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Q: On “Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda,” who is the actor playing Joe Kenda? Has he acted in other TV shows or movies?
A: Carl Marino plays the younger version of the real-life Colorado detective in the Investigation Discovery dramatizations of Kenda’s cases. Marino has been a deputy sheriff in New York, a model and an actor in the TV shows “Trauma,” “I Faked My Own Death” and other productions.
An even bigger role was a real-life one in 2012, when he helped expose a private detective for whom he worked and the private eye’s police-officer friend for their roles in a major scandal. It had what one television station called “narcotics possession and conspiracy to distribute marijuana and methamphetamine” and, according to another news organization, “the theft and sale of seized drug evidence, drunken-driving stings known as ‘dirty DUIs,’ illegal wiretapping of the cars of husbands in divorce cases, robbery and extortion.” You can find online the “48 Hours Mystery” account of the case, including an interview with Marino.
Q: What ever happened to the show “Vikings”? Is there going to be an ending? Did I miss it?
A: Five seasons of the History channel series have aired. A sixth season is due later this year. It is to be the show’s last, but there have been reports of work on a spinoff.
Q: Is “Designated Survivor” ever coming back?
A: Yes, but not where it has been before. The drama aired for two seasons on ABC, which then dropped the show. But Netflix picked it up for a third go-round, which will be available on the streaming service June 7. The two previous seasons are on Netflix now.
Q: The show “Evening Shade” is not on DVD. Will it be? I enjoyed the show and would love to see it again.
A: For those of you tuning in late, “Evening Shade” aired on CBS from 1990 to 1994 and starred Burt Reynolds as a high-school football coach in Evening Shade, Ark. The cast also included Marilu Henner, Hal Holbrook, Ossie Davis, Charles Durning, Elizabeth Ashley and Michael Jeter — an enviable ensemble, to put it mildly. Both Reynolds and Jeter won Emmys for their work on the show.
As for finding it on DVD, Visual Entertainment released a “complete collection” of the series in April. You can find it via Amazon.com and visualentertainment.tv.
Q: I was wondering why Stephen Nichols was taken off “Days of Our Lives,” where he played Steve “Patch” Johnson. Is he going to return?
A: Nichols departed “Days” last year, reportedly after a contract dispute. The fan reaction was enormous, filling Twitter with tributes to the actor and his character — and that apparently made a difference. Soap Opera Digest reported on April 30 that Nichols is back at work on the soap, and that there are big plans for him in the future.
Q: I was watching a “Bull” rerun when they had the character Cable’s funeral. Do you know why they removed the girl who played this role from the show? Don’t know her name but liked her.
A: Annabelle Attanasio, who played Cable, asked out of her contract. “I have been given the opportunity to direct my first feature film, a story I’ve been shepherding for four years,” she told TVLine.com. “Sadly, the film conflicts with my role as Cable. … CBS and the show’s producers have graciously allowed me to leave the series.” The movie, “Mickey and the Bear,” premiered at the SXSW festival in March. Variety called it an “assured feature debut” for the writer-director, and she’s reportedly working on the script for her next film.
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