Investigating one of the ‘CSI: NY’ sleuths
Q: What can you tell me about Carmine Giovinazzo of “CSI: NY”? Is he married? Is he from New York? (He certainly sounds like it.) Has he ever done anything besides “CSI: NY”?
Laura Doenias, Fresh Meadows, N.Y. A: Giovinazzo has a famous spouse, Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo ... alias Brenda on the ABC daytime serial “General Hospital.” They wed last July. The actor is indeed a New York native, having been born and raised on Staten Island. As with most actors who land series roles, yes, he did a number of other projects before getting the part of Detective Danny Messer, with which he goes into Season 8 this fall on CBS.
In fact, Giovinazzo has a notable first and a notable last among his credits. He played the first victim in the television version of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and he portrayed the last victim in the recently deceased Peter Falk’s series of “Columbo” TV movies (specifically, in “Columbo Likes the Nightlife”). Giovinazzo also was in the cast of the now-defunct UPN’s somewhat infamous series “Shasta McNasty,” and his feature film credits include “Black Hawk Down” and “For Love of the Game.”
Incidentally, before getting “CSI: NY,” Giovinazzo guest starred on the parent “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” as a street racer by the name of Thumpy G, so the franchise’s chiefs clearly felt the actor played effectively on either side of the law. Also, Giovinazzo wrote an episode for the sixth season of “CSI: NY.”
Q: “Army Wives” on Lifetime seemed to be over sooner this year than it was in previous seasons. Can you tell me when this past season started and ended?
Q: I have enjoyed watching “HawthoRNe” and have enjoyed Suleka Mathew’s character, Bobbie. Is she a paraplegic?
Karl Orth, Aurora, Colo. A: We assume you’re asking if the actress is, and the answer
Judy Vollrath, Racine, Wis. A: It began March 6 and ended June 12, encompassing 13 episodes ... which, you’re correct, was shorter than previous seasons that averaged just under 20 episodes. The best advice is simply to enjoy it for as much as there is of it, since next year, the show’s sixth and final season also will be 13 episodes long. is no. Bobbie’s prosthetic leg is for dramatic purposes as part of the character’s back story on the TNT medical drama.
Q: ABC had a show called “Primetime: What Would You Do?” and it just disappeared off the network. Will it be back, or was it canceled?
Chris Dick, Elkridge, Md. A: You might have hit a couple of weeks when it wasn’t on, but the series has been part of ABC’s Friday night lineup this summer. Not only does it get solid ratings for the network, it constantly gives host John Quinones talking points for other ABC News broadcasts when he appears on them to promote his show.
Q: Is there a movie or sequel series of “The Wire” in the works? Mary Jane Noack,
LaCrosse, Wis. A: For all the acclaim the series received during its HBO run — even from President Barack Obama, who has called it his favorite show — nothing has been confirmed about any future installments for either television or the movie screen. The existing five seasons of the drama have had afterlives on both BET and DirecTV.
Q: Are new episodes of “Heartland” coming to CBS? This horse ranch series leaves out the vulgarity and tones down the violence.
Roger Brown, Concho, Ariz. A: We suspect you may have hit a key by accident, since the show isn’t on CBS. However, it does air on CBC Television in Canada, which has renewed it for a fifth season. In the United States, the series is shown on GMC, which used to be known as Gospel Music Channel and uses “Uplifting Entertainment” as its credo ... attesting to the family-friendly nature of “Heartland.”
Q: What happened to Martha MacCallum on Fox News Channel with Bill Hemmer in the morning?
Jim Weiss, Fort Atkinson, Wis. A: She’s still very much on the network. Lately, she has been substituting for “America Live” host Megyn Kelly, who is on maternity leave, but she should be back with Hemmer on “America’s Newsroom” when that stint ends.
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Suleka Mathew plays a paraplegic on “HawthoRNe.”
Carmine Giovinazzo stars in “CSI: NY.”