You have questions, especially about when and if shows are coming back. I try to have answers.
Q: Any chance of the following series coming back: “Longmire,” “Necessary Roughness,” “Las Vegas,” “Killer Women”?
A: You are one for four. Longmire begins a new season on A&E on June 2. Necessary Roughness was dropped by USA Network last year after three seasons. If by Las Vegas you mean the Josh Duhamel series on NBC, it ended in 2008; if you mean Vegas, the CBS drama with Dennis Quaid, it ended in 2013 after a single season. Killer Women was so unsuccessful for ABC this year, it was taken off the air with some first-season episodes still in the can.
Q: Can you tell me if the PBS series “The Paradise” will have a season two? Also, if and when the Hallmark Channel will return “Cedar Cove”?
A: A second season of the British drama The Paradise has been made and televised overseas, so I would expect it to arrive on these shores at some point. That said, when I asked Masterpiece about Paradise plans, I was told that “we have no news on this at the moment.” The BBC, by the way, decided not to make a third season of the series.
Look for a second season of Cedar Cove in July.
Q: When I was a teenager in the early ’70s I remember an episode of “The Name of the Game” with a female rock singer in distress. I think it was Janis Joplin.
A: The Name of the Game was an NBC drama from 1968 to 1971. While Joplin, who died in October 1970, was an amazing singer and performed on TV, I could find no record of her acting on Name of the Game. There was an episode of that series involving a troubled blues singer, but the singer was played by Sharon Farrell.
Q: A few years ago the “Mister Peepers” TV series became commercially available. The show actually ran for three seasons, but, apparently, production of the DVDs stopped with the first season and a few episodes from the second season. Do you know of any source where the remaining episodes from the second season and the third season might be available?
A: They may not be. I contacted S’more Entertainment, which released two sets of episodes of the 1952-55 comedy starring Wally Cox. The company replied that the market for DVDs is eroding, and the cost of restoring and digitizing old kinescopes of the series leads to a high retail price which looks even higher when more recent series are often available at bargain rates. “It’s frustrating but the economic realities make this impossible to justify an additional DVD release without a substantial loss,” the email said.
Q: Some years ago, I faithfully watched every episode of a show called “Prison Break.” However, I missed the last show. It has been nagging me how it finally ended. Is there a way to get that final program?
A: Prison Break officially ended with an episode called “Killing Your Number” in 2009; that wrapped up the main story and showed what the characters were doing four years later. But soon after, Fox aired what it called Prison Break: The Final Break, a special containing the episodes “The Old Ball and Chain” and “Free,” which covered major events in that four-year gap in the finale. You can find all four seasons and The Final Break on DVD and Blu-ray. They are also on Amazon Instant Video, iTunes and Netflix; Netflix has The Final Break under the episode titles at the end of its Season 4 list.
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