Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Jan. 20, 2021

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Hershey Kisses Christmas TV ad delights


You have questions. I have some answers.

My question is about the delightful Hershey Kisses Christmas commercial where the Kisses jingle while the melody “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” is heard. When did it make its debut? It is one of the few ads that never gets old.

Would you believe it is more than 30 years old? The longest-running ad for a Hershey brand, it premiered in 1989. After a production company had made some stop-motion ads with the Kisses for Hershey, a Hershey brand manager asked for a Christmas-themed item. As the Morning Call newspaper reported, he “did not have authorization to make it … but he felt confident he’d be able to convince his boss to run it.” So began the long TV run.

A new version for 2020 reportedly includes a little girl taking the Kisses to add to peanut-butter blossoms.

Is there going to be a fifth season of “Animal Kingdom”?

Yes. Delayed because of the pandemic, production of the TNT drama now has “resumed in consultation with local authorities, the unions and medical experts. Our first priority is health and safety,” said a network representative. But there is no announced date for the return yet.

Will the series “Evil” be back this season?

CBS has ordered another run of the thriller series but has not yet announced a return date.

What happened to “Sea Patrol” on Amazon? I was thoroughly engrossed in it when suddenly it disappeared. Is there anywhere I would be able to see the ending?

The Australian Navy action series, which originally aired from 2007 to 2011, is indeed not available on Amazon now. I do not know why but suspect a change in the telecast rights — an issue that has found all sorts of shows shifting from one service to another. As for finding it somewhere else, all five seasons of “Sea Patrol” are available on FilmRise, a free streaming service. There is also a Sea Patrol Channel on YouTube that has the episodes.

My girlfriend and I are both avid fans of “Dragnet” in the ’60s when it had Joe Friday and Bill Gannon. I am a car buff and enjoy seeing the car they drive. I know it’s a Ford; I say it’s a Falcon but my girlfriend says it’s a Galaxie. We have a dinner riding on this.

You should go Dutch for dinner. According to numerous car-conscious sites, the vehicle on the 1967-70 series was a Ford Fairlane. A story in the Los Angeles Times in 2012 even noted that the restored vehicle was owned by a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department lieutenant who sometimes drove it to work. Indicating how time marches on, the owner said that “a lot of the younger deputies don’t know what the show was about.”