The ‘Chase’ may be over, as far as NBC’s concerned
Q: We haven’t seen our favorite new show, “Chase,” for some time now. Please tell us it has not already been canceled?
— Jim Woods, Seattle A: NBC hadn’t given the Kelli Giddish-starring, Jerry Bruckheimer-produced adventure series an official pink slip at this writing, saying it was merely on “hiatus” ... but its prospects aren’t good. The ratings were lower than NBC had desired, and what really sealed the deal was how much better the game show “Minute to Win It” performed in the same slot when it was tried out there. (That program ended up as the regular replacement.)
Another sign that “Chase” may be over? Co-star Jesse Metcalfe has signed for a regular role on TNT’s upcoming reboot of “Dallas.” That wouldn’t happen unless the involved parties were reasonably sure he would be a free agent again soon.
Q: I am wondering if the actress who played Rachel’s biological mother on “Glee” is her real-life mother? — Jennie Mooney,
Cortland, N.Y. A: Despite the resemblance, no ... but like Lea Michele, alias Rachel, Idina Menzel is a Broadway veteran. The real-life wife of “Private Practice” co-star Taye Diggs, she won a Tony Award for the musical “Wicked,” in which she starred with fellow recurring “Glee” guest star Kristin Chenoweth.
Q: About a year ago, there was a show called “Find My Family,” about people who were adopted or children who were put up for adoption looking for anything about their pasts. Is there any chance it will be back?
— Marv Liss, Vero Beach, Fla. A: Not unless another network decides to revive it. ABC decided against ordering additional episodes after the initial set aired during the 2009-10 season. Such a reboot is not unheard of, as with ABC’s pickup of “Secret Millionaire” after it originally aired on Fox, but there’s no word yet on a similar situation for “Find My Family.” The show was inspired by a same-named Australian program that still continues there.
Q: Has “Big Brother” been canceled, or has it been renewed? — Roger Young, Van Buren, Ark. A: CBS has booked it for a 13th season that should begin shortly after the Fourth of July, as has been the show’s summer custom each year. The casting of the new housemates hasn’t even happened yet; that’s slated to begin in mid-April. However, you can expect Julie Chen to return — moonlighting from her weekday role as a host of CBS’ program “The Talk” — in her traditional role as host of the eviction episodes.
Q: I remember Bruce Campbell of “Burn Notice” having a sitcom in the late ’80s in which he played a sheriff. What was the name of the show, and is it available on tape or DVD?
— Rick Graham, Los Alamitos, Calif. A: It actually was the mid-’90s (the 1993-94 season, to be exact), and the series was the Fox actionsaga-with-humor “The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.,”in which Campbell played a bounty hunter who got into all sorts of scrapes. The complete series was released in a DVD set by Warner Home Video in 2006; copies can still be found for purchase from various Internet sites.
Q: When will “Eureka” be back on Syfy?
— Betty Rankin, Denver A: The series about a very brainy Oregon community typically starts back up each July. Therefore, look for its fifth round — for which it has been renewed — to begin then.
Q: How come PBS does not sell copies of its “Mark Twain Award” programs? The latest one with Tina Fey was my favorite, second only to the one that honored Steve Martin a few years back? — Maury Forman, Sammamish, Wash. A: You’d have to ask the network itself for the reasoning behind its not selling a certain program, but we suspect it may have to do with rights issues ... particularly since the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., is involved.
In a recent column, we addressed the fact that the yearly Kennedy Center Honors shown on CBS have not been made available on video either. Putting two and two together, our hunch is that the venue itself may have something to do with the situation in both cases.
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Kelli Giddish stars in the endangered NBC adventure show “Chase.”