Q: Can you find out when the next season of "The Newsroom" will return? This is a fabulous show and my family is eagerly anticipating its return. Can you also find out how many episodes are on tap for us? Ten were not enough last summer. Will you also find out if it will only be a summer series or if HBO will be doing a split summer/winter season for it, as they do with other HBO shows? It's just too long to wait for it to return and give us some quality in our television viewing.
A: "The Newsroom" is scheduled to return July 14. HBO rarely runs split seasons of shows, so expect to see it run straight through. There will be 10 episodes, which is typical for an HBO season.
Q: Why do stations repeat shows ad infinitum? The exact same show is broadcast over and over, sometimes two or more times a day. Just last week, a "Mail Call" episode was repeated two hours after it ended, which sad to say is not an oddity. With VCRs and DVRs, I'd think this is totally unnecessary. Can't they find enough programming to show without repeating everything?
In the BC (Before Cable) era, you watched a show when it was on or hoped to catch it again in summer repeats; now you simply wait a few hours and it's on again. For what cable costs, we should be able to avoid this.
A: Cable networks use a business model that relies on shows repeating and airing multiple times, often within the same week.
When shows air twice in a night, that has more to do with time zones: A network can advertise that a program is airing at "9 p.m." nationally by having it air at 9 p.m. and midnight, because of the time differences on the East and West Coasts.
Q: Is there a new "Jesse Stone" movie with Tom Selleck in any stage of planning at this time? This is a great series.
A: At this time, CBS has no plans to make another "Jesse Stone" movie.
Q: Can we expect either "Covert Affairs" or "Rizzoli & Isles" back this spring or summer?
A: Both shows will be back with new episodes: "Rizzoli" on June 25 and "Covert" on July 16.
Q: Is it just me or has "The Mentalist" been holding onto the Red John storyline for too long? Solve the mystery already so we can move on to regular cases that make the show great. I don't know how much more I can watch if they keep baiting us with these Red John episodes.
A: Your are not alone. I have heard this complaint from many "Mentalist" viewers. And it's one of the reasons why I am not a "Mentalist" viewer.