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Q: The "mother-daughter" team in the Jergens lotion commercials is great. Are they actually a mother and daughter? Please tell me about them.
A: That is a real mother and daughter, both from a famous comedy family. The mother is Leslie Mann, who has been in Jergens spots before, but is also known for movies such as "This Is 40," "The Other Woman" and most recently "Blockers." She is married to, and has often worked with, producer-director Judd Apatow. They have two daughters, Iris and Maude, who have also appeared in films as the daughters of Mann's characters; that's older daughter Maude in the Jergens spots.
Q: Is "Last Man Standing" coming back with new episodes?
A: Yes. Although ABC dropped the series in 2017 after six successful seasons, Fox has picked it up for the fall of 2018, where it will air on Friday nights, just as it did on ABC. Since the show was popular at the time, and has remained so in cable reruns, ABC's decision to drop the show was apparently less about ratings than other factors – including ABC wanting to own the shows it televised (as most networks do these days). "Last Man" comes from 20th Century Fox Television, which is part of the Fox empire, not ABC/Disney. There's a bidding war for some of the Fox company's assets right now, but for the time being the "Last Man" deal connects corporate siblings.
The Fox company as a whole is in play, with several companies battling to buy elements of it, for now at least the "Last Man" deal connects corporate siblings.
Q: Although I am WAY outside the demographic for "Supernatural" (I am 71 years old), I discovered it three years ago and have purchased and watched all 13 seasons. I can't seem to find out if there will be a 14th season. Can you find out for me?
A: I live to serve. And yes, brothers Sam and Dean Winchester will be back for another go-round this fall on The CW. Look for them on Thursday nights. By the way, the series is the longest-running one in CW history, even dating back to the old WB network before it morphed into The CW. It will hit 300 episodes during the coming season.
Q: We began watching a show sometime between 2000 and 2005 about a modest IRS employee who had to go to Nevada to investigate some question. Then without a heads-up, the show went off the air! What was the name of the show, why was it discontinued and is there a possibility of a rerun or a home-video release?
A: The show was "Push, Nevada," and it aired briefly on ABC in the fall of 2002. The series – which boasted Ben Affleck as co-creator – tried to engage viewers more by offering clues to the main mystery in each episode. A $1,000,000 prize awaited the viewer who solved it. But the audience was too small for ABC, which cancelled the show early in its run. As "The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows" noted, remaining clues were jammed into the seventh and final night of the series – and yes, there was a prize winner. I do not know of anyone carrying the show, or an authorized video release; you can see some poor-quality copies of the episodes on YouTube.
Q: Why did they end "Inspector Lewis"? I loved it.
A: After 30 years of playing the character – first on "Inspector Morse," where he was sidekick to John Thaw's Morse, then on "Lewis" after Thaw's death – Kevin Whately felt he was done. "Everything has a life span and I think it's gone on long enough," he told the Radio Times as the series was winding down. "There were 33 'Inspector Morse' stories and we've now done 30 'Lewis.' I suppose it's a sentimental thing but I wouldn't want to do more Lewis than we did Morse because I do still think of it as an offshoot." And, he added, "There's the age thing as well – I'm older than John Thaw was when he died, bless him."
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