Q: I’ve been watching that new private-detective show on ABC called “Take Two,” and the actor who plays the lead looks so familiar to me. Can you tell me where I may have seen him before? -- K.T. in Minnesota
A: Eddie Cibrian plays a hardscrabble detective (also named Eddie) who takes under his wing a down-andout actress, Sam (played by Rachel Bilson of “The O.C.” fame), to help her prepare for a movie role. If the premise seems a little familiar to you, that’s because it comes to us by way of the folks who brought us “Castle,” except the roles are reversed.
As for where you may have seen Eddie previously, he got his start in the mid-’90s playing Matt Clark on “The Young and the Restless,” and since then he’s starred in “Third Watch,” “Rosewood,” “CSI: Miami” and tons of other stuff. He’s also wellknown for being Mr. LeAnn Rimes, whom he married in 2011. Before that, he was married to “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Brandi Glanville (whom he left for LeAnn), and together they have two sons.
Q: I read about George Clooney’s motorcycle accident in Italy recently and wondered if he’s OK. Also, does he have anything new coming up? I feel like I haven’t seen him in a movie in a while. -- Diana F., via email
A: George was on his way to a film set in Sardinia on July 10 when he sustained non-life-threatening injuries when he was knocked off his motorcycle by a car that didn’t yield the right of way. According to his agent, George “was treated and released from an Olbia hospital. He is recovering at his home and will be fine.” He is in Sardinia filming the new Hulu miniseries “Catch-22,” which is based on Joseph Heller’s book of the same name.
Another project on George’s radar is the new YouTube Red dark-comedy series “On Becoming a God in Central Florida,” which centers on the dark side of the rise of waterparks in the Orlando area back in the late ‘80s to early ‘90s. The show, which is expected to premiere next year, also stars Kirsten Dunst, and both are executive producers on the project.
Q: Can you tell me what’s up with NBC’s “Champions”? I love that show! -Valerie F., via email
A: The Mindy Kaling-produced sitcom, which starred Anders Holm, Andy Favreau and J.J. Totah, has been axed by the network after its first season. To me, that really is a shame because I found it to be a fun, feel-good and intelligent series unlike anything on television today. It’s still being shopped around to other networks, but as of this writing, there is no word on whether it’s been picked up. Maybe Hulu will sweep in and save it, like the streaming service did with the other brilliant Mindy Kaling series, “The Mindy Project.”