Q: Besides the 1970s version of “The Odd Couple” and the new one with Matthew Perry, wasn’t there another version of the show? – Joan Schneider, Cyberspace
A: There was. After Tony Randall and Jack Klugman became the first television incarnations of Neil Simon’s characters Felix and Oscar, Ron Glass (“Barney Miller”) and Demond Wilson (“Sanford and Son”) assumed the roles in a version that ABC aired as “The New Odd Couple” during the 1982-83 season.
Randall and Klugman actually reunited in the parts in the 1993 TV movie “The Odd Couple: Together Again,” but CBS’ new Thursday-night show starring Perry and Thomas Lennon is the first shot at a weekly take on the premise in more than 30 years.
Q: Is “The Newsroom” really over? Is there any chance of it coming back? – Stephen Ware, Cyberspace
A: There’s usually a chance of anything – which doesn’t necessarily mean it will happen. But who’s to say that writer-producer Aaron Sorkin won’t get an urge to revisit those characters at some point, and that HBO won’t go for it?
For now, though, it’s safe to say that the cast has moved on. To cite some specific examples: Emily Mortimer is making more episodes of her comedy series “Doll and Em” for HBO; Thomas Sadoski has been appearing in NBC’s Thursday series “The Slap”; and Jane Fonda reteams with her “9 to 5” co-star Lily Tomlin – and “The Newsroom’s” Sam Waterston, for that matter – in the upcoming Netflix series “Grace and Frankie.”
Q: What happened to “Jay Leno’s Garage”? It was supposed to be a weekly show on CNN or CNBC – I’m not sure which. – Bill Simpson, Palm Coast, Fla.
A: “In the spring” was the most recent timing given, at least as of this writing, for CNBC to premiere the show after the special edition was presented last August. We know from experience that the network sometimes doesn’t give a bounty of advance notice before a new show starts, so we’d advise you to keep an eye on its listings – and perhaps on the channel itself, for ads regarding the premiere – over the coming weeks and months if you’re interested in catching that debut.