Sun Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Tom Jicha Tv and Radio Writer column
Aug 21, 2011 (Sun Sentinel - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Q I watch reruns of "NCIS" and would like to know what Sasha Alexander, who played Catlin Todd, has been doing since she left the show? -- D.R., Boynton Beach
A Sasha Alexander, who was born Suzana Drobnjakovic, has been doing very well since leaving "NCIS." She is the co-star of the TNT series "Rizzoli & Isles," which is one of the highest rated series on cable. With the second season still in progress, TNT has already picked it up for a third year.
Q There is a show on The Science Channel called "How It's Made." It's very informative. For some reason, Comcast has put the Science Channel on a premium tier, causing people to pay extra to get it. I understand prime movies and sports costing more but not a show like this. With the economy the way it is, many people cannot afford to pay extra for a show that could be free. -- G.T., Delray Beach
A The sad fact is, cable companies can charge whatever they want and put networks on whatever tier they want. The only alternative is to explore other means of receiving programming, such as mini-dishes. I realize this is not an option in some communities, although it should be. The only comfort I can offer is you will live to see cable, as we know it, go the way of pay phones. It's only going to be a short time before people receive TV via the Internet or something like it. It won't be free but it should cost less and you'll be able to choose the channels you want.
Q I loved the TV series "Chase." I have heard nothing about it and it is not at its usual time. What happened? -- S.G., Delray Beach
A "Chase" was practically dead on arrival. Its ratings were never acceptable on Monday and its fate was sealed when "Harry's Law" replaced it and did about twice as well. NBC gave "Chase" tryouts in other time slots and it fared no better. In fact, it did worse. Ergo, it has been canceled.
Q I cannot believe anyone watches "Fashion Police." Joan Rivers is a foul-mouthed bully. Her co-stars have to look like her vicious remarks are funny. She should not be on the air. -- J.M., Pompano Beach
A Where have you been all of Joan Rivers' life? One click and she is not on your air. Some people find foul-mouthed bullies amusing. (In this case, I am not one of them.)
Q My husband and I were big fans of Cyd Charisse, who has passed away. What can you tell us about her husband, Tony Martin? -- M.D., Sunrise
A Martin, who will turn 98 on Christmas Day, was married to Charisse for 60 years, which must be close to a Hollywood record. He's best known as a singer, whose biggest hit was "There's No Tomorrow," an adaptation of "O Sole Mio." Elvis later did his own take on the song, "It's Now or Never." Martin, who got his big break on the George Burns and Gracie Allen radio show, also had several major roles on the big screen, including "Follow the Fleet" and the Marx Brothers' "The Big Store."
Q Is "Switched at Birth" on the ABC Family channel going to return? If so, when? -- C.P., email
A "Switched at Birth" is a big success story. It was the No. 1 new series of the summer on cable in the all important female demographics. Only 10 episodes were ordered for its first season. When it returns in early 2012, it will be with a 22-episode season.
Q Do you know the location of the production facility where the interiors of "The Glades" are shot? -- J.M., Key Biscayne
A The sound stage for "The Glades" is located in Pembroke Park.
Q I am interested in the identity of the person who sings like Eddie Cantor in some of the cabaret scenes in HBO's "Boardwalk Empire." He does a remarkable job. The credits go by so fast that I can't spot any name. Some of today's audience may not recognize who it is he is imitating but I found it to be very much like Mr. Cantor. -- H.T., email
A The actor who does such a fine imitation of Eddie Cantor is Stephen DeRosa, who has been seen, on "Ugly Betty," "Law & Order" and "Third Watch," among other shows.
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