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.