South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday)

No return date announced for 5th season of ‘Animal Kingdom’

- By RichHelden­fels

Q: Is there going to be afifth season of “Animal Kingdom”?

A: Yes. Delayed because of the pandemic, production of theTNTdram­a now has “resumed in consultati­on with local authoritie­s, the unions and medical experts. Our first priority is health and safety,” said a network representa­tive. But there is no announced date yet for the return.

Q: My question is about theHershey Kisses Christmasc­ommercial where the Kisses jingle while the melody“We WishYouaMe­rry Christmas” isheard. Whendid itmake its debut?

A: Would you believe it is more than 30 years old? The longest-running ad for aHershey brand, it premiered in 1989. After a production company had made some stop-motion ads with the Kisses for Hershey, aHershey brand manager asked for aChristmas-themed item. As the Morning Call newspaper reported, he “did not have authorizat­ion tomake it ... but he felt confident he’d be able to convince his boss to run it.” So began the long TVrun.

Until this year, the ad remained the same “apart froman update to high-definition­CGI animation in 2016 and, in 2018, a digital extension online where one could play the bells and create a newtune,” says another Morning Call report. Anew version for 2020 reportedly includes a little girl taking the Kisses to add to peanut butter blossoms.

Q: Whathappen­ed to “SeaPatrol” onAmazon? Iwas thoroughly engrossed in itwhenit disappeare­d. Is there anywhere Iwould be able to see the ending?

A: TheAustral­ianNavy action series, which originally aired from2007 to 2011, is indeed not available on Amazon now. I do not knowwhy but suspect a change in the telecast rights. As for finding it somewhere else, all five seasons of “Sea Patrol” are available on FilmRise, a free streaming service. There is also a Sea Patrol Channel onYouTube that has the episodes.

Q: My girlfriend and I are both avid fans of “Dragnet” in the ’60s whenit had JoeFriday and BillGannon. I ama carbuffand enjoy seeing the car they drive. Iknow it’s aFord; I say it’s a Falcon, butmy girlfriend says it’s a Galaxie. We have adinner riding on this. Canyouclar­ify?

A: Youshouldg­oDutch for dinner. According to numerous car-conscious sites, the vehicle on the 1967-70 serieswas a Ford Fairlane.

“Dragnet” was a hugely influentia­l showabout LApolice detectives, centrally one named Joe Friday and played by Jack Webb. It began on radio, thenmoved toTVin

1951, where it continued until 1959. Several revivals followed, including in

1967-70 (the version with Friday and Gannon), 1989

90 and 2003, aswell as a big-screen comedy inspired by the showin 1987.

Do you have a question or comment about entertainm­ent past, present and future? Write toRich Heldenfels, P.O. Box 417, Mogadore, OH44260, or brenfelsgm­ Letters may be edited. Individual replies are not guaranteed.

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