Actress’s ongoing television work is ‘Justified’
Q: What a season of “Justified”! We were in shock at Mags’ demise; she was a very strong character, and we cannot imagine the show without her. Where is she going? And when will the show be on again?
Gaylene Kester, Lake Stevens A: Margo Martindale, the now-Emmy-nominated actress in question, is moving on to another series. She stars with Patrick Wilson in the CBS drama “A Gifted Man,” premiering Sept. 23. Though FX has renewed “Justified” for a third season, there’s no set date on when that will begin running; we’d expect that to happen during the first quarter of 2012 since that’s the now-traditional time for the show’s return.
Q: I bought Season 6 of “The Shield,” but unless there is a Season 7, the series doesn’t come to a conclusion. Am I missing something?
Bill Carpenter, Fort Lupton, Colo. A: Yes ... Season 7. There was one, and it wrapped up the FX police drama’s run in 2008 with what appeared to be a resolution to the saga of rogue cop Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis). It was released on DVD in June 2009, and it also became available on disc the following November in a “Complete Series Collection.”
Q: In the Subaru commercial with the little girl and the dad giving instructions, who is the older actress playing the girl? Is it Miranda Cosgrove or Sasha Pieterse from “Pretty Little Liars”?
Christine Barry, N. Patchogue, N.Y. A: Neither. The car company decided to use a real-life father and his daughters (who share the role of the girl at different ages) for the ad, so the young woman in question is a nonactress named Lanna Lyons.
Q: I enjoyed watching “The Drew Carey Show.” Will it go into syndication or be released on video?
Dee Staggers, Weirton, W.Va. A: Actually, the sitcom that proved “Cleveland rocks!” went into syndication almost immediately after its ABC run ended, and it was part of TBS’ weekday schedule for a while. Admittedly, it hasn’t shown up much in more recent years, despite the weekday visibility Carey now has as host of the long-running CBS game show “The Price Is Right.”
Only the complete first season of “The Drew Carey Show” has been made available by Warner Home Video thus far; it was released in 2007. There’s also a “Television Favorites”compilation from the series, issued in 2006, that includes the pilot and five other episodes chosen from the first four seasons.
Q: Is the actress who does the T-Mobile commercials the same actress who will be playing the new Wonder Woman, Adrianne Palicki? If not, who is she?
Tim Messing, Crowley, Colo. A: The actress in the ads is Carly Foulkes, and Palicki (“Friday Night Lights”) actually won’t be playing Wonder Woman. Though she made that David E. Kelley-produced series pilot, NBC didn’t pick it up.
Q: How many seasons did “Bonanza” run? Did Lorne Greene and Dan Blocker die during or after the series? Is Pernell Roberts still living?
Lee Schaefer, Sunriver, Ore. A: Let’s take these in order. The classic Western about the Cartwright clan aired on NBC from 1959 to 1973 ... and though it began its network life on Saturdays and ended it on Tuesdays, Sunday was its familiar home for most of its run.
Greene, alias family patriarch Ben Cartwright, died in 1987. After “Bonanza,” he starred in the shows “Griff” and “Battlestar Galactica.” Blocker (Hoss) died a year before “Bonanza” ended its run, in the spring of 1972. And Roberts (Adam), who also would have a substantial series run in “Trapper John, M.D.,” died in early 2010.
Q: Do they count DVR recordings for ratings?
Steven Valdez, Pueblo, Colo. A: They definitely do. With the popularity and wide, common use of recording devices, there now are three strata of ratings: the regular, over-the-air telecasts; “Live Plus SD,” compiling the numbers for the over-the-air telecast with those for same-day viewing later; and “Live Plus 7,” a composite of the over-the-air telecast and the viewings of the same program in the seven days afterward. All of those factor into the price that networks charge advertisers for commercial time.
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