Unforgettable’ Poppy survives for another try
A: Look for the drama to begin a third run on CBS beginning April 4. It remains a surprising success, canceled after its first season, then brought back from the dead with a casting and story overhaul for a second season, then picked up for another go-round. Poppy Montgomery stars.
Q: What has happened to Sam, the weather guy on “Good Morning America”? He just disappeared.
A: Actually, Sam Champion moved on to another network. He has joined the Weather Channel, where he will host a morning show beginning March 17.
The show will be called “AMHQ With Sam Champion,” the letters standing for America’s Morning Headquarters. It will air from 4 to 7 a.m. (Pacific time) weekdays, live from the Weather Channel operations in Atlanta. Co-hosts will include Maria LaRosa and Mike Bettes.
Q: I sometimes enjoy watching the Marx Brothers. In all of their films, and on sitcoms that Harpo appears, Harpo never talks. Was Harpo just acting, or he really couldn’t talk for real?
A: Harpo Marx was famous for his pantomime skills, accented by his not speaking. Besides the movies, his “mirror” act with Lucille Ball made one of the great “I Love Lucy” episodes.
But that was the act: he could speak perfectly well, although he seldom did in public in order to preserve the magic of his character.
Harpo, by the way, was born Adolph Marx, also known as Arthur. He was the second oldest of five performing brothers: Chico (born Leonard), Groucho (Julius), Gummo (Milton) and Zeppo (Herbert). Gummo was in the vaudeville act but left before the brothers made their mark in movies.
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