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Mixed Notes Thursday (Edited/Updated)

By Rich Heldenfels Published: October 10, 2013

This week's mailbag is here. Questions involve "Upstairs Downstairs," "Gold Rush" and other topics.

Tim Conway will be at this year's Ghoulardifest to help promote his new memoir. Info about the appearance is here and about the book is here.

I have a review of the movie "Captain Phillips" here.

Former Beacon Journalist Stuart Warner, a longtime friend of Stan Piatt, has a column in today's paper about Piatt and his departure from WNIR. You can read it here.

As a big believer in support for breast-cancer research, I was distressed by this story on how little money from sales of NFL-tied cancer merchandise actually goes to research.

And we have our second cancellation of the season, Following "Lucky 7" is "We Are Men," leading to changes explained here.

Richard Belzer has ended his run as a series regular on "Law & Order: SVU," the Huffington Post reports. His character, John Munch, has retired. Fans of Belzer and Munch will recall that the character first appeared on TV in January 1993 on "Homicide: Life on the Street," where Munch was a Baltimore police detective. That work seemed to preordain his later joining "SVU" when "Homicide" did a crossover with the original "Law & Order." In fact, Belzer has said he holds the record for most appearances as the same character on different TV shows. When I last counted in 2012, he had been on Munch on at least 11, including the three I have mentioned plus " Law and Order: Trial By Jury," "The X-Files," "The Beat," "M.O.N.Y.",""The Wire," "Arrested Development,;  "30 Rock" and "Sesame Street." (In an interview with Zap2It,  Belzer counts 10 series, omitting "M.O.N.Y," which appears to be a busted pilot.)

That said, there are some debates about the numbers -- including whether Belzer gave voice to the "Sesame" Munch (Belzer says he did) and how to count an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." I wouldn't do the latter, since it gets  extremely complcated when you count actors in character on talk and variety shows;  in any case, Belzer seems to hold the record.



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