‘Grey’s Anatomy’ cou­ple still haven’t made it legal

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Q: My brother says that on “Grey’s Anatomy.” Derek and Mered­ith are legally mar­ried. I say they never went be­yond a “Post-it” wed­ding, de­spite the fact that oth­ers re­fer to them as hus­band and wife. Who’s right? —Terry Feld­man, Cen­tral Is­lip, N.Y. A: The vows on the Post-it note are as solid as “mar­riage” has got­ten for the cou­ple — played on the ABC se­ries by Pa­trick Dempsey and Ellen Pom­peo — as of this writ­ing. That sym­bol of their unity hap­pened at Seat­tle Grace Hos­pi­tal in a May 2009 episode of the se­ries, but they still haven’t got­ten wed legally.

Q: My wife and I have re­ally en­joyed the NBC se­ries “Law & Or­der: Los An­ge­les,” and the se­ries was sup­posed to re­sume in Fe­bru­ary. What hap­pened?

—Joe Lapoint, Parker, Colo. A: The net­work de­cided to take ex­tra time to im­ple­ment some cre­ative changes for the new episodes that will round out the show’s sea­son — and that be­gin this Mon­day, April 11, with a two-hour in­stall­ment. One of the most sig­nif­i­cant changes is that Alana de la Garza is re­join­ing the “Law & Or­der” fran­chise, bring­ing her pros­e­cu­tor char­ac­ter, Con­nie Ru­birosa, from the orig­i­nal show to “Los An­ge­les.”

Also notable is the trans­fer of Al­fred Molina’s al­ter ego on the se­ries, Ri­cardo Mo­rales, from the district at­tor­ney’s of­fice back to the po­lice depart­ment ... where he’ll now be part­nered with Corey Stoll’s char­ac­ter, TJ. Ter­rence Howard re­mains on board the re­vamped drama, with Rachel Ti­cotin also join­ing the re­boot as the de­tec­tives’ boss.

Q: Is the cur­rent an­nouncer on “Fam­ily Feud,” Joey Fa­tone, the same per­son who was once an ’N Sync mem­ber?

—Peter Le­bow, Mil­wau­kee

A: Yes, it’s him. The for­mer boy band mem­ber has other game show ex­pe­ri­ence, since he was the orig­i­nal host of “The Singing Bee” dur­ing its NBC run. (Melissa Peter­man took over that role upon the pro­gram’s move to Coun­try Mu­sic Tele­vi­sion.) Fa­tone hosted the Aus­tralian ver­sion of “The Singing Bee” as well.

Q: What hap­pened to Vinita Nair, who used to co-an­chor “Amer­ica This Morn­ing”? —Susie Maxwell, Lyn­nwood, Wash. A: All she said about her fu­ture plans when she de­parted that pro­gram (and the overnight ABC news­cast “World News Now”) in Fe­bru­ary was, “I’m go­ing on a long va­ca­tion, and I’m go­ing to sleep a lot.” Nair also did in­di­cate that she was “go­ing to stick with TV news,” though ex­actly how she in­tended to do that had not been spec­i­fied when this was writ­ten.

Q: When will “Lever­age” re­turn to the air?

—Joy Dunn, Cor­pus Christi, Texas A: June 26, as far as new sto­ries are con­cerned. The fourth sea­son of the Ti­mothy Hut­ton-star­ring TNT se­ries about a team of con artists will en­tail 10 sum­mer episodes.

Q: I’ve no­ticed that all of Lynette Scavo’s chil­dren on “Des­per­ate Housewives” have names start­ing with a P: Porter, Pre­ston, Parker and Penny. Some­how, I missed the new baby’s name. Can you help me out?

—Deb­bie Hill, Port Wash­ing­ton, Wis. A: Paige ... so the Scavo “P” dy­nasty re­mains in­tact.

Q: I al­ways en­joyed Julie Ban­deras’ pre­sen­ta­tion of the Fox News Chan­nel evening news on Satur­days and Sun­days. Why is there now a sub­sti­tute for her? Is there any chance of a come­back?

—Milo Schaub, Fort Pierce, Fla.

A: There’s al­ways a chance of any­thing for any­one, but at least for the time be­ing, Ban­deras has been re­as­signed as a re­porter in the New York bu­reau of Fox News.

Q: Are there any more Ja­son Bourne movies in the mak­ing? —John Cham­ber­land,

O’Fal­lon, Ill. A: While the three made by Matt Da­mon con­tinue to get fre­quent plays on such cable net­works as TNT and USA, a fourth one ti­tled “The Bourne Legacy” — with an­other ac­tor as­sum­ing the Bourne role — is in the works for a pro­jected sum­mer 2012 re­lease.

No one had been signed to play Bourne yet at the time of this writ­ing, but many per­form­ers have been ru­mored to be in­her­it­ing the part. Among them are Jake Gyl­len­haal, Tobey Maguire, Josh Hart­nett, Chris Evans, Alex Pet­tyfer (“I Am Num­ber Four”) and Michael Fass­ben­der.

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Pa­trick Dempsey and Ellen Pom­peo star in “Grey’s Anatomy.”

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