‘The Red Line’ has made its one trip for CBS

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - On Tv - BY JAY BOB­BIN

Q: What hap­pened to “The Red Line”? It just dis­ap­peared. – Alice Larson, DeLand, Fla. A: CBS in­tended the Noah Wyle-star­ring drama to be a limited “event” se­ries, so all of its eight pro­duced episodes aired over con­sec­u­tive Sun­days in April and May, two episodes per night. The net­work did have an op­tion to con­tinue the franchise, pre­sum­ably with a dif­fer­ent story, but it de­cided not to ex­er­cise that de­spite the con­sid­er­able pro­duc­ing cred of Greg Ber­lanti and Ava DuVer­nay. The pro­gram’s less-than-strong rat­ings un­doubt­edly were a big fac­tor. Q: It’s in­ter­est­ing to see Mis­cha Bar­ton as part of the cast of “The Hills: New Be­gin­nings,” and it made me think that I haven’t seen her do much act­ing lately. What has she been do­ing pro­fes­sion­ally? – Am­ber Kay, via e-mail A: The past sev­eral years largely have been a com­bi­na­tion of stage work, in­de­pen­dent films and “Danc­ing With the Stars” for her. Her movies have leaned largely to­ward hor­ror and sus­pense, by her pro­fessed pref­er­ence, with such ti­tles as “The Base­ment” and “Ouija House” in­cluded; thanks to her resid­ual fame from the se­ries “The O.C.” (which in­spired MTV to de­velop both “La­guna Beach: The Real Orange County” and “The Hills”), the mak­ers of such rel­a­tively small films un­doubt­edly have been happy to have Bar­ton both present and pro­motable. Bar­ton also had the role of Shelby in a pro­duc­tion of “Steel Mag­no­lias” that toured Ire­land and marked the first time she had done live the­ater in a while. And in 2016, she com­peted in the spring sea­son of ABC’s “Danc­ing With the Stars,” stay­ing in the con­test for a month be­fore she and part­ner Artem Chigv­int­sev were elim­i­nated.

Noah Wyle

Mis­cha Bar­ton

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