The ‘Chase’ may be over, as far as NBC’s con­cerned

TV Week - - TV Q&A - BY JAY BOB­BIN

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.”

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