Pop culture Q&A

Pop culture Q&A

By Rich Heldenfels

Q. I saw a Toyota Prius ad with a song where the words were “Baby, come along with me,” I think. Who sings this song, and is it on CD?

A. That’s French singer Fabienne Delsol, and the song is known simply as “Come Along.” It was included on Delsol’s 2007 CD “Between You and Me” but also is available as a download.

Q. I noticed that in several scenes in “The Conspirator,” directed by Robert Redford, some of the interior sets had Venetian blinds on the windows. Did they have blinds in 1865, or is this a mistake in the film?

A. Redford is known for his attention to detail, and from what I can find, the blinds were no mistake. They were in use in the United States well before the Civil War. DeVenco, a Georgia-based maker of wooden blinds, offers styles dating back to Colonial America along with historical tidbits on its website (www.devenco.net). It even quotes an ad for wooden blinds from 1767.

Q. Two of our favorite shows have “disappeared”: “The Walking Dead” and “Rules of Engagement.” Can you tell us what happened and when/if they will continue?

A. After a break, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” will continue its second season Feb. 12. The CBS comedy “Rules of Engagement” was scheduled to start the current season Saturday nights. But when “How To Be a Gentleman” proved unsuccessful, “Rules” was put in “Gentleman’s” 8:31 p.m. Thursday slot beginning with “Rules’” sixth- season premiere in October. It since has been bumped so CBS can try out “Rob” on Thursdays (since “The Big Bang Theory” at 8 p.m. Thursdays provides a potent lead-in). The network says “Rules” will be back at 8:31 p.m. Thursday “later this season.”

Q. Will my favorite show, “Prime Suspect,” be on again?

A. If you are referring to the American remodeling of the classic British crime show, NBC aired two episodes back-to-back last Sunday. That completed telecasts of the 13 episodes the network has ordered, and apparently it has no plans to order more. According to Deadline.com, a top NBC executive said the failure of the series starring Maria Bello “was probably the biggest disappointment” among the many in NBC’s fall lineup. As for the British series with Helen Mirren, it is long since done and available in its entirety on DVD.

Q. What happened to “The New Adventures of Old Christine”?

A. The series starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus ended its CBS run in 2010. The Emmy-winning “Seinfeld” co-star will be back in series TV on April 22 with “VEEP,” an HBO series in which she plays the vice president of the United States.

Q. On “Gunsmoke,” just how did Chester Goode suffer the leg injury?

A. Fans of the CBS drama, which aired from 1955 to 1975, well remember Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness) and, until 1964, his deputy Chester, played by Dennis Weaver. (In fact, while Weaver went on to star in other series, notably NBC’s “McCloud,” and in the classic TV-movie “Duel,” his 2006 obituaries tended to highlight the “Gunsmoke” role.) As “The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows” notes, Chester “walked with a pronounced limp, talked with a twang ... and brewed a mean pot of coffee.” According to many published accounts, Weaver came up with the limp and the twang as ways to make the character and his performance more distinctive, but as far as I can tell, the limp never was explained on the show.

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