CELEBRITY EX­TRA

Riverbank News - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Cindy Elavsky

Q: Can you tell me what Elis­a­beth Shue has been up to lately? I haven’t seen her in a while, and I re­ally like her. -- Jen­nifer G., via email

A: The tal­ented ac­tress, who’s starred on the big and small screens, will re­turn to tele­vi­sion soon via TNT. El­iz­a­beth just signed on to star in “Con­stance,” which she also is ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ing, along with Iron­man him­self, Robert Downey Jr.

“Con­stance” is de­scribed as a fun, darkly hu­mor­ous, ve­neer-strip­ping story about one woman’s re­fusal to fade into ob­so­les­cence. It fol­lows for­mer beauty queen turned small-town bu­reau­crat Con­stance Young (Elis­a­beth), whose life is thrown into tur­moil af­ter her hus­band’s mys­te­ri­ous death. Re­al­iz­ing that she and her fam­ily are on the verge of fi­nan­cial ruin, Con­stance turns to cook­ing the books at city hall, while si­mul­ta­ne­ously try­ing to rein­vent her­self through the hy­per­com­pet­i­tive world of di­rect-sales cos­met­ics.

Sarah Aubrey, an orig­i­nal-pro­gram­ming ex­ec­u­tive for TNT, said the show is about “a com­pli­cated, em­pow­ered woman who is an in­cred­i­ble force of na­ture. Her pas­sion and am­bi­tion, mixed with a healthy dose of crazi­ness, makes her an un­for­get­table char­ac­ter that our view­ers will love.” “Con­stance” is in the early stages of de­vel­op­ment, so no word yet on when it might pre­miere.

*** Q: I watched a show this fall called “The Brave,” and in my opin­ion, it was per­fectly cast. But it played out its episodes, and I’m won­der­ing if it will re­turn. Any ideas? -- Dick W., via email

Q: I wish they would not can­cel “The Brave.” Put it on Satur­day night in the 8 p.m. time slot. Use it as a sum­mer pro­gram. At least it is some­thing to watch in the sum­mer, and it’s a re­ally good show. Does any­one else feel that this pro­gram should be saved? -- Ron H., via email

A: Yes, Ron, as you can see by the pre­vi­ous ques­tion (and I re­ceived many more), “The Brave” was a beloved pro­gram and will be missed, but I wanted to give you all a voice that maybe NBC would hear. At least those in­volved in the se­ries will be happy to know that they were so loved. But when you con­sider the cost of the se­ries com­bined with the rel­a­tively low rat­ings, the net­work re­ally had no choice but to can­cel it.

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Q: ABC has ru­ined my life! Why did they can­cel “The Chew”? It has been part of our lives for seven sea­sons. Is there any chance of it be­ing picked

up by an­other chan­nel? -Jean B., Forked River, New Jer­sey

A: ABC de­cided to can­cel the food-cen­tric talk show to ex­pand the No. 1 “Good Morn­ing Amer­ica” to a third hour. The news also came a few months af­ter co-host Mario Batali was fired fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct, so it is su­per doubt­ful that any other net­work will pick it up, even though Mario is no longer con­nected with the show.

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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