Q: What do you think the reasoning is behind ME-TV’s not airing a tribute to Sherman Hemsley, who recently passed away? He was one of the stars of “Amen” and “The Jeffersons.” ME-TV aired tributes to Harry Morgan of “MASH,” Don Grady of “My Three Sons” and Ernest Borgnine of “McHale’s Navy.” Am I missing something?
A: Often a network like ME-TV will buy rights to a program for a limited period of time. If you look at ME-TV’s current list of programs, neither “Amen” nor “The Jeffersons” is listed (http://metvnetwork.com/programs.php), so the network could not air a tribute.
“All of those programs are owned by other networks and are not available to us,” explained a ME-TV representative. “We own those shows only in Chicago and did a tribute locally on Me-Too,” a local service with limited availability.
Q: Did Nexflix pick up “Lilyhammer” for a second season, and, if so, when will it be available?
A: Yes, Netflix did order a second season of “Lilyhammer,” but a premiere date has not been announced.
Q: It seems that “Flying Wild Alaska” on the Discovery Channel has been canceled. This was my favorite show on TV and I am sad and disappointed to see it go. I am also surprised because I thought its ratings were really strong. I haven’t seen any stories about its cancellation. Can you confirm that it has been canceled and, if so, try to find out why the decision was made to end the show?
Q: Any chance CBS may change its mind about canceling “NYC 22”? I’ve been watching lately and it’s not too bad.
A: Sorry, no. “NYC 22” will not be back for additional episodes beyond its first season.
Q: Have they gotten new writers for “Rizzoli & Isles”? When this series first came out in 2010, I applauded the writers and loved every episode. But lately, they’ve been making Lorraine Bracco’s character even more annoying than before; Angie Harmon’s character has become childish and silly; Ed Begley Jr.’s character is portrayed as a buffoon; and they’ve added characters such as a menacing nun, etc., to make the whole program seem irritating and ridiculous most of the time. I’ve finally pulled the plug. Am I the only one, or have the ratings declined to indicate that others feel as I do?
A: The ratings can’t be too bad: The show was renewed for a fourth season in late June.
As for the series getting new writers, most scripted shows have some turnover in writers season-to-season, but Janet Tamaro, who has been in charge since the series began, remains the executive producer.
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