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: 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: How did Matt Lauria manage to co-star in all 13 final-season episodes of Friday Night Lights while seemingly costarring in every episode of The Chicago Code? — 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.
Q: I seem to remember an old blackand-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.