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December 9, 2013


Question: I recently watched the movie "White House Down." The young girl named Emily reminded me of a character on the CBS soap opera "The Young and the Restless." The character's name is Summer. Are they are one and the same?

Answer: No, but there is a connection. Joey King played Emily in "White House Down," the action movie starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx. She is the younger sister of Hunter King, who plays Summer Newman on "The Young and the Restless." You may also have seen Hunter in the TV series "Hollywood Heights" and as Joey on the series "Bent." Their sister, Kelli King, acts, too.

Q: My wife and I enjoy watching a number of the older TV comedies such as "Golden Girls," "The Andy Griffith Show," "Designing Women" and "Cheers." But I note that many of the episodes are totally out of their originally broadcast sequence, sometimes by years. I would appreciate it if you could give some explanation.

A: Especially with long-running shows, programmers will buy only a selected number of episodes rather than every one that is available, to save costs. And they will tend to buy and run the episodes they believe are most popular with viewers, even if that means airing them out of sequence. In addition, repeats of many shows are edited down from their original running time to make room for more commercials in syndication or on cable.

The best way to watch a TV series as it was made is to look for DVD sets or streaming-video providers offering the whole thing.

Q: I became really invested in "King & Maxwell." Will it return?

A: No. The detective drama starring Jon Tenney and Rebecca Romijn was dropped after a single season on TNT. As noted, the series had about 3.5 million viewers, not bad for a cable show -- but not great because "Major Crimes" had 5 million viewers leading into "King" and many of those viewers chose not to stick around for the next show.

Rich Heldenfels is a staff writer for the Akron Beacon Journal. Write him at Akron Beacon Journal, 44 E. Exchange St., Akron, OH 44328 or,Santa Claus is Comin' to Town

8 p.m. on ABC

A lanky mailman with the voice of Fred Astaire explains Santa's origins in this 1970 animated special, which sidesteps the St. Nicholas part. In this version, the future jolly old elf is a foundling adopted by the Kringles, a family of toymakers. He grows up with toys in his blood, so to speak, and feels called to give them away to the local youngsters, but mean old Burgermeister Meisterburger will have none of that.

The Great Christmas Light Fight

9 p.m. on ABC

In each episode of this holiday decorating competition, airing over three Mondays, four families have 21 days to give their homes a transformation in hopes of winning big money. Two people who know the E word, Michael Moloney and Sabrina Soto of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," judge their efforts.

The Sing-Off

9 p.m. on NBC

Nick Lachey returns to host as a cappella groups from around the country vie for the grand prize -- $100,000 and a recording contract -- as this singing competition starts a new, short season. Singer Jewel joins Ben Folds and Shawn Stockman on the judges panel.

Movie: Six by Sondheim

9 p.m. on HBO

This tuneful new film pays tribute to Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim with performances of six of his signature songs.


9:30 p.m. on CBS

Christy (Anna Faris) goes on her first sober date, which is going to require some new skills. Young Roscoe (Blake Garrett Rosenthal) is learning some, too; Bonnie (Allison Janney) is teaching him how to gamble. Justin Long guest stars as Adam, Christy's date.

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