TV Q&A: In Search of Dane DeHaan’s Work | Television
Rich Heldenfels Tribune Press Service
Question: I think Dane DeHaan is becoming one of our biggest actors. I was expecting his movie “Life” in 2015, but he never came to my city (Dubuque, Iowa). Since then, I’ve been aware that only one of his films has been shown here, a sci-fi movie that was an insult to his abilities. What happened to him ? Can we hope to see him again soon?
A: From “Life,” where DeHaan played James Dean, the actor’s credits include the films “The Kid,” where he played Billy the Kid opposite Ethan Hawke’s Pat Garrett, “A Cure for Wellness” and ” Tulip Fever “. He also starred in “ZeroZeroZero”, a crime drama for Amazon Prime Video. He starred in “The Stranger,” a limited series for the now defunct Quibi streaming service. Roku has acquired the shows from Quibi and has started adding them to its Roku channel, but “The Stranger” is not yet among the additions. By the way, you can find “Life” on the home video.
Question: I’m happy to see that some of the quizzes from last summer are back. Any info on “Match Game”, “The Hustler”, “Weakest Link” and “The Gong Show”? All of them are good and funny.
A: As I mentioned not long ago, “The Hustler” premieres on ABC on June 17th. The last incarnation of “The Gong Show” was canceled in 2018 after two seasons. “The Weakest Link” was among the comeback shows in NBC’s announcement of the 2021-22 plans, but I haven’t seen any air dates yet. “Match Game” has not been included in ABC’s most recent announcements for the summer or next season; While there have been no reports of his cancellation, Deadline noted his grades were low – but he could still return in 2022.
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A: No. The character you remember, Nate Warren, was played by actor Cory Hardrict, who as far as I know is unrelated to Mathis. He does, however, have another family connection with the famous one, as the husband of actress Tia Mowry. And he’ll be back on the TV series as a varsity baseball coach in the drama “All American: Homecoming,” expected on The CW in mid-season 2022.
Question: Can you tell me about one of my favorite 70s TV shows, “The Name of the Game”? How long has it been running? What network was it on?
A: “The name of the game” was a big deal for NBC in 1968-71, with what would have been the biggest budget for a show until that time and Friday night episodes running 90 minutes each week. He had three leads: Gene Barry as a publishing mogul, Tony Franciosa as a corporate reporter, and Robert Stack as the editor of a crime magazine. Each episode focused on one of the three. Shortly after the series ended, NBC made a similar wrapper with its set of mystery films of “Columbo,” “McCloud” and “McMillan and Wife” (where the “woman” was played by Susan Saint James, who had also been on “Game Name”). The “Name” series had a lot of off-camera drama; The talented but volatile Franciosa at the time was fired in season three, and the show didn’t last long after that. You can find a detailed article on the series here: bit.ly/3v9JmjS.
Question: Has “Nurses” been canceled?
A: No, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll see him again soon. While the drama is made for Canadian television, NBC aired the first season trying to deliver programming during the pandemic. The “Nurses” won a second season in Canada, but were not on NBC’s plans for its 2021-22 season.