TV QUES­TIONS

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

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.

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