Q: Where can I write/call regarding the changing of the time for "Person of Interest"? I can't watch it anymore because it comes on at 10 p.m. (EDT). I don't care what day, I want them to put it back on at 9 p.m. again so that I can watch it. It is one of my favorite programs; watched it every week.
A: Sorry, but CBS is not going to change its programming strategy to suit anyone's bedtime. That's not how the TV business works.
But if you'd still like to write to CBS, the address for the entertainment division is 4024 Radford Ave., Studio City, Calif., 91604.
Q: Please tell me there will be a new season of "Full Throttle Saloon."
A: TruTV just finished filming a new season at Sturgis, S.D. New episodes will air in the winter.
Q: TV Land has been showing some one-hour reruns like "Gunsmoke" on a 70-minute schedule and half-hour shows on a 35-minute schedule. This permits even more commercials where there are already too many. Is this a trend for the future for all TV shows? If that is the case, DVR sales will rise even further as viewers find ways to avoid or minimize endless commercial interruptions.
A: Networks are out to make money any way they can. If squeezing in more commercials and/or trimming a show's running time will accomplish that, then they will continue to utilize novel programming strategies, particularly in non-prime-time hours for shows that are their 80th rerun. I don't expect to see this practice migrate into prime time where original programming lives.
Q: I know you read more in the entertainment circle and see more people. Can you tell me which show Betty White prefers to be on? Either "Hot in Cleveland" or "Golden Girls." She seems to like the one-line zingers she gets on "Hot in Cleveland." She is still stunning on "Hot in Cleveland," but she doesn't walk around much; she's mostly sitting. Love your column.
A: You give me more credit than I deserve. My access is pretty limited except the two times a year when I am in Los Angeles, and even then it depends on which programs the networks choose to panel.
But even if I could call her up on the phone, my guess is that White is such a pro she would not choose one show over the other, lest she hurt the feelings of those people she worked with then or works with now. But if I were her, "Golden Girls" would surely be my favorite. Without it, she would not have been likely to have this wonderful, late-in-life career resurgence.
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