By Rich Heldenfels Akron Beacon Journal
Q: Did Kathy Bates do much acting before “Misery?”
A: Decades of it, on stage and screen. Before winning the best-actress Oscar in 1991 for that adaptation of a Stephen King tale, she received a 1983 Tony Awards nomination for her performance in the stage version of “‘Night, Mother.”
Bates won a 1988 Obie (off-Broadway) for her performance in “Frankie &Johnny in the Clair de Lune.”
Bates was in both stage and screen versions of “Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean”; the movie was released in 1982. Other pre-“Misery” work includes the movie “Straight Time,” daytime drama “All My Children,” and roles on TV series.
And 1990 was noteworthy for Bates not only for “Misery,” but for three movies released the same year: “Men Don’t Leave,” “Dick Tracy” and “White Palace.”
Q: The last I heard the CBS execs had not decided if “CSI: NY” will come back for another season. Will it be coming back?
A: You’re one of several readers who have asked recently about the fate of the drama starring Gary Sinise. CBS decided in May to end the show.
This was not really a surprise. The Huffington Post noted that the ratings have been in decline not only with the viewing audience as a whole but in the coveted 18-to-49-year-old demographic.
It has long appeared to be on the bubble at renewal time, and the last couple of seasons have seen it with reduced numbers of episodes.