Q&A: Whither Swayze's 'Dancing' partner?

Yusuf Islam, the former Cat Stevens, performs in London in 2007.

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Yusuf Islam, the former Cat Stevens, performs in London in 2007.

Swayze's 'Dancing' partner?

I recently watched the movie Dirty Dancing as a tribute to Patrick Swayze. Whatever happened to Jennifer Grey? Was she in any other movies?

Grey, who played Frances "Baby" Houseman in the movie, has continued to appear in movies and on TV, though never with the success that she had in Dirty Dancing. Besides being in movies like Bloodhounds of Broadway, she played herself in the TV series It's Like, You Know and was in the HBO series John From Cincinnati. The daughter of Oscar-winning actor Joel Grey, she also gained attention with a post-Dancing nose job, but it only served to set her apart from her look in her most famous role.

'Party Down' crowd will return

I really miss Party Down with my favorite guys and gals. Will it return to TV?

Yes. Starz has ordered a second season of the very funny ensemble comedy, about a Hollywood catering crew full of people with show-business ambitions. It is tentatively scheduled to return in April 2010. But there will be changes. Jane Lynch has left the series for her regular role on Glee, and Will & Grace's Megan Mullally has joined the Party Down crew.

325 episodes of 'Mary Hartman'

I recently purchased and started watching the Season 1 DVD of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, and it is utterly brilliant and hilarious. My questions are, how many seasons did this show run and are the other seasons available?

Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, a satire of soap operas, ran five times a week in syndication from 1975 to 1978 — a total of 325 episodes, according to The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows by Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh. The large cast included Louise Lasser (as Mary), Mary Kay Place and Dabney Coleman. It also had a spinoff, Fernwood 2-Night (later America 2-Night), which aired 1977-78 and starred Martin Mull (who had also been on Hartman) and Fred Willard.

The only Hartman DVD to date is a Volume 1 set including the first 25 episodes; a collection of the works of producer Norman Lear included the same episodes.

Stevens still singing it up

There is a T-Mobile commercial with background music by the former Cat Stevens. The last I heard he had become a dedicated Muslim and I can't imagine him selling a song for a commercial. What's the deal?

We know of nothing in the Muslim faith that prohibits a follower from making money, and the use of his song If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out has gotten T-Mobile more notice. Besides, Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam or simply as Yusuf, is still making music. His CD Roadsinger was released earlier this year.

Q&A: Whither Swayze's 'Dancing' partner? 10/18/09 [Last modified: Sunday, October 18, 2009 5:30am]

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