Q: Why did A.J. Cook leave Criminal Minds? — David McCord, Federal Way, Wash.
A: The producers opted not to pick up her contract for the CBS crime drama, sparking more than a bit of protest from fans of the show when it happened. Cook did appear in the season’s first couple of episodes to wrap up the story of her character, JJ, and that reportedly was a direct result of the outcry by audience members. Since her departure from Criminal Minds, Cook turned up in an episode of NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit that also featured Jeremy Irons.
Q: What ever happened to The Starter Wife with Debra Messing? I had anticipated more but lost track. — Rachelle Tucker, Columbus, Ohio
A: Depending on how much you saw, you may have seen all there was to see. After the favorable reception given the 2007 miniseries based on Gigi Levangie Grazer’s novel, USA Network ordered a weekly version — in which Messing continued in the central role — that ultimately lasted only one season (2008-09).
Q: Will the Jerry Seinfeld-produced series The Marriage Ref be coming back? — Stephanie Brake, Galesburg, Ill.
A: It was, but NBC changed its plans. The show was set to return this month, but the network decided to give the time to America’s Next Great Restaurant instead. At this writing, there was no word on when the series will resurface.
Q: Marlee Matlin recently guest starred on CSI: Crime Scene InvestigaIs the man who interpreted for her the same man who has been with her for years, going all the way back to the series she did with Mark Harmon years ago? I can’t remember the name of the show. — Carole Zeiher, Kenmore, N.Y.
A: That NBC series was titled Reasonable Doubts, and yes, Jack Jason has been Children of a Lesser God Oscar winner Matlin’s longtime interpreter both on-camera and off. He’s by her side again as she participates in the juststarted season of NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice.