If it’s Thursday, this must be the mailbag.
Q: I was wondering if the series “Emily Owens, M.D.,” with Mamie Gummer starring in it, was canceled, or if it will be returning. I have not seen it for a while and it seemed to taken off very abruptly.
A: The first season of the drama starring Gummer (who is one of Meryl Streep’s daughters) aired on The CW for 13 episodes, the last of which aired in February. There will not be a second season.
Q: What can you tell me about the music for the show “Doc Martin”? I love the show and the music is so fitting for it; they are equally unusual.
A: Doc Martin, the drama about a doctor in England, gets musical help from Colin Towns, who composed the show’s theme and music for the series across its five seasons. (A sixth is reportedly in the works for airing later in 2013.)
According to his website, www.colintowns.com, the native Londoner began his musical career playing piano in jazz groups, and continues to do so, including with the Colin Towns Mask Orchestra, a 19-piece big band. Later work included stints with Ian Gillan, one of the vocalists in Deep Purple and Black Sabbath. Towns has also written music for other television shows, movies and commercials,
Q: What is the status of “Magic City”? I thought I had read that it would be returning in February 2013. Did I miss it?
A: No. The second season of the period drama begins June 14 on Starz. Jeffrey Dean Morgan returns as Ike Evans, operator of a plush Miami hotel, and both partner and rival with Miami mobster Ben Diamond (Danny Huston). James Caan joins the cast in Season 2 as a Chicago mobster who is also Diamond’s boss.
Q: Wondering what happened to the Gene Simmons family show, which I believe was called something like “Family Jewels.” I found it very entertaining.
A: The series ran for seven seasons on A&E, the last of which aired in 2012. At that time, A&E decided not to continue the show. While Kiss star Simmons could have shopped the show to another network, at the time he decided to let it end because of the band’s tour and “my other business commitments.” Since then, he and producing partners have made a deal with the Spike channel for Hit Men, a scripted miniseries about organized crime and the music business.
You can keep up with Simmons on his website, www.genesimmons,com. His wife, Shannon Tweed, also has a website, www.shannontweed.com, although a lot of it appears to be about Simmons. They are also both on Twitter (@genesimmons and @shannonleetweed).
Q: The 16th season of “Dancing With the Stars” in my opinion has been one of the best, and I have watched all 16. The question I have is, how do they pair the stars and pros up? Do the pros pick the stars they want to dance with, or do the stars pick the pros?
A: “I don’t pick my partners,’’ DWTS veteran Mark Ballas told me some time ago. “I have no choice. It’s like, you walk in a room, you sit down, the producers hand you a piece of paper with your partner on it, and then you go straight to the studio and you meet them.” From other accounts I have read, the celebrities for the most part do not have any say, either; the show just looks for the best combination — and possible chemistry or conflict — in different pairings.
That being said, some of the pairings look as if they were prearranged. Derek Hough, who has paired with four winners on the series, generally seems to get very good partners. His sister Julianne (a two-time winner) was set to leave the series before the spring 2009 season, only to participate — with then-boyfriend Chuck Wicks. But, according to People.com, Julianne said that was DWTS’s idea: “The show asked me to do it because they had asked Chuck to do it and they thought it would be cool if we danced together.” And that was Hough’s last competition to date on the show, as she has focused more on music and acting.
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Rich Heldenfels writes about popular culture for the Beacon Journal and Ohio.com, including the HeldenFiles Online, www.ohio.com/blogs/heldenfiles. He is also on Facebook and Twitter.