Only ‘Human’: Fox adventure gone for good
Q: I really liked “Human Target.” Was it canceled? And if it is returning, when will its new season start?
Gabrielle Collier, Seattle A: It’s two seasons and out for the latest live-action incarnation of the DC comic, which ABC had tried earlier with Rick Springfield in the central role. The more recent Fox version, which starred Mark Valley, wasn’t renewed for next season.
Q: Will there be another “Star Trek” movie with Chris Pine?
Judy Harkness, Marietta, Ohio A: There will, but the question is exactly when it will reach theaters. In March, Pine — who is set to reprise the role of the younger James Kirk — said he had a draft of the script for the sequel but added that no filming date had been set. That largely has revolved around the availability of filmmaker J.J. Abrams, who wanted to get his new thriller “Super 8” launched first.
Initially, Paramount Pictures hoped to have the movie in theaters one year from now as one of the studio’s big summer 2012 offerings. The good news is that yes, it’s coming; the not-so-goodat-the-moment news is that it will depend on when production begins. Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin and John Cho also are slated to return.
Q: I love “Parenthood,” and I am hearing rumors that it may be taken off the air. Please say it isn’t so.
Gerry Dean, Lakeland, Fla. A: Since you asked, OK ... it isn’t so. For its third season, the NBC comedy-drama will remain in the slot that closes out the Tuesday prime-time lineup. There apparently had been some talk about moving it to Mondays when the fall lineup was discussed, but in the end, the network elected to leave the show where it’s been.
Q: What happened to the professional dancer named Edyta who was on “Dancing With the Stars”? She hasn’t been on the show for the past two years.
Q: What has happened to “The Defenders”? I hope it has not been canceled.
Christine Bell, Buffalo, N.Y. A: Technically, it’s the past two seasons (both of which were within the same television season) of the ABC show that Edyta Sliwinska was missing from. After the 10th season, she wrote on her Facebook page that she wanted to finish school and begin a family with her husband, fellow dancer Alec Mazo ... also a “Dancing With the Stars” veteran. Thus, she’s been absent from the program in recent times. Sophia Villalba, Lancaster, Calif. A: Sorry, but your hope has not been rewarded. Though many viewers who liked the show have written us about its whereabouts, there weren’t enough people watching it to save it. The Jim Belushi-Jerry O’Connell lawyer show won’t be returning to the CBS lineup next season ... and we can’t say it comes as a surprise, considering how long it was absent from the network’s lineup in recent months.
Q: Do you know why some of today’s sitcoms, such as “Modern Family,” are filmed minus laugh tracks?
Peter Lebow, Milwaukee A: It’s a creative choice by the given show’s producers and network. We’d venture to say that in the case of ABC’s “Modern Family,” most (if not all) of the show’s fans deem it unnecessary ... and, in fact, would be likely to find it obtrusive.
Q: Will Paget Brewster be back in future episodes of “Criminal Minds”?
Pat Perille, Algonquin, Ill. A: She will. Brewster had made a comedy pilot for NBC, ‘My Life as an Experiment,‘ which ultimately wasn’t picked up. That left her free to go back to CBS as Behavioral Analysis Unit member Emily Prentiss on ‘Criminal Minds,‘ if all the necessary parties were amenable to her return there. They were, and over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, it was announced that Brewster will return to the mystery series’ cast come fall.
Q: Why is Dave Ramsey no longer on Fox Business Network?
Maurene Miller, Stuart. Fla. A: The network canceled the pay-cash-only-favoring financial expert’s program last June, then gave the weeknight prime-time hour he’d had to ex-trader Eric Bolling, who had appeared on rival business network CNBC previously. Ramsey’s contract with Fox News expired later in 2010.
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Edyta Sliwinskam with Alec Mazo