If it’s Thursday, this must be the mailbag, where the TV shows are falling like the leaves.
Q: The TV listings had the season finale of “Saving Hope” airing but it wasn’t on. Is it still going to be on, and when? And will it be back next season?
A: NBC thought it could bring in some summertime viewers with the Canadian-made medical drama. Instead, the numbers reportedly declined steadily, to the point that the network decided to take it off the air and put the last episodes online. You can find all 13 episodes at www.nbc.com and www.hulu.com. That should make clear that NBC will not be showing any more. But CTV, which carries the show in Canada has ordered a second season, so it’s possible that another programmer will pick up those episodes down the road.
Q: What happened to “NYC 22 … or 222”?
A: CBS aired 13 episodes of the police drama NYC 22 in the spring and summer, and that was it. The network did not include the show in its plans for 2012-13. I watched several episodes but never really warmed up to it, and other viewers didn’t last that long — or check in at all. So put a -30- to that 22.
Q: I am trying to remember the name of a short-lived sitcom (probably late ’70s) starring Richard Crenna as a conservative Washington journalist and Bernadette Peters as his liberal photographer girlfriend. Help! It’s driving me crazy.
A: The series, which aired in 1976-77, was called All’s Fair. Now, don’t you feel better?
Crenna played Richard C. Barrington, an “arch-conservative” political columnist, according to The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, Political commentator Ben Stein helped shape Barrington’s commentary. Peters was Charlotte “Charley” Drake, and as you remember a photographer and liberal.
In a 2002 interview for the Television Academy’s archives, Crenna — who died in 2003 — said the ratings for the series were not bad, and that he liked very much working with Peters. But he was told that women in the audience did not like the May-December romance (Barrington was 49, Drake 23) and that led to the show’s cancellation.
Q: Am I correct in assuming that “Justified” on FX will not be back? I hope I am wrong.
A: You are wrong! (And think how rarely that reply makes people feel better.) FX has ordered a fourth season of the excellent drama starring Timothy Olyphant, and based on a character created by Elmore Leonard. Look for new episodes in 2013.
Q: I was a big fan of “Dallas” for its original run and I loved it when I saw they were doing a remake. In the new series, however, they have made frequent comments about how Pam (played by Victoria Principal) seemingly took off and disappeared. I remember Pam being in a fiery car crash, and the story line at that time said she survived but refused to see anyone because she was horribly disfigured. Why is this being ignored in the new series?
A: There have been reports that the new Dallas on TNT, which will be back with new episodes in January, has tried to get Principal for a guest-starring role. Simply referring to Pam’s having disappeared leaves all sorts of plot avenues open. But the show is not entirely ignoring Dallas history.
Yes, there was the crash at the end of the 10th season, which marked Principal’s final performance, and scenes of a covered-with-bandages Pam in the 11th season, when she left Dallas and sent Bobby a note saying she couldn’t stand him seeing her scars,
Then at the beginning of the 12th season, Cliff tracked down a somewhat scarred Pam (now played by Margaret Michaels) and met with her. But Pam refused to go back to Dallas, saying that part of her life was over and she was in love with her doctor; she was also ill, with only a few months to live — but did not tell Cliff that. So, as far as Dallas’s denizens were concerned, she had disappeared — and, since there was never a mention of her dying, it remains possible that she will return someday.
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Rich Heldenfels writes about popular culture for the Beacon Journal and in the HeldenFiles Online blog at www.ohio.com/blogs/heldenfiles. He is also on Twitter and Facebook.