‘Sun Records’ ends after only 1 season
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.