Q: I really enjoy watching "Last Resort" on ABC and thought it would succeed. What happened? I liked all the new actors and the plot was unique.
A: What happened is what often happens: Shows get canceled if not enough viewers -- especially younger viewers -- fail to tune in.
"Last Resort" was a great concept on paper with a fantastic cast, but the execution was not as strong as it could have been. The show also would have benefited from being a close-ended miniseries rather than an ongoing show that left viewers to wonder how it could be sustained.
Q: Where are HGTV's stars David Bromstad, Candice Olson, etc.? The endless "summer" replacements are getting old.
A: Both will be back in 2013, according to HGTV publicist Lynne Davis. She said Bromstad will be back on "Design Star" this summer and season five of "Candice Tells All" will be back at some point this year.
Q: Why do so many news shows have those annoying moving backgrounds? This is especially true of Fox and CNN in the background of the moderator. There are moving lines, lights, artist renderings, etc. The moderator is talking split screen with someone; the bottom of the screen is a scrolling message. There is so much going on, do they need a moving background for some kind of effect? Is this to multitask our brain?
A: Networks make pretty much all decisions with the notion of keeping viewers tuned in and engaged. Evidently the backgrounds aren't doing that for the reader, but I can assure you their goal is not to turn off or alienate viewers.
Q: Why does the "Today" show weather segment now have a commercial before the local weather toss? Now instead of "your neck of the woods" to lead into local, it's now "after this" ... which goes to a commercial. While I know commercials mean revenue to networks, couldn't they show a commercial afterward to keep weather together?
A: Ah, but you're more likely to sit through the commercial if it airs before the forecast, which is why the spot is placed where it's at: To hold viewers hostage so the network can deliver viewers' eyeballs to its most important customer, the advertiser.
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