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Q: On CBS’ new fall schedule, what is the status of “Criminal Minds,” “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “The Mentalist”?
A: All of those shows are returning next season, although with some changes. NCIS: Los Angeles is moving from its cozy slot following the original NCIS on Tuesdays to Monday nights at 10, with CBS assuming that it has a loyal enough audience that it will follow the show to the new time period. That opens up NCIS: L.A.’s 9 p.m. Tuesday slot for the new series NCIS: New Orleans, which can benefit from the original NCIS as a lead-in.
The Mentalist is not in CBS’ fall lineup but will appear later in the season. Criminal Minds, meanwhile, will stay the course at 9 p.m. Wednesdays starting in the fall.
Q: G.W. Bailey is so good on “Major Crimes.” What has he done previously?
A: Besides playing Provenza on Major Crimes and its predecessor, The Closer, Bailey has been on dozens of TV shows and in movies. His two best-known roles may be as Sgt. Luther Rizzo on the TV series version of M*A*S*H, and as Thaddeus Harris in most of the Police Academy movies.
A native of Port Arthur, Texas, he went to school with Janis Joplin. And he is executive director of the Sunshine Kids Foundation, which provides positive activities for children with cancer; you can learn more about it at www.sunshine kids.org.
Q: In the early ’70s, ABC telecast a wacky sitcom called “Temperatures Rising.” At times you needed a road map to find the show, even in those pre-cable days. Anyway, after format changes, ABC put it on hiatus but said it would be back. This was in 1973 or 1974. Any chance that it will return?
A: If NBC would give Ironside a retooling (albeit an unsuccessful one) 38 years after the Raymond Burr series ended, it’s very, very remotely possible someone would consider rebooting another show from that period. But Temperatures Rising was a mess; The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows says the show had “three different casts and formats in two years,” from September 1972 to August 1974.
The first season had a hospital chief of surgery (James Whitmore) clashing with a rambunctious staff including Cleavon Little. The second, renamed The New Temperatures Rising Show, dropped Whitmore and kept Little, but added Paul Lynde running the hospital, which his mother (Sudie Bond) now owned. For the third try, Bond was out and Lynde had a sister, played by Alice Ghostley. And that was that. But if you really miss it, you can find some old episodes on YouTube.
Q: I had recently heard about this TV show from the early 1970s called “The Sixth Sense” with Gary Collins. I looked online to see if there was a DVD or VHS copy but to no avail. I would love to watch this show some way or another. Do you know where or how I may find it?
A: Not to be confused with the Bruce Willis movie of the same name, The Sixth Sense starred Collins as Michael Rhodes, a university professor investigating weird phenomena. It was derived from a 1971 TV movie called Sweet, Sweet Rachel, with Alex Dreier as the main character. I do not know of an authorized release of either the film or the series on home video, You can find some episodes, and Sweet, Sweet Rachel, on YouTube. And, based on the logos on those videos, the Chiller channel carried the show at one time but does not currently list it.
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