TV: Reader Queries Theme songs and series finales


Q: Could you please tell me who sings the theme song for "Alaska: The Last Frontier"? Is it Otto?

A: The theme is sung by one of the show’s stars, Atz Kilcher, with help from his daughter, the singer-songwriter known only as Jewel. The two have sung onstage together, but according to Discovery, the theme song was their first recorded duet. There’s a soundtrack from the show featuring two instrumental versions of the theme, the Atz-Jewel duet and a version just by Jewel. The series has been a hit for Discovery; it will be back for a fourth season late in 2014.

Q: Can you tell me what happened to the series "The Bridge" and "Vegas."

A: "The Bridge," the FX drama starring Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir, will be back for a second season on July 9. "Vegas," the CBS drama starring Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis, was canceled a year ago.

Q: I heard a rumor that "Parenthood’s" fall season will be its last. Tell me it isn’t so. I love that show and have watched it from the beginning.

A: NBC has said the coming, 13-episode season of "Parenthood" will be the final one for the acclaimed drama. There was some question whether that would even happen, as NBC reportedly wanted to cut costs for the last run and asked cast members to agree to each appear in only nine of the remaining episodes -- and thereby reduce their pay. After some arguing on both sides, Deadline. com reported "a middle ground was reached" where the cast agreed to fewer episodes apiece, but not as few as nine.

Q: I saw an episode of "Bat Masterson" with a young lady who was the spitting image of Stefanie Powers, but the credits listed a Taffy. The episode was from 1961. According to Google. Powers was born in 1957, but the young lady in the show looked at least 18 to 20 years old. Was it Stefanie Powers?

A: Yes. I am not sure where you saw that birth date for the former "Hart to Hart" star, but the references I have all list Powers as born in 1942. Early in her career, she acted under the name Taffy Paul, including in the "Bat Masterson" episode you saw.

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