Q: Thinking about the recent death of Andy Griffith, I was wondering how many series he did, including The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock. — Don Hill, Glen Burnie, Md.
A: Those certainly were the most famous and long-lasting ones, but there were several others. While he made post- Andy Griffith Show appearances as Andy Taylor on Mayberry R.F.D. — which was in his best interest, since he also was one of the executive producers of that spinoff — his first actual series after that was the 1970-71 CBS private-school comedy-drama Headmaster.
Very shortly after that, he tried to move back closer to what viewers knew him for as a small-town mayor in CBS’ The New Andy Griffith Show, but the audience didn’t show up. After a number of years of guest shots and TV movies, he tried something different with ABC’s fanciful Salvage 1, about a junk collector who used a homemade spaceship for salvage operations. That lasted a bit longer than his other post-Mayberry tries, but it wasn’t until Matlock began in 1986 (and then ran until 1995) that Griffith could claim another genuine hit series.
Q: Where have I seen Julie Gonzalo, who plays Rebecca on the new version of Dallas, before? — Susan Ames, Port St. Lucie
A: Probably her best-known role before her current TNT turn was as Parker Lee, opposite Kristen Bell, on Veronica Mars. She also had a substantial run as Maggie on Eli Stone, but she has played sizable parts in severalmovies that have had strong afterlives on television.
Q: What’s going to happen to General Hospital since Katie Couric’s new show is going to take that time slot? — Gary Coonrod, Fayetteville, N.C.
A: The long-running ABC serial — which now is the last surviving one on the network — willmove an hour earlier (in most areas) starting Sept. 10, into the slot currently occupied by Good Afternoon America, which was intended only to have a short run. The vast majority of stations that will be airing Katie are ABC affiliates, so it made sense for the network to clear an hour of its daytime schedule for it.