AMC miniseries ‘The Killing’ gets a second season
Q: At the beginning of 2011, AMC’s “The Killing” was advertised as a 13-episode miniseries. Is it continuing into the fall, or is it over?
Sally Powell, Columbus, Ohio A: It’s continuing, which surely will come as good news to those followers who know the drama’s central crime remains to be solved. Though the show — with a much-praised cast including Mireille Enos as the lead detective probing the title murder — initially was intended as a single-season offering, AMC’s announcement of the renewal came shortly before the first-year finale was presented last month. A definite start date hasn’t been confirmed for season two, but next spring seems likely.
Q: On “Law & Order: LA,” Detective Rex Winters — played by Skeet Ulrich — was killed, yet episodes listed as “new” have been airing, and he is still alive. Why?
Shaun Ryan, Grand Junction, Colo. A: For the benefit of those who may fear they missed a story with a resuscitation device from outer space, episodes Ulrich had filmed before the decision was made to kill off his character hadn’t aired yet when the “reboot” was launched in April. After all of the later episodes had been shown, NBC decided to back up and get some use out of the previously unseen Ulrich stories. At this point, all the existing episodes of the now-canceled “LA” have been broadcast.
Q: What ever happened to the show “My Boys”? Could you tell me if or when it will return?
Bob Stengel, Hypoluxo, Fla. A: It won’t. Last fall, after four seasons, TBS decided not to continue the sitcom about a sportswriter — played by Jordana Spiro — and her close male buddies. There was some irony in that outcome for Spiro, since her contractual obligations to “My Boys” had forced her to pass up a continuing role in “Love Bites,” which NBC has been airing this summer. Ultimately, she wouldn’t have had a very long run with that show anyway.
Q: Will “Damages” be shown on any other cable or satellite systems?
Barb Gengler, Wauwatosa, Wis.
A: Not for the time being, at least. One of the biggest appeals for DirecTV in commissioning a fourth season of the former FX series starring Glenn Close was the fact that it now has exclusive rights to it ... even the earlier “Damages” seasons, which were repeated by DirecTV before the new one began.
As we’ve mentioned here before, “Damages” fans who don’t have that satellite system aren’t completely out of luck, though it will take a little while. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is all but certain to release the fourth season of the show on DVD, as it has with the preceding seasons. However, that won’t happen until at least several months after the initial DirectTV run has ended.
Q: Is the actor who plays Tom Selleck’s youngest son on “Blue Bloods” the same actor who played Jeremy on “Army Wives”?
Patty Arendt, Fort Pierce, Fla. A: No. Will Estes plays Tom Selleck’s youngest policeman offspring on the CBS series, and Richard Bryant had the role of Jeremy on the Lifetime military drama.
Q: I would like to know what happened to William Shatner’s show “$..! My Dad Says.”
Rene Warren, East Norwich, N.Y.
A: Despite the high hopes CBS had for the Twitter-inspired sitcom, it was canceled after one season. That season for the show ended relatively early, too, which usually isn’t a good prognosis for a series getting a renewal.
Q: Paul Newman was my favorite actor, and I know his family carries on his Newman’s Own products, with the money going to charity. Has his wife, Joanne Woodward, retired from acting?
Patty McGee, Centennial, Colo. A: It would appear so, though as the 2005 HBO miniseries “Empire Falls” (which also featured her husband) indicated, it’s possible that the Oscar winner for 1957’s “The Three Faces of Eve” could be lured back before the cameras with the right project and role. Even without acting, Woodward has not been inactive lately; she long has been pivotal in the operation of Connecticut’s Westport Country Playhouse, and among the organizations she’s involved with is the Environmental Defense Fund.
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Mireille Enos plays Seattle homicide detective Sarah Linden in the AMC miniseries “The Killing.”