Albuquerque Journal

‘PRODIGAL SON’ WON’T RETURN

Canceled Fox drama unable to find a new home

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You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: Since Fox canceled “Prodigal Son,” have the producers been able to find a network that will air the show? It was a good show, and I am surprised that Fox canceled it.

A: Matt Webb Mitovich of TVLIne.com reported in July that efforts to find the drama a new home “have come up empty.” While the show had some enthusiast­ic fans, an earlier TVLine report noted that for Fox, “viewership was just too small to justify bringing it back for a third season” and showed several declines from its first season. “Among the six original dramas Fox has aired this TV season, it ranks fourth in both measures, besting only the already-cancelled (sic) ‘Filthy Rich’ and ‘NEXT,’” the site said.

Q: I was wondering whatever happened to Hugh Beaumont, who played the father on “Leave It to Beaver.” He was my favorite television father.

A: Hugh Beaumont was one of my favorite TV dads, too. He was also, in the words of “The Film Encycloped­ia,” a “leading man and second lead of Hollywood B pictures, whose roles included several portrayals of private eye Michael Shayne” — but with a long TV resume as well before he found lasting fame as Ward Cleaver on “Leave It to Beaver” (1957-63). Although he guest-starred on several series after “Beaver” ended, The New York Times’ obituary says he rarely acted after a stroke in the early ’70s. He had also written scripts for TV and radio, ran a Christmas tree farm and, according to the Times, “through most of his career he also worked as a lay minister in the Methodist Church.” He died of a heart attack in 1982.

Q: Several years ago, maybe in the early 2000s, my husband and I watched a show called “Last Man Standing: Jerry Lee Lewis.” It may have aired on

PBS as part of the Great Performanc­es series. It included many more artists and songs than the album of the same name. It was an amazing show. As far as I know it has never aired again. So I hope I was not dreaming the first time. If it was not a dream, is it on a

DVD for purchase or has it ever been rebroadcas­t?

A: I can at least tell you that there is a DVD called “Jerry Lee Lewis: Last Man Standing, Live,” which consists of a “Great Performanc­es” with Lewis playing and singing with a variety of other stars including Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, Buddy Guy and Don Henley. Sellers include Amazon.com.

Q: Why isn’t Carrie Ann Inaba on “The Talk” anymore?

A: I’m not sure about that “anymore.” Back in April, Inaba said she was taking a leave of absence from the storm-tossed show “to focus on my health and well-being.” She has talked before about having autoimmune conditions including fibromyalg­ia, rheumatoid arthritis and Sjogren’s syndrome.

In an interview with NIHMedline­Plus magazine in 2020, she said, “Your body is such an amazing gift. But if you don’t take care of it, it doesn’t work so well. Sjogren’s has made me stand up and set limits and boundaries so I can take care of myself.”

Then, in mid-August, a Page Six source said “The Talk” was “trying out comics and athletes” to replace Inaba, because she would not be returning. Still, at this writing, Inaba has not said she is leaving the show, and CBS is still listing her as part of “The Talk.” And the Page Six story quoted another source: “It’s 50/50. Everyone wants her back. No decisions have been made.”

Do you have a question or comment about entertainm­ent past, present and future? Write to Rich Heldenfels, P.O. Box 417, Mogadore, OH 44260, or brenfels@gmail.com. Letters may be edited. Individual replies are not guaranteed.

 ?? COURTESY OF FOX ?? Michael Sheen and Tom Payne star in Fox’s “Prodigal Son.”
COURTESY OF FOX Michael Sheen and Tom Payne star in Fox’s “Prodigal Son.”
 ?? MONTY BRINTON/ CBS ?? Elaine Welteroth, left, and Carrie Ann Inaba on “The Talk.”
MONTY BRINTON/ CBS Elaine Welteroth, left, and Carrie Ann Inaba on “The Talk.”
 ??  ?? Rich Heldenfels
Rich Heldenfels

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