TV Q&A: 'Royal Pains,' 'NCIS' and 'CSI: Miami'

Friday, 08 June 2012 08:36 AM 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 “Royal Pains,” “NCIS” and “CSI: Miami.” As always, thanks for reading, and keep the questions coming.

- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

Q: While watching HLN “Morning Express” I have noticed one hour block sounding and looking like the previous hour. You notice this especially during adlibbing by the anchors -- it is the same word for word. How much of this show is live and how much is taped from a previous hour?
- Mike H., 57, Beaver, Pa.
Rob: According to an HLN publicist, the show is live on the east coast 6-10 a.m. but the 10 a.m.-12 p.m. portion is a rebroadcast from earlier in the morning.

Q: My question is what happened to “NCIS”? Two weeks ago it blew up with McGee trying to get Abby out and Ducky walking along a beach when he heard about “NCIS” and he collapsed with the tide coming in. The next two weeks every thing back to normal.
- Marillyn Swanson, 84, Apple Valley, Minn.
Rob: The television season, as it always has, runs from September to May. The episode with Ducky collapsing was the season finale. The episodes that followed were typical summer reruns. The resolution to the Ducky collapse cliffhanger will come in September. Spoiler alert: David McCallum, who plays Ducky, signed a new contract recently to remain with the series.

Q: In “Royal Pains,” Boris seems to have a pretty nice place to live.
Is that an actual residence? Do people in the Hamptons really live in places like that? What do the owners do during filming?
- John, 63, Saint Paul, Minn.
Rob: The interior of the guest house that Hank and Evan live in is a set on a soundstage. The exterior is Oheka Castle on Long Island, which is actually a hotel.

Q: Why was “CSI: Miami” canceled?
- Ann, Elberton, Ga.
Rob: For the same reason any show is canceled: it’s a financial decision. The longer a show is in production, the more expensive it gets to produce because those involved expect yearly raises. At some point, a series becomes more expensive to produce than is sustainable. In addition, ratings almost always decline as a show gets older, which eats into profits, too.

Q: Where can I find any kind of “Star Trek”? I miss it.
- Karen, Minnetonka, Minn.
Rob: A search of online listings shows the only “Star Trek” series airing are the original, carried by digital subchannel ME-TV (9 p.m. Saturdays), and “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” which airs at 6 p.m. weekdays on BBC America and occasionally on Syfy.

Q: Noticed over the past week or so, that Jon Burnett and Dennis Bowman "flipped" job roles at KDKA-TV. Jon was doing morning, noon, and 4 PM weather, and Dennis was doing the weekend newscasts.
Is this a permanent change by KDKA? I like them equally, just wondering though.
- James, 24, Economy, Pa.
Rob: They simply swapped a few days off. Nothing to worry about.
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