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.