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Q: Do you know if “Southern Charm” is coming back on Bravo? Being from Savannah and Charleston I sure liked the “Southern Charm” shows set there. There was a little too much bickering sometimes, but no more than on all those “Real Housewives” shows.
A: Bravo will offer a sixth season of “Southern Charm” and the Charleston, South Carolina, cast beginning on May 15. According to the network, returning cast members will include Craig Conover, Kathryn Dennis, Cameran Eubanks, Austen Kroll, Chelsea Meissner and Shep Rose. Former star Thomas Ravenel, who is also Kathryn’s ex, will not be in this season. He has reportedly said that being on “Southern Charm” was “the worst mistake of my life.”
New to the cast are Naomie Olindo and Eliza Limehouse. Storylines include Kathryn hoping to rise in the social hierarchy, Cameran working on a work-life balance, Craig hiring a personal assistant, and Shep getting a new dog.
Q: I am writing about this great show “God Friended Me.” I find it very refreshing and it covers many facets of humanity with a diverse cast, all while talking about doing good by helping others. I hope this program goes on for a long time. It is so uplifting.
A: The drama will have its first season finale on April 14, but don’t worry. It has been renewed for a second season. “It’s one of the top three new series on television, has improved its time period significantly, and continues a long tradition of prestige dramas for CBS on (Sunday) night,” said Kelly Kahl, president, CBS Entertainment, in the renewal announcement.
Q: Please explain the tagline “Bocca-Book Bocca-Boom” (or however it is spelled) for Choice Hotels TV commercials. No one I know has a clue what it means or the origin.
A: According to the hotel chain, the phrase is “Badda Book. Badda Boom.” The slogan draws on the expression “bada bing, bada boom,” which as the Oxford English Dictionary notes, refers to something happening suddenly or easily. The OED has references to the original phrase going back more than 50 years; the most famous uses of the term are likely those in mob chronicles such as “The Sopranos” (where the topless club was called Bada Bing) and “The Godfather.” A Choice Hotels press release said its slogan indicates “there’s an easy way to plan and book hotel stays, and find the lowest hotel rates guaranteed … (by) booking direct at ChoiceHotels.com.”
Q: We were in Morocco from 1970 to 1973 when my husband was in the Navy. At that time, the king of Morocco was King Hassan. His wife was Latifa, which would make her Queen Latifa. I wonder if the American actress/singer chose her name, Queen Latifa, from the former Moroccan queen?
A: A New York Times profile of the multitalented Queen Latifah (with an h, unlike the common spelling of the Moroccan royal) says the former Dana Owens “named herself Latifah as a child, after learning it was Arabic for ‘delicate, sensitive and kind.’ ” I have not seen an account connecting her naming to the Moroccans.
By the way, when Hassan died in 1999, the Times said his widow was “a commoner who is officially described as the Mother of the Royal Children.” Several sources have called her a princess instead of a queen.
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