Charlie Sheen is a real card ... or several
Q: After each episode of “Two and a Half Men,” there is a long expository piece that one can only read two or three words of before it is gone. What does it say?
Gail Alwine, Show Low, Ariz. A: Each one is different. Those so-called “vanity cards” are the company trademarks of producer Chuck Lorre, who also uses them on his other CBS shows, “The Big Bang Theory” and “Mike & Molly” ... and you can spend all the time you want on them at his website, ChuckLorre.com.
Other people have spent more time on them recently, since some of them have addressed the acrimony between Lorre and his now-former “Two and a Half Men” star, Charlie Sheen. In case you have just returned from an extended stay on Mars and possibly haven’t heard, Sheen was fired from the show following his initial volleys in his very public war of words against Lorre, Warner Bros. Television (the studio behind the show) and CBS.
As of this writing, Sheen was suing for the payment he lost from not doing the remaining episodes of last season as well as all of next season, to which the network already had committed at the time when Sheen was let go.
Q: What can you tell us about the actor who plays Deeks on “NCIS: Los Angeles”?
Steve Williams, Columbus,
Ohio A: Eric Christian Olsen has done much television work over the years, with guest parts on “ER,” “Smallville” and “24” and his first continuing role opposite movie stars-to-be Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg on the Fox series “Get Real.”
Olsen also had the Jim Carrey role in the 2003 movie prequel “Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd,” then went on to two more Fox shows, “Tru Calling” and “The Loop.” Prior to joining CBS’ “NCIS: Los Angeles,” he did multiple episodes of ABC’s “Brothers & Sisters” and NBC’s “Community.” He also has been in the voice cast of the animated Disney XD show “Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil.”
Q: What happened to the actor who played Adam on “All My Children”? Ruthe Price, Laguna Woods,
Calif. A: For all intents and purposes, David Canary retired from acting shortly after ABC relocated production of the daytime drama from New York to the West Coast at the end of 2009. He said he still planned to return to the serial on occasion, but as is widely known now, the network has canceled it after 41 years. It’s slated to leave the air at the end of September, when it will be replaced by the foodoriented show “The Chew.”
Q: What happened to “Hell’s Kitchen” this season? Were the chefs too much for Gordon Ramsay last season?
Gisela Smith, Seattle A: Seriously? When was anyone else ever too much for the clearly, and very vocally, opinionated Ramsay? Anyway, the short answer is that the ninth season of the cooking competition is scheduled to begin airing July 19 on Fox.
Q: How did Matt Lauria manage to co-star in all 13 final-season episodes of “Friday Night Lights” while seemingly co-starring in every episode of “The Chicago Code“? And is he related to former “The Wonder Years” co-star Dan Lauria? Richard Siegelman, Plainview,
N.Y. A: Chalk it up to prodigious scheduling. The “Friday Night Lights” episodes were filmed first, so that they could begin last fall on DirecTV ... which got first crack at them, before they began their NBC run. Being a midseason replacement for Fox, “The Chicago Code” was filmed afterward. And despite the last name they share, Dan and Matt aren’t related.
Q: I seem to remember an old black-and-white show in the early ’60s called “Whirlybirds,” about a police helicopter unit. Can you tell me if this was actually a weekly show, and who starred in it? Rick Lash, Reynoldsburg, Ohio A: The series actually ran weekly in syndication from early 1957 through the start of 1960. Kenneth Tobey and Craig Hill were the principal stars of the adventure, but doubles for them flew the copters. The show was made by Desilu, the Lucille Ball/Desi Arnaz-owned firm legendary for (of course) “I Love Lucy,” as well as for “The Untouchables,” “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible.”
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“Two and a Half Men” creator Chuck Lorre (left) and the show’s star, Charlie Sheen, in happier times.
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is scheduled to return to “Hell’s Kitchen” on July 19.