Char­lie Sheen is a real card ... or sev­eral

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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.

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