22 new episodes coming for ‘Switched at Birth’
Q: What has happened to “Switched at Birth”? When will it come back? Bill and Bette Leatherwood,
A: As with so many cable series, its season has been split. The first 10 episodes ordered by ABC Family ran their course, but the good news is that they performed well enough for the network to order another 22 episodes to complete the first year. Those are expected to begin running in January ... and a 32-episode order is pretty hefty for any show these days, so it also bodes well for the future of the drama that features Lea Thompson (whose daughter, Zoey Deutch, has just started as a co-star of the new series “Ringer” on The CW).
Q: Is the actress who plays Jane’s mother on “Rizzoli & Isles” the same actress who played opposite Sean Connery in “Medicine Man”? It’s her voice, not her look, that is familiar.
Jeanne Starkey, Superior, Wis.
A: Indeed, there is no mistaking that voice. In both cases, yes, it’s Lorraine Bracco — who is known to even more people from her much-praised run as Dr. Jennifer Melfi, confidante to mobster Tony (James Gandolfini), on the iconic HBO series “The Sopranos.” She’s also well remembered for her link to another screen mob member: Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), whose wife, Karen, she played in director Martin Scorsese’s 1990 classic “GoodFellas.”
Q: What is the name of the actor who plays Officer Sutton on “Memphis Beat”? I think I also saw him on a couple of episodes of “Lost.” And what is his height, weight and marital status? Brenda Rankin, Lakewood, Colo.
A: DJ Qualls did one episode of “Lost” in 2005, and his other television credits of recent years have included “Breaking Bad,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Criminal Minds” and “My Name Is Earl.” His movie work has included “Hustle & Flow,” “The Core,” “Lone Star State of Mind,” and “Road Trip.” He stands 6 feet 1 inch, and if we ever come that close to the Nashville-born actor, we’ll be sure to bring a a scale to get his accurate weight; meanwhile, we also can report that he’s unmarried (or at least was as of this writing).
Q: I’ve noticed that ABC has rerun the same kids programs on its Saturday morning schedule for five years, including “That’s So Raven” and “The Emperor’s New Groove.” Do you know why this is so, and will there be any new Saturday morning shows on ABC
A: If you’ve watched the past few weekends, it’s clearly not so anymore. At the start of the month, the network did a wholesale change of that schedule, with a new lineup furnished by Litton Entertainment. It’s heavy on live-action reality programming, with Jack Hanna and Jeff Corwin among the hosts of the shows. Suddenly, those who have been used to seeing cartoons Saturdays on ABC for so long have to look elsewhere for them.
Peter Lebow, Milwaukee
Q: I am a “Moby Dick” fan, and I watch the Gregory Peck version whenever I can. I have not seen the remake with Patrick Stewart as Captain Ahab and would like to, but each time it’s listed, a modern-day version with Barry Bostwick — and Ahab as a submarine captain — comes on. Why is this done?
Dick Robechek, Laguna Woods, Calif.
A: Without knowing the days and channels being referred to, we can’t give a definitive answer, but it must come down to one or more of several things. The channel may be issuing incorrect information on the schedule it provides to listings services (trust us, that can happen); in turn, the listings editor would select the incorrect version that appears in your newspaper or on your electronic guide; or the station switches versions after the original information was provided and fails to supply an update (again, trust us, that can happen). We also must mention one surefire hint to be on the lookout for, which is that the Bostwick version actually is titled “2010: Moby Dick,” so that would clue you into the fact you wouldn’t be seeing Stewart as Ahab. And to complicate matters even more, there’s yet another “Moby Dick” now, a two-part TV movie with William Hurt and Ethan Hawke that the Encore premium channel has been showing for the past couple of months.
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