Q: Is Will Estes of Blue Bloods any relation to Rob Estes of 90210?
A: No. But speaking of Blue Bloods, where Will plays Jamie Reagan:
Q: Jamie’s new partner on Blue Bloods looks so familiar. On what other shows has she appeared?
A: That’s Vanessa Ray playing Officer Janko on the CBS crime drama. She has played CeCe Drake on Pretty Little Liars, had a recurring role on Suits, and has been on As the World Turns and Damages, among other credits.
Q: James Read was George Hazard in the North and South miniseries in the 1980s. Has he done any movies or television roles since then?
A: Read played the Northerner Hazard in the first North and South miniseries in 1985, with Patrick Swayze as his opposite number in the Southern clan. He went on to appear in North and South sequels in 1986 and 1994. His many subsequent roles have included guest shots on Castle and CSI:NY and a regular role on Wildfire.
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