Q. Will there be a CD release from the "Tribute to Fallen Heroes" telethon?
- S.V., Dallas
A. Yes, and the CD from Interscope Records may even be in music stores by the time you read this. Artists like Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, U2, Neil Young, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Wyclef Jean performed on the fund-raiser.
Q. What can you tell me about Alexis Bledel, who plays Rory on "Gilmore Girls"? She has such good chemistry with Lauren Graham (Lorelai). All mothers and teenage daughters should watch and learn.
- Eleanor Martin, El Paso, Texas.
A. Most mothers and teenage daughters aren't lucky enough to have Gilmore creator Amy Sherman-Palladino writing dialogue for them, but it's true that the dazzling Bledel, a 19-year-old Houston native, really has bowled over viewers, critics and senior co-stars such as Edward Herrmann with her warmth and poise. When she was 8, Bledel's parents encouraged her to try out for a community theater as a way to combat her shyness. She went on to appear in "Our Town," "Aladdin" and "The Wizard of Oz" before landing a modeling contract while still in high school. She had enrolled as a film student at New York University shortly before being cast in the coveted role of Rory Gilmore. Over her summer hiatus, Bledel starred in a new Disney adaptation of the children's classic "Tuck Everlasting," scheduled for release in 2002.
Q. Whatever happened to TNT's highly touted movie that was to provide closure to "The Pretender"? We were out of the country for a couple of months this summer. Did we miss it or was it canceled?
- Philip Whittier, Atlanta.
A. No, the final original "Pretender" movie is safely in the can, but was part of the schedule reshuffling that followed some major changes in the upper management structures at AOL Time Warner, of which TNT is a part. "The Pretender: Island of the Haunted" now is scheduled to air in December.
Q. Most of the actors on "Saved by the Bell" have gone on to other jobs, but what happened to the amiable actor who played Principal Belding?< - Paul Dunn, Bloomington, Ill.
A. OK, maybe it's not quite as prestigious as co-star Mark-Paul Gosselaar's new gig on "NYPD Blue," but actor Dennis Haskins, 44, has continued to work following the demise of "Saved by the Bell: The New Class" in 2000. In fact, he guest-starred in an episode of "The Practice" last January and appears in no fewer than four films set for 2001 release: "Max Keeble's Big Move," "Tangy Guacamole," "Reverie" and "18." And no, you probably won't be hearing those titles mentioned in next year's Oscar race.
Q. My friend insists that the gentleman who used to sing the "Evening Shade" theme song now does the same thing on "Frasier." I say Kelsey Grammer himself sings the theme to his show. Who is right?
- V.G., Massillon, Ohio.
A. You are, of course.
Q. Whatever happened to Bernard Shaw, who was with CNN for so many years?
- Howard Turner, Shelburn, Ind.
A. Shaw, 60, who joined CNN in 1980, left the news company when his contract expired last February. He said at that time he wanted to write books and spend more time with his family.
Q. What was the name of the theme song to the sitcom "Wings"?
- Tom Marquand, Flint, Mich.
A. That was Antony Cooke's special arrangement of the fourth movement ("Rondo") from Franz Schubert's Piano Sonata No. 20 in A major, D. 959. Logically, Cooke called it "Wings."
Q. Is Brandon de Wilde still alive? If not, how did he die? How did "Suddenly Susan" star David Strickland die?
- Bradford Furman, Ft. Lee, N.J.
A. Former child star De Wilde died in a 1972 road accident at age 30; Strickland, believed to have been despondent over chronic drug problems, hanged himself in 1999. He was 29.
Jingles all the way
We get far more questions about the music used in TV commercials than we could possibly answer here, but thankfully, a Web site called adcritic.com is a real boon.
Not only does it identify the tunes, but you can play back the commercials (via a QuickTime Player, which you must download) and - here's the real sweetheart deal, readers - there's a link taking you to an Amazon.com location where you can order a copy of the song, if it's available.
Check it out.
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