Q: Sunday evening I looked forward to watching "666 Park Avenue," which was listed to air a few Sundays back. Instead of "666," another program was shown. Why did ABC change this? Will "666" never be shown again?
A: ABC canceled "666 Park Avenue" in the fall due to low ratings, but had been planning to let it play out until all the episodes aired. But ratings continued to tumble, so the network yanked it at the last minute. It's possible that ABC might burn off the remaining episodes this summer, but there's no guarantee that will happen.
Q: I have relied on your reviews for quite a few years. I find you are a reliable judge of quality television and appreciate your critiques. I have recently changed my viewing habits and began downloading shows I enjoy on iTunes. I really enjoy "Mike & Molly," but for some reason it is unavailable on iTunes. I was wondering if you could offer some insight as to why that is.
A: We've noted many times that not every show is available on every platform -- online, On Demand, for download, etc. It all depends on what terms the studio and network have come to. The relationship between Warner Bros., which owns "Mike & Molly," and CBS, which broadcasts the sitcom, has seemed particularly fraught over the years, so it's not surprising to me that this program's availability may be limited.
Q: Is ME-TV having problems getting new quality programs? Shows like "Starsky & Hutch," ''Hart to Hart," ''Banacek," ''Matlock," ''Murder She Wrote," ''Have Gun Will Travel," ''Diagnosis Murder," just to name a few. All ME-TV seems to muster up now are comedies and they are repeats. They were running "Remington Steele," but they took that off. I mean, comedy is OK, but what ME-TV is doing is comedy overkill. And do they intend to bring back "Remington Steele"?
A: I'm a little confused by this question because everything on ME-TV is a rerun. It's a rerun channel of old shows. But it appears that ME-TV did launch a new schedule recently.
Here's the response from a network spokesperson: "Me-TV Network owns the rights to many classic television shows and a few that you mentioned are in our library, others are not. However, we rotate shows on our lineup based on several factors, one of the biggest being viewer feedback and demand. While we can't say at this time what our future schedules will look like before they're released, especially since we just started a new schedule on December 31, I do urge you to continue to watch Me-TV as our lineup does change and could possibly include some of the shows you mentioned at a later date."
In other words: Maybe. And don't hold your breath.
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