CHAT WITH ROBERT
USA TODAY’s Robert Bianco chats with readers Mondays at 2 p.m. ET at facebook.com/USATODAY. Read edited excerpts below, email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet them to @biancorobert and visit him live online.
Q I like Michael Weatherly and his CBS show Bull. But I do not understand the three-day beard. It does nothing for his appearance.
A I’m not a huge fan of the unshaven look myself, but shows, like people, use fashion to send a message. And one of the messages Bull is sending you is that its main character is a man who keeps up with trends and pays attention to his appearance. Oh, and the other message it may be sending you is that the star thinks he looks good in a three-day beard and wants to wear one. Still, either way, it doesn’t hurt to voice your objection: If enough people hate the almost-beard, the almost-beard eventually will go.
Q Our local PBS station already has jumped to all-kids programming on its digital subchannel. The good: WordGirl is back on every day! The bad: Fewer repeats of Masterpiece and other adult programming. Is PBS attempting to drive viewers to its online streams?
A I wouldn’t think so. For one thing, PBS doesn’t charge for its online, on-demand stream, so driving viewers there wouldn’t seem to offer PBS any particular advantage. And for another, because PBS is not dependent on advertising, it generally doesn’t think of “driving ” viewers places. Call me naïve, but my belief is that PBS launched PBS Kids, its 24/7 kids programming service, because the executives thought there was a need for a free channel offering educational children’s programming all day, every day. And I can’t say I disagree.
QI like the TBS series The Librarian, but I love the Librarian movies. Are they going to make more movies or continue the TV show?
A I’m glad you like TBS’ Librarian series, because it has just been renewed. While that doesn’t necessarily mean TBS won’t also make another movie, it does make doing so less likely.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood has its home on PBS Kids, a 24/7 kids’ digital subchannel.