Q: Will Off the Map be back on this summer? — Bonnie Bowman, Wyoming, N.Y.
A: It won’t. The show was canceled last year by ABC after its initial run, and some of its stars have shown up in other projects since. Rachelle Lefevre has been costarring on the CBS drama A Gifted Man, and Mamie Gummer — daughter of Meryl Streep — had a guest role on the same show. Zach Gilford has finished a couple of movies, and Valerie Cruz turned up on Syfy’s Alphas and NBC’S Grimm.
Q: I am a big fan of Wipeout. It appears the contestants take some hard hits and dangerous falls. Do they look worse than they actually are? Has anyone been injured? — Joyce Brown, Decatur, Ala.
A: We marvel, too, at the fact that apparently no one on the ABC series has been seriously hurt as a direct result of participating on the obstacle course. Apparently, there is an enormous release that contestants have to sign … not only to ensure the player is in good health to do it but also to protect the network and producers in case anything unforeseen should happen during the taping.
Former co-host Jill Wagner told us several times during her Wipeout run that if there was a chance anyone could get seriously injured on the show, she wouldn’t have been a part of it. And she was there for quite a while.
Q: Fox showed a pilot called Touch with Kiefer Sutherland in January, but since then, there have been no more episodes. Has it already been canceled, or will additional episodes be shown soon? — Willem Vermolen, Laguna Woods, Calif.
A: Additional episodes will be shown soon … starting March 22, in fact. Fox took the Glee approach to giving Touch an early preview; it did the same thing with the musical drama series, running the premiere the spring before the show had its regular fall premiere.
In the same way that paid off, so it was with Touch, which earned very impressive ratings in its one telecast so far. Fox had wanted to maximize the possible viewership for the first episode by running it at a time when it was very involved in airing the NFL football playoffs, with a big audience watching the network.