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Lancaster may be returning to 'What About Brian'

Q: Besides the first episode of "What About Brian" this season, where has Sarah Lancaster been? - Gary Bruno, Severna Park, Md.

A: The ABC show's writers and producers evidently decided her character, Marjorie, had reached an emotional peak with both Brian and her fiance, Adam (Barry Watson, Matthew Davis) - so some "away" time was in the cards for her, especially after she literally left Adam at the altar a couple of episodes into the new season.

Lancaster has remained in the show's opening credits, so it's only a matter of time until she resurfaces. Here's a great big hint: The story slated to air Tuesday is subtitled "What About Marjorie . . . ."

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Q: I would like to know who played Maude's daughter on the series "Maude." - Robert Wills, Daytona Beach, Fla.

A: Adrienne Barbeau's television and film career was launched when she played Maude's offspring, Carol, on the often-controversial 1970s "All in the Family" spinoff. Since then, her credits have mixed small-screen and big-screen work, with "Escape From New York," "Swamp Thing," "Creepshow" and "Back to School" among her theatrical films.

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Q: Will I be able to get the first season of "Heroes" on DVD? - Eddie Pizzo, Houston

A: Undoubtedly. The NBC series has been such a hit for the network, a second season is a foregone conclusion. As is traditional with the DVD releases of many shows, the past season is likely to hit rental and sales shelves just before the next one starts airing, so you can expect to see the DVD around August or September.

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Q: Recently, I read that Stuart Margolin - who played Rockford's pal on "The Rockford Files" - has passed away. The write-up indicated that Janet Margolin was his sister; however, her life events didn't seem to match his. Were they really related? - Ann Nash, Richardson, Texas

A: They were siblings, but Stuart was still living as of this writing. Janet, arguably best-known for the movies "David and Lisa" and "Annie Hall," died in 1993. Another sibling also is in show business: Arnold Margolin, who has produced such television series as "Love, American Style" and "Growing Pains."

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Q: Is Phill Lewis - who plays Mr. Moseby on "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody" - related to Dawnn Lewis, who used to be on "A Different World"? - Susan Grimes, North Massapequa, N.Y.

A: Trying to make that connection is logical, particularly since both performers use the double consonants at the ends of their first names, but we've been unable to find any family ties between them.

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Q: I saw a movie on television many years ago that I've never forgotten, but I haven't seen or heard of it since. It starred Martin Sheen and, I think, Linda Blair and was called "Sweet Hostage." Is this correct? - Susan Davis, Raleigh, N.C.

A: Yes, on all counts. Made for ABC in 1975, the drama starred Sheen as an escapee from a mental institution and Blair as his captive. Although it isn't available on DVD, the film was released on VHS tape in 1991. If you hunt around the Internet, you should be able to locate some copies.

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