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

Q: Who is the ac­tor who does the All­state com­mer­cials? He has a beau­ti­ful voice. — Ward Erick­son, Wheel­ing, W.Va.

A: For a number of years now, that job has be­longed to Den­nis Hays­bert, for­merly of the se­ries The Unit and 24 and such movies as Heat and Wait­ing to Ex­hale. If any­thing, the ac­tor is be­com­ing only more en­trenched in that role; he re­cently started do­ing the ads in Span­ish, too.

Q: What se­ries did the new per­son on Burn No­tice star in pre­vi­ously? His name is Coby Bell, and I know I have seen him, but I can’t re­mem­ber where. — Dar Stein, Pue­blo, Colo.

A: Bell had been a reg­u­lar on sev­eral other shows be­fore land­ing his USA Net­work gig. He spent three sea­sons on the CW sit­com The Game (which re­port­edly will be re­vived by BET), he co-starred through­out the six-year run of NBC’s Third Watch, and he had his first con­tin­u­ing tele­vi­sion job on CBS’ short-lived L.A. Doc­tors. In real life, Bell is the fa­ther of two sets of twins.

Q: Is China Beach avail­able in a boxed set from a rep­utable com­pany? I have a friend who served in Viet­nam and lived through the events in this show. -— Jean Doyle, Port Or­ange

A: This is one of the ques­tions we re­ceive most con­sis­tently. Rather than la­bel any com­pany “rep­utable” or not, we’ll sim­ply say that at the time we wrote this, Warner Home Video — the com­pany that holds the of­fi­cial rights to the Emmy-win­ning Dana De­lany-Marg Hel­gen­berger drama — didn’t seem any closer to an­nounc­ing a re­lease of the full se­ries. Thus, our usual warn­ing in such a case: Be cau­tious if con­sid­er­ing buy­ing any set of it that’s ad­ver­tised, since the qual­ity can be ques­tion­able.

This is just us think­ing out loud, but if De­lany’s new ABC se­ries Body of Proof takes off, per­haps Warner will give more thought to get­ting China Beach into the hands of the many who clearly want it.



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