The clock hasn’t run out on the ‘24’ feature film
Q: When the final season of “24” ended, there was talk of a feature film. Is that ever going to happen?
Dwight Esau, Huntley, Ill. A: It’s still in the works, according to “Jack Bauer” himself, Kiefer Sutherland. Much will depend on his schedule; he’s been starring in a Broadway revival of “That Championship Season,” and he could be starting another Fox series this fall (“Touch,” produced by “Heroes” mentor Tim Kring) if the pilot is picked up. For the moment, the parties involved are looking toward a possible January start for production on the movie, and those parties may include veteran director Tony Scott (“Top Gun,” “Crimson Tide”).
Q: What happened to “Men of a Certain Age,” whose second season was halted after only six episodes?
John Black, Redmond, Wash. A: That second season will be “de-halted” June 1, when TNT begins to wrap up that round of the Ray Romano-Scott BakulaAndre Braugher comedy-drama series with the first of six new episodes.
Q: I read that “Damages” will no longer be on FX but is going to be on DirecTV. Is there any possibility that one of the cable networks will rerun the new “Damages”?
Linda Brickey, Fort Collins, Colo. A: There’s always a possibility; there’s not just anything definite, at least not as of this writing. No deal had been made for a second run of the DirecTV episodes as was made with NBC for “Friday Night Lights.”
However, it’s likely that Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the latest episodes (which are coming this summer) in a DVD set, as has been done with past seasons of the show ... especially since, without the FX participation, the stories will be brand-new to many people on DVD.
Q: My wife and I are tremendous fans of “Breaking Bad.” When is it coming back?
Elio Rivera, San Antonio A: The wait shouldn’t take much longer. New episodes have been filming since January, and when this column was written, AMC was saying “summer” for the start of their telecasts. In the meantime, if you want to see multiple Emmy-winning series star Bryan Cranston, he’s in the current Matthew McConaugheyRyan Phillippe movie “The Lincoln Lawyer.”
Q: My favorite new show, “Blue Bloods,” ran for several weeks. Then they ran reruns for several weeks, and now, nothing. Has the show been canceled?
Tony DiMiceli, Fountain Valley, Calif. A: Hardly. This question was sent in while CBS was in “March Madness” with college basketball, so it pre-empted the Tom Selleck police-family drama for several weeks to cover the games. However, the series is back ... and it’s a certain bet for renewal when the fall lineup is announced in mid-May.
Actually, it’s less a question of whether it will get a second season than one of where it will be scheduled; the show has performed strongly on Fridays from the start, but it also fared extremely well when it was relocated to Wednesdays for several weeks. It seems that wherever it’s placed, its audience will follow, so it gives CBS a very strong piece to play with as the 2011-12 roster is determined.
Q: When will new episodes of “In Plain Sight” start?
Linda Smith, Pueblo, Colo. A: Mary McCormack will be back as a federal marshal working in the Witness Protection Program when the fourth season of the show starts May 1 on USA Network ... the same night that network launches the final season of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”
Q: I have been trying to remember the name of the television program Christopher Glenn narrated. It was not the Saturday morning program “In the News.” It was about space and the solar system, directed at older children or young adults.
Jane Gill, Lynnwood, Wash. A: On the television side of CBS, “In the News” was the one venture the late and distinctivevoiced Glenn handled regularly other than overnight newscasts for a time, and his interest in the space program often factored in. He also commented extensively on space exploration on CBS Radio’s “World News Roundup” and “The World Tonight,” and he was on the air when the Challenger space shuttle exploded in January 1986.
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Kiefer Sutherland starred in “24,” which still may be made into a feature film.