‘Harry’s Law’ likely for retrial
Q: Will they be bringing “Harry’s Law” back at a later date, or is it finished for good? They haven’t had it on the air long enough to get a following. Anna White, Youngstown, Ohio A: Actually, they have ... and that’s good news. NBC was very impressed with the ratings for the Kathy Bates-starring, David E. Kelley-produced law drama, so it kept the show on the air longer than intended for its initial run. It’s virtually assured of being renewed for another season in May.
Q: Could we have the reason for the ending of “The Closer”?
Betty MacCoon, Camano Island, Wash. A: Very simply, series star Kyra Sedgwick believes seven seasons is enough for her, and TNT and Warner Bros. Television didn’t want to — or didn’t think the show could — continue in the series’ present form without her. Its final round begins July 11. A potential spinoff is in the works; in preparation for it, Mary McDonnell is joining “The Closer” for its last stand.
Q: What happened Cape”? Will it return soon? Joan Wayman, Chesapeake, Va. A: In a word, no. For starters, NBC reduced the episode order for the adventure series that starred David Lyons as a crime fighter. As the show went along, NBC cut the run from 13 episodes to “The anytime to 10 ... and the final show didn’t even make it on the air. It was posted on www.nbc.com for any loyalists who wanted to see how the saga turned out. All of that points to “The Cape” not returning, at least not on NBC.
Q: Can you tell me if the program “Boston Med” will be back on the air? I have been in one of those hospitals, and I found it a very interesting show.
Tena Smith, Durham, Maine A: The successor to ABC’s similarly themed hospital reality series “Hopkins,” “Boston Med” won’t have a return engagement this year. However, next up in the ABC News-produced franchise will be a seven-part program by the same producer that profiles employees and patients at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Now being made, the show is expected to debut in the spring or summer of 2012.
Q: I’m a huge fan of “Rizzoli & Isles.” If it was such a hit for the network, why would only 13 episodes be ordered for the coming season instead of the usual 22 or so?
Tom Marchand, Denver A: As we have pointed out many times, a broadcast network show’s season is not the same as a cable network show’s season. In most cases, the overall budget is less in cable, which is why such networks order fewer episodes of a series per season. That is the case with “Rizzoli & Isles,” which will begin running 10 new summer episodes when it returns July 11.
Q: Will “The Good Guys” be back? It was my favorite new show of the season.
Sue Dean, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. A: That’s a “no.” Fox had enough faith in the Bradley WhitfordColin Hanks series to carry it from being a summer offering last year straight into the fall lineup, but in December, the network handed the show its cancellation notice.
Q: I was watching the Columbia Pictures logo, and I was struck by the resemblance of the torchbearer to the actress Beverly Garland. Is this a possibility, or just a figment of my imagination? Tom Wetherald, Westerville,
Ohio A: Good try, but the image of the Columbia “lady” wasn’t based on the late Garland. There are three options, depending on which story you buy into ... and in fact, all three could be true, according to the website Reel Classics (www. reelclassics.com). Bette Davis claimed in her autobiography that an actress named Claudia Dell was the model for the long-famous logo. Another tale has it that Amelia Batchler, who had minor roles in a number of Columbia films, was the inspiration. And yet another version has Jane Bartholomew, who also was an extra in a number of Columbia releases.
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Kathy Bates and “Harry’s Law” are expected back on NBC in May.