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

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.



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