Pa­trick Wil­son’s road to be­com­ing ‘A Gifted Man’


Q: Watch­ing the ads for the new fall show “A Gifted Man,” I know I’ve seen Pa­trick Wil­son be­fore, but I can’t re­call where. Can you help? Jane Stephens, Mil­wau­kee A: Broad­way pa­trons have had chances to see the mu­si­cally in­clined ac­tor on­stage in such shows as “Ok­la­homa!” and “The Full Monty,” both of which brought him Tony Award nom­i­na­tions. Since ap­pear­ing in the HBO ver­sion of an­other stage hit, “An­gels in Amer­ica,” he’s had roles in quite a few movies, and he had a cer­ti­fied box-of­fice hit ear­lier this year with the sus­pense tale “In­sid­i­ous.”

Wil­son also ap­peared re­cently as the fel­low TV news pro­ducer boyfriend who tossed Rachel McA­dams’ Black­Berry in his freezer in the com­edy “Morn­ing Glory.” His other screen cred­its have ranged from in­de­pen­dent fea­tures (“Hard Candy,” “Lit­tle Chil­dren,” the cur­rent “The Ledge”) to big-bud­get pro­duc­tions (“The Phan­tom of the Opera,” the 2004 take on “The Alamo,” “Watch­men,” “The A-Team”).

Q: Will they ever show the last episode of “Fri­day Night Lights” again? We left on va­ca­tion and dis­con­nected our TV/DVR. He­len Rid­ings, Lake Worth, Fla. A: It’ll be shown again, but that’s go­ing to take a while. Now that the (fi­nally!) Emmy-nom­i­nated se­ries star­ring Kyle Chan­dler has ended its runs on NBC and DirecTV, its five sea­sons of episodes have been picked up by ESPN Clas­sic, which is run­ning two episodes each Thurs­day. That started in July, so you’re prob­a­bly look­ing at early spring of next year for the show’s fi­nale to turn up there. If you don’t want to wait that long, the drama’s fi­nal sea­son is avail­able on DVD, as are all of its pre­ced­ing sea­sons.

Q: I would like to know what hap­pened to Al­li­son Payne of WGN News.

Q: With a new “Charlie’s An­gels” coming on the air this fall, I’m won­der­ing if any of the stars of the orig­i­nal se­ries lasted all the way through that show’s run.

Linda Sloan, Denver A: One if you’re talk­ing only about the An­gels them­selves, and three if you’re also in­clud­ing other reg­u­lar char­ac­ters. Ja­clyn Smith, alias the drama’s Kelly Gar­rett, was the only ac­tress to en­dure through the en­tire run of the ABC se­ries (1976-81). Far­rah Fawcett-Ma­jors (as she was known at the time) was the first to leave, in 1977, and Ch­eryl Ladd then joined the show as the sis­ter of Fawcett-Ma­jors’ char­ac­ter and stayed un­til the end.

Kate Jack­son was the next to de­part the show, in 1979. Her first re­place­ment was Shel­ley Hack, re­placed in turn in 1980 by Tanya Roberts, who would be­come the last of the first show’s An­gels. As Edna Clein­mark, Stream­wood, Ill. A: The long­time an­chor is in the process of part­ing ways with the Chicago “su­per­sta­tion” due to health is­sues that she has had for some time. Those have in­cluded the loss of her voice and sev­eral min­istrokes. At this writ­ing, Payne’s fi­nal news­cast — end­ing her 21-year run at the sta­tion — was ex­pected to be some­time this month. How­ever, she has said she hopes to con­tinue her broad­cast­ing ca­reer in some form. for the other per­form­ers who stayed all the way through, David Doyle played as­sign­ment fa­cil­i­ta­tor Bosley, and — in voice only — John Forsythe was heard as the boss of all of them, de­tec­tive agency owner Charles Townsend.

Q: What would qual­ify Oprah Win­frey to get an honorary Os­car? She hasn’t done that much movie work, has she?

John Quinn, Chicago A: She hasn’t, rel­a­tively speaking, but the honor in ques­tion is the Jean Her­sholt Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award. It’s given to some­one ac­tive in Hol­ly­wood who also has con­trib­uted to the gen­eral so­cial good ... and it’s tough, if not flat-out im­pos­si­ble, to deny that Win­frey has done that. She earned an Academy Award nom­i­na­tion for her act­ing de­but in “The Color Pur­ple,” and she also was a pro­ducer of last year’s best-pic­ture nom­i­nee “Pre­cious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sap­phire.”

Ad­di­tion­ally, Win­frey has pro­duced TV movies and minis­eries for ABC un­der the “Oprah Win­frey Presents” ban­ner, and her other films in­clude “Beloved” and voice work in such an­i­mated fea­tures as “Char­lotte’s Web” and “The Princess and the Frog.”

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Ac­tor Pa­trick Wil­son speaks at the The Tele­vi­sion Crit­ics As­so­ci­a­tion 2011 Sum­mer Press Tour on Aug. 3 in Bev­erly Hills, Calif. Wil­son stars in the tele­vi­sion se­ries “A Gifted Man” on CBS.

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