Q: The actor who played the police detective who was killed in the first new episode of Law & Order: LA recently is one of my favorites, and I wondered if he opted off the show or was just let go. And will he be appearing in anything else? — Della Clark, Tustin, Calif.
A: He was let go. Skeet Ulrich was terminated as part of a creative revamp of the NBC show, and to make room for Alfred Molina’s character leaving the prosecutor’s office to return to the police force, Detective Rex Winters became the victim of a driveby shooting at home. No new projects had been announced for Ulrich at this writing, but that shouldn’t take much longer; he’s been perpetually employed, either on television or in movies, since the mid-1990s.
Q: Have The Glades and Memphis Beat been renewed, and if so, when will their new seasons start? — Jan Rozewski, Franklin, Wis.
A: Both crime dramas will return, and you’ll be glad to know it will happen soon. The Glades — starring Matt Passmore — will be back on A&E Network this summer for a run of 13 new episodes beginning June 5, while Memphis Beat will resurface on TNT for a run of 10 new episodes starting June 14.
Q: Are Mark Harmon and Angie Harmon related? — Pamela Raymus, Milwaukee A: No. However, it’s interesting to note that both performers have co-starred in series with actress Sasha Alexander ... Mark in the first two seasons of CBS’ NCIS and Angie in the current TNT show Rizzoli & Isles (which returns with new episodes July 11). Q: Will PBS do a follow-up to Downton Abbey? — Linda Dresher, New Hartford, N.Y.
A: Yes. In fact, the British network ITV already had ordered a sequel even before the first miniseries began airing in America on PBS’ Masterpiece Classic. The drama was a big hit on both sides of the Atlantic, and as its viewers know, a lot of matters were left unresolved ... giving the creative talents plenty of fertile territory to begin afresh with. Production is under way now, and PBS is thinking in terms of early 2012 for its airing here.