Q: Could you tell me why “Evil” was moved to Paramount Plus? It’s a great show, but I don’t want to pay extra to watch it. -- Frank in New York
A: According to an article from “Variety” back in May, the first season of “Evil” was a big hit for CBS, but its audience grew even more substantial when it re-aired the episodes on Netflix. “Variety” explains that “again and again in recent months, media conglomerates have demonstrated that streaming services are the priority in this landscape. ... CBS moving ‘Evil’ to Paramount Plus in order to capitalize on its streaming success is another example of this new world order.” CBS is obviously hoping that cable and Netflix subscribers will follow “Evil” to Paramount Plus for $5 a month.
For those who aren’t familiar with the show, “Evil” stars Katja Herbers as a forensic psychologist and Mike Colter as a priest who work together to solve supernatural mysteries for the Catholic Church. The series was created by husband-and-wife team Robert and Michelle King, who also were the masterminds behind CBS’s “The Good Wife” and “The Good Fight” on Paramount Plus.
Q: I was watching a commercial for the new series about Monica Lewinsky. I didn’t recognize anyone in it. I’m especially intrigued about who is playing President Bill Clinton -- he sounded just like him. -- E.E.
A: The newest installment of “American Crime Story” premieres Sept. 7 on the FX channel and focuses on the Monica Lewinsky-Bill Clinton scandal. In fact, “Impeachment” is co-produced by Lewinsky herself and stars Beanie Feldstein (“Booksmart”) as the infamous intern.
British actor Clive Owen was initially skeptical about taking on the role of our 42nd president, telling producer Ryan Murphy, “I don’t really look like him,” but the makeup department did a fantastic job on Owen with modifications to his forehead and nose. The voice is all a result of Owen’s talent.
Rounding out the cast are Edie Falco as the formidable Hillary Clinton and Sarah Paulson as Lewinsky’s frenemy, Linda Tripp. A chameleon, Paulson previously played prosecutor Marcia Clark in “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” As for Owen, he’s been in countless projects, but is probably best known for his Oscar-nominated role in the 2004 film “Closer,” opposite Natalie Portman and Julia Roberts.
Q: Who is the actress playing four versions of herself in the Buick commercials? She looks so familiar, but I can’t figure out where I’ve seen her. -- R.S.
A: Vanessa Curry is the model/actress driving her three alter egos around in her Buick Envision after a “brutal” spin class. She’s a former NBA Laker Girl who also was once part of the pop group Pussycat Dolls. She appeared in a slew of national commercials for Target, AT&T and BMW before landing the Buick campaign. Curry has guest-starred on numerous prime-time shows, so perhaps you saw her on “Glee,” “CSI: New York” or “Pump.”
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