Q: What a season of Justified! We were in shock at Mags’ demise; she was a very strong character, and we cannot imagine the show without her. Where is she going? And when will the show be on again? — Gaylene Kester, Lake Stevens, Wash.
A: Margo Martindale, the now-Emmy-nominated actress in question, is moving on to another series. She stars with Patrick Wilson in the CBS drama A Gifted Man, premiering Sept. 23. Though FX has renewed Justified for a third season, there’s no set date on when that will begin running; we’d expect that to happen during the first quarter of 2012.
Q: I bought Season 6 of The Shield, but unless there is a Season 7, the series doesn’t come to a conclusion. Am I missing something? — Bill Carpenter, Fort Lupton, Colo.
A: Yes ... Season 7. There was one, and it wrapped up the FX police drama’s run in 2008 with what appeared to be a resolution to the saga of rogue cop Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis). It was released on DVD in June 2009.
Q: I enjoyed watching The Drew Carey Show. Will it go into syndication or be released on video? — Dee Staggers, Weirton, W.Va.
A: The sitcom went into syndication almost immediately after its ABC run ended. Admittedly, it hasn’t shown up much in more recent years. Only the complete first season of The Drew Carey Show has been made available. There’s also a “Television Favorites”compilation from the series that includes the pilot and five episodes chosen from the first four seasons.
Q: How many seasons did Bonanza run? Did Lorne Greene and Dan Blocker die during or after the series? Is Pernell Roberts still living? — Lee Schaefer, Sunriver, Ore.
A: Let’s take these in order. The classic Western about the Cartwright clan aired on NBC from 1959 to 1973.
Greene, alias family patriarch Ben Cartwright, died in 1987. Blocker (Hoss) died a year before Bonanza ended its run, in the spring of 1972. And Roberts (Adam) died in early 2010.