Brown will likely be back
What's happened to the Travel Channel's Samantha Brown? She seems to have been dropped from their programming.
"Her series continues to live on the network in reruns as we continue our search for new potential opportunities for her on Travel Channel," wrote Amelie Tseng, vice president of communications for the Travel Channel.
Brown, 42, has been affiliated with Travel Channel for more than a decade, and has been the host for such series as Girl Meets Hawaii, Great Vacation Homes, Great Hotels and the Passport series — to Europe, to Great Weekends and to Latin America. Her most recent series was Samantha Brown's Asia. Her last appearance on the network was on the Christmas special of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations.
In an interview with the website savvysugar.com, Brown said she spends about 230 days a year on the road, and it takes eight days to complete an hourlong episode.
Her favorite day on the job? "… I think one of my favorite days was in Mexico City and it's in a place called Xochimilco," she said. "It's this beautiful place, sort of like a park, but it's an attraction where a lot of Mexican families go to celebrate being a family.
"Instead of a park, there are a series of canals built hundreds of years ago. You would rent a flat bottom boat and you would bring all your food. A pilot which will navigate you through the canal and you would eat your meal and what was really lovely is that there are just hundreds of boats out. There were boats that were selling tacos so they would come beside you and you can order tacos. Another boat was all candy and so you would get candied apples. Another boat had a mariachi band so you can pay for them to come over and they would jump on your boat to rock it with their mariachi music.
"It was just literally pure joy. An absolute moment of pure joy of just being with family and loved ones and celebrating life."
You can follow Brown on Twitter (www.twitter.com). She's @samanthabrown.
Assistant is still 'guest cast'
I am a fan of NCIS. I have noticed that when the cast is presented on the screen, one name is not there. It is the name of the actor who portrays Dr. Mallard's assistant. Why has this actor's name never been added to the cast of characters?
NCIS has a fairly large regular cast, with seven headliners, and those actors get top billing. That's Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette, David McCallum (Dr. Mallard), Cote de Pablo, Sean Murray and Rocky Carroll.
Brian Dietzen (who plays medical examiner assistant Jimmy Palmer) fell in the category of recurring characters for the first five seasons. And while he has been credited as "also starring" for the past four seasons, CBS still considers him "guest cast."