Television Q&A

Meloni, late of ‘Law & Order,’ set to star in sitcom

 
 
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Akron Beacon Journal

Q: Whatever happened to Stabler on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit?

A: Christopher Meloni, who played Elliot Stabler on the NBC drama, left the series in 2011 after a dozen seasons. He has gone to other TV work like True Blood and movies like 42 and Man of Steel. He has a new comedy series, Surviving Jack, coming to Fox on March 27. He plays a ’90s dad who has to take over more parenting duties after his wife starts law school.

Q: What is the The Orange Room on the Today show and when did it start?

A: When NBC overhauled its morning-show set in September 2013, it introduced the Carson Daly-hosted Orange Room as “the nexus point between the audience and the show, embracing the many ways that viewers seek out and share news across all media and allowing the show and its fans to connect in a variety of new ways.”

Q: Is that Matt Damon doing the voice-over in the TD Ameritrade commercial about the chef who ends up owning his own restaurant?

A: Not only in that ad. According to Reuters, movie star Damon signed a multi-year deal in 2012 to be the voice of the brokerage, succeeding Sam Waterston ( Law & Order). While praising Waterston, who did ads for the company for close to a decade, an Ameritrade executive told Reuters that Damon “is probably one of the most talented and recognizable voices in the world right now, and we want every edge we can get for the campaign.”

Send questions to TV Mailbag, Akron Beacon Journal, 44 E. Exchange St., Akron, OH 44309 or rheldenfels@thebeaconjournal.com. Replies cannot be guaranteed.

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