Of an ac­tress’s TV ca­reer

The Palm Beach Post - TV Post - - Saturday Evening - BY JAY BOB­BIN

Q: I’m en­joy­ing Frances Fisher on “Res­ur­rec­tion.” Where have I seen her be­fore? – Linda Parks, West Palm Beach, Fla. A: Many, many places ... per­haps most fa­mously in the 1997 movie block­buster “Ti­tanic,” in which she played the mother of Kate Winslet’s Rose. She also had a stand­out role in an­other Os­car win­ner for best pic­ture, the 1992 Western “Un­for­given,” di­rected by Clint East­wood – with whom Fisher was in­volved per­son­ally for a num­ber of years, and with whom she has a daugh­ter. While her ini­tial fame came from her work on the day­time se­ri­als “The Edge of Night” and “Guid­ing Light,” Fisher made a big leap into the prime-time spot­light by play­ing Lu­cille Ball in the TV movie “Lucy & Desi: Be­fore the Laugh­ter.” Her nu­mer­ous other home-screen cred­its have in­cluded “Roseanne,” “Becker,” “ER,” “Eureka” and “Torch­wood: Mir­a­cle Day,” and among her many other movies are “House of Sand and Fog,” “Laws of At­trac­tion,” “The Lin­coln Lawyer” and “The Host.” Q: Why was Brooke Burke-Charvet let go from “Dancing With the Stars”? – Carol Mitchell, Fayetteville, N.C. A: Ev­i­dently, no one was more sur­prised than she was, based on what she Tweeted shortly af­ter get­ting the news she wouldn’t be com­ing back as co-host of the ABC com­pe­ti­tion. Also the win­ner of Sea­son 7, she’s been suc­ceeded by an­other past con­tes­tant, pop­u­lar sports re­porter Erin An­drews. That switch wasn’t the only change, since long­time band­leader Harold Wheeler also was re­placed ... and it all adds up to a bid to raise the rat­ings. It’s no se­cret those had fallen off in re­cent sea­sons, with the sched­ul­ing op­po­site NBC’s hugely pop­u­lar “The Voice” pos­ing a chal­lenge. En­list­ing very re­cent Olympic medal­ists as com­peti­tors also shows how se­ri­ous “Dancing” is about re­gain­ing strength.

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