Q: I was sorry to hear that Western New York native Christine Baranski lost her husband recently. I understand he was a soap-opera star. Who was he? – Joan Parsons, Boulder, Colo.

A: Matthew Cowles was known to “All My Children” fans as that serial’s Billy Clyde Tuggle, but he also appeared on “The Bold and the Beautiful” … and in such movies as “Shutter Island” and “Nurse Betty.” Also a playwright who acted on Broadway, he had been married to “The Good Wife” co-star Baranski for 30 years at the time of his passing in May.


Q: I know Jennifer Lopez is involved in “The Fosters” somehow, but what exactly is her role in it? – Diane Marks, Palm Coast, Fla.

A: The ABC Family drama comes from her company, thus making her an executive producer of it. She’s generally stayed behind the scenes on the project, but she has participated in some Twitter chats about the show.


Q: I’m a big fan of Julie Bowen on “Modern Family,” and I’m wondering how many other series she has starred in. – Craig Johnson, Pawtucket, R.I.

A: The earliest was a short-lived mid-’90s adventure series called “Extreme,” in which she played a member of a search-and-rescue team. She had a multiple-episode arc on “ER” during the 1998-99 season, then came the role that real established her as a weekly television star: Carol, the “one who got away” and was pursued by the title character, on “Ed.”

More multiple-episode runs followed for Bowen on “Lost” and “Weeds,” then she co-starred with James Spader and William Shatner in “Boston Legal.”