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Spring Changes: Sheila Kelley likely won’t return to ‘Good Doctor’; Maria Bello leaves ‘NCIS’

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: One of my favorite shows is “The Good Doctor,” but I have not seen Dr. Glassman’s wife lately. Did her character get COVID, or did the actress leave the show? Will we see her in any episodes this season?

Sheila Kelley and Richard Schiff in a scene from “The Good Doctor.” (Jeff Weddell/ABC)

A: A fan of Sheila Kelley, who plays Aaron Glassman’s wife, Debbie, on the series, recently hoped on Twitter that Debbie would be seen more often this season. “You and me both,” Kelley replied, “but … alas … Disney+ called.” Last fall, she said that she had been cast on “Turner & Hooch,” a Disney+ adaptation of the Tom Hanks movie but that she would still try to be on “The Good Doctor.” Now that sounds less likely. Kelley also has a female-empowerment system called S Factor (sfactor.com). You can see more about it, and how pole-dancing is part of the program, in the current Netflix documentary “Strip Down, Rise Up.” As for Aaron, he is still seeing plenty of Debbie off-camera, since Richard Schiff, who plays Aaron, is married to Kelley in real life. You can see how smitten they are in Kelley’s Twitter feed, @thesheilakelley.

Q: After missing several episodes of “NCIS,” I watched it the other night and Maria Bello wasn’t there. Can you tell me what happened to her character?

Rocky Carroll as NCIS Director Leon Vance, Maria Bello as NCIS Special Agent Jaqueline “Jack” Sloane and Mark Harmon as NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs in a scene from “NCIS.” (Patrick Wymore/CBS)

A: Bello, who played Jack Sloane on the long-running drama, announced her plans to depart before the current season began. She reportedly has another project in the works in which she will also be a writer and producer. She had nothing but praise for “NCIS” after her final episode aired, and the show did leave open the possibility of her returning. After going to Afghanistan on a mission with Gibbs, Jack decided to stay and work there.

Q: What’s up with “Survivor”? Is the crew finally getting access to Fiji this spring?

Jeff Probst at Tribal Council on “Survivor.” (Courtesy of CBS Entertainment)

A: After a long, pandemic-related wait, “Survivor” is getting ready to return. Host Jeff Probst tweeted not long ago that the show is going back into production in Fiji. “We have all of our COVID protocols so that everybody in Fiji will remain safe, all of our crew will be safe and of course our players will be safe.” Probst said the past year reminded him that we all have to treat our lives as “one big, great adventure, and ‘Survivor’ fulfills that.” No air date yet.

Q: They say “The Price is Right” is done at the Bob Barker theater. Does he own it?

Legendary game show host Bob Barker waves goodbye as he tapes his final episode of “The Price Is Right” in Los Angeles on June 6, 2007. (Damian Dovarganes/ Associated Press)

A: No. It’s actually Studio 33 in the Television City complex where “Price” and other shows are made. It was named the “Bob Barker Studio” in 1998 to celebrate Barker’s long “Price” tenure, which at that time included more than 5,000 telecasts. (Barker ended up hosting the show from 1972 to 2007.)

 

 

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