Television Q&A: Is 'Council of Dads' returning this fall?

Rich Heldenfels, Tribune News Service on

Published in Entertainment News

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: Will the phenomenal show "Council of Dads" return this fall?

A: No. NBC has dropped the show after a single season. While it seemed designed to draw the "This Is Us" audience, ratings were reportedly low.

Q: I believe Barbara Stanwyck had a son, Stephen. What happened to him?

A: From what I can find, the acclaimed actress Stanwyck had only an adopted son, Dion Anthony Fay, from her marriage to actor Frank Fay. (The marriage ended in divorce, as did a later one to actor Robert Taylor.) Mother and son did not have a happy time. Stanwyck's obituary in the New York Times in 1990 said they had been "estranged for decades." Dion Anthony Fay died in 2006. As for Stephen, you may be thinking of Stephen Bogart, the son of Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart.

Q: On "I Dream of Jeannie" both Tony Nelson and Roger Healey are the same rank, both astronauts and both are stationed at the Cocoa Beach space base. Given all these similarities, why are their uniforms different colors? Tony's is blue and Roger's green. Does this signify some distinction?


A: Although both were in the space program, Tony (played by Larry Hagman) was in the Air Force while Roger (Bill Daily) was in the Army. You may remember that the seven original U.S. astronauts included Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps pilots.

Q: My family used to watch Craig T. Nelson's show "The District." Great writing, acting, stories. There was an actress, I think her name was Elizabeth Marvel. I believe I did see her on a "Law & Order: SVU," but would like to know if she's still acting.

A: She is. Besides playing Nancy Parras on "The District" in 2000-04, and Rita Calhoun in more than a dozen "SVU" episodes, she has had significant roles in the TV series "Manifest," "Homeland," "House of Cards," "Person of Interest," "Fargo" and more. Movie appearances include "Lincoln," "Gifted" and the remake of "True Grit." And there has been theater work, for example in a Broadway production of "King Lear" starring Glenda Jackson.

A recent question and answer about the old "Andy Griffith Show" apparently prompted a slew of other questions about the comedy. I've combined the questions and answers below.


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