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.”

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