Q: At the beginning of House last season, Amber Tamblyn was on, then Olivia Wilde was back on. Can you explain? — James Neal, Fountain Valley, Calif.
A: Easily. Wilde took a leave of absence from the Fox show to make some movies — including this summer’s Cowboys & Aliens with Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford — so Tamblyn was brought into House in the interim. When Wilde was able to return to the series full time, Tamblyn departed.
Q: In the list of shows returning to cable, I did not find Dexter. What’s Showtime saying? — Fran Lewis, Seattle
A: We can’t speak for the network, but we’d presume they would be saying, “Wait until fall.” That’s when the show typically starts its season, and lots of casting already is in place for the upcoming sixth season. Edward James Olmos, Colin Hanks (Tom’s son) and Mos — formerly known as Mos Def — all have signed up for major roles.
Q: Has Detroit 1-8-7 been renewed for the fall? — Anthony Sanzone, Daytona Beach
A: It hasn’t. It was one season and out for the ABC police drama that starred Michael Imperioli and James McDaniel. What really sealed the show’s fate was how much higher the ratings were in the same Tuesday slot for Dana Delany’s Body of Proof, which will retain that hour in the 2011-12 schedule.
Q: What happened to the series Lie to Me? It was my favorite. — Bette Haines, Grove City, Ohio
A: “Was” is the operative word there. The Tim RothKelli Williams show was one of those given a pink slip when Fox did a reasonably aggressive revision of its lineup for the upcoming season.
Q: Can you please tell me when ABC’s Off the Map will return? — Charlie Tipp, Providence, R.I.
A: Um ... never. Despite the ample promotion ABC gave the show, and the fact that it was from one of the network’s top producers — Shonda Rhimes ( Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice) — the show never developed the hoped-for following. The cost of making it also was significant, since it was filmed in Hawaii.