Q: Is it just me, or is "America's Got Talent" getting a little too cutesy? The appearance of the Smurfs recently was too much! Also, the clowning between judges Howie Mandel and Piers Morgan is a bit much -- the emphasis should be on the contestants. This isn't the "Howie and Piers" show. Can't believe I am getting disgusted with the show after all these years.
Also am getting tired of the network flashing promos of upcoming shows on the screen. Turns me off!
A: Those on-screen logos are an inevitable evil in the modern TV landscape.
As for "America's Got Talent," it's not a show I watch with any regularity -- too busy watching screeners of new series.
Q: My wife and I have been avoiding watching any repeats of the AMC series "The Killing" because we did not see episode one. We realize we missed the series in its entirety on Sundance. Are there any plans for AMC or Sundance to run season one in its entirety before season two begins?
A: Nothing has been announced, but it is common for a network to re-air a prior season just before the new season starts. My guess is AMC will do that with "The Killing" right before the start of season two next year.
Q: Is "Coal" going to be renewed on Spike or on any other channel?
A: A decision has not been made, but often the longer it takes, the less likely a renewal will happen.
Q: I have my DVR set up to tape "60 Minutes" only when it is new. For the past four weeks my DVR has taped "60 Minutes" because it was listed as new but they were all repeats. Am I missing something? Are they making some minor change to the repeat and then calling it new?
A: For several decades the summer broadcasts of "60 Minutes" have been made up of repeated segments with updates reported by correspondents in their studio introductions or closes.
Q: In the July 21 "Suits" episode, who played the character who was a millionaire with seven daughters? Was it Susan St. James?
How do I find a complete cast of characters for a USA network show besides asking you? They sure don't make it easy!
A: No, they don't. A publicist suggested the episode guides at usanetwork.com, but those do not contain guest-star info. And yes, that was Susan St. James in the July 21 episode.