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The future of 'Fargo' and the fate of 'Copper'

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By Rich Heldenfels
Sunday, July 13, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Question: Are there any plans to make “Fargo” an ongoing series?

Answer: Without getting too deep into spoilers, a second season of the FX drama would have to proceed without some major characters. But that's not so unusual in TV these days, where “American Horror Story” is in many respects an anthology series with cast and plot changes from one season to the next, and “True Detective” is planning a second season without the central stars of the first.

With “Fargo,” the writing and tone of the series were well-received, and Noah Hawley — working off the Coen brothers' big-screen template — certainly showed he could do entertaining things with the characters. “I think we would all be more than happy to take that ride again,” Hawley told, “as long as we are confident that we can tell a story that's as good or better. And that's on me to come up with.”

Q: My friends and I have been following a wonderful show on BBC America called “Copper.” We have been wondering when it will be back.

A: The drama about police in New York City in the 1860s was canceled after two seasons. said last September that the third season had been mapped out and there was a chance it will be adapted for a big-screen movie. But I have not yet seen a formal announcement of such a film.

Q: Whatever happened to “Cedar Cove?” I thought a second season was to be on Hallmark but never saw it.

A: The second season of the drama based on Debbie Macomber's books begins July 19.

Q: In the very early years of “The Tonight Show,” when Steve Allen was host, there were four vocalists, two male and two female who appeared alternately each evening. Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme along with Andy Williams were three of the four. I have not been able to find the name of the other girl. She was a lovely young woman and was a regular for only a relatively short time. This probably would have been in the '50s-'60s time frame. Hope you can solve my dilemma.

A: Besides Lawrence, Gorme and Williams, there were two women who served as the fourth singer on the show on Allen's “Tonight.” Patricia Marshall appeared from the beginning of the network show in 1954 to 1955. According to Ben Alba's book Inventing “Late Night: Steve Allen and the Original Tonight Show,” musicals veteran Marshall left to replace Janis Paige in the Broadway production of “The Pajama Game.” She then went on to co-star onstage in “Mr. Wonderful” and in 1956 married writing legend Larry Gelbart; they remained together until Gelbart's death in 2009.

Succeeding Marshall was Pat Kirby, a winner on “Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts.” Kirby remained with “Tonight” through the end of Allen's tenure in 1957.

Rich Heldenfels is a staff writer for the Akron Beacon Journal. Write him at Akron Beacon Journal, 44 E. Exchange St., Akron, OH 44328 or

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