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Q:Who is the actor starring in the new detective series “Will Trent”? Also, who plays Angie on the show? She looks so familiar. — E.M.
A: “Will Trent” is a police procedural series on ABC based on a series of novels written by Karin Slaughter. It stars Ramon Rodriguez, who played Renaldo on the critically acclaimed HBO series “The Wire,” Bosley on the short-lived “Charlie’s Angels” TV series a decade ago, and most recently Benjamin Cruz on the HBO series “The Affair.” He’s one of those recognizable faces with a solid resume, but never was the headliner until now.
“Will Trent” also stars Erika Christensen as Angie Polaski (who is best known for her role as Julia on the hit series “Parenthood”), Jennifer Morrison (“House”), and Mark-Paul Gosselaar (“Saved by the Bell”).
Q: I really enjoyed Paul Reiser in the comedy series “Reboot.” It made me wonder whatever happened to Helen Hunt? The last time I saw her was in a Tom Hanks film about 20 years ago. — H.A.
A: The daughter of respected acting coach Gordon Hunt, Helen Hunt was a child actress who gueststarred on numerous television productions in the ‘70s and ‘80s, including “The Bionic Woman,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Facts of Life.” She became a household name because of the hit sitcom “Mad About You,” opposite Paul Reiser, which was part of the Thursday night NBC lineup before “Friends” took its spot. Speaking of reboots, “Mad About You” returned for a limited run in 2019 as part of the Spectrum Originals subscription service.
Hunt won four consecutive Emmy Awards for “Mad About You” before moving on to a successful movie career. She starred in blockbuster hits like “Twister” as well as critically acclaimed indie films like “The Sessions,” the latter of which earned her an Oscar nomination. The highlight of her career was winning an Academy Award for the film “As Good as It Gets.”
She co-starred with Tom Hanks in “Cast Away,” in 2000, and while her roles haven’t been as high-profile since, she’s been acting on camera and doing voiceover work steadily for the past decade. She recently narrated the Lifetime true crime series “Meet, Marry, Murder” and was a regular on the Starz series “Blindspotting.”
“Twisters,” a sequel to “Twister,” is coming to theaters in the summer of 2024, but whether or not Hunt is attached to that project has yet to be confirmed.
Q:I missed the first episode of “Chicago Fire” when it returned in the beginning of January. What happened to Stella? I’m glad she survived, but I don’t know the details. — H.A.
A: When NBC’s hit show “Chicago Fire” went on hiatus for the holidays, it did so with a cliffhanger that left fans worried about the fate of characters Stella and Carver as they rushed into a burning building to save Pryma. Fortunately, all three made it to January when new episodes resumed.
However, Carver ( Jake Lockett) was left feeling guilty because Stella (Miranda Rae Mayo) was seriously injured after jumping in front of him during an explosion. Pryma (Troy Winbush) also survived, but suffered a broken leg.
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