Q: I haven’t seen anything indicating that Rizzoli & Isles is returning. Is it? — Barbara Wald, Oak Hill
A: Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander’s TNT show got a pickup for a second season in near-record time. After only three episodes had aired last summer, the network gave the go-ahead for a second round. Expect the new stories to begin turning up in the summer again.
Q: I can’t find the show Parenthood. Has it been canceled? — Vera McHenry, Lawrence, Kan.
A: It’s back in NBC’s Tuesday lineup, where it will remain for the rest of the season. Some notable guest casting is coming up; John Corbett ( United States of Tara, Sex and the City) will be on board for several episodes as the Lauren Graham character’s estranged husband.
Q: What happened to “Memphis Heat”? It gave us a chance to see the South in action. — Phyllis Williams, Garden Grove, Calif. A: We’re guessing that you’re actually asking about Memphis Beat, the Jason Lee-starring TNT series. As we mention so often here, cable series generally have shorter seasons than broadcast network shows do, and that was the situation here. The 10 episodes produced for the first season simply ran out ... but the series has been renewed, and it will be back either in late spring or the summer.
Q: For years, I have been trying to find out what happened to Nathania Ryan, who played Hope Williams as a child on Days of our Lives. She also played in some very scary movie. — Elizabeth Denson, Taunton, Mass.
A: The actress in question actually is Natasha Ryan, and she had the role on the NBC daytime serial from 1975 to 1980. We probably should say “then-actress,” since she reportedly now works in solar construction.
Ryan also had roles in two pretty scary movies — The Amityville Horror (1979) and The Entity (1982) — and while still on Days, she played the young Sybil in the TV movie that brought Sally Field her first Emmy Award.