Thursday, May 24, 2018
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Q&A: T-Mobile ad's 'Home for the Holidays' an unsold hit Q&A: T-Mobile ad's 'Home for the Holidays' an unsold hit

Ad's song an unsold hit

There was a video produced for T-Mobile last year that features a large ensemble of female singers at a mall, dancing and singing (There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays. This was featured on a TV commercial and a YouTube video, but I can't seem to find a recording of it. It's a great, upbeat version of the song that would be a great addition to a holiday music collection. Is a recording available?

We're afraid the answer is no. We checked with the company and the agency that produced the ad, and both said the song is not "out there" for sale as a single. You can see it here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gwHx_LhdWA.

The video was filmed Dec. 1, 2011, with 106 women in magenta dresses at the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Ill. The director was Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, who also has directed episodes of the TV series Glee. The musical director was Paul Mirkovich. It got more than 2 million views on YouTube in the week after it was posted, and T-Mobile decided to edit it into a 60-second commercial that ran nationally.

Stories behind O'Connor's rings

I sometimes watch reruns of All in the Family. I noticed Carroll O'Connor wore rings on both of his middle fingers. This was not customary for men to do during the years the show was popular. What is the significance of the rings?

O'Connor, who played Archie Bunker on All in the Family from 1971 to '79, wore his grandfather's diamond ring on the middle finger of his right hand for sentimental reasons, People reported in 1975. "I like the way it looks," he said. Internet Movie Database reported that O'Connor wore his wedding ring on the middle finger of his left hand. Bunker said in 1972 that he had his wedding ring sized to fit his middle finger for "balance."

Illness forced actor out

Can you tell me why the detective partner on Blue Bloods left?

Jennifer Esposito, who played detective Jackie Curatola on the CBS drama, has been dealing with celiac disease, a disorder caused by eating gluten. According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, symptoms can include fatigue, weight loss, cramping and other problems. With a doctor's advice, Esposito asked that her workload on the show be reduced. Instead, she said, she was expected to maintain her previous schedule and collapsed on the set.

While she was later ready to go back to work, the show decided to part ways.

Fans were outraged and, in a recent tweet, Esposito said, "Have celiac and it's not going away but not disabled can work." Still, the show has moved on, basically writing out Jackie in the episode that aired in early November and introducing Megan Ketch as a new detective and foil for Danny (Donnie Wahlberg).

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