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Q&A: TNT ends 'ER' reruns

'ER' reruns come to an end

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We have been watching ER reruns since they started on TNT, Season 1 to Season 13. Will TNT be showing the rest of Season 13, 14 and 15, and if so, when?

Heather Sautter, who works in the publicity department for TNT, said the most recent airings ended March 19.

"ER has been an important part of TNT's lineup for many years. We have decided to rest the show for now with the possibility of bringing it back in the future," she said.

Stevensons were cousins

Is it true that McLean Stevenson (actor on TV's M*A*S*H*) and Adlai Stevenson (a politician) are first cousins? Are they still active?

The actor was distantly related to the political Stevensons. McLean was a second cousin once removed to Adlai II, a presidential contender in the 1950s, according to several references. And the politician influenced the performer by inviting him to a 1961 party, the New York Times says. "Mingling with show business luminaries like Gower Champion and Sanford Meisner, Mr. Stevenson decided to become an actor."

McLean died in 1996. Adlai II died in 1965. His son Adlai III, also a politician, is still with us at age 79.

Why moviemakers still use film

I was wondering why we all have HDTVs in our homes and video is recorded digitally, but when we go see a movie, it's still on film. Seems the quality of the film is pretty bad after seeing things in HD.

Moviemakers still use 35mm analog film for a variety of reasons. Among them: tradition, the cost to change over theater screens and the higher resolution they get.

Film captures images using silver halide crystals, while HDTV is measured by pixels, so there's no simple comparison. But according to Timothy Machroli of ehow.com, experts conducted tests that show film can contain up to 12 million pixels. A high-end HDTV playing a Blu-ray movie (which has been converted from film to digital by scanning) may be able to show about 2 million pixels.

Here are links to a couple of detailed explanations:

www.ehow.com/facts_6049416_film-vs_-blu-ray-resolution.html

www.cnet.com/hdtv-resolution/

Mark Valley's many TV roles

The man who stars on Fox's Human Target, Mark Valley, looks familiar. What else has he been in?

The actor had a good run on Boston Legal, where he played Brad Chase, and he played John Scott on Fringe. He was also the star of Keen Eddie and a co-star on Pasadena. And he had recurring roles on ER, Swingtown, The 4400 and Once and Again. You can find his bio at www.fox.com.

Q&A: TNT ends 'ER' reruns 04/08/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 7, 2010 5:39pm]
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