Q: Why did the newest "Ghost Hunters" episode not air on April 17 as advertised?
A: Syfy changed its programming plans at the last minute. The show's new premiere date is June 12.
Q: Is there a way to access the Nielsen TV ratings beyond the Top 20 shows? My paper only prints the top 20.
A: The website TVByTheNumbers.com publishes a list of the Top 25 (http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/category/weekly-tv-ratings-rankings/nie...), which doesn't give you much more. USA Today prints all the ratings in a chart in its print edition, but I can't find it online.
Q: When "Blue Bloods" first began, there was a Brooklyn-tough female detective who worked alongside Danny. She also was softhearted, and could be both rough and glamorous at various times in the episodes.
She left the series after the first few seasons, and we've seen many female replacements for this role, none of which have had the charisma and appeal that she had. She was absolutely perfect in this role!
What happened to this appealing actress? We miss seeing her with every episode of "Blue Bloods."
Is there any chance she could return to this series, (please)?
A: If this is the character I think it is, we answered this one last fall: Actress Jennifer Esposito blasted CBS for refusing to acquiesce to her doctor's orders that she work a reduced schedule due to her struggle with celiac disease. The network responded with a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, saying, "Jennifer has informed us that she is only available to work on a very limited part-time schedule. As a result, she's unable to perform the demands of her role, and we regretfully had to put her character on a leave of absence. She is a wonderfully talented actress, and we hope that she will be able to return at some point in the future."
Q: What happened to the History channel's show called "Ice Road Truckers"? I really liked that show and have not seen it on their schedule for quite awhile. Did I miss it?
A: It will be back for its seventh season at 10 p.m. June 9.
Q: I am a fan of both Jay Leno and Dave Letterman. Why don't CBS and NBC broadcast their shows live at 11:35 p.m. instead of taping them earlier in the day and broadcasting them later at night?
A: To achieve the level of production quality that the shows have -- which may require small edits for time for the stray profanity -- the networks prefer to produce the shows "live-to-tape," meaning they air almost as-is but with some occasional minor tweaks. Also, my guess is the stars would like to work a normal workday and not be stuck at the office at night.