TV Q&A: 'Golden Boy,' 'The Bridge,' 'NCIS' and 'Lou Grant'

Sep 1 2013 - 8:02am


CBS’ “Golden Boy,” starring Kevin Alejandro, has been canceled. (Giovanni Rufino/CBS)
CBS’ “Golden Boy,” starring Kevin Alejandro, has been canceled. (Giovanni Rufino/CBS)

Q: Why was "Golden Boy" canceled? It was a good show. Tell me again why it's bad when over-50 viewers like a show. Don't older people control some of the spending?

A: There's nothing wrong with older viewers liking a show, but in the eyes of advertisers, it's not optimal. Think of it like a doomed romance: Advertisers covet the viewers they are less likely to have. Younger people tend to watch less TV and advertisers are most keen to reach them because the thinking is that they are less brand-loyal and their buying habits are less established.

Older viewers watch more TV, so there's less incentive for advertisers to be interested in them because they will always reach older viewers even in younger-skewing shows.

As far as "Golden Boy" goes, CBS was hoping it would draw more young viewers than "Vegas" and some other CBS shows. It didn't, so CBS canceled it and will try again with new shows in the fall.

Q: Will "The Bridge" resolve the murder this season, or will they make the same mistake "The Killing" did and let it hang on until a possible second season?

A: Executive producer Meredith Stiehm offers this assurance: "Yes, the mystery will be resolved -- before the end of season one."

Q: I saw somewhere that Cote De Pablo is leaving "NCIS." Why? I thought she signed for another two years.

A: Evidently not. All the reporting I've seen says her contract was up in May.

Q: The "Lou Grant" show was a great weekly newspaper drama that aired on CBS in the late '70s. How come it's never been available on DVD?

A: Sometimes shows are not released on DVD because rights to the program are in question or there are rights issues related to music on the program. And sometimes the owner of the rights simply doesn't think there's any financial upside to releasing a title on DVD because the marketing research suggests there's not enough appetite among consumers.

According to the reliable, 20th Century Fox owns the rights to "Lou Grant." We can only surmise that they've decided it doesn't make good business sense to release "Lou Grant" on DVD.

Q: Is Syfy's "Ghost Hunters International" still in production? If so, when may we expect new episodes to air? Usually, when a semi-season of the original "Ghost Hunters" would end, it would be followed by one of "GHI," but I haven't seen nor heard any mention of new "GHI" episodes on Syfy channel, and the "GHI" webpage is all old content.

A: There are no plans for additional episodes.

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