BYLINE: By Dana Jackson
"Wheel of Fortune" Host Pat Sajak
Q: I really enjoyed the musical TV series "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend." What is the cast doing now that the show is over? -- F.C.
A: Rachel Bloom, who wrote, produced and starred in the CW network's musical comedy "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" from 2015 to 2019, has several upcoming roles. She's joining the second season of HBO Max's "Julia," which is based on chef Julia Child's origin story on public television in Boston. Bloom can currently be seen in the new comedy "Reboot" on Hulu. She's also written a memoir, "I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are," in which she gets candid about her awkwardness of growing up in Manhattan Beach, California, and her battle with mental illness.
Donna Lynne Champlin, who played Bloom's bestie on "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," most recently co-starred in Showtime's "The First Lady," as Michelle Obama's (Viola Davis) senior advisor. Vincent Rodriguez III, who played Bloom's main crush, Josh, on the show, most recently starred in Prime Video's romantic comedy series "With Love." Santino Fontana, who played Greg, has had a recurring role on "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," which is also on Prime Video. He's also had a stellar career on Broadway, including the starring role in "Tootsie."
Q: Is it true that Pat Sajak is leaving "Wheel of Fortune"? Will it continue with a new host? What about Vanna? -- G.B.
A: After 40 years of spinning the wheel on the hit primetime game show "Wheel of Fortune," Sajak recently hinted on "Entertainment Tonight" that "the end is near," but he gave no specific end date. The show's new executive producer Bellamie Blackstone sees the program, one day, celebrating its 50-year anniversary and beyond. Whether or not Sajak and longtime co-host Vanna White retire before then remains to be seen.
Q: I saw that one of my all-time favorite shows, "M*A*S*H," recently celebrated 50 years since it premiered on TV by posting a current photo of stars Alan Alda and Mike Farrell together. Are they the only surviving cast members from the series? -- N.R.
A: Believe it or not, four classic television shows all debuted on CBS during the same week in September 1972: "Maude," "The Waltons," "The Bob Newhart Show" and "M*A*S*H." Set during the Korean War, it starred Alan Alda as the wisecracking surgeon Hawkeye Pierce and Wayne Rogers as Trapper John McIntyre. Rogers' character would be spun off into his own show a few years later, and Mike Farrell would then join the cast as B.J. Hunnicutt.
You might recall that "M*A*S*H" was originally an Oscar-nominated film starring Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould as Hawkeye and Trapper John, respectively. Sally Kellerman played "Hot Lips" Houlihan, and Robert Duvall was Frank Burns in the film -- the same roles Loretta Swit and Larry Linville would memorably play on the series version.
Of the ensemble cast, Swit, Gary Burghoff ("Radar") and Jamie Farr (Klinger) are all still with us. Rogers passed away in 2015, while Linville passed in 2000.