TV & Movies Reader Queries: Hackman took a shot at singing


Q: After watching "Hoosiers" the other night for about the 20th time and marveling at what a versatile actor Gene Hackman is, I was wondering if he has ever been in a musical.

A: The Oscar winner has worked with people famous for their musical skills. But I was going to make a joke that Hackman’s starring in "I Never Sang for My Father" was a proper summary of his screen career -- until I came across him performing "I Could Have Danced All Night" with other cast members in "The Birdcage," the 1996 adaptation of "La Cage Aux Folles."

Q: I have been watching reruns of "Sports Night" and can’t help wondering where Sabrina Lloyd, who played Natalie to Joshua Malina’s Jeremy, is.

A: After "Sports Night," she did more work in movies and on television, including the series "Ed" and "Numb3rs." In 2008, she noted on her blog, she was 38 and studying at Columbia University when her U.N.-worker boyfriend suggested they marry and move to Africa. They did both, living there for two years and adopting a daughter before moving on to Rome. In April 2013, she wrote that they were planning to go on to Kenya, so there may be even more stories to tell. But she has not posted since then, nor did I find any published reports about her activities.

Q: The ABC series "Killer Women" was promoted as eight episodes; however, ABC aired only the first six. Do you know how the fans of the show are supposed to be able to see the last two unaired episodes?

A: At this writing I have not seen any scheduling of the remaining episodes of it nor are they available online.

Q: I have tried to find the name of the show that was on during late ‘60s or early ‘70s that featured either celebrities or regular people doing stunts or competing for prizes or money. I think it was on ABC.

A: You may be remembering "Battle of the Network Stars," occasional specials that aired on ABC in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Howard Cosell hosted the competition among teams consisting of performers on various TV shows. You can see selections on YouTube.

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