Q: Who is Regina Hall, one of the three women who hosted the Oscars this year? I liked the concept of multiple hosts, but I didn’t recognize her. — E.W.
A: Actress/comedian Regina Hall initially had plans to use her master’s degree in journalism from NYU when her acting auditions were more miss than hit. In the early 2000s she had audiences in stitches playing Brenda in the “Scary Movie” films, which were a parody of the “Scream” movies. She was also a regular on the short-lived “Law & Order: LA” series.
Her career has definitely been on the upswing lately, which is likely why she was chosen to host the Academy Awards this year alongside Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes. Her recent acting roles include playing a stockbroker in “Black Monday,” a dark comedy series about 1980s Wall Street; a heartbroken divorcee in “Nine Perfect Strangers”; and a lifestyle guru in the hit film “Girls Trip.”
Hall told “Entertainment Weekly” that she loves doing drama and comedy equally, and she’s certainly adept at both. Next up for her is another satire, “Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul,” starring Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”), where they play disgraced televangelists.
Q: Now that “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” isn’t returning for any new episodes, what can I see its stars in next? — G.G.
A: Created by Dan Goor and Michael Schur of “The Office,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” was a hilariously silly comedy series about detectives starring Andy Samberg (as Jake Peralta) and Andre Braugher (as Capt. Holt). Since the show ended in 2021, “Saturday Night Live” alum Samberg has been doing voice work for animated movies such as “Hotel Transylvania 4” and “Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers.” Braugher is returning to drama as a regular on next season’s “The Good Fight.”
Terry Crews, who played Terry Jeffords, most recently hosted “America’s Got Talent: Extreme” and can be seen in the upcoming anthology series “Tales of the Walking Dead.” Melissa Fumero, who played Amy Santiago, is starring in “Blockbuster,” an upcoming Netflix series about the last video store in America.
As for the creators, Goor’s next project is the comedy series “Killing It,” with Craig Robinson (“The Office”) as a security guard for a bank in Miami, while Schur is busy producing the Emmy-nominated series “Hacks,” starring Jean Smart.
Q: Being a fan of the long-running series “M*A*S*H,” there’s something I’ve always wondered: In the first-season episode titled “The Army-Navy Game,” I could swear the voice of the radio play-by-play announcer sounded like game-show great Tom Kennedy. Is that the case? — T.M.
A: Although he wasn’t listed in the episode credits, the Wikipedia website states that Tom Kennedy did acknowledge in an interview that he was the football commentator for that episode of “M*A*S*H.” The game show host (“Name That Tune” and “You Don’t Say!”) passed way in 2020 at the age of 93. Kennedy also acted in guest-starring roles on TV shows “That Girl,” “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” and “Cannon.”
You can watch all 11 seasons of the multiple Emmy Award-winning comedy series “M*A*S*H” on the subscription service Hulu.
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