Q: Could you tell me if my favorite summer shows — Rizzoli & Isles, Covert Affairs and Scoundrels — will be back? — Beth Byrne, Steep Falls, Maine A: We can say “yes” on two out of three. The first two were renewed by their respective networks (the Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander-starring Rizzoli by TNT and the Piper Perabo-starring Covert by USA) before their initial runs ended, and the second seasons for both likely will start next summer. The news isn’t as happy for Scoundrels, since ABC decided against ordering a second season.
Q: I’m hoping The Glades will be back. Can you let me know? — Liz Greene, Wellington
A: Yes, we can, and yes, it will. It’s no shock that A&E Network renewed the show, since the Florida-based crime saga’s debut set a ratings record for an original dramatic series on the network. Expect the new episodes to begin running next summer.
Q: I heard a rumor that Jeff Goldblum was leaving Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Is that true, and if so, why? — Arthur Dubeau, Woonsocket, R.I.
A: It’s more than a rumor. The actor’s two-year contract for the show was up, and since there was no definite word at the time about the USA Network/NBC show continuing, he decided to move on ... reportedly with no ill will on either side. Since then, Vincent D’Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe have agreed to return as police partners Goren and Eames for a final season anticipated to begin in the spring.
Q: I enjoyed Monk. What is Tony Shalhoub up to these days? — Grace Jemal, Oak Harbor, Wash.
A: After eight seasons of making the show, Shalhoub throttled back a bit, but he’s starting to get professionally active again. He’s supplying one of the voices for next year’s animated Disney-Pixar sequel Cars 2, and he’s also been cast opposite such notables as William Hurt and James Woods in HBO’s forthcoming project Too Big to Fail, about the roots of the U.S. economic crisis.