Q: What happened to that female policewoman on "Person of Interest"? Is she appearing elsewhere since she was killed off? Is the star leaving also?
A: Taraji P. Henson, who played Detective Carter, has an active movie career and reportedly said it was time to leave the CBS drama and get back to the big screen. Look for her this summer in "Think Like a Man Too," the sequel to the comedy-drama inspired by Steve Harvey’s writing.
But she was apparently not done with TV; she has signed up for "Empire," a Fox drama pilot about the people in and around a hip-hop company.
CBS, meanwhile, has renewed "Person of Interest" for next season, so I would not expect to see actors Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson leave.
Q: I have been searching for over a decade for "Blood Feud" with Robert Blake. I have an old VHS copy. Why is a great movie like that not being released?
A: For those of you tuning in late, "Blood Feud" was a two-part TV-movie starring Blake as Jimmy Hoffa and Cotter Smith as Robert Kennedy.
The reason may be as simple as a lack of enough demand to justify the release; just because something is your favorite show, it may not have been loved by a large audience -- or by an audience willing to pay to see it again.
Q: In the ‘80s (I think) there was a show called "Matt Houston" with Lee Horsley and his "girl Friday" (forgot her name). Whatever happened to these stars?
A: "Matt Houston" aired on ABC from 1982 to 1985. Horsley played a wealthy oilman who spent most of his time solving mysteries; his sidekick was C.J. Parsons, played by Pamela Hensley. Horsley did not disappear after "Houston"; he also appeared in "North and South Book II," Western drama "Paradise" (later called "The Guns of Paradise"), "Bodies of Evidence," "Wind on Water" and "Hawkeye." Not too long ago he had a supporting role in the big-screen "Django Unchained."
Hensley married E. Duke Vincent, an executive producer of "Matt Houston," and put aside acting. But she found other activities; as Pamela Hensley Vincent, she wrote "The Jewish-Sicilian Cookbook," which was published in 2004.
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