TV Q&A: Show's star sings 'Alaska' theme song

  • Article by: RICH HELDENFELS , Akron Beacon Journal
  • Updated: June 15, 2014 - 2:00 PM
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Atz Kilcher, the father of singer-songwriter Jewel, stars on “Alaska: The Last Frontier.”

Q: Who sings the theme song for “Alaska: The Last Frontier”?

A: The theme is sung by one of the show’s stars, Atz Kilcher, with help from his daughter, the singer-songwriter Jewel. The two have sung onstage together, but according to Discovery, the theme song was their first recorded duet. There’s a four-song soundtrack from the show featuring two instrumental versions of the theme, the Atz-Jewel duet and a version just by Jewel.

By the way, the series has been a hit for Discovery. It will be back for a fourth season later this year.

‘Parenthood’ set to end

Q: I heard that “Parenthood’s” fall season will be its last. Tell me it isn’t so. I love that show.

A: NBC has said the coming, 13-episode season of “Parenthood” will be the final one for the acclaimed drama.

There was some question whether that would even happen. NBC reportedly wanted to cut costs for the last run and asked cast members each to agree to appear in only nine of the remaining episodes — and thereby reduce their pay. After arguing on both sides, Deadline reported that the cast agreed to fewer episodes apiece, but not as few as nine.

How will it end? Series creator Jason Katims told BuzzFeed: “ ‘Parenthood’ is about, in a way, the cycle of life. You see these little kids become bigger kids and this season, you saw a shift in the patriarch going from Zeek [Craig T. Nelson] to Adam [Peter Krause]. I think I would want the end to be about sort of that kind of change, that idea that something is passing and something is starting, something is beginning.”

Not all Ferrers are related

Q: What relation are Mel Ferrer, Jose Ferrer and Miguel Ferrer, who is on “NCIS: Los Angeles.” They all look alike.

A: Mel Ferrer, who died in 2008, and Jose Ferrer, who died in 1992, aren’t related. They do have an academic connection, though; Jose graduated from Princeton University, which Mel later attended. Miguel Ferrer is one of Jose’s sons from his marriage to singer Rosemary Clooney, who died in 2002. That means that Miguel Ferrer and George Clooney are cousins. Miguel’s brother Gabriel is married to singer Debby Boone, the daughter of Pat Boone. Imagine those family reunions.

Send questions about pop culture (with name and ­address) to rheldenfels@thebeaconjournal.com.

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