Q: Why isn't the film "Canadian Bacon" available on Netflix in DVD?
Any chance that Netflix will lower the monthly pricing of its DVD-by-mail service?
A: If a program or movie is not available on a certain platform, and if we know the property has been released elsewhere, then it's likely the platform simply doesn't have the rights to distribute the program.
Netflix has not announced plans to lower prices and it seems unlikely that they will since their goal in recent years has been to wean customers off DVD-by-mail in favor of its streaming service.
Q: Now that "Necessary Roughness" has completed its five-week winter "season," will it return in the summer? And if so, when? I really like that show!
A: "Necessary Roughness" was renewed for a third season in January. A new season begins June 12.
Q: Please tell me that I'm not a cynic or the only one who's frustrated by the increasingly obvious "invisible hand" of producers on nonscripted (misnamed "reality") shows.
The latest show to drive me bonkers is "Next Great Baker." The "competition" for the last three contestants was to bake and sell a bunch of baked goods. Each "sale" resulted in a ticket in a jar. Tickets in a jar!!! This wasn't about the quality of the baked goods, but who "sold" the most. And, surprise, the young, pretty contestant and the devious, nasty contestant made it through to the final selection. Good vs. evil. Pretty vs. plain/dark.
You had to be an idiot to believe that the producers weren't "stuffing the ballot box" -- in this case, the ticket jars. It's all about drama, not reality. And, surprise, the "good" contestant won while the "villain" lost. OMG.
When, in your opinion, will these programs run their course and go away? Are the production costs SO low that they're just too lucrative to abandon? I'd love to hear your opinion.
A: Yes, I've written about overproduced reality shows in the past, most notably "Kathy Griffin's My Life on the D-List," which became noticeably more produced as it went on. I also pointed out a staged scene in MTV's "Chelsea Settles."
So it's not a stretch to think that other programs are also manipulated and staged by producers.
But these programs won't go away until viewers stop watching them, which doesn't appear to be happening. On the contrary, A&E's "Duck Dynasty" is one of the most popular programs currently on TV, drawing more than 8 million viewers, a larger audience than many scripted, broadcast network shows.
Q: Could you tell me when "Copper" will be returning on BBC America? Also, what are the chances for "Zero Hour" and "The Following" being renewed?
A: "Copper" will be back on BBC America on June 23. ABC canceled "Zero Hour." Fox renewed "The Following" for a second season.