Q: I’m enjoying watching Halle Berry in “Extant.” Has she done television before? – Julie Smith, Buffalo
A: In fact, that’s where her acting career began. The former model was among the regulars on a short-lived 1989 ABC spinoff of “Who’s the Boss?” called “Living Dolls,” about a modeling agency. Her role in that – as she amusingly described it to us when her current CBS series began – basically consisted of her entering a scene by saying, “Hi, everybody!,” then ending it by saying, “Come on, let’s go!”
Guest shots on “A Different World” and “Amen” followed, then a longer stay on “Knots Landing.” Berry then shifted her main attention to feature films, but TV movies also stayed in the mix for her with such efforts as the Oprah Winfrey-produced “The Wedding” and “Their Eyes Were Watching God.”
Berry’s top home-screen effort up to now arguably was a 1999 HBO biography that she also produced, “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge,” for which she won a number of acting awards including an Emmy. That film was co-written by Shonda Rhimes, now a major television force as the maker of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and ABC’s forthcoming “How to Get Away With Murder.”
Q: Are there any more new episodes of the show “History Detectives” planned? – Rodney Bell, Clermont, Fla.
A: The PBS program just finished a July run under a revised format that made it “History Detectives Special Investigations,” using modern techniques to explore such true mysteries as the disappearances of bandleader Glenn Miller and Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa. At this writing, the future of the series had not been determined.
Q: It’s fun to see Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling back together on “Mystery Girls.” Before that show, had they worked together on anything else since being on “Beverly Hills, 90210”? – Mary Ford, West Palm Beach, Fla.
A: Spelling reprised her Donna Martin role in a couple of episodes of The CW’s “90210” update, in which Garth had more of a continuing part. More recently, Garth turned up – as herself, logically – in an installment of Spelling’s Lifetime reality show “True Tori.”