Q: My friend recently loaned me her DVD of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog with Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion. It was absolutely wonderful! Any chance for a sequel? — Jenny B., via e-mail
A: When I spoke with Nathan about the upcoming season of “Castle,” he assured me that there are plans for another Dr. Horrible, and that his character, Capt. Hammer, will be involved. I asked him if he was surprised that what started out as an almost underground project has become such a mainstream success. “I’m not surprised that it has become so popular and so well liked,” Nathan said. “That’s Joss Whedon for you. He’s got something going on. Whatever he touches seems to turn to gold in one way or another — if not with mainstream success, then with culture status. That’s his gift; he tells stories that people yearn for. There’s nothing I like more than getting involved in a Joss Whedon project and taking credit for all his hard work.”
Q: I was excited to hear that Laura Leighton would be starring in the new “Melrose Place,” but then disap pointed to hear she’d be killed off in the first episode. What gives? — Brianna M., via e-mail
A: My sources tell me that while Sydney Andrew’s murder is what propels the Season One story line, that doesn’t mean Laura will not be getting much screen time. She’ll show up in many epi sodes throughout the season in flashbacks.
Q: I loved the series, “My Own Worst Enemy,” espe cially Christian Slater, but I can’t seem to find it on the schedule. Will it be back this season? — Wendy F., Altoona, Pa.
A: The Christian Slater drama from NBC was canceled in December 2008 after airing nine episodes. Now you can catch Christian in ABC’s “The Forgotten,” where he plays Alex Sullivan, an ex-detective who now works on murder cases involving unidentified victims. Christian told me he is excited about this new role, because the show is different than the other procedurals out there. “This is a group of volunteers, not experts by any means,” he said. “We’re not CSI guys, I mean, I don’t even have a gun. We are amateurs helping the police to put the pieces of these puzzles together. We do what we can to help bring closure to families who’ve been unable to get it.”
Q: Are Jonathan Frakes and Genie Francis still married? How many children do they have? — Francis W., Decatur, Ala.
A: Yes, ma’am. Jonathan (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”) and Genie (“General Hospital”) have been married for 21 years, and they have two children, a son and a daughter. In fact, when I called Genie this past December to talk about The Note II, it was Jonathan who answered the phone. All is well in that Hollywood house!
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