Q&A

Q: I just saw Alison Sweeney in a new Christmas movie, and I feel like it's the first time I've seen her in forever. What's she been doing?

More than you think -- other Christmas movies, mostly. Alison Sweeney was a fixture on screens for ages, either as Sami on landmark soap opera "Days of Our Lives" or as the host of landmark reality show "The Biggest Loser." So, when she left "Loser" in 2015, the absence was palpable, but really she's just settled into a schedule that other acto...

Q: Wasn't there once a sitcom version of "Animal House"? What happened to that?

The 1970s happened to it, meaning that, ultimately, nothing happened to it. Most post-mortem discussions of "Delta House," the 1979 TV adaptation of the 1978 big-screen comedy classic "National Lampoon's Animal House," say that it failed because of censorship. It's undeniable the raunchy, juvenile laughs that made "Animal House" a hit wouldn't...

Q: Is the guy who played Jason's friend on "The Good Place" the same actor who was in "Kong: Skull Island"? What else can you tell me about him? I thought he was great in both, even though they're very different roles.

"Kong: Skull Island" (2017) is indeed a bit of an outlier on Eugene Cordero's resume. His role as Pillboi on "The Good Place," on the other hand, was right up his alley. Like so many of today's comedy favorites, he came up through the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy troupe. Since then, he's become a main player in TV creator Michael Schur's per...