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Q: Here's something I've always wondered about television: Why is there no Channel 1?
A: We're getting into some vintage television here. Modern viewers have seen a Channel 1 — it's on my cable lineup and used for a news service. But many of us remember the days when analog TV sets came with a channel dial for broadcast VHF Channels 2 through 13, then a UHF dial for higher numbers, and no Channel 1 either place. The reason goes back to 1948, says Les Brown's Encyclopedia of Television, which says the channel's frequency "was assigned to land-mobile and two-way radio service." Snopes.com notes there are rumors the channel is reserved for military use and that those are false. Instead, the site points out, before 1948 TV and radio had shared some frequencies. The post-World War II TV boom then made the problem of radio-TV interference more likely. The Federal Communications Commission said TV had to give up one of the 13 available VHF channels, and the industry picked Channel 1, which was reserved for low-power community television anyway and so the least important to commercial broadcasters.
Q: When will "Succession" come back for Season 2?
A: The HBO comedy-drama about a family and its business conflicts will resume Aug. 11. The current trailer suggests plenty more twisty fun.
Q: I heard "Whiskey Cavalier" is not being renewed for a second season. It took me about three episodes to get into all the characters' roles but once I did it was a really good show with action, mystery and humor. Anything I can do to maybe support it on Netflix or Hulu?
A: ABC did indeed cancel the series after a single season, as its ratings declined and, according to TVLine, the network and the studio could not work out a cheaper deal. The studio, Warner Bros., is reportedly trying to save "Whiskey" and there is a #SaveWhiskeyCavalier campaign on Twitter. (That said, enough shows have been revived that seemingly every canceled show gets a "save" campaign these days.)
You could also make sure to watch the episodes rerunning on Hulu, to encourage the streaming service to make more.
Q: In the season finale of "NCIS" we saw Ziva was back. Is she real or a ghost?
A: My guess is, even if Gibbs were hallucinating during other parts of that episode, Ziva (played by Cote de Pablo) is back for real. There have been other hints this season, after all. But we don't know how long her return will be. The "NCIS" showrunners reportedly said after her big reveal it was "just the beginning" — though they added only that de Pablo will guest star in next season's premiere "as Ziva's warning to Gibbs unfolds."
Q: I would like to know the name of the song in the Range Rover commercial, which goes "I found a place in my heart, I found a light in the dark, I found my heaven."
A: The song, tied to a dog daydreaming, is called both "I Found a Place in My Heart" and "Find Your Heaven" on the website of Dom James, who co-wrote the song with Tommy Antonio specifically for Range Rover's ads. The vocalist is Emma Smith. In April, James said on his website that he hopes a full-length version of the song will be released "soonish."
Q: I bought a movie on TV named "Wind River" with Jeremy Renner. Now I can't find it anywhere. Where can I find it again? It was a great movie!
A: The must-see drama with Renner, Elizabeth Olsen and Gil Birmingham is on DVD, Blu-ray and digital, with all those formats available on Amazon.com. It is also streaming on Netflix.
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