22 new episodes com­ing for ‘Switched at Birth’

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Q: What has hap­pened to “Switched at Birth”? When will it come back? Bill and Bette Leather­wood,

Sal­is­bury, Mo.

A: As with so many cable se­ries, its sea­son has been split. The first 10 episodes or­dered by ABC Fam­ily ran their course, but the good news is that they per­formed well enough for the net­work to or­der an­other 22 episodes to com­plete the first year. Those are ex­pected to be­gin run­ning in Jan­uary ... and a 32-episode or­der is pretty hefty for any show these days, so it also bodes well for the fu­ture of the drama that fea­tures Lea Thomp­son (whose daugh­ter, Zoey Deutch, has just started as a co-star of the new se­ries “Ringer” on The CW).

Q: Is the ac­tress who plays Jane’s mother on “Rizzoli & Isles” the same ac­tress who played op­po­site Sean Con­nery in “Medicine Man”? It’s her voice, not her look, that is fa­mil­iar.

Jeanne Starkey, Su­pe­rior, Wis.

A: In­deed, there is no mis­tak­ing that voice. In both cases, yes, it’s Lor­raine Bracco — who is known to even more peo­ple from her much-praised run as Dr. Jen­nifer Melfi, con­fi­dante to mob­ster Tony (James Gan­dolfini), on the iconic HBO se­ries “The So­pra­nos.” She’s also well re­mem­bered for her link to an­other screen mob mem­ber: Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), whose wife, Karen, she played in di­rec­tor Martin Scors­ese’s 1990 clas­sic “Good­Fel­las.”

Q: What is the name of the ac­tor who plays Of­fi­cer Sut­ton on “Mem­phis Beat”? I think I also saw him on a cou­ple of episodes of “Lost.” And what is his height, weight and mar­i­tal sta­tus? Brenda Rankin, Lake­wood, Colo.

A: DJ Qualls did one episode of “Lost” in 2005, and his other tele­vi­sion cred­its of re­cent years have in­cluded “Break­ing Bad,” “The Big Bang The­ory,” “CSI: Crime Scene In­ves­ti­ga­tion,” “Law & Or­der: Crim­i­nal In­tent,” “Crim­i­nal Minds” and “My Name Is Earl.” His movie work has in­cluded “Hus­tle & Flow,” “The Core,” “Lone Star State of Mind,” and “Road Trip.” He stands 6 feet 1 inch, and if we ever come that close to the Nashville-born ac­tor, we’ll be sure to bring a a scale to get his ac­cu­rate weight; mean­while, we also can re­port that he’s un­mar­ried (or at least was as of this writ­ing).

Q: I’ve no­ticed that ABC has re­run the same kids pro­grams on its Satur­day morn­ing sched­ule for five years, in­clud­ing “That’s So Raven” and “The Em­peror’s New Groove.” Do you know why this is so, and will there be any new Satur­day morn­ing shows on ABC

this fall?

A: If you’ve watched the past few week­ends, it’s clearly not so any­more. At the start of the month, the net­work did a whole­sale change of that sched­ule, with a new lineup fur­nished by Lit­ton En­ter­tain­ment. It’s heavy on live-ac­tion re­al­ity pro­gram­ming, with Jack Hanna and Jeff Cor­win among the hosts of the shows. Sud­denly, those who have been used to see­ing car­toons Satur­days on ABC for so long have to look else­where for them.

Peter Le­bow, Mil­wau­kee

Q: I am a “Moby Dick” fan, and I watch the Gre­gory Peck ver­sion when­ever I can. I have not seen the re­make with Pa­trick Ste­wart as Cap­tain Ahab and would like to, but each time it’s listed, a modern-day ver­sion with Barry Bost­wick — and Ahab as a sub­ma­rine cap­tain — comes on. Why is this done?

Dick Robechek, La­guna Woods, Calif.

A: With­out know­ing the days and chan­nels be­ing re­ferred to, we can’t give a de­fin­i­tive an­swer, but it must come down to one or more of sev­eral things. The chan­nel may be is­su­ing in­cor­rect in­for­ma­tion on the sched­ule it pro­vides to list­ings ser­vices (trust us, that can hap­pen); in turn, the list­ings editor would se­lect the in­cor­rect ver­sion that ap­pears in your news­pa­per or on your elec­tronic guide; or the sta­tion switches ver­sions af­ter the orig­i­nal in­for­ma­tion was pro­vided and fails to sup­ply an up­date (again, trust us, that can hap­pen). We also must men­tion one sure­fire hint to be on the look­out for, which is that the Bost­wick ver­sion ac­tu­ally is ti­tled “2010: Moby Dick,” so that would clue you into the fact you wouldn’t be see­ing Ste­wart as Ahab. And to com­pli­cate mat­ters even more, there’s yet an­other “Moby Dick” now, a two-part TV movie with Wil­liam Hurt and Ethan Hawke that the En­core premium chan­nel has been show­ing for the past cou­ple of months.

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Lea Thomp­son

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