TV QUES­TIONS

The Palm Beach Post - TV Post - - Front Page - By JAY BOB­BIN

Q: I have no­ticed that Thomas Gib­son’s name is now listed in the cred­its of Crim­i­nal Minds last as “ ... and Thomas Gib­son.” He used to be the sec­ond lead, then when Joe Man­tegna came in, there seemed to be a change in the cred­its. Why? — Jakki Kan­tor, Greenacres

A: Speak­ing of the orig­i­nal show, Gib­son got that po­si­tion­ing as an ac­knowl­edg­ment of his stature on the se­ries when Man­tegna ac­quired first po­si­tion upon his ar­rival. Gib­son’s com­ing last might make it seem dif­fer­ently, but the “ ... and” billing is meant to give him spe­cial, added at­ten­tion as a reg­u­lar cast mem­ber.

Q: What hap­pened to the game show Mil­lion Dol­lar Money Drop? It was on for a short time, then gone. — Ellen Kutscher, Lyn­nwood, Wash.

A: Fox was sched­uled to air the Kevin Pol­lak-hosted show only briefly, at least ini­tially. At this writ­ing, it hadn’t been re­newed of­fi­cially, but the rat­ings and at­ten­tion it gen­er­ated make a re­newal seem likely.

Q: I have seen the new Crim­i­nal Minds: Suspect Be­hav­ior, and I won­der if the real Crim­i­nal Minds is com­ing back. — Kathi Nel­son, Ann Ar­bor, Mich.

A: Well, the “real” — or orig­i­nal — show hasn’t gone any­where. It still runs right be­fore the new spinoff se­ries Wed­nes­days on CBS, and since the sec­ond drama usu­ally starts im­me­di­ately af­ter the first one ends, we’re a bit sur­prised you haven’t seen that the par­ent show is still there. The net­work’s idea was to put the For­est Whi­taker-star­ring spinoff show right af­ter the orig­i­nal, as it had done to great suc­cess with NCIS and NCIS: Los An­ge­les. Q: I am look­ing for the movie The Cry­ing Game, which starred For­est Whi­taker. Was it ever made into a DVD? — Au­drey Erick­son, Wheel­ing, W.Va.

A: It’s a big week for ques­tions in­volv­ing Crim­i­nal Minds-re­lated per­son­nel. The Cry­ing Game ac­tu­ally has had more than one DVD re­lease, with a 2005 “Col­lec­tor’s Edi­tion” fol­low­ing its orig­i­nal 1998 de­but on disc. Both ver­sions can be found read­ily by shop­ping the In­ter­net.

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