Who fell into ‘Trap’ with Lindsay Lohan?
Q: Both versions of the movie “The Parent Trap” have been showing a lot lately. Is the actress who plays the fiancee in the original version with Hayley Mills the same actress who plays the mother of the fiancee in the version with Lindsay Lohan?
Lucy Hull, Delray Beach, Fla. A: Wow ... we are impressed! Yes, it is actress Joanna Barnes in both cases. In fact, both characters had the same first name, though it was spelled “Vicky” the first time and “Vicki” the second.
Q: Can you tell me if “Doc Martin” will be back with either reruns or new episodes?
Carole Sacks, Glen Burnie, Md. A: Since the British-made series starring Martin Clunes is shown in America by PBS stations on an individual basis, you’d have to contact the specific local affiliate in question to find out what their plans for the show might be.
Q: When a sitcom is shown in syndication, how does the network determine the sequence of episodes? Shouldn’t these episodes be shown in chronological order?
Sal Catania Garden City, N.Y. A: Ours is not to reason what “should” be done, but to report what actually is done. Syndication can be a complicated game, since the order is determined by (or for) whatever television outlet is presenting the episodes. Take “How I Met Your Mother,” for instance. Individual stations that buy it from 20th Century Fox Television generally are fed, by satellite, the weekday reruns in whatever sequence the studio wants them to air. Lifetime also runs the repeats, several times a day ... and though they were shown sequentially when the network first acquired the show, it pretty much runs them in whatever order it wants now. That likely is to add some variety for regular viewers, since with four weekday showings of “Mother,” Lifetime goes through the existing episodes faster than a local station would.
Q: What has happened to Lara Spencer and Chris Jacobs of “The Insider”?
Matt Dixon Bellevue, Wash. A: After Nancy O’Dell was given the job as successor to Mary Hart as co-host of “Entertainment Tonight,” which largely was expected to go to Spencer, the latter was offered the opportunity to return to ABC’s “Good Morning America” as a lifestyle correspon- dent. The network is making good use of its investment, since from what we’ve observed in recent weeks, Spencer has been on the weekday program a lot. Brooke Anderson, formerly of HLN’s “Showbiz Tonight,” replaced her on “The Insider.” As for Jacobs, he basically switched places with Kevin Frazier earlier this year. Frazier left “Entertainment Tonight” to become cohost of “The Insider” — which, like “ET,” is produced by CBS Television Distribution — while Jacobs moved over to “ET” as a correspondent.
Q: In November 1997, ABC aired a two-part miniseries titled “Medusa’s Child.” Is it possible to get a DVD of it? Jane Hornberger,
Hamburg, Pa. A: Based on a novel by aviation expert and ABC News contributor John J. Nance, the melodrama — which featured Vincent Spano, Lori Loughlin and (in what now seems like a warm-up for “The West Wing”) Martin Sheen as the U.S. president, and was about a “smart” bomb that might explode aboard a cargo plane as a hurricane bore down — is not available on DVD as an officially sanctioned commercial release. If you see copies being sold on the Internet, beware; they likely were recorded off television showings.
Q: What is the name of the lady who played Louise Tate on “Bewitched”? Is she still alive? Is Alan Young the sole surviving cast member of “Mister Ed”? And what is the name of the lady who played the colonel’s wife on “Mister Ed”?
Patty Heitzman, Port St. Lucie, Fla. A: Kasey Rogers, who played Louise Tate, died in 2006. And at this writing, Young was the only surviving member of the principal “Mister Ed” cast — encompassing Florence MacMichael, who portrayed Winnie Kirkwood, wife of the aforementioned military veteran character (Leon Ames).
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