Q: Is “Midnight, Texas” coming back?
A: NBC has ordered a second season of the supernatural drama, though I don’t have an air date for its return at this time.
There will be some changes from the first season of the show based on novels by Charlaine Harris: Neither Yul Vazquez (Rev. Emilio) nor Sarah Ramos (Creek) was listed among the returning cast members when Season 2 was announced. Some reports have suggested they could be back as guest stars. And Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder, consulting producers on the first season, have been upped to showrunners for the second.
Q: Why was the prosecutor from “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” dropped from the program? I thought he would be there forever.
A: Raul Esparza, who played assistant district attorney Rafael Barba, told EW.com that “I felt like it was time to go. I had explored a lot of what I thought Barba was about. … I had reached the end of what I wanted to explore.” Since Barba was not killed off on the show, there’s always a chance he could return in some fashion — as has happened with some other members of the Law & Order family — and Esparza said he was open to that.
Long-running shows often lose and gain actors and on SVU, now in its 19th season, such changes shouldn’t be unexpected. For instance, Christopher Meloni (Stabler), Richard Belzer (Munch) and Dann Florek (Cragen) all departed the police drama after longer tenures than Esparza’s. And Dick Wolf, the mastermind of the Law & Order productions and now the Chicago series, has never been shy about cast changes.
Q: Do you know if or when the series “Alone” might be returning to the History (I think) channel?
A: A fifth season of the reality series is coming to the History Channel, although a date has not been set.
Q: When I was looking for when “Tyler Perry’s Too Close to Home” would return, I came across an article saying it was canceled by TLC. Will it be returning on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network, since that’s where most of his stuff winds up anyway? The series finale ended in a cliffhanger. This is one of only two of Tyler’s shows I truly enjoyed.
A: I have seen nothing about the show having a new life on another network now that TLC is done with it.
Perry is always busy with new projects, and that includes a change in his TV connection. In 2019, his exclusive production deal with OWN will end and he will begin producing new shows exclusively for Viacom, the corporation including BET and other network. According to Deadline.com, the deal will also include Viacom’s Paramount Pictures getting first crack at Perry’s movies.
Not that he is entirely done with OWN yet, with Deadline noting that Perry’s OWN shows will continue to have new episodes into 2020.
Q: I watch “Hawaii 5-0” and there is a male character on the show who is or was married to the female character who left the show. What happened to that relationship?
A: Adam Noshimuri (played by Ian Anthony Dale) is still married to Kono Kalakaua. Grace Park, who played Kono, left the series after the end of last season. She and Daniel Dae Kim, who played Chin Ho Kelly, exited reportedly because they could not agree to new contracts that paid them what Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan were getting on the show.
At the beginning of the season, viewers were told that Chin and Kono have moved on to special task forces elsewhere. Which is at least better than getting killed in a helicopter crash between seasons. As far as we’ve known at this point, Adam and Kono are still married; in a December episode, he was getting ready for a flight to Los Angeles to see her.
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Q: Is “Midnight, Texas” coming back?