You have questions. I will try to have answers — as soon as I finish this turkey and green-bean casserole.
Q: There was a public-television show called “Rock, Pop and Doo Wop” where Jay Black sang “Cara Mia Mine.” Do you know if he has a CD that includes the song? He is an outstanding vocalist for his age.
A: And one who has a long history in pop music. Black, who recently turned 75, was the second “Jay” in Jay and the Americans. Jay Traynor was first and sang on the group’s recording of She Cried. Black — who was born David Blatt — came in for Only in America, Come a Little Bit Closer, Let’s Lock the Door and Cara, Mia (as the old 45 punctuated it). The group took Cara to No. 4 on the Billboard pop charts in 1965. You can read more about Black, who now performs with his own group, at www.jayblackthevoice.com. Jay and the Americans now has a third lead singer, Jay Reincke. You can read more about the band at www.jayandtheamericans.net.
As for CDs, there’s one called Cara Mia: The Best of Jay Black, which includes a version of the title tune. There’s also a Greatest Hits collection of Jay and the Americans recordings. If your local music retailer does not have these, online vendor Amazon.com does.
Q: I recently watched the movie “White House Down.” The young girl named Emily reminded me of a character on the CBS soap opera “The Young and the Restless.” The character’s name is Summer. Can you tell me if they are one and the same?
A: No, but there is a connection. Joey King played Emily in White House Down, the action movie starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx. She is the younger sister of Hunter King, who plays Summer Newman on The Young and the Restless. You may also have seen Hunter in the TV series Hollywood Heights and Joey on the series Bent. Their sister, Kelli King, acts, too.
Q: My wife and I enjoy watching a number of the older TV comedies such as “Golden Girls,” “The Andy Griffith Show,” “Designing Women” and “Cheers.” But I note that many of the episodes are totally out of their originally broadcast sequence, sometimes by years. I would appreciate it if you could give some explanation.
A: Especially with long-running shows, programmers will buy only a selected number of episodes rather than every one that is available, to save costs. And they will tend to buy and run the episodes they believe are most popular with viewers, even if that means airing them out of sequence. In addition, repeats of many shows are edited down from their original running time to make room for more commercials in syndication or on cable.
The best way to watch a TV series as it was originally made is to look for DVD sets or streaming-video providers offering the whole thing, But even there it’s buyer beware: even those reruns may have substituted music from the original broadcasts, used edited-for-syndication cuts or simply omitted episodes.
Q: I became really invested in “King & Maxwell.” Will it return?
A: No. The detective drama starring Jon Tenney and Rebecca Romijn was dropped after a single season on TNT. As Deadline.com noted, the series had about 3.5 million viewers, not bad for a cable show — but not great since Major Crimes had 5 million viewers leading into King and many of those viewers chose not to stick around for the next show.
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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.