Beacon Journal popular culture writer
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Q: I was wondering about the different men who are portraying Colonel Sanders for Kentucky Fried Chicken ads. Darrell Hammond was the first and then all of a sudden, he seemed to be replaced by Norm Macdonald. Recently, a new actor has appeared in the latest commercials. What’s up?
A: Comedian and TV actor Jim Gaffigan is the latest to take on the role of spokesman for KFC (it’s no longer Kentucky Fried Chicken). Like Hammond and Macdonald before him, Gaffigan plays Harland Sanders, the real-life standard bearer for the chicken chain; Sanders died in 1980. The actor-shifting campaign, which began in May 2015, certainly generates talk about the ads and the restaurant chain. And it adds to what Market Watch has called a KFC attempt to bring fun to the brand — and to make Sanders “relatable to millennials.” That apparently calls for more than Go Cups.
Q: Are any episodes from “American Crime” last year and this current year available for the public? The series is full of twists and turns and sometimes needs to be reviewed. It’s a great show and it’s interesting how many of the actors from last year are working as an ensemble but in different roles.
A: You can download the first season for a fee on Amazon.com and iTunes, along with episodes from the second season. ABC’s website (abc.go.com) has a limited number of episodes available from the current season, as does the ABC On Demand channel from your program service provider.
Q: Have you ever heard of any rumors of any kind on HBO ever repeating the series “Oz?” The series was so very gritty, but the acting superb. I believe it gave many present-day actors a terrific start to their careers.
A: The prison drama (1997-2003) certainly had an impressive cast, including J.K. Simmons (an Oscar winner last year for Whiplash), Eamonn Walker (now on Chicago Fire), Edie Falco (The Sopranos, Nurse Jackie) and Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: SVU). It is available through HBO GO, a streaming-video supplement to an HBO subscription, and HBO Now, a subscription-based stand-alone streaming service making HBO’s programs available to an array of devices. You can also download episodes on Amazon.com and iTunes. And the entire series has been released on DVD.
Q: Will there be any more “Bones?” It is the best show on TV and I miss it. I like all the characters.
A: New episodes begin April 14. Fox has also picked up the series for 12 episodes in the 2016-17 season, which will be Bones’ last.
Q: What happened to the Hallmark series “The Good Witch?” They advertised a second season but I have not seen it on the schedule.
A: The second season begins April 17. Among other things, Hallmark says in the new season, Cassie (Catherine Bell) and Sam (James Denton) “put romance on the back burner as Sam resolves his family situation and Cassie decides if she’s ready to take things to the next level.”
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Rich Heldenfels writes about popular culture for the Beacon Journal, Facebook, Twitter, Ohio.com and the HeldenFiles Online blog.