‘Sun Records’ ends after only 1 season

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - Showtime - Palm Beach - - TV - By Rich Helden­fels

Q: There was a se­ries on TNT about Sun Records, show­ing the start of Elvis, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis. Will this be con­tin­u­ing or has the show been can­celed?

A: CMT has no plans to go be­yond the eight episodes it made of “Sun Records,” which fo­cused not only on leg­endary per­form­ers but also be­hind-thescenes forces such as Sun founder Sam Phillips (Chad Michael Mur­ray) and Elvis’s man­ager, Tom Parker (Billy Gardell). A CMT ex­ec­u­tive told Dead­line.com that “orig­i­nally we had planned for it to be a three-night event, and we mor­phed the de­vel­op­ment into a lim­ited-run se­ries. ... It did ex­tremely well, but there are no cur­rent plans for ad­di­tional episodes.”

Q: I haven’t seen any­thing about “Out­lander” com­ing back. Has it gone? We hope not.

A: The time-travel ro­mance based on the se­ries of nov­els by Diana Ga­bal­don will be back for a third season be­gin­ning Sept. 10 on Starz.

Q: I have be­come a big fan of the new “Gong Show.” Could you set­tle the ru­mor that the host, Tommy Mait­land, who is por­trayed as a Bri­tish co­me­dian, is a fake and is re­ally Mike My­ers of “Austin Pow­ers” fame?

A: ABC has cer­tainly gone to great lengths to sug­gest that Tommy Mait­land is a real per­son. The net­work’s press site even in­cludes a long bio of the per­son­al­ity, claim­ing, for ex­am­ple, that he “ap­peared in the TV se­ries ‘The Lord Mayor’ as the cheeky mayor of a myth­i­cal town in East Anglia who struck it rich be­cause they sat atop an oil field.” But Mait­land is in- deed My­ers, end­ing a long break from act­ing with a role that Van­ity Fair said was “par for the course for My­ers, whose film ca­reer was built on glee­fully bizarro, ac­cented al­ter egos.”

Q: Some time ago you did a bio on the ac­tress Jean Peters. Would you do the same for ac­tress Joanne Dru?

A: Dru acted in sev­eral film clas­sics, in­clud­ing “All the King’s Men” (the Brod­er­ick Craw­ford ver­sion), “Red River” and “She Wore a Yel­low Rib­bon.” She was the sis­ter of Peter Mar­shall, long­time host of “Hol­ly­wood Squares.” Born Joanne LaCock in West Vir­ginia in 1922 or 1923 (ref­er­ences vary), Dru was a model and show­girl early in her ca­reer, ac­cord­ing to Ephraim Katz’s “Film En­cy­clo­pe­dia.” She ap­peared in about two dozen films and starred in the TV se­ries “Guest­ward Ho!” in 1960-61. She mar­ried four times. Dru died in 1996 of res­pi­ra­tory fail­ure.

Q: How many TV se­ries did Wal­ter Bren­nan star in? And how many Os­cars does he have?

A: Bren­nan was a reg­u­lar on the TV se­ries “The Real McCoys” (1957-63), “The Ty­coon” (1964-65), “The Guns of Will Son­nett” (1967-69) and “To Rome With Love” ( in the sec­ond season, 1970-71).

While nom­i­nated for an Emmy only once (for “The Real McCoys”), which he did not win, Bren­nan won three Os­cars as best sup­port­ing ac­tor, for “Come and Get It” (1936), “Ken­tucky” (1938) and “The Westerner” (1940). He was nom­i­nated a fourth time, for “Sergeant York,” in 1941. Bren­nan was t he only three-time act­ing Os­car win­ner for more than 25 years, un­til Katharine Hep­burn won her third.

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