Reader Queries | Selfridge kids have passed on


Q: Are any of the children of Harry Selfridge on "Mr. Selfridge" still alive?

A: For those of you tuning in late, Harry Gordon Selfridge was the real-life retailer played by Jeremy Piven in the public-TV drama "Mr. Selfridge." The real Selfridge, who died in 1947, had five children born between 1891 and 1901. Four of them have died. I could not find a record of the death of the fifth and youngest, Beatrice. But if she is still alive, she is about 113 years old.

Q: What happened to "Major Crimes?" Is it not going to be on anymore?

A: The crime drama began a new season on TNT on Monday.

Q: Can you give me some background on the man who played the teacher husband of the FBI agent on "The Blacklist?" Where can I see him again?

A: That's Ryan Eggold playing the murderous and still mysterious Tom Keen (if in fact that is his real name) on the NBC drama starring James Spader and Megan Boone. He is a native Californian and, in addition to acting, a musician. He was on the TV series "90210" (the sequel to "Beverly Hills 90210"), Dirt and, in a recurring role, "Entourage," as well as films including "Tyler Perry's The Single Mom's Club." He is also in "Lucky Them," a new film with Toni Collette. And we may not have seen the last of him on "The Blacklist." Yes, Liz (Boone) shot him and he appeared to have died. But then why wasn't his body still there when the police arrived at the scene?

Q: What is the status of the "Vikings" series on the History channel?

A: The series has completed its second season, which consisted of 10 episodes. A third season, also of 10 episodes, has been ordered for 2015.

Q: The contestants on "Jeopardy!" have a tremendous amount of knowledge about a great many subjects. Are they given a manual to study before the contest that helps them know the answers?

A: There is no manual. The Akron Beacon Journal's resident "Jeopardy!" veteran, features editor Lynne Sherwin, said that contestants prepare with almanacs, history books and other references, and by closely watching the show to see what topics come up often.

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