Wagner says ‘Wipe­out’ is se­ri­ous-in­jury-free


Q: Our fam­ily en­joys watch­ing “Wipe­out.” We can­not help but won­der how many of the con­tes­tants sus­tain in­juries we do not see. And is the pro­gram recorded in Canada? Mar­shall Anservitz,

Millersville, Md. A: We can’t help but won­der, ei­ther, as we watch the ABC show. How­ever, ear­lier this year, co-host Jill Wagner told us that no one ever has been se­ri­ously in­jured in at­tempt­ing the ob­sta­cle course. She said then, “If I thought peo­ple got hurt on the show, I wouldn’t even be a part of it” — and given where she’s lo­cated in prox­im­ity to the course, she’d be in a po­si­tion to know. (Though not for much longer, since she has an­nounced that the cur­rent sum­mer sea­son will be her “Wipe­out” swan song.)

The pro­gram is taped at a ranch in Santa Clarita, Calif., but there ac­tu­ally is a sep­a­rate ver­sion ti­tled “Wipe­out Canada,” which is recorded in Buenos Aires. In fact, quite a few in­ter­na­tional ver­sions of the show uti­lize that set in Ar­gentina, in­clud­ing edi­tions pro­duced for Eng- land, Spain, Is­rael, Swe­den and Aus­tralia.

Q: The ac­tor in the Lin­coln car com­mer­cials looks very fa­mil­iar. To me, he re­sem­bles Li­nus Roache of “Law & Or­der,” but the hair is more gray. Can you please let me know who this man is? Camille Morselli, Is­lip Ter­race, N.Y. A: Ac­tu­ally, it’s vet­eran ac­tor John Slat­tery, best-known these days as Roger Ster­ling on the much-ac­claimed AMC drama se­ries “Mad Men.”

Q: A few years ago, there was a Cana­dian se­ries called “Da Vinci’s In­quest.” Could you tell me the ti­tle and artist of the jazzy-sound­ing theme mu­sic? El­iz­a­beth Hosler, Fayet­teville, N.C. A: Tim McCauley is the artist, and you’ll be glad to know that both the open­ing and clos­ing themes (which is what they are called) are in­cluded — along with se­lec­tions by Maria Mul­daur and Sonny Rhodes — on “Da Vinci’s In­quest: The Ses­sions,” a sound­track CD is­sued in 2006. Copies can be found for pur­chase through an In­ter­net search on the ti­tle.

Q: Will “Big Brother” be re­turn­ing this sum­mer? Michelle Wal­lace,

Shady Side, Md. A: Ex­tremely soon. The 13th sea­son of the un­scripted CBS se­ries be­gins this Thurs­day, July 7, with the show air­ing three times weekly, as usual — Sun­day, Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day (the last be­ing the house­guest “evic- tion” tele­cast, with Julie Chen again play­ing host).

Q: Is “CHAOS” re­ally can­celed, with no hope of re­turn? Will any other net­work pick it up? Mary Hag­gard, Kansas City, Mo. A: It’s hugely un­likely that the show will be re­vived. Some may ar­gue that it wasn’t made for the early-evening time slot CBS gave it on Fri­days, but even with the con­sid­er­able ad­vance pro­mo­tion the show re­ceived, any­thing near a suf­fi­cient au­di­ence didn’t turn up for it. The rat­ings were dis­mal from the start, and the sec­ond week pretty much con­firmed they wouldn’t get bet­ter, thus the hasty re­turn of “Flash­point” to the net­work’s lineup.

Q: Where is “Flash­point” filmed?

Dee Adams, Aurora, Colo. A: Speak­ing of that CBS show, it’s filmed in and around Toronto ... the home­town of En­rico Colan­toni, who plays Sgt. Greg Parker, the hostage ne­go­ti­a­tion team’s chief. He re­cently told us that when he’s spot­ted around the city, he of­ten is greeted with fist pumps and cheers. The se­ries airs in Canada on the CTV net­work, which also co-pro­duces it, the rea­son its logo is in the cred­its each week.

Q: Does FX have plans to re­run Sea­son 2 of “Jus­ti­fied”?

Julie White, Colum­bus, Ohio A: Un­doubt­edly. Those dates hadn’t been set at this writ­ing, but they’re likely to come closer to the start of Sea­son 3, which should be­gin early next year (if the past two sea­sons are a blue­print). In the mean­time, episodes can be viewed at the FX web­site (www.fxnet­works.com) and on Hulu, and a home-video re­lease of Sea­son 2 also is sure to be forth­com­ing.

Q: Is the movie “Pur­suit of the Graf Spee: The Battle of the River Plate,” star­ring An­thony Quayle and Peter Finch, avail­able in ei­ther the VHS or DVD for­mat?

Fred Hop­kins, Linthicum, Md. A: Both, and they can be found by shop­ping the In­ter­net. The DVD edi­tion might be eas­ier to lo­cate, since it was just re­leased last Novem­ber.

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Jill Wagner is co-host of “Wipe­out.”

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