Q: Do you know why Derek Hough isn’t on Dancing With the Stars this season? — Rosalie Curtis, DeLand
A: He’s sitting out the current round of the ABC show to concentrate on filming a dance-related movie — surprise! — titled Cobu 3D. However, the brother of fellow dancer Julianne Hough reportedly will be back for the 13th season of the program this fall.
Q: I would like to know if Curb Your Enthusiasm is going to resume and if so, when. — Dolores Strauss, West Palm Beach
A: It is, and the eighth season of Larry David’s award-winning HBO comedy — consisting of 10 new episodes — is set to begin July 10.
Q: I am curious as to whether Warehouse 13 and Haven will be returning to Syfy this summer. — Debi Leake, Columbus, Ohio
A: You’ll be happy to know that both will. Warehouse 13 will launch its third season July 11 — with Aaron Ashmore, the former Jimmy Olsen of Smallville, joining the cast — while Haven will launch season two July 15 with a new co-star in Vinessa Antoine ( Being Erica), as a scheming woman from Duke’s (Eric Balfour) past.
Q: I discovered that season four of Damages, starring Glenn Close, is only going to be available on DirecTV. Why would that be done? — Karen Johnson, Scarborough, Maine
A: Because it’s the only way the series would keep going. FX passed on renewing the drama, so the exclusive-to-DirecTV deal was the one that the satellite provider made with Sony Pictures Television, the studio that produces the show.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that non-DirecTV subscribers will never get to see the new stories, which begin this summer; as with past seasons of the show, Sony is likely to release those episodes on home video after they’ve had their television plays. In fact, these might be of even more value in terms of DVD profit, since more people likely won’t have seen them before they debut in that format.