Monday, February 7, 2011

Q and A: Week of Feb. 7

Q: What can you tell me about my favorite new TV couple: Detective Esposito and Dr. Parrish on “Castle”? I’ve been wanting them together forever, and now that it’s happened, I can hardly believe it! — Suzie W., Conyers, Ga.

A: Well, believe it, Suzie! The fans spoke, and the higher-ups actually listened! I chatted recently with Tamala Jones, who portrays the beautiful and slightly sassy medical examiner Dr. Lanie Parrish, and this is what she told me about how it all came about: “Jon (Huertas, Detective Esposito) started campaigning for this last season. He got all of the Twitter fans to join him and get this thing going. And the producers decided: ‘OK, let’s do it. If it’s what they want to see, let’s give it to them.’ That’s the one thing that our producers definitely pay attention to — Twitter and e-mails they receive about what people want to see.”

Q: Can you tell me if “Sanctuary” will be back on TV for another season? I really hope so, because it is one of the most original and interesting dramas on television today. — Jamie J., via e-mail

A: You’re in luck — Syfy has greenlighted a fourth season of “Sanctuary,” which is scheduled to begin production on a 13-episode season this spring in Vancouver, B.C., with an eye toward a fall 2011 premiere. “Sanctuary” follows brilliant scientist Dr. Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping) and her team, who use their unique combination of instinct, medicine and cutting-edge science to find and aid a clandestine population of beings that the world refuses to believe exists.

Q: Did Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban have another baby? When did this happen? I’ve seen her at premieres and on awards shows, and she never looked pregnant to me! — Fred D., Tacoma, Wash.

A: Nicole has had a history of difficult pregnancies and miscarriages, so for this baby, the couple decided to use a gestational surrogate. This means that the egg came from Nicole and the sperm from Keith; however, they used a surrogate to carry the baby to term for them. Daughter Faith Margaret was born Dec. 28 in Nashville.

READERS: With the Academy Awards coming up, many readers are asking for my Oscar picks. I’ll give it a go, but let me warn you, I haven’t batted over .500 since the year “Titanic” swept the awards. Here are my main-category picks: Best Picture: “The Social Network”; Best Director: David Fincher (“The Social Network”); Best Actor: Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”); Best Actress: Natalie Portman (“Black Swan”); Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale (“The Fighter”); Best Supporting Actress: Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”); and Best Animated Feature: “Toy Story 3.” Tune into the awards ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 27, to see how many I got right.

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