Riverbank News - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Cindy Elavsky

Q: Why did they kill off Erinn Hayes’ char­ac­ter on “Kevin Can Wait”? I thought she was a great coun­ter­part to Kevin

James. -- Jeri T., via email A: Af­ter Leah Rem­ini guest-starred last sea­son, the pow­ers that be must have felt she was the boost the show needed. The first sea­son of “Kevin Can Wait” didn’t re­ally take off in the way “King of Queens” did, so they must be try­ing to re­cap­ture the “magic” of the pre­vi­ous se­ries. Af­ter bad rat­ings and dis­mal re­views, I guess it was time to shake things up. The pro­duc­ers in­sist that Erinn’s ouster was “not a re­flec­tion” of her per­for­mance.

For those of you star­tled by the abrupt change, you’re not alone. Even Erinn was taken aback by her char­ac­ter be­ing killed off. But she took the news like a pro, pro­claim­ing on Twit­ter: “True, I’ve been let go from the show. Very sad, I had a great ex­pe­ri­ence sea­son 1. Thank you for all the sup­port from our won­der­ful fans.”

Not all of the show’s fans are on board with this cast­ing shuf­fle: Nu­mer­ous pe­ti­tions have shown up on­line, and fans are tak­ing to mes­sage boards, Twit­ter and Face­book to share their con­fu­sion and anger. And, of course, there are the trolls who are vi­ciously blam­ing Leah for the change, but here’s to hop­ing they grow up and di­rect their en­ergy to­ward more im­por­tant things in life.

Q: I’ve re­ally been en­joy­ing the new sea­son of “Des­ig­nated Sur­vivor,” but where is Vir­ginia Mad­sen? I loved her char­ac­ter’s sup­port­ive an­tag­o­nism to­ward Pres­i­dent Kirk­man, and feel he re­ally needs her as his foil. -- Brenda F., Mans­field, Ohio

A: Vir­ginia’s char­ac­ter of the for­mer con­gress­woman Kim­ble Hook­straten has been writ­ten off the show and will not be back for sea­son two, which is a shame be­cause I too en­joyed watch­ing her in­ter­ac­tions with Kiefer Suther­land’s pres­i­dent, won­der­ing if she was go­ing to sup­port or un­der­mine him. But I guess as his char­ac­ter be­comes stronger in his role of the re­luc­tant pres­i­dent, he has big­ger fish to fry.

Like Erinn in the ques­tion above, Vir­ginia is tak­ing her leave like the classy lady she is, stat­ing on Twit­ter: “I won’t be back for Sea­son 2. I guess they had other sto­ries to tell. It’s a big show, so I wish them well. But I would like re­turn to kick some ass. It was a great role. I was lov­ing it.”

Q: I’m so glad that Ryan Eg­gold is back on “The Black­list,” but what hap­pened to his spinoff show? -- John G., via Twit­ter

A: “The Black­list: Re­demp­tion,” which pre­miered in back Fe­bru­ary, was can­celed in May af­ter one sea­son. This is sad for me be­cause I en­joyed watch­ing Terry O’Quinn play­ing Ryan’s fa­ther. How­ever, we’ll get to see Terry next year on Hulu in the Stephen King-adapted se­ries of “Cas­tle Rock.” I can’t wait for that one!

Write to Cindy at King Fea­tures Weekly Ser­vice, 628 Vir­ginia Drive, Or­lando, FL 32803; or e-mail her at let­ters@cindyelavsky.com.

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