Ul­rich was canned from ‘Law & Or­der’ cast

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Q: The ac­tor who played the po­lice de­tec­tive who was killed in the first new episode of “Law & Or­der: LA” re­cently is one of my fa­vorites, and I won­dered if he opted off the show or was just let go. And will he be ap­pear­ing in any­thing else?

Della Clark, Tustin, Calif. A: He was let go. Skeet Ul­rich was ter­mi­nated as part of a cre­ative re­vamp of the NBC show, and to make room for Al­fred Molina’s char­ac­ter leav­ing the pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice to re­turn to the po­lice force, De­tec­tive Rex Win­ters be­came the vic­tim of a drive-by shoot­ing at home. No new projects had been an­nounced for Ul­rich at this writ­ing, but that shouldn’t take much longer; he’s been per­pet­u­ally em­ployed, ei­ther on tele­vi­sion or in movies, since the mid-1990s.

Q: Have “The Glades” and “Mem­phis Beat” been re­newed, and if so, when will their new sea­sons start?

Jan Rozewski, Franklin, Wis. A: Both crime dra­mas will re­turn, and you’ll be glad to know it will hap­pen soon. The Matt Passmore-star­ring “The Glades” will be back on A&E Net­work this sum­mer for a run of 13 new episodes be­gin­ning June 5, while “Mem­phis Beat” will resur­face on TNT for a run of 10 new episodes start­ing June 14.

Q: Will PBS do a fol­low-up to “Down­ton Abbey”?

Linda Dresher, New Hart­ford, N.Y. A: Yes. In fact, the Bri­tish net­work ITV al­ready had or­dered a se­quel even be­fore the first minis­eries be­gan air­ing in Amer­ica on PBS’ “Mas­ter­piece Clas­sic.” The drama was a big hit on both sides of the At­lantic, and as its view­ers know, a lot of mat­ters were left un­re­solved ... giv­ing the cre­ative tal­ents plenty of fer­tile ter­ri­tory to be­gin afresh with. Pro­duc­tion is un­der way now, and PBS is think­ing in terms of early 2012 for its air­ing here.

Q: There was a minis­eries called “The Winds of War,” star­ring Robert Mitchum, in the late 1970s or early 1980s as I re­call. I’m won­der­ing if that will ever be of­fered on DVD or seen again on tele­vi­sion.

Carol Hirsch, Fruita, Colo. A: We don’t know of an­other tele­vi­sion show­ing of the made­for-ABC 1983 adap­ta­tion of the Her­man Wouk novel be­ing planned — it would take a real com­mit­ment by a net­work, since by it­self with­out com­mer­cials, it runs just un­der 15 hours — but the news is con­sid­er­ably happier on the DVD front.

The drama has been avail­able in that for­mat since 2004. The 1988-89 se­quel, the even longer “War and Re­mem­brance” (in which Mitchum also starred, and which ba­si­cally was split into two minis­eries by ABC), also has been avail­able on disc for a num­ber of years.

Q: “Royal Pains” was such a won­der­ful sum­mer se­ries. Will it re­turn?

Penny Clifton, Seat­tle A: The show starts its third sea­son June 29 on USA Net­work. An­other per­son quite happy about its re­turn is star Mark Feuer­stein, who re­port­edly has got­ten a sig­nif­i­cant pay in­crease over what he earned for the se­ries’ first two rounds.

Q: Can some­one please tell me why “Crim­i­nal Minds” let the char­ac­ter JJ be re­leased from the show?

Re­becca Palms, Fayet­teville, N.C. A: This has been an­swered in this col­umn pre­vi­ously, but since there’s newer in­for­ma­tion, we’ll tackle it again. At the time the char­ac­ter was writ­ten out, the pro­duc­ers had de­cided not to re­new the op­tion of ac­tress A.J. Cook ... but last month, she signed a new deal to re­turn to the CBS show as JJ, cov­er­ing the next two sea­sons. In fact, she’s slated to ap­pear in the cur­rent year’s fi­nal episode this Wed­nes­day, May 18.

Ad­di­tion­ally, there was talk that Paget Brewster may re­turn to “Crim­i­nal Minds” on a reg­u­lar ba­sis as Emily Pren­tiss, largely de­pend­ing on whether NBC picks up a com­edy pilot she’s made for the fall sea­son. It re­mains to be seen what all of this might mean for co-star Rachel Ni­chols, who was brought into the show this sea­son as new­est team mem­ber Ash­ley Seaver.

Q: Are Mark Har­mon and Angie Har­mon re­lated?

Pamela Ray­mus, Mil­wau­kee A: No. How­ever, it’s in­ter­est­ing to note that both per­form­ers have co-starred in se­ries with ac­tress Sasha Alexan­der ... Mark in the first two sea­sons of CBS’ “NCIS” and Angie in the cur­rent TNT show “Riz­zoli & Isles” (which re­turns with new episodes July 11).

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