CELEBRITY EX­TRA

Riverbank News - - ENTERTAINMENT - Write to Cindy at King Fea­tures Weekly Ser­vice, 628 Vir­ginia Drive, Or­lando, FL 32803; or e-mail her at let­ters@cindyelavsky.com. By Cindy Elavsky

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.”

Photo credit: ABC/Craig Sjodin

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