More 'Magnum'? Maybe . . .
Whatever happened to the cast of Magnum, P.I.? And will they ever do a reunion show?
Magnum star Tom Selleck said in an interview with TV Guide earlier this year that he'd like to do a big-screen movie based on the long-running series. He says various studio problems have gotten in the way of that happening.
He has rejected several proposals for a TV reunion movie, he said, and he bristled at any suggestion of doing a cameo in a Magnum movie that lampoons the original (think Brady Bunch, Starsky & Hutch, Get Smart) and does not include any of the other original characters. Two years ago such a movie was pitched, with Matthew McConaughey as Magnum, Tyrese Gibson as T.C., Steve Zahn as Rick and William H. Macy as Higgins, but never got off the ground.
These days, Selleck, now 64, does an occasional movie. His next is Five Killers with Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher, due out next June.
John Hillerman, 76 (Jonathan Quayle Higgins III), retired this year.
Roger Mosley, 70 (T.C. Calvin), still does guest turns on TV series.
Larry Manetti, 62 (Rick Wright), wrote a book about the show in 1999, Aloha Magnum, and also has done some TV work.
Taxes pay for unemployment
Where do the funds for my unemployment check come from?
Unemployment insurance is funded by a combination of state and federal taxes levied on employers. The federal tax is equivalent to 0.8 percent of the first $7,000 of wages, or a maximum of $56 per employee, according to the Labor Department. State taxes vary.
The federal taxes pay for the administration of the program and have also been paying for emergency extended benefits, as Congress has added up to 53 weeks of extra benefits on top of the 26 weeks provided by most states. State taxes pay for the first 26 weeks.
But those taxes haven't been able to keep up with the record number of Americans receiving unemployment insurance, as joblessness has soared during the recession to a 26-year high of 9.8 percent. As a result, extended benefits are now being paid out of federal income tax revenue.
Many states are also borrowing from the federal government as their unemployment insurance trust funds have been depleted — another cost ultimately being borne by the taxpayer.
'Jeopardy' runnersup get cash
What is the "prize" for the two contestants who do not win on Jeopardy?
The runnersup used to get prizes, but now it's just a cash award: $2,000 for second place and $1,000 for third place.
And contestants have to pay for their flight and lodging to appear on Jeopardy in Los Angeles. Only the returning champions get a break — the show pays airfare but not for a hotel.