Rich Heldenfels

You have questions, I try to have answers.

Q: Could you please tell me who sings the theme song for “Alaska: The Last Frontier”? Is it Otto?

A: The theme is sung by one of the show’s stars, Atz Kilcher, with help from his daughter, the singer-songwriter known only as Jewel. The two have sung onstage together, but according to Discovery, the theme song was their first recorded duet. There’s a four-song soundtrack from the show featuring two instrumental versions of the theme, the Atz-Jewel duet and a version just by Jewel. And the series has been a hit for Discovery; it will be back for a fourth season late in 2014.

Q: Can you tell me what happened to the series “The Bridge” and “Vegas.”

A: The Bridge, the FX drama starring Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir, will be back for a second season on July 9. Vegas, the CBS drama starring Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis, was canceled a year ago.

Q: I heard a rumor that “Parenthood’s” fall season will be its last. Tell me it isn’t so. I love that show and have watched it from the beginning.

A: NBC has said the coming, 13-episode season of Parenthood will be the final one for the acclaimed drama. There was some question whether that would even happen, as NBC reportedly wanted to cut costs for the last run and asked cast members to agree to each appear in only nine of the remaining episodes — and thereby reduce their pay. After some arguing on both sides, Deadline.com reported that “a middle ground was reached” where the cast agreed to fewer episodes apiece, but not as few as nine.

And how will it end? Series creator Jason Katims told BuzzFeed.com this: “Parenthood is about, in a way, the cycle of life. You see these little kids become bigger kids and this season, you saw a shift in the patriarch going from Zeek (Craig T. Nelson) to Adam (Peter Krause). I think I would want the end to be about sort of that kind of change, that idea that something is passing and something is starting, something is beginning.”

Q: I saw an episode of “Bat Masterson” with a young lady who was the spitting image of Stefanie Powers, but the credits listed a Taffy. The episode was from 1961. According to Google. Powers was born in 1957, but the young lady in the show looked at least 18 to 20 years old. The show was about a silver mine and her father being killed in a fire to hide the claim jumping of two men. Was it Stefanie Powers?

A: Yes. I am not sure where you saw that birth date for the former Hart to Hart star, but the references I have all list Powers as born in 1942. Early in her career, she acted under the name Taffy Paul, including in the Bat Masterson episode you saw.

Q: Could you please tell me what relation are Mel Ferrer, Jose Ferrer and Miguel Ferrer, who is on “NCIS: Los Angeles.” They all look very much alike.

A: Mel Ferrer, who died in 2008, and Jose Ferrer, who died in 1992, are not related. They do have an academic connection, though; Jose graduated from Princeton University, which Mel later attended (but left to become an actor). Miguel Ferrer is one of Jose’s sons from his marriage to singer Rosemary Clooney, who died in 2002. Which means that Miguel Ferrer and George Clooney are cousins. And Miguel’s brother Gabriel is married to singer Debby Boone, the daughter of Pat Boone. So imagine what these family reunions could be like.

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Rich Heldenfels writes about popular culture for the Beacon Journal and Ohio.com, including the HeldenFiles Online, www.ohio.com/blogs/heldenfiles. He is also on Facebook and Twitter.