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

Q: I have been en­joy­ing re­runs of The Wal­tons re­cently. What year did it be­gin, and how long did it last? Also, I have seen Ralph Waite on NCIS oc­ca­sion­ally, but what about Michael Learned? Is she still act­ing? — Mary Car­ruthers, Jensen Beach

A: The CBS show had its roots in the 1971 TV movie The Home­com­ing: A Christ­mas Story, in which Os­car win­ner Patricia Neal had the Olivia Wal­ton role that Learned would play in the se­ries, while An­drew Dug­gan was the orig­i­nal John Wal­ton (pre­ced­ing Waite). The weekly show be­gan in the fall of 1972 and lasted un­til 1981, with a to­tal of six se­quel movies fol­low­ing. Learned ac­tu­ally has re­turned to tele­vi­sion work lately, tak­ing over tem­po­rar­ily for Jeanne Cooper — who is on a med­i­cal leave — as Kather­ine Chan­cel­lor on the CBS day­time drama sta­ple The Young and the Rest­less. How­ever, it’s not the first time Learned has done soap opera duty; she also had stints on what was un­til re­cently the ABC troika of All My Chil­dren, One Life to Live and Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal.

Q: What hap­pened to The Play­boy Club? — Ju­dith Wood­hall, East Aurora, N.Y.

A: It was “three weeks and out” for the Am­ber Heard-star­ring NBC drama about Bun­nies and mob­sters in the early 1960s. For all the pro­mo­tion that was poured into the show, it didn’t start out with very promis­ing rat­ings ... and things only got worse with its sec­ond and third air­ings.

Q: Glee is one of my fa­vorite shows, but I haven’t been able to find it. What hap­pened? — He­len Din­ner­man, Port St. Lu­cie

A: As it does on Fox ev­ery fall, base­ball hap­pened. Dur­ing the sport’s post­sea­son en­com­pass­ing the divi­sion play­offs and the World Se­ries, the net­work gave the show a rest ... some­thing it also did with the Zooey Deschanel hit New Girl af­ter only a hand­ful of air­ings, for which Fox took some heat from fans.

Un­wit­tingly, the fans them­selves cre­ated that sit­u­a­tion by mak­ing the com­edy such an im­me­di­ate suc­cess, Fox felt con­fi­dent the au­di­ence would come back when base­ball ended. In any event, Glee and New Girl are back in their reg­u­lar Tues­day slots now.



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