Nothing ‘Criminal’ about spinoff’s placement
Q: I have seen the new “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior,” and I wonder if the real “Criminal Minds” is coming back. Kathi Nelson, Ann Arbor, Mich. A: Well, the “real” — or original — show hasn’t gone anywhere. It still runs right before the new spinoff series Wednesdays on CBS, and since the second drama usually starts immediately after the first one ends, we’re a bit surprised you haven’t seen that the parent show is still there. The network’s idea was to put the Forest Whitaker-starring spinoff show right after the original, as it had done to great success with “NCIS” and “NCIS: Los Angeles.”
Q: I have noticed that Thomas Gibson’s name is now listed in the credits of “Criminal Minds” last as “ ... and Thomas Gibson.” He used to be the second lead, then when Joe Mantegna came in, there seemed to be a change in the credits. Why?
Jakki Kantor, Greenacres, Fla. A: Speaking of the original show, Gibson got that positioning as an acknowledgment of his stature on the series when Mantegna acquired first position upon his arrival. Gibson’s coming last might make it seem differently, but the “ ... and” billing is meant to give him special, added attention as a regular cast member.
Q: What happened to the game show “Million Dollar Money Drop”? It was on for a short time, then gone.
Q: There was a show back in the ’80s called “The Charmings,” about Snow White and Prince Charming. Was it made by the
Ellen Kutscher, Lynnwood, Wash. A: Fox was scheduled to air the Kevin Pollak-hosted show only briefly, at least initially. At this writing, it hadn’t been renewed officially, but the ratings and attention it generated make a renewal seem likely. Walt Disney Company? And was it ever released on VHS or DVD?
Nate Richards, Commerce City, Colo. A: Not produced by the Disney organization but by the now-defunct Embassy Television, “The Charmings” had a two-season run on ABC from 1987 to 1988.
Christopher Rich (who later would play Brock on “Reba”) played Prince Charming, who was transplanted into contemporary life — along with Snow White, played the first season by Caitlin O’Heaney and the second season by Carol Huston — while still having her wicked stepmother and magic mirror ( Judy Parfitt, Paul Winfield) to contend with. The show has not been released on home video in any format.
Q: What happened to “FlashForward”? Please don’t tell me it was canceled. Barbara Romano,
Bohemia, N.Y. A: It was, about a year ago. Shortly after what turned out to be its only season ended in May, ABC announced that the series wouldn’t be back. All of the existing episodes are available in a DVD set.
Q: I am looking for the movie “The Crying Game,” which starred Forest Whitaker. Was it ever made into a DVD? Audrey Erickson, Wheeling, W.Va. A: It’s a big week for questions involving “Criminal Minds”related personnel. “The Crying Game” actually has had more than one DVD release, with a 2005 “Collector’s Edition” following its original 1998 debut on disc. Both versions can be found readily by shopping the Internet.
Q: I was a big fan of “The Gates” on ABC. Can you tell me if it will be returning anytime soon? Darlene Jakielski, Bothell,
Wash. A: We can tell you that it won’t be returning anytime at all. ABC canceled the supernaturalflavored drama shortly after the finale of what turned out to be its lone season last year.
Q: What happens to shows like ABC’s “The Deep End”? They do several episodes, enough to attract an audience, then they disappear.
Lacey Jordan, Hempstead, N.Y. A: You can rest assured, if they attracted audiences — at least ones large enough to satisfy their networks — they wouldn’t disappear. That was the case with “The Deep End,” which never really got far out of the gate, being in a Thursday slot that had plenty of established competition from the CBS and NBC lineups. Each show’s situation is it own, but if it disappears after only a few episodes, you can pretty much bank that it wasn’t building an audience, and the network gave up on it.
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