TNT ready to give view­ers more ‘Lever­age’

The Daily Herald - TV Week - - TV Q&A - BY JAY BOB­BIN

Q: Please tell me there will be more episodes of “Lever­age” and when we can ex­pect them.

— Joy Dunn, Cor­pus Christi, Texas A: There will be. En­com­pass­ing 10 new episodes this sum­mer, the fourth sea­son of the TNT se­ries that stars Os­car win­ner Ti­mothy Hut­ton is sched­uled to be­gin June 26.

Q: The se­ries “Chase” has been back on lately, but NBC put it in an “I’m about to be can­celed Satur­day” time slot. Any idea what’s go­ing on with this show? — Joel Phillips, Colorado

Springs, Colo. A: Ac­tu­ally, in the case of “Chase” at that time, it was an “I’m as good as can­celed, but they’re play­ing off my re­main­ing episodes any­way” time slot. NBC pulled the ac­tion show star­ring Kelli Gid­dish (who’s just started a role on CBS’ “The Good Wife”) early this year, fol­low­ing a twopart episode that didn’t add any trac­tion to the se­ries’ low rat­ings. What re­ally sealed the deal was how much bet­ter an air­ing of the game show “Minute to Win It” fared in the time pe­riod.

Q: Has the se­ries “Fairly Legal” been can­celed, or when will it reappear? — Eve­lyn Cruik­shank,

Colum­bus, Ohio A: The USA Net­work show will be back with 13 new epi- sodes start­ing early in 2012, and pro­duc­tion be­gins this sum­mer. Se­ries stars Sarah Shahi, Vir­ginia Wil­liams, Michael Trucco and Baron Vaughn are slated to re­turn, but ru­mor has it there may be some tin­ker­ing with the law drama for its sopho­more round. Upon an­nounc­ing the re­newal ear­lier this month, a USA ex­ec­u­tive said the show has “sig­nif­i­cant cre­ative and com­mer­cial up­side,” sug­gest­ing changes are com­ing.

Q: I have been dis­ap­pointed too many times this sea­son with re­runs of my fa­vorite se­ries, and I’m won­der­ing why there isn’t a sym­bol in the listings to ad­vise peo­ple about this. — Martha Bald­win,

Ann Ar­bor, Mich. A: There is, but it works the other way around from what you’re look­ing for. Years ago, the ma­jor net­works struck an agree­ment with listings ser­vices to switch the fo­cus from an (R) for “re­peat” to an (N) for “new,” in­di­cat­ing an orig­i­nal episode. If you don’t see some form of “new” in the list­ing, you can as­sume the given episode is a re­peat.

One catch to that, how­ever: If you rely on weekly news­pa­per sup­ple­ments for your listings, be­cause of the gen­er­ally ear­lier dead­lines for those, the episode in­for­ma­tion might not be known by then ... so there may be no in­di­ca­tion of ei­ther “new” or “re­peat.” That is not the fault of the listings ser­vices, who sim­ply might not have re­ceived the in­for­ma­tion about the given show from the net­work in time. Trust us, we speak from ex­pe­ri­ence on that one.

Q: “Man­nix” was my fa­vorite tele­vi­sion show in the 1970s. What has Mike Con­nors done since “Man­nix” ended, and can you tell me any­thing about his fam­ily life? — Vickie David­son, Searcy, Ark. A: Af­ter his long-pop­u­lar CBS mys­tery se­ries ended its run in 1975, Con­nors re­turned to weekly work briefly in “To­day’s F.B.I.” dur­ing the 1981-82 sea­son on ABC. Mainly, though, he be­came a sta­ple of the TV movie and guest star cir­cuits. Among the many other shows he turned up on were “The Love Boat,” “Mur­der, She Wrote,” “Diagnosis Mur­der,” “Walker, Texas Ranger” and “The Com­mish.”

Con­nors also had a siz­able role in “War and Re­mem­brance,” ABC’s mam­moth 1988-89 se­quel to “The Winds of War” that ac­tu­ally was split into two minis­eries be­cause of its length. (Ah, those were the days ... .) And ear­lier this year, Con­nors was among the vet­eran ac­tors com­ment­ing on the his­tory of pri­vate-eye shows in the sec­ond round of PBS’ “Pi­o­neers of Tele­vi­sion” minis­eries. Mar­ried since 1949, he has two chil­dren.

Q: Per­haps I missed it, but is there any ex­pla­na­tion for the ab­sence of Andy Rooney from “60 Min­utes”? — Con­stance Berry

Colum­bus, Ohio A: Oth­ers have been cu­ri­ous about that lately, but he has no in­ten­tion of re­tir­ing ... at least ac­cord­ing to Susie Bieber, long his “60 Min­utes” pro­ducer, who told that to the Al­bany (N.Y.) Times Union in April. By all ac­counts, his re­duced ap­pear­ances on the CBS news­magazine sim­ply are a func­tion of his be­ing 92 years old, but he isn’t plan­ning to leave the tele­vi­sion job he is so fa­mous for.

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Ti­mothy Hut­ton will re­turn in “Lever­age” on TNT.

Mike Con­nors (right) reprised his “Man­nix” role on an episode of “Diagnosis Mur­der,” star­ring Dick Can Dyke (left), in 1997.

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