The Palm Beach Post - TV Post - - Front Page - By JAY BOB­BIN

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.



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