Tribune News Service (TNS) You have questions. I have some answers.
Q: When is the next season of “The Orville” going to start? It could not have been canceled because everybody I know talked highly of the show!
A: I answered this question several months ago, but the answer has changed. Before, it appeared the show was going to be back on Fox sometime in early 2020. Now the plan is for later in 2020 — and on the Hulu streaming service instead of the broadcast network.
Various reasons have been offered for the delay and the changed venue. “Orville” overseer Seth MacFarlane said this summer that the sci-fi series “has evolved and become more ambitious production-wise,” which meant it would be difficult to deliver it on a timetable that worked with Fox’s plans. Hulu provided a home which, as Deadline reported, “allows more flexibility with episode orders and running times as well as production schedules, which was important to MacFarlane.”
But corporate maneuvers may also have played a role. Disney recently acquired the Fox corporation’s movie and television productions (though not the Fox broadcast network or Fox News), including “The Orville,” along with controlling interest in Hulu. And moving “The Orville” gives Hulu another shiny enticement to potential customers.
Q: I love the exciting new season of “FBI” on CBS but disappointed that Sela Ward left. Also, she always wore a curious design on her necklace. Do you know or can you give a bit more on its background or why she left?
A: Ward reportedly had a one-year contract with the show and left when she was done. But she certainly generated a lot of discussion online, including about the necklace. Many pondered its resemblance to the Eye of Horus, an ancient Egyptian symbol, for instance. I’m no good at answers to fashion questions but Ward herself said on social media that the necklace “is a piece by Maria Gersh that represents spiritual awareness. If you are interested in seeing more of her jewelry, email her at maria568three.com.”
Q: I’ve really enjoyed the lighthearted TV show “Take Two.” I know it has been canceled. Any chance it will be renewed on another channel?
A: Considering how many shows have found life after a cancellation, I am always reluctant to say never to a show’s return. “Take Two,” the comedy-drama starring Rachel Bilson and Eddie Cibrian, was reportedly shopped to other operations after ABC canceled it in November 2018. But I have not seen any news about either of these shows finding a new home. And as hopeful as folks now get about canceled shows finding another network, for most series that just does not happen.
Q: On the show “Lawman,” Lily is played by Peggie Castle. Was she in anything else? Is she still alive?
A: “Lawman” was one of the array of TV Westerns that Warner Bros. churned out in the ‘50s and ‘60s, with this one originally airing on ABC from 1958 to 1962. The main stars were John Russell and Peter Brown as a marshal and his deputy, with Castle’s character Lily Merrill running the local saloon beginning in the show’s second season.
Castle, whose first name was sometimes credited as Peggy, worked in movies and TV beginning in the early ‘50s, including on other Western series and two movies based on novels by Mickey Spillane. But “Lawman” was her longest-lasting credit, and just about her last. The Los Angeles Times says she retired from acting in 1962, the year “Lawman” ended. “She later developed a drinking problem and died from cirrhosis of the liver.” That was in 1973; she was 45 years old.
Q: It was 1952! I was a lot younger and I used to watch a very scary, suspenseful TV series: “The Unexpected.” I have searched for years for it on VHS or DVD to no avail, and for one DVD with two episodes. Are the remaining episodes available?
A: This is one from the TV vaults. “The Unexpected” was a syndicated anthology series that aired for 39 half-hour episodes in 1952 and then was done. British actor Herbert Marshall hosted, and it was also known as “Times Square Playhouse.” The show came from Ziv, a company that would be long known for syndicated TV shows such as “Highway Patrol” with Broderick Crawford and “Sea Hunt” with Lloyd Bridges. But I have not found any of “The Unexpected” besides the DVD you discovered — and a lot of unrelated projects with “Unexpected” in their titles. Maybe one of the video sleuths out there can have more luck.
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