‘Grey’s Anatomy’ couple still haven’t made it legal
Q: My brother says that on “Grey’s Anatomy.” Derek and Meredith are legally married. I say they never went beyond a “Post-it” wedding, despite the fact that others refer to them as husband and wife. Who’s right? —Terry Feldman, Central Islip, N.Y. A: The vows on the Post-it note are as solid as “marriage” has gotten for the couple — played on the ABC series by Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo — as of this writing. That symbol of their unity happened at Seattle Grace Hospital in a May 2009 episode of the series, but they still haven’t gotten wed legally.
Q: My wife and I have really enjoyed the NBC series “Law & Order: Los Angeles,” and the series was supposed to resume in February. What happened?
—Joe Lapoint, Parker, Colo. A: The network decided to take extra time to implement some creative changes for the new episodes that will round out the show’s season — and that begin this Monday, April 11, with a two-hour installment. One of the most significant changes is that Alana de la Garza is rejoining the “Law & Order” franchise, bringing her prosecutor character, Connie Rubirosa, from the original show to “Los Angeles.”
Also notable is the transfer of Alfred Molina’s alter ego on the series, Ricardo Morales, from the district attorney’s office back to the police department ... where he’ll now be partnered with Corey Stoll’s character, TJ. Terrence Howard remains on board the revamped drama, with Rachel Ticotin also joining the reboot as the detectives’ boss.
Q: Is the current announcer on “Family Feud,” Joey Fatone, the same person who was once an ’N Sync member?
—Peter Lebow, Milwaukee
A: Yes, it’s him. The former boy band member has other game show experience, since he was the original host of “The Singing Bee” during its NBC run. (Melissa Peterman took over that role upon the program’s move to Country Music Television.) Fatone hosted the Australian version of “The Singing Bee” as well.
Q: What happened to Vinita Nair, who used to co-anchor “America This Morning”? —Susie Maxwell, Lynnwood, Wash. A: All she said about her future plans when she departed that program (and the overnight ABC newscast “World News Now”) in February was, “I’m going on a long vacation, and I’m going to sleep a lot.” Nair also did indicate that she was “going to stick with TV news,” though exactly how she intended to do that had not been specified when this was written.
Q: When will “Leverage” return to the air?
—Joy Dunn, Corpus Christi, Texas A: June 26, as far as new stories are concerned. The fourth season of the Timothy Hutton-starring TNT series about a team of con artists will entail 10 summer episodes.
Q: I’ve noticed that all of Lynette Scavo’s children on “Desperate Housewives” have names starting with a P: Porter, Preston, Parker and Penny. Somehow, I missed the new baby’s name. Can you help me out?
—Debbie Hill, Port Washington, Wis. A: Paige ... so the Scavo “P” dynasty remains intact.
Q: I always enjoyed Julie Banderas’ presentation of the Fox News Channel evening news on Saturdays and Sundays. Why is there now a substitute for her? Is there any chance of a comeback?
—Milo Schaub, Fort Pierce, Fla.
A: There’s always a chance of anything for anyone, but at least for the time being, Banderas has been reassigned as a reporter in the New York bureau of Fox News.
Q: Are there any more Jason Bourne movies in the making? —John Chamberland,
O’Fallon, Ill. A: While the three made by Matt Damon continue to get frequent plays on such cable networks as TNT and USA, a fourth one titled “The Bourne Legacy” — with another actor assuming the Bourne role — is in the works for a projected summer 2012 release.
No one had been signed to play Bourne yet at the time of this writing, but many performers have been rumored to be inheriting the part. Among them are Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Josh Hartnett, Chris Evans, Alex Pettyfer (“I Am Number Four”) and Michael Fassbender.
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Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo star in “Grey’s Anatomy.”