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Television Q&A: Will 'Unorthodox' return?

By Rich Heldenfels, Tribune News Service on

Published in Entertainment News

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: Will the show "Unorthodox" be back? Enjoyed the four episodes.

A: The Netflix series about "a Hasidic Jewish woman in Brooklyn who flees to Berlin from an arranged marriage" is not going to continue. Producer Anna Winger told Metro.co.uk that "we're not doing a sequel to this because we feel that we really told this story. It was always designed as a mini-series. I suspect that I will work with these actors again, and with many of my collaborators from this project. We have a lot of new things in development. So it's not the end of the road for this constellation, but I don't think we'll tell this story again. We've told it."

Q: On "NCIS: Los Angeles" the lead lady, I believe named Kensi, appears to have something different about her right eye. She has had it for a long time. Is this some kind of injury she picked up?

A: That's a birthmark you're seeing on Daniela Ruah, who plays Kensi Blye on the CBS drama. She explained it to Esquire magazine in 2011. "It's a birthmark called nevus of Ota," she said. "It covers the whole white of my eye and darkens it. The square of the eye, the white part, is completely dark on my right eye, not just the iris. ... It doesn't affect my vision or anything like that."

When the interview mentioned seeing pictures with white in that eye, Ruah said, "Photoshop. It drives me crazy. This is my eye, my little trademark. Not long ago, I started adding a little smiley face when I sign an autograph, and one of the eyes is darker."

Q: There is a local channel running all of the "Seinfeld" episodes and I am watching religiously as I still find them very funny. However, the characters on the show, especially Jerry and Elaine, seem to have had many, many sexual partners over the course of the series' run. I am wondering if anyone has researched or kept track of the numbers.

A: Although these folks were apparently busy getting busy, the actual estimates vary. For example, blog kramersapartment.com cites a "Seinfeld" DVD set saying there are 73, counting both those seen and those alluded to. Elaine tallies 50 according to WikiSein and 56 on kramersapartment.com. Before you ask, George clocks in between 47 and 62, the latter the WikiSein count, and one tally I saw for Kramer, on kramersapartment.com, is 16.

 

Q: I have become a fan of the series "Hogan's Heroes" (please don't judge me!). Could you tell me how that series ended?

A: First, no judging here. "Hogan's Heroes" was one of my father's favorite shows. But if you were expecting something like World War II ending and the inmates going free, it didn't happen.

As is common for many shows even now, "Hogan's" 1965-71 run ended without a finale, just with cancellation. And, as Noel Murray of the AV Club once wrote, the last televised episode, "Rockets or Romance," was not even the last episode made. It was "one of a batch of episodes written and shot as part of the regular production cycle, then scheduled for broadcast after they were in the can. Because 'Hogan's Heroes' wasn't serialized, episodes could run in any order," Murray continued, "so the producers and the network decided later which finished episode would make the strongest season premiere, and would slot the rest according to the time of year, the expected audience, and other largely practical reasons."

Q: I am trying to find a show that I believe premiered on TNT several years ago, and then moved to a streaming network. I recently hooked up with Amazon and thought I saw it being offered but lost it. The show takes place in I believe Nevada or another Western state, it has a sheriff and his deputies which include a woman. There is also an element of organized crime in a small town.

A: When I offered information about "Longmire" as a possibility, that proved to be what you remembered. Based on the novels by Craig Johnson, it involved a Wyoming sheriff played by Robert Taylor (no relation to the old movie actor of the same name). From 2012 to 2017 it ran for three seasons on A&E before going to Netflix for three more. You can still find it, including on Netflix and on DVD.

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(Do you have a question or comment about entertainment past, present and future? Write to Rich Heldenfels, P.O. Box 417, Mogadore, OH 44260, or brenfels@gmail.com. Letters may be edited. Individual replies are not guaranteed.)

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