TV QUES­TIONS

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

Q: For some time, I have been watch­ing a British show ti­tled Tag­gart and can’t seem to un­der­stand the ori­gin of the name. It takes place in Scot­land, the po­lice are in Glas­gow, none of the char­ac­ters are named Tag­gart, and nei­ther is the precinct they work out of. So whence the name? — Valentino Ma­cor, St. Lu­cie West

A: Here’s whence. In the very be­gin­ning of the se­ries — which ac­tu­ally is Scot­tish — back in the mid-1980s, the cen­tral char­ac­ter was De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor Jim Tag­gart. The ac­tor who played him, Mark McManus, passed away in 1994; the char­ac­ter’s death be­came part of the show the fol­low­ing year, and ev­i­dently as his legacy, the ti­tle re­mained de­spite the cast and char­ac­ter changes that oc­curred since. The pro­gram ac­tu­ally ended pro­duc­tion of orig­i­nal sto­ries in 2011 af­ter 28 years, though the ex­ist­ing episodes re­main avail­able to broad­cast­ers in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Q: Does AMC plan to continue the se­ries Hell on Wheels? — Steve Clark, Colum­bus, Ohio

A: Not only does it, but the start of Sea­son 2 is right around the cor­ner. Its 10-episode sopho­more round is slated to be­gin Aug. 12, with cast mem­bers in­clud­ing An­son Mount and Com­mon re­turn­ing.

Q: It’s hard for me to un­der­stand how CBS ex­pects its loyal view­ers to re­turn in the fall when they of­fer noth­ing to view in the sum­mer but re­run af­ter re­run of NCIS, Crim­i­nal Minds, etc. Any rea­son­ing be­hind this? — Jesse Gray, Wauke­sha, Wis.

A: Um, yes ... and it’s not a whole lot dif­fer­ent from the rea­son­ing the net­work has used for many sum­mers prior to this one. Even if CBS has less orig­i­nal pro­gram­ming ( Big Brother, 3, Dogs in the City) than some of its broad­cast­ing ri­vals right now, the net­work’s com­edy and drama se­ries have proved po­tent rat­ings­wise in warm-weather re­peats, so there’s not any­thing forc­ing it to seek many new shows to air right now.

That also an­swers how “CBS ex­pects its loyal view­ers to re­turn in the fall,” as you put it. The rat­ings bear out that many of them are stay­ing with the net­work this sum­mer, even with episodes they may have seen be­fore. If they’re not stray­ing in the sum­mer, it’s a pretty good bet they’ll re­turn in the fall.

Mount

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