Q: Regarding the "American Pickers" TV program on the History channel, do the two hosts compete against each other for the profits of their individual purchases? Or, are the items warehoused in their store and, when sold, are the proceeds evenly split between them? They refer to a business and show the exterior of the store.
A: According to a History publicist, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz from "American Pickers" are not necessarily competing against each other for profits.
"They each run their own business and they sell the items you see them purchasing on the show separately," the publicist said. "Mike is the sole owner of Antique Archaeology. Frank sells his items via his website at www.frankfritzfinds.com."
Q: Will there be a conclusion to "The Firm"? The last episode was a cliffhanger, but you reported it would not be renewed. Why couldn't they put on another episode to finalize the plot lines?
A: TV shows are often filmed well in advance of when they air, so producers have no way of knowing what their ratings will be when they write the final episode of the season. Some producers will show respect for the audience by crafting finales that can serve as season or series finales. Other producers make different choices.
Q: Do you by any chance know the name/location of the mental institution that was used in the third episode of "The Great Escape"? I believe it is here in California and was a boys' prison or boys' mental hospital.
A: A TNT publicist says the network is not allowed to release names of locations, but she said shooting locations for the series included Arizona, California and Louisiana.
Q: Why did the previous maitre'ds depart from "Hell's Kitchen"? Did they get good offers from notable restaurants, or were they simply burned out from explaining to patrons why their Beef Wellingtons were raw or their scallops overcooked?
A: The only response I could get from the show's producers is that Jean-Philippe was unavailable for "Hell's Kitchen" as he was needed at one of chef Gordon Ramsay's restaurants in the UK.
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