Q: Will Rules of Engagement be back on the air? — Judy Picard, Austin, Colo.
A: Never count the CBS sitcom out for good ... not yet, anyway. The David Spade-featured show has had an interesting season, to put it mildly. Originally earmarked for Saturdays — where few series have been placed with first-run episodes unless they’re doing less than great on their original nights — Rules was redirected to Thursdays when How to Be a Gentleman went down fast last fall. Then the network benched it in favor of Rob Schneider’s show Rob; at the time of this writing, Rules was slated to reclaim that slot before the television season ends.
Q: I was enjoying NBC’S series The Firm, but it is no longer available. Has it been canceled? — Gail Nisas, Bend, Ore.
A: Not at this time. The John Grisham-inspired show ran into ratings problems on Thursday nights, so NBC shifted it to Saturdays several weeks into its run, and the episodes have been running there since.
One thing that’s working in the series’ favor to stick around: An initial commitment to 22 episodes was made, something almost unheard of with new dramas these days, but a sign of the general popularity of the franchise — thanks to author Grisham’s name, and also to the success of the 1993 movie of The Firm, which starred Tom Cruise — so NBC would seem more likely than not to let the ordered episodes play out.
Q: I’m wondering if we will ever see Harry’s Law again. They keep changing the time slots. — Marian Brandel, Hartsburg, Mo.
A: They certainly do. Originally a Monday night offering, the show was moved to Wednesdays by NBC for the start of this season. Now, with the network trying to establish a comedy block on that night, the Kathy Bates law drama has just resumed on Sundays. Admittedly, that much moving around raises questions about the show’s long-term prospects ... but it continues to have a strong ace to play in Bates, who earned an Emmy nomination for the series for its first round.