Time will fly for ‘Dexter’ when series returns
Q: I’ve heard that “Dexter” is going to make a jump in time when it starts its new season. Is that true?
Mark James, Milwaukee A: Yes, but not by all that much. The Showtime mystery’s producers will have advanced the plot by a year for the start of season six when it begins Oct. 2. The reason is that they want to put more distance between Dexter (Michael C. Hall) and the death of his wife, Rita, so that he’s making sort of a new start as the show resumes.
Q: I’ve seen Jane Lynch on “Two and a Half Men” repeats. What other series did she appear on before “Glee”? Carol Williams, Columbus, Ohio A: Quite a few. In fact, she was a regular cast member on another one — the Starz comedy “Party Down” — at the time she was enlisted for her now-iconic role as gym coach and glee club nemesis Sue Sylvester on the Fox show that made her a household name and an Emmy winner.
Lynch also had recurring roles on “Criminal Minds” (as the mother of Spencer Reid, played by Matthew Gray Gubler), “The L Word” and “Boston Legal” as well as on Lisa Kudrow’s “Web Therapy” Internet series that has been getting a Showtime run lately. “Psych,” “American Dad” (in voice only, of course), “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Friends,” “Las Vegas,” “Monk,” “NYPD Blue,” “7th Heaven,” “The X-Files” and “Judging Amy” are among the many other shows that have benefited from having Lynch as a guest star.
Q: I am wondering when Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” will make it to TV. Has it been on HBO or Showtime, and I already missed it?
Ellen Schmidt, Palm Coast, Fla. A: Actually, it has been on one of their rivals ... Starz, the network of such original series as “Torchwood: Miracle Day,” “Spartacus” and Kelsey Grammer’s forthcom- ing “Boss.” Director Burton’s take on the Lewis Carroll classic has been making the rounds on the Starz/Encore set of channels for the past several months, and that run still has a while to go.
After that ends, we wouldn’t be surprised to see it turn up on Disney Channel and also ABC, which often uses Saturday nights for family-oriented movies ... and it especially would be no surprise to find “Alice” there, since Disney owns that network.
Q: I’m receiving conflicting information about whether “The Killing” will be returning or not. And if not, are there plans to at least let fans know who committed the killing?
Louise Everett, Marysville, Wash. A: Yes, the AMC remake of a Danish drama series will be back, and its first agenda will be to resolve the murder case that fueled its freshman season. Its not having been done left many viewers and critics stunned, but its makers are vowing that will be taken care of shortly after the show’s return, which likely will happen in the spring.
Q: Can you please let me know when the last day of “One Life to Live” will be and whether they will complete all the story lines before the last show?
Julie Davlin, Arvada, Colo. A: Jan. 20 is the scheduled ABC finale of the long-running daytime drama — the lifestyle show “The Revolution” is slated to debut the following Monday — and even though there might be a certain resolution to many if not all of the series’ stories, don’t expect them to be so tightly wrapped up that they can’t continue. That’s because there’s a plan to continue the show online, along with the other venerable soap opera that ABC has just removed from its lineup, “All My Children.”
Q: When will the next season of “Army Wives” begin?
Helen Pari, Cudahy,Wis. A: The date wasn’t definite at this writing, but Lifetime should launch the sixth round sometime between March and June, if the show’s past season premiere dates are used as the basis.
Q: Can you please give me a mailing address for BBC America so I can ask them pertinent questions about their programs?
Sue Morrison, Ormond Beach, Fla. A: Sure. You can write to the programming department there at 7475 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 1100, Bethesda, MD 20814.
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Michael C. Hall in a scene from season one of “Dexter.” The show returns Oct. 2 for season six.
Before “Glee” made her a household name, Jane Lynch appeared on dozens of shows, including “Criminal Minds” and “Two and a Half Men.”