TV QUES­TIONS

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

Q. Has the se­ries Bo­som Bud­dies ever been re­leased on video? Wasn’t it one of the first in­tro­duc­tions to Tom Hanks? — Jean Con­klin, Fair­field, Calif. A. To take the last part first, yes, the ABC sit­com can be con­sid­ered Hanks’ first ma­jor credit. Prior to that, he had ap­peared only in a low-bud­get 1980 hor­ror film ti­tled He Knows You’re Alone and in an episode of The Love Boat.

Bo­som Bud­dies was feted on its 30th an­niver­sary at the most re­cent TV Land Awards, and the show is avail­able on video in sev­eral forms. On DVD, it’s avail­able in separate first-sea­son and sec­ond-sea­son vol­umes or as a com­plete set. And on VHS tape, four vol­umes of episodes were mar­keted.

Q. My wife and I think the voice in the ads for Dodge Ram trucks sounds like Sam El­liott. Please let us know if we are right. — Don­ald Old­ham, Read­ing, Pa.

A. You sure are ... there is no mis­tak­ing that dis­tinc­tively deep drawl. El­liott will match face to voice again when he has a top­billed role op­po­site John Cor­bett and Karen Allen in CBS’ next Hall­mark Hall of Fame drama, Novem­ber Christ­mas, sched­uled to air Nov. 28.

Q. I would like to know why there are so many re­peat movies on the tele­vi­sion sta­tions. Don’t they have big li­braries of movies without play­ing the same ones over and over? — Joann Gen­try, Moore, Okla.

A. Sev­eral fac­tors come into play. While a Turner Clas­sic Movies or an AMC would seem to have vast num­bers of films at its dis­posal, cer­tain ti­tles are li­censed only for a lim­ited pe­riod, so the chan­nel likes to get as much use out of them as pos­si­ble be­fore it has to re­lin­quish the tele­cast rights.

There’s also the sim­ple mat­ter of what is pop­u­lar with view­ers, some­thing any tele­vi­sion out­let pays heed to. As one ex­am­ple, a ti­tle such as 2001: A Space Odyssey al­ways is a draw for TCM, so it’s lit­tle mys­tery to find it shown fre­quently there ... though to that chan­nel’s credit, it tries to switch up the time of day when that sci-fi clas­sic is shown, to hit dif­fer­ent au­di­ences.

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