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.
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.
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