Why ex-governor Spitzer lost his gig at CNN
Q: What is going on at CNN? First, John Roberts disappears from the morning show, and now Eliot Spitzer from “In the Arena.”
Connie Marcinek, Boynton Beach, Fla. A: Roberts reportedly left CNN of his own will to join Fox News Channel, which accommodated his desire to leave New York for Atlanta, where he could be closer to his fiancee, CNN anchor Kyra Phillips, who gave birth to twins by him earlier this year.
As for former New York governor Spitzer, his exit from CNN is part of a ratings-seeking revamp of the cable news network’s prime-time lineup that should take full effect in September. “In the Arena” is being eliminated to give Anderson Cooper an earlier hour in the new schedule, which also will give a weeknight hour to former CNBC anchor-reporter Erin Burnett and move “John King, USA” to an earlier time as well.
Q: Is it really true that “Fear Factor” with Joe Rogan is coming back on?
Nancy Alman, Wind Lake, Wis. A: It is. NBC has ordered a revival of the competition, with Rogan returning as host, but no premiere date had been set as of this writing.
Q: Some years ago, I watched the Mel Brooks movie “Young Frankenstein,” and after the movie ended, there was an epilogue where the cast members discussed the movie. It was a falloff-your-chair riot. I have seen the movie several times since and have never seen the epilogue shown again. Any chance?
Ed Belcher, Valley Grove, W.Va. A: Without knowing exactly where you saw the movie when the epilogue was with it, we can only take a leap and guess it might have been the “Young Frankenstein” episode of the AMC series “Backstory” that delved behind the scenes of certain films from the 20th Century Fox library. That show still pops up on AMC from time to time. Also, there’s a “making-of” documentary on the Blu-ray and special-edition DVD versions of the movie that might include some of the same material.
Q: I just read that we will have new episodes of “The Closer” through summer 2012. I also read that the cast, minus Kyra Sedgwick, would continue past that point. Are they?
Judy Cox, Centennial, Colo. A: The plan is for most if not all of the supporting players to carry forth into “Major Crimes,” the spinoff that TNT is planning to launch next summer. Mary McDonnell, who has become a “Closer” regular recently, also will be continuing into the new show.
Q: What has happened to “Glory Daze”? Will it return? And what is Julianna Guill up to these days?
Richard Rose, Watervliet, Mich. A: It was one season and out for the TBS comedy about 1980s college buddies, since the ratings weren’t what the network had hoped for. Co-star Guill is on view at the movies right now with Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Julianne Moore in “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”
Q: Is there any chance “All My Children” can be saved?
Arvilla Sheron, Pinehurst, N.C. A: More than a chance, as it has turned out. Both “AMC” and the other long-running daytime serial ABC canceled, “One Life to Live,” will continue online with fresh episodes made for the Internet.
At least that’s the plan, since the rights to both shows have been purchased by an online program- ming company called Prospect Park. Many details remain to be confirmed, such as how long and how frequent the episodes will be and whether all the cast members will be staying on.
Q: Has “Blue Bloods” been renewed?
Linda Adamson, Denver A: It certainly has been, since the Tom Selleck-starring police drama gave CBS very admirable ratings in its first season. The show will be back in its late Friday slot when its second year begins Sept. 23.
Q: The Hallmark Channel movie “Keeping Up With the Randalls” has an actor by the name of Thad Luckinbill. Might he be the grandson of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, and if so, what’s his take on his late grandparents?
Lynne Boerth, Somerset, Mass. A: We’ve answered this a number of times, but former “The Young and the Restless” co-star Luckinbill is no relation ... despite Lucie Arnaz’s marriage to an actor whose last name also is Luckinbill (Laurence).
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Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and his wife, Silda, await the start of a game at Yankee Stadium in New York in August 2009.