Q: We are loving The Mentalist. Tell me if the network will have it on again come fall. — Marlene Reher, Hales Corners, Wis. A: For sure. Simon Baker’s CBS show has been one of the few surefire hits of recent television seasons, and the network is nowhere near ready to let it go. Watch for its third year to begin in September, in the same Thursday position — following CSI: Crime Scene Investigation — that it had this past season.
Q: What ever happened to Twin Peaks and Dark Shadows? Are they on DVD or VHS? — Gail Duprey, Umatilla
A: The “what ever happened” part is what happens to most series eventually: They were canceled, though each show was a phenomenon of its time. Both are available on video; a “Definitive Gold Box” DVD set of Twin Peaks has everything including the pilot episode — though the pilot was marketed separately from the weekly episodes on VHS — and a variety of Dark Shadows episodes can be found in both formats in various combinations.
Q: The Jimmy Durante Show always ended with Jimmy saying, “Good night, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are.” I’ve always wondfered who he was talking about. — Darryl Wagner, Port St. Lucie
A: There actually are two answers ... neither of them necessarily the definitive one, but they’re the most commonly believed. One has “Mrs. Calabash” as the name he gave the owner of a restaurant where he once ate in Calabash, N.C. The other has it as his nickname for his first wife, with whom he had resided in the California city of Calabasas.
Q: I really enjoyed the series Life Unexpected on The CW. Any chance it will return in the fall? — Douglas Larson, Bothell, Wash.
A: Better than a chance. The drama will start its second season this fall on Tuesdays, behind the also-returning One Tree Hill.