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

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.



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