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That Swiffer ad couple? They're real,best bets [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)]

October 7, 2013


Question: The couple who advertises Swiffer products (Lee and Morty Kaufman) is so adorable. Please tell us that they really are married to each other!

Answer: They are. Lee, 90, and Morty, who is four months older, live in Valley Stream, N.Y., and have been married for 44 years. According to, their daughter Myra recommended them to a casting director she knew who was looking for an older couple. Neither Lee nor Morty was a professional actor.

They had not used Swiffer before trying it out for the ads and weren't big fans of TV pitches. "I never even listened to ads," Morty told "That was information that I was never interested in." But their videos have had millions of views on YouTube, they have been interviewed about their new stardom and, if asked to do more ads, "We would have no objections," Lee said.

Q: I am a little late asking this, but what happened to the marriage between the star of "Dexter" and the girl who plays his sister?

A: It ended. Michael C. Hall, who played the title role in the Showtime drama, and Jennifer Carpenter, who played Dexter's sister, married in 2008 and split a couple of years later. According to E! Online, the official reason for the divorce was simply "irreconcilable differences." There was some talk about Hall taking up with Julia Stiles, who had appeared on "Dexter" at the time, but Stiles firmly denied it to E!

Hall and Carpenter continued to work together on the series, which had its final episode Sept. 22.

Q: Will "Mike & Molly" be back?

A: The CBS comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and Pittsburgh native Billy Gardell is in CBS' lineup for 2013-14, but not in the fall. Look for the show later this season, probably in January. There's a full-season order of 22 episodes.

According to, CBS entertainment boss Nina Tassler said when announcing the network plans in May that "Mike & Molly" "is a show that we love, and it puts us in a great place strategically when we talk about getting more originals, less repeats,"

Rich Heldenfels is a staff writer for the Akron Beacon Journal.,How I Met Your Mother

8 p.m. on CBS

After discovering that Ted (Josh Radnor) still has feelings for Robin (Cobie Smulders), Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) tries to work through his anger with Marshall (Jason Segel) Skyping in to play mediator.

Hart of Dixie

8 p.m. on The CW

As Season 3 opens, Zoe (Rachel Bilson) has spent the summer in New York but has loose ends to tie up in BlueBell, where only Lavon (Cress Williams) is happy to see her. She agrees to help Brick (Tim Matheson) find George (Scott Porter) and try to get the Founders Day parade reinstated.

We Are Men

8:30 p.m. on CBS

Stuart's (Jerry O'Connell) ex-wife offers to settle their divorce if he'll let her keep the dog. Not willing to give up his beloved pet, Stuart asks Frank, Gil and Carter (Tony Shalhoub, Kal Penn, Chris Smith) to help him get the animal back.

Beauty and the Beast

9 p.m. on The CW

Vincent and Catherine (Jay Ryan, Kristin Kreuk) are reunited three months after his abduction, but he's changed. His scar and memory are gone, and he's on a mysterious mission in the season premiere, "Who Am I?"


10 p.m. on PBS

Katie Dellamaggiore's documentary "Brooklyn Castle" spotlights the chess team at a junior high school in Brooklyn, N.Y., which has more than 30 national titles under its belt.

The Blacklist

10:01 p.m. on NBC

The FBI searches for a high-ranking Chinese spy known as Wujing (Chin Han), who has reportedly hired Red (James Spader) to help him decode a classified transmission from the CIA.

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