TV: Reader Queries The scruffy side of ‘Maverick’


Q: I have noticed that actor Scott Wolf is in two different TV series this year in a primary role. One is "The Night Shift" and the other is "Perception." How is that possible that this is even done?

A: Actors have long found ways to work in more than one series at once, if the series want them.

Wolf is now a regular on "Perception," but he was a guest on "The Night Shift," appearing in just four episodes. Still, TV logistics make it possible to work more often.

Q: I have been watching "Shipping Wars" on A&E for several years. A few weeks ago, the truckers talked about Roy having passed away. He was the one with long, gray hair who traveled with his cat. Can you tell me what happened to him?

A: Roy Garber died of a heart attack in January. He was 49.

Q: What has happened to "White Collar," another one of my favorite shows?

A: USA Network has ordered a sixth and final season of the comedy-drama. It will consist of six episodes wrapping up the show. I have not seen an airdate yet.

Q: The death of James Garner started me thinking about his start on "Maverick." I remember that the first show began with Bret going into a really grungy bar in dirty trail clothes. Quickly the show moved into the comedy fashion show that became so popular. In a similar vein, Brian Keith (and a dog) had a show that opened the same way and that one also transitioned into a comedy. Am I correct in these memories?

A: Yes and no. In the series premiere of "Maverick," a dirty Bret (Garner’s character) enters a fancy hotel but gets a room after tricking the clerk into thinking he is very rich. And while we think of Bret in his fancier wear, there are several episodes in which he looked scruffy while passing between towns.

I can’t tell you about the opening of "The Westerner," a 1960 series with Brian Keith as a drifter with a dog. I have not seen the series, which ran for just 13 episodes in spite of a production team that included director Sam Peckinpah.

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