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DEAR STACY: I enjoyed the new show "Champions" -- especially Andy Favreau, who plays the beefcake uncle character. Is he by chance related to Jon Favreau? --bcswinkle

DEAR bcswinkle: Andy, 33, is the younger brother of Jon Favreau, who was White House Director of Speechwriting for Barack Obama -- as opposed to Jon Favreau, the 51-year-old performer/filmmaker of "Swingers" and "Iron Man" franchise fame. I also enjoy "Champions," that rare comedy that really does make you laugh out loud. Co-reated by Mindy Kaling, who has a recurring role as the mother of gay high school theater arts student Michael (J.J. Totah) and ex-girlfriend of gym owner Vince (Anders Holm), it is a great showcase for the super funny and talented Fortune Feimster, who years ago reported for none other than Beck/Smith Hollywood. She's a terrific interviewer and writer, by the way.


DEAR STACY: Please settle a bet. I insist that it's Ellen Degeneres' voice on the commercial for Spectrum TV that starts off in a museum with a man by a dinosaur bone exhibit. My sister says it's a sound-alike because Ellen is too busy. Who is right? --Kaylee B., Santa Monica, CA

DEAR KAYLEE: Never too busy to pick up a neat little commercial voiceover gig, I guess. You're right, that is Ellen on the Spectrum spot.


DEAR STACY: Can you tell me what happened to the singer, Mac Davis? -- JasonNiv

DEAR JasonNiv: At 76, the one-time top box office attraction and concert draw is still active. Davis, who was inducted into the Songwriters hall of Fame in 2006, co-wrote the single "Addicted To You" for Avicii, which became a hit overseas in 2014. He also co-wrote the chart single "Young Girls" for Bruno Mars, and he co-wrote the song "Time Flies" for Rivers Cuomo of the rock band, Weezer. He has also written with country star, Keith Urban. He has not taken on any major TV or film roles in a decade, his last feature being Toby Keith's 2008 "Beer for My Horses" as the reverend, and TV outing being his recurring role on the series "Rodney" (2004-2006). Married three times, he has a son and a daughter with his present wife (since 1982), Lisa, and a son from his first marriage. His many songs include his trademark "I Believe in Music" and "Baby, Don't Get Hooked On Me" and the Elvis Presley hits "A Little Less Conversation," "In the Ghetto," "Memories" and "Don't Cry Daddy."


DEAR STACY: How much longer will "Blue Bloods" continue? It's been on forever, it seems. --Nancy P., New Haven, CT

DEAR NANCY: Given that CBS is likely the network that most appreciates the value of a long-running, older-audience-skewing hit, there might be quite a bit of life left in the Tom Selleck-Donnie Wahlberg police drama that premiered in 2010. Last year, as the show approached 150 episodes, Selleck was asked if he thought it possible they'd go as many episodes as "Cheers." He responded, "We could. The show has that kind of potential. I'm not tired of it. I don't think any of the actors are."

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