The Palm Beach Post - TV Post - - Front Page - By JAY BOB­BIN

Q: We watched the pre­miere of The De­fend­ers and loved it. What can we do now to en­sure it is re­newed for next sea­son? — Rae Ellen Hol­man, Seat­tle A: Very sim­ply, you can keep watch­ing. These early weeks are the ones that re­ally de­ter­mine what fu­ture a show may have, and you can bet CBS is watch­ing the rat­ings of the new Jim Belushi-Jerry O’Con­nell law se­ries closely. At this writ­ing, 13 episodes of The De­fend­ers had been or­dered — the gen­eral stan­dard for any new show these days — and the net­work hadn’t yet com­mis­sioned what’s com­monly known as “the back nine,” the re­main­ing episodes that would make up a full sea­son for a se­ries.

Q: My fa­vorite Andy Grif­fith movie, An­gel in My Pocket, has never been re­leased on video. Is there any hope that it will be­come avail­able in the fu­ture? — Bon­nie Richardson, Madras, Ore.

A: Well, there’s al­ways hope. As for any more con­crete in­for­ma­tion about such a re­lease, though, we don’t have any. Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios Home En­ter­tain­ment holds the right to that gen­tle 1969 com­edy, so it would be the one to make that de­ci­sion. (If you see copies of the movie listed on the In­ter­net, those are not of­fi­cially stu­dio-ap­proved or stu­dio-man­u­fac­tured, so there’s no guar­an­tee of the qual­ity.) In the past, the movie about a min­is­ter and his fam­ily has shown up on AMC and Turner Clas­sic Movies, but it’s been a while since we’ve seen it listed for ei­ther chan­nel.

Q: Why is Melina Kanakare­des no longer on CSI: NY? — Dolores Chace, Som­er­set, Mass.

A: As of this writ­ing, the ac­tress hadn’t spec­i­fied her rea­sons for de­cid­ing to leave the CBS crime drama af­ter six years. At the time of the an­nounce­ment, net­work ex­ec­u­tives in­di­cated they had hoped she would re­turn for an­other sea­son ... and they also said she “will for­ever re­main a friend to the net­work,” so it seems there are no hard feel­ings, mir­rored by gen­eral com­ments Kanakare­des has made. As CSI: NY fans know by now, she has been re­placed on the show by Sela Ward.



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