Patrick Wilson’s road to becoming ‘A Gifted Man’
Q: Watching the ads for the new fall show “A Gifted Man,” I know I’ve seen Patrick Wilson before, but I can’t recall where. Can you help? Jane Stephens, Milwaukee A: Broadway patrons have had chances to see the musically inclined actor onstage in such shows as “Oklahoma!” and “The Full Monty,” both of which brought him Tony Award nominations. Since appearing in the HBO version of another stage hit, “Angels in America,” he’s had roles in quite a few movies, and he had a certified box-office hit earlier this year with the suspense tale “Insidious.”
Wilson also appeared recently as the fellow TV news producer boyfriend who tossed Rachel McAdams’ BlackBerry in his freezer in the comedy “Morning Glory.” His other screen credits have ranged from independent features (“Hard Candy,” “Little Children,” the current “The Ledge”) to big-budget productions (“The Phantom of the Opera,” the 2004 take on “The Alamo,” “Watchmen,” “The A-Team”).
Q: Will they ever show the last episode of “Friday Night Lights” again? We left on vacation and disconnected our TV/DVR. Helen Ridings, Lake Worth, Fla. A: It’ll be shown again, but that’s going to take a while. Now that the (finally!) Emmy-nominated series starring Kyle Chandler has ended its runs on NBC and DirecTV, its five seasons of episodes have been picked up by ESPN Classic, which is running two episodes each Thursday. That started in July, so you’re probably looking at early spring of next year for the show’s finale to turn up there. If you don’t want to wait that long, the drama’s final season is available on DVD, as are all of its preceding seasons.
Q: I would like to know what happened to Allison Payne of WGN News.
Q: With a new “Charlie’s Angels” coming on the air this fall, I’m wondering if any of the stars of the original series lasted all the way through that show’s run.
Linda Sloan, Denver A: One if you’re talking only about the Angels themselves, and three if you’re also including other regular characters. Jaclyn Smith, alias the drama’s Kelly Garrett, was the only actress to endure through the entire run of the ABC series (1976-81). Farrah Fawcett-Majors (as she was known at the time) was the first to leave, in 1977, and Cheryl Ladd then joined the show as the sister of Fawcett-Majors’ character and stayed until the end.
Kate Jackson was the next to depart the show, in 1979. Her first replacement was Shelley Hack, replaced in turn in 1980 by Tanya Roberts, who would become the last of the first show’s Angels. As Edna Cleinmark, Streamwood, Ill. A: The longtime anchor is in the process of parting ways with the Chicago “superstation” due to health issues that she has had for some time. Those have included the loss of her voice and several ministrokes. At this writing, Payne’s final newscast — ending her 21-year run at the station — was expected to be sometime this month. However, she has said she hopes to continue her broadcasting career in some form. for the other performers who stayed all the way through, David Doyle played assignment facilitator Bosley, and — in voice only — John Forsythe was heard as the boss of all of them, detective agency owner Charles Townsend.
Q: What would qualify Oprah Winfrey to get an honorary Oscar? She hasn’t done that much movie work, has she?
John Quinn, Chicago A: She hasn’t, relatively speaking, but the honor in question is the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. It’s given to someone active in Hollywood who also has contributed to the general social good ... and it’s tough, if not flat-out impossible, to deny that Winfrey has done that. She earned an Academy Award nomination for her acting debut in “The Color Purple,” and she also was a producer of last year’s best-picture nominee “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.”
Additionally, Winfrey has produced TV movies and miniseries for ABC under the “Oprah Winfrey Presents” banner, and her other films include “Beloved” and voice work in such animated features as “Charlotte’s Web” and “The Princess and the Frog.”
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Actor Patrick Wilson speaks at the The Television Critics Association 2011 Summer Press Tour on Aug. 3 in Beverly Hills, Calif. Wilson stars in the television series “A Gifted Man” on CBS.