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.”