‘Castle’ remains Nathan Fillion’s television home
Q: Will “Castle” return in the fall? Anthony Catanzano,
Greenacres, Fla. A: In fact, ABC renewed the show in January ... way before the full fall lineup was made known last month. The Nathan Fillion-starring mystery show will be back for its fourth season, retaining its Monday slot following “Dancing With the Stars.”
Q: Why did Nancy O’Dell leave “Access Hollywood” only to show up on “Entertainment Tonight”?
Janet Tillman, Howard, Ohio A: At the time O’Dell left “Access” in 2009, there was no similar opening at “Entertainment,” since Mary Hart was still very much the weeknight co-anchor of the syndicated magazine program. It was afterward that Hart’s departure became known.
Since O’Dell clearly had vast experience in hosting such a show, it was sort of a no-brainer that the “Entertainment” producers went to her. In terms of her accepting, O’Dell told us herself late last year, “It’s the original, the one that began this whole genre. I always thought, ‘How great would it be to be a part of that show?’ ”
Q: Is it true that they are going to cancel “The Chicago Code”? Barbara Kamin, Burien, Wash. A: It’s not that “they are going to”; it’s that “they did.” The police drama was part of Fox’s rather major cleanout of its lineup, announced the week before the new entries in its 2011-12 schedule were confirmed.
Q: What else has Eddie Cahill of “CSI: NY” been in?
Joy Christie, Tonawanda, N.Y. A: Prior to his current role as police detective Don Flack on the CBS series, which starts its eighth season this fall
Cahill was probably best known as Tag, the assistant who had more meaning for Rachel ( Jennifer Aniston) than just in taking care of office duties, on “Friends.”
The actor also was a regular on the short-lived series “Glory Days,” which aired on the nowdefunct WB Network; the other series he’s appeared on have included “Sex and the City,” “Charmed,” “Felicity,” “Dawson’s Creek,” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” Additionally, Cahill co-starred in the 2004 movie “Miracle” as 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team goaltender Jim Craig.
Q: It’s been reported that “The Event” has been canceled. Will there be any attempt to wind up the plot? Marietta Kozlik, So. Haven, Mich. A: Not on NBC, but the show’s producers reportedly are having talks with other television outlets about possibly continuing the series in some form elsewhere. That probably would have to happen in a reduced form
either in number of episodes produced or budget allotted per episode
if a cable network were to step up, since the economics are much different in that universe than on the broadcast network level that NBC supplied.
Q: There was a show called “Persons Unknown,” in which people were sent to a town and a hotel that they could not get out of. The last two episodes were disrupted by news events. Is there any place we can see them?
Jackie Jones, Federal Way, Wash. A: Though a complete series DVD set was slated to be released last September, that ultimately was postponed, and no new date has been announced for the debut of the set intended to compile the only season of the NBC show that aired last summer. Episodes from the series remain up at www.nbc.com, and written synopses of them can be found at various Internet sites.
Q: I loved season one of “Sherlock” on “Masterpiece Mystery!” When will a second season be aired?
Erin Coffey, Columbus, Ohio A: Though there definitely will be a second season, PBS has yet to confirm exactly what the air dates will be. England’s BBC intends to run the new episodes — again starring Benedict Cumberbatch (one of our favorite actor names of recent times) as sleuth Holmes — later this year, so PBS could do it either at the same time or wait until early 2012.
It may interest you to know that “Sherlock” recently won two BAFTA TV Awards, the British equivalent of America’s Emmys. The program itself was named best drama series, and Martin Freeman earned individual kudos as best supporting actor for his portrayal of Holmes’ ever-present sidekick, Watson.
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