TV Q&A: 'Private Practice,' 'Mad Men,' 'The Walking Dead'

Friday, 06 April 2012 08:00 PM Written by 

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TV Q&A with Rob Owen

This week's TV Q&A (after the "Read more" jump below) responds to questions about “Private Practice,” “Mad Men” and “Little People, Big World.” As always, thanks for reading, and keep the questions coming.

- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

Q: When will “Private Practice” return on television?
A disappointed fan.
- Janet, 64, Morningside
Rob: But not for much longer. “Private Practice” moves to 10 p.m. Tuesday on April 17 after “Body of Proof” ends its season.
Q: I always enjoy your articles and for the most part I agree with your opinions.
For instance, "Are you there, Chelsea?" has to be one of the worst shows that ever made it past the pilot stage.
I was wondering what are your personal favorite shows?
Also, any idea when "The Walking Dead" will be back on in the fall?
- Keith, West View
Rob: Thanks, Keith. AMC has not announced a premiere date for “The Walking Dead” but I anticipate it will again be sometime in October.
As for my personal favorites, they vary depending on what’s currently on the air. “Mad Men,” “Game of Thrones” and “The Good Wife” are probably the dramas I’m most eager to see each week. For comedies, I’d pick “Modern Family,” “The Middle,” “Happy Endings,” “New Girl,” “Raising Hope,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Community,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “30 Rock,” which has been pretty strong in recent weeks after some lackluster episodes at the start of the season.
Q: Where, oh, where has “The Good Wife” gone?
Where, oh, where can she be?
With her career (and marriage) at stake
What path will she take?
Oh, where, oh, where can she be?
- Marilyn, 80, Minneapolis
Rob: I love the rhyming! “The Good Wife” has simply been pre-empted (for the Country Music Awards this past Sunday) and biding its time until it returns April 15 for the first of three new episodes that will culminate in the April 29 season finale. You can watch a trailer for these episodes but it appears to have some spoilers so if you don’t want to know anything, don’t watch it.
Q: What's going on with “Beavis & Butthead”? I cannot find anything about if and when the show is coming back. I loved the return of the show and was looking forward to more mayhem, but it seems as if Judge and MTV cannot come to terms again.
- Ken, 42, Greensburg
Rob: According to an MTV source, the network is still in discussions with the show creator and no decision has been made on the show’s future.

Q: I'm so excited that “Mad Men” is back and I think they're doing a terrific job. Have to ask you - is the actor they recast to play Don's son, the same kid that's playing M.J. on “Desperate Housewives”? I've noticed they have a lot of actors from “Desperate Housewives” on “Mad Men.” The actress that plays Joan's mother played Martha on “Housewives.” And also Roger & Duck were both on “Desperate Housewives.” Is there some kind of connection??
- Chris, 48, McCandless
Good eye! That is young actor Mason Vale Cotton who plays roles on both “Mad Men” and “Desperate Housewives.”
As for other crossover casting, it may be coincidence. The casting directors for “Mad Men” have not worked on “Desperate Housewives” from what I can tell.

Q: How much money, on average, do the alligator hunters on “Swamp People,” receive per gator? Thanks
- Joe, 83, Minneapolis
Rob: Prices on alligators vary season to season. A few years ago, the price fell to a low of $13 per foot but prices have rebounded since and according to this recent report prices are up to $22 per foot.
Q: I enjoy TLC's “Little People, Big World.” I was wondering if they are planning any more specials similar to the ones they showed recently?
- Jeff, 58, Eagan, Minn.
Rob: Yes, TLC announced plans for more specials at its upfront event Thursday:
“2012 is a big year for the Roloff family and the TLC cameras will be there to capture their new adventures: Molly will be graduating from high school and going away to college, Zach will finally be moving off the farm and into his own place, Jacob turns 16 and learns how to drive and Amy will turn 50, which Matt plans to mark with a surprise trip retracing their romantic steps on a nostalgic recreation of their honeymoon in San Francisco and along the California Coast.”
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