TV Q&A: Why didn't CBS give 'Vegas' a chance?

Jul 14 2013 - 5:59pm

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Michael Chiklis (left) and Dennis Quaid starred in “Vegas,” which CBS has canceled. (Kevin Lynch/CBS)
Michael Chiklis (left) and Dennis Quaid starred in “Vegas,” which CBS has canceled. (Kevin Lynch/CBS)

Q: Why did CBS have to cancel "Vegas"? They really didn't give that show a chance. First of all, they had it on Tuesday nights, and then, to get a younger audience, they put it on Friday nights. What younger-audience people stay in on a Friday night? Then they shoved "Golden Boy" down our throats. Then they canceled that show. Wake up, CBS, while you are still on top. We don't need any more cooking, talk or reality shows. Don't fall behind with the other stations; give some of these a chance or at least another season.

A: Just to correct some misperceptions: CBS didn't move "Vegas" to Friday to get young viewers; when the network moved the show to Friday, it was essentially an admission of failure to attract young viewers Tuesday and a last-ditch effort to see if "Vegas" would do any better Friday than any of the other older-skewing shows (e.g., "Blue Bloods") already airing Friday night.

CBS's willingness to cancel "Vegas" and other shows that skew old is actually indicative of the reason the network rose to No. 1 in 18-49 audiences in the 2012-13 TV season.

Q: My question has to do with the television series "L.A. Law." I have tried ordering this series from Netflix, and have looked into purchasing seasons at outlets such as Best Buy, Target and Walmart. The only thing I can find is a made-for-TV reunion movie made six or seven years ago, but I can never find any discs featuring the original series.

This seems odd to me because I can find other award-winning NBC series from that same time frame such as "St. Elsewhere" and "Hill Street Blues", but never "L.A. Law." This was my favorite program at the time, and would love to share it with my family.

A: We've written many times about how there is often no apparent reason some shows are not on DVD -- there's always a reason, it just may not be apparent. But in this case you simply looked in the wrong places. Amazon sells DVD sets of the first three seasons of "L.A. Law."

Q: Has Grace Park left "Hawaii Five-0"?

A: No, she's still on the show.

Q: Is it Alex O'Loughlin or Jack Lord on the roof of the hotel in the opening credits in the new "Hawaii Five-0" series?

A: It is indeed Alex O'Loughlin on the penthouse balcony of the Ilikai Hotel.

Q: On May 13 at 10:50 p.m., Stana Katic, who plays Kate Beckett on "Castle," posted the following on Twitter: "Ok,ever1.My talented castmates of 5yrs &wonderful crew r the beneficiaries of ur luv n dedication.I wish u all n enjoyable season 6! night S." Many "Castle" followers feel she is saying farewell to the show. Will she be back for season six?

A: Sounds to me like "Castle" fans are overly nervous and reading too much into a message that seems like a straightforward shoutout to co-workers. A spokesman for the show said that is indeed what it was: "This was just a misconstrued tweet."

Q: What is happening with the FX series "The Americans"? Last broadcast was May 1. It was not labeled a season finale. Are more episodes coming?

A: "The Americans" was renewed for a second season in February. "The Americans" aired all its episodes in its first season and will return with new episodes next year. This is simply the way cable shows work -- they air eight or 10 or 12 or 13 episodes and then it's a nine-month wait for more. Viewers have to get used to this model; it's unlikely to change.

Q: "Masterpiece Mystery!" ran an episode called "Endeavour" this week. It's a prequel to the old "Inspector Morse" series. It was a successful pilot that spawned a series on British TV. Any chance PBS will pick up the series for "Masterpiece Mystery!"? Ratings in England were very good.

A: "Endeavour" received a series order last summer and it began airing on PBS July 7. Deadline.com recently reported that an additional four episodes have been ordered and they will likely air in the U.S. next summer.

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