If it’s Thursday, this must be the mailbag.
Q: My wife and I and many of our neighbors watch “NCIS” and not one of us has ever seen a word about the marital status of Cote de Pablo or Pauley Perrette. Help!
A: De Pablo, who plays Ziva on the long-running CBS series, has long been in a relationship with actor Diego Serrano. She told Prevention magazine a couple of years ago that they balance each other. “My partner’s idea of fun is to dress up, get in the car, pump the music, go clubbing. I could not be further away from that. I love being at home, having friends over,” she said.
Perrette, who plays Abby, was married to musician Coyote Shivers, leading to a nightmare that is ongoing. They split in 2004 and Perrette later accused Shivers of stalking and harassing her — claims also made against Shivers by another ex-wife, Bebe Buell, according to a FoxNews.com report in 2006. While Shivers has denied the charges and posted his own accusations against Perrette, she has had a restraining order against Shivers since their breakup. In early April, according to TMZ, he was charged with violating the order — while on probation for sending Perrette’s lawyer harassing emails.
Aren’t you just a little sorry that you asked? But Perrette may yet find happiness. In December, she announced her engagement to a former British marine, Thomas Arklie. But she has reportedly said they will not marry until California overturns its law banning gay marriage; Perrette has called the law unjust.
Q: Could you tell me about the program that has six people in chairs and a commentator? The six people decide the answer to a question and all agree on whether to go for, I think, a million dollars. I just happened to catch it and it looked like an interesting program.
A: You most likely saw Million Dollar Mind Game, which aired on ABC on Sunday afternoons last fall. Based on a successful Russian game show that has been modified for other countries, six people who knew each other tackled a series of logic-based questions, headed toward a total prize of a million bucks. After each correct answer, the team had to decide unanimously whether to keep going or take the money won so far. While the show was well received by the people who saw it, ABC has not announced additional episodes.
Q: I’ve seen several episodes of a show on a channel called Fusion (which I am pretty sure is a PBS affiliate). The show is much in the vein of “Modern Family,” with a British family instead of an American one. I think it’s called “Outsourced” but when I’ve looked on Netflix and elsewhere, the only result I get is the NBC show “Outsourced” from a few years ago, set in India. The only other thing I could really tell you is that the show is in a lineup of other British sitcoms. Do I have the title right, and more importantly, is it available for purchase?
A: You saw a comedy called Outnumbered, about a couple with three young children. According to the BBC, it “captures the turbulent chaos of family life in a way not seen before, at all its most deliciously chaotic.” I do not know of an authorized DVD release in a U.S.-compatible format. Amazon.com has six episodes for sale as streaming Instant Video; Hulu.com has the same six available from its Hulu Plus premium service.
By the way, Fusion is an additional digital channel from Western Reserve Public Media available over-the-air and from some cable companies. According to Western Reserve, it “focuses on regionally produced programming from both Western Reserve Public Media and independent producers; arts and performance programming from national sources; Ohio Statehouse floor activities coverage from Ohio Government channel and other public affairs programs; and British comedies and other BBC Worldwide programs not carried on Western Reserve PBS.”
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