By Cindy Elavsky
Q: I love the new show “Life on Mars,” but I heard it has been canceled. Is that true, or should I stay tuned for a second season? — Jane F., via e-mail
A: I’m sorry to report that the time-travel police drama starring Harvey Keitel, Jason O’Mara and Michael Imperioli has been canceled. The series, which was a remake of a British series of the same name, was critically lauded but never quite caught on with viewers. The decision to cancel the show was made in order to give those involved plenty of time to wrap up the story at the end of the 17-episode run, which is scheduled to air April 1.
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Q: Will “Army Wives” be back for a third season? I hope so, because I really want to find out what happens with all the characters. — Joan S., Menomonie, Wis.
A: “Army Wives” will be back for its third season in June in its regular time slot, Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime Television. As of this writing, the exact date had not been announced. In additional news, it has been renewed for a fourth season, which will begin airing in June 2010. If you want to refresh your memory of Season 2 or catch up on any episodes you might have missed, “Army Wives: Season 2” will be released on DVD June 2, which will include three featurettes, deleted scenes, outtakes and more.
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Q: I hope you can help me with this. Can you tell me if Chris Noth (“Sex and the City”) is related to Hollywood legend Victor Mature (“Samson and Delilah”)? They absolutely have to be of some relation — they are identical in their looks. — Pat N., Lancaster, Ohio
A: The resemblance between Chris and Victor is amazing, probably because of their strong shared features: prominent eyebrows, strong nose, similar-shaped mouth and chin. However, they are not related. You’re not alone in your observation, as many people have had the same question over the years. I think that Hollywood execs should take note: If anyone decides to create a biopic about Victor Mature’s life, Chris Noth should be first on the list to play the leading role!
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Q: I was wondering whatever happened to child actor Mitch Vogel. I remember him mostly from “Gunsmoke” and “Bonanza.” — Steve W., Waseca, Minn.
A: Mitch Vogel, 53, is best known for his role of Jamie Hunter Cartwright, an orphan taken in by the Cartwright men and later adopted, on the long-running “Bonanza” TV series. He was in 45 episodes from 1970 until the series finale in 1973. Mitch left the acting life in 1978, got married in 1985 and has two daughters. He hasn’t completely shaken the performing bug — he still acts in and directs church plays, and he also sings in a band. He occasionally participates in “Bonanza”-themed television specials and conventions.
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