TV Q&A: ‘The Sing-Off,’ ‘Endeavour,’ ‘Leverage,’ ‘Cold Case’ and more

Sep 8 2013 - 9:04am

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Singer Jewel will be a judge for the fourth season of “The Sing-Off” airing this December. (The Associated Press)
Singer Jewel will be a judge for the fourth season of “The Sing-Off” airing this December. (The Associated Press)

Q: I was wondering if "The Sing-Off" was ever coming back. I really enjoyed that show. We go to a local Accapellastock every year where at least one of the groups from the show performed.

-- Kaelyn, 52, Kaysville

A: Yes, NBC reactivated "The Sing-Off" after a year off. It's expected that the show's fourth season will air this December, with Jewel as a new judge on the show.

Q: Your column said that 24 episodes aren't unusual for the fall season, "as networks seek to eliminate reruns." Why do they want to eliminate reruns? Royalties? Viewer dissatisfaction? Or is their choice not to run reruns of ANY season? Just curious!

A: Networks are seeking to eliminate reruns because ratings for reruns have gotten so low that it's not worth it financially for networks to air reruns.

Q: Do you know the name of the song that played (and who performed it) at the end of the "Motive" episode on July 18? It was about addiction.

A: The show's ABC publicist says the song was "Little Hell" by the group City and Colour.

Q: In your listings for summer shows, there was a show called "Notorious Hauntings" on Syfy that was scheduled to start on July 16. It wasn't on and I can't find it in a search of my FiOS listings. Has it been delayed or permanently pulled from Syfy's schedule?

A: Syfy renamed the show "Killer Contact" and then changed its schedule. At the moment, "Killer Contact" does not have a premiere date.

Q: I really enjoyed "Leverage" on TNT. Is the show coming back?

A: No, it won't be back. "Leverage" was canceled by TNT last year.

Q: Have been enjoying the "Masterpiece Mystery" series "Endeavour." Will the series continue after this season's conclusion? Hope it does; I enjoy all of the "Masterpiece" dramas.

A: Yes, four more episodes were ordered. No air date has been announced, but my guess is they'll air on PBS in the U.S. next summer.

Q: I would like to know if they'll ever release the TV show "Cold Case" on DVD.

A: Warner Bros. owns the rights. My guess is they will not release it through traditional means -- if they were going to do that they probably would have by now --- but maybe at some point Warner Bros. will make it available through their Warner Archive, which is essentially a made-to-order DVD program. Or maybe they won't. "Cold Case" used a lot of expensive music, which may render it unreleasable.

Q: Regarding the Emmy nominations, I can't think of anyone more deserving of recognition than Neil Patrick Harris for his hosting of the Tony awards. But I don't seem to see a category for this. Given the many other "dubious" categories that exist, you would think that there would be some category that would recognize such outstanding achievement.

A: While I agree that Harris is an excellent awards-show host, so many awards-show hosts fall on their faces that I'd hate to see the Emmys come up with a category and be forced to nominate a lot of undeserving hosts. Better to have the awards shows themselves eligible for recognition (and, by extension, their hosts). The Tony telecast did receive several well-deserved Emmy nominations.

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