Q: On a recent "Hawaii Five-0," I could swear that the bad guy was played by Pat Monahan from Train. I could not see the credits; they were too small. If it wasn't him, it was his twin. Can you find this out for us?
A: You are correct. According to CBS's description, Pat Monahan from Train did appear in the Feb. 18 episode.
Q: Is "Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome" more than just a one-episode pilot? Really nice premise. I would say it has promise --much better than "Caprica," which was a mistake.
Do folks on your side of the business get dates as to when shows like "Mad Men" Season 5 and "Walking Dead" Season 3 will be available on Netflix?
One last question: Is "Defiance" not the biggest "Firefly" rip-off ever?
A: At the moment, there are no plans for future episodes.
Netflix has just recently begun sending me notices about the availability of upcoming titles (usually one or two months before the streaming release date), but there's no public forum where these dates are posted.
I have not yet seen "Defiance," so I cannot judge it in comparison to "Firefly."
Q: Why does CBS insist on renaming "Survivor" every season? When they change the name from season to season, my DVR fails to recognize the program, and thus fails to record it.
"RuPaul's Drag Race" dealt with the problem this year by reminding its Facebook fans to update their DVR lists, but it would be so much easier if the shows retained consistent names from year to year.
A: While I understand the need to change a show's title for marketing purposes and on-air promotion -- to distinguish it as new, different and something viewers have not seen before -- it makes absolutely no sense to change the title each year in listings in the DVR age. Set your DVR for "Survivor: Palau" and the next season, when it's "Survivor: Samoan Islands," the DVR will fail to record it because it's not the same title. The only logical reason for this is networks either don't know or don't care if they mess with DVR viewers because they'd prefer viewers to watch their shows live as live ratings mean more to advertisers.
CBS released a statement in response to the question: "The show title always starts with the 'Survivor' brand name but changes per season to reflect the location or specific theme of the season. We're certainly mindful of how new technologies influence the viewers' navigation experience -- both the known and the unforeseen -- but it's too early to speculate on what might happen for next season and beyond."