HBO’s ‘Boardwalk’ will be walked again
Q: Has “Burn Notice” been canceled? I have not seen anything about it starting a new season. And how about “Boardwalk Empire”? Has HBO scheduled it to resume sometime in the near future?
Jack Albrecht, Fairfield, Calif. A: As the recent prequel movie about Sam Axe (Bruce Campbell) hopefully suggested, “Burn Notice” remains very much on USA Network’s radar. In fact, last year, the show received a renewal for two seasons at once; its fifth round begins Thursday, June 23, and it’s already guaranteed a sixth season that will arrive in 2012.
As for “Boardwalk Empire,” it didn’t take long at all after its debut last September for HBO to order a second season of the Steve Buscemi-starring, Martin Scorsese-produced Prohibition drama. The new episodes are likely to begin running this fall.
Q: When is “Drop Dead Diva” going to be showing its first episode of the new season?
Amanda Clark, Hartsell, Ala. A: It’ll be June 19 ... the date specified just in the nick of time to make this column. Among things to look forward to in the third round of the Lifetime series: guest star turns by Wanda Sykes, Howard Hesseman (“WKRP in Cincinnati”) and actor-director Tony Goldwyn (“Ghost,” “Conviction”); more musical numbers; and a wedding fairly early in the season.
Q: I have been watching reruns of “All in the Family.” What is the line that follows “Everybody pulled his weight”?
Robert Shaw, Port Orange, Fla. A: “Gee, our old LaSalle ran great” — the LaSalle having been a car that was connected to Cadillac and marketed from 1927 to 1940 — is the lyric in question from the theme song “Those Were the Days,” which was created for the classic, often controversial CBS sitcom by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams.
Q: As a child, I had the pleasure of viewing both “Ten Little Indians” and “And Then There Were None.” Will they ever be shown on TV again, perhaps on Turner Classic Movies?
Mary Newberry, Centennial, Colo. A: As we often say, “ever” is a long time, and our crystal ball’s range of vision doesn’t stretch quite that far. With that said, we think you’re right with your hunch that TCM might be the best place to keep watch for those Agatha Christie-inspired films — especially since that channel has shown the 1965 version of “Ten Little Indians,” starring Hugh O’Brian and Shirley Eaton (“Gold-
finger”), within the past year.
Q: I know Gary Dourdan, formerly of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” was arrested for drug possession and subsequently written off the show. I just wondered where he is now and what he is doing.
Janice Burnett, Farmingdale, N.Y. A: For clarification purposes, Dourdan reportedly left the series because contract negotiations between him and the show’s producers reached an impasse. The actor has made several projects since, including the movies “Fire!” and “The Magnificent Cooly-T,” plus the newly released wedding comedy “Jumping the Broom.”
Q: Can you tell me what happened to Major Garrett of Fox News? He has disappeared from the network.
Michelle Hayes, Boynton Beach, Fla. A: Yes, he has, since he has gravitated toward print journalism. Last September, he left Fox — after eight years, following his stint with CNN — to become a congressional correspondent for National Journal. There’s still a Garrett family presence at Fox News, however; his wife, Julie Kirtz, remains a correspondent there.
Q: Why isn’t Matt Damon going to be in the fourth “Bourne” movie? He did such a good job in the first three, it’s hard to imagine another actor in that role.
Louise Everett, Marysville, Wash. A: Consider the physical regimen required for the part, then the rough-and-tumble nature of the filming itself, and we can’t say that we’d point any fingers at Damon for choosing to sit out the next installment. By now, any performer who takes over the role pretty much knows what he’s in for; apparently, the actor chosen to succeed Damon in “The Bourne Legacy” (as another character) is Jeremy Renner, Oscar-nominated for both “The Hurt Locker” and “The Town.”
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Steve Buscemi stars in “Boardwalk Empire,” recently renewed for a second season by HBO.