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Q: With “How I Met Your Mother” over, is there a chance Cobie Smulders will join “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”? – Jeff Cohen, Buffalo

A: There’s always a chance for anything in this world, as long as the relevant people are around. Smulders clearly has kept up her Marvel ties, having appeared again as agent Maria Hill in the “S.H.I.E.L.D.” pilot and playing the part again now in the movie “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”

She’ll also be back in the part in next year’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” but now that she’s a free agent where television is concerned, time will tell whether “S.H.I.E.L.D.” wants Maria in the fold permanently.

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Q: With his return to television, would Christopher Meloni ever consider doing a guest shot as Detective Stabler on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”? – Charles Wright, Richmond, Calif.

A: That’s a tough question to answer, since Meloni himself doesn’t answer it. We posed it to him very directly in a recent interview for his new Fox sitcom, “Surviving Jack,” and he was noncommittal – not to mention rather nonverbal – on the subject as a whole.

When it was mentioned to him that people certainly would think in those terms because of his long run on the NBC drama, the closest thing to a significant response was, “I understand that.”

The translation would seem to be that he’s focused on his professional present and future rather than revisiting its past.

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