TV Q&A: 'The Closer,' 'The Killing' and local TV news

Friday, 15 June 2012 08:54 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 “The Closer,” a host’s car on Food Network and local TV news. As always, thanks for reading, and keep the questions coming.
- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

Q: I would like to know your thoughts on the series “The Killing.” I enjoyed it but was frustrated with it at times because of its slow pace. Will it have a third season? Thank you and I enjoy reading you every Friday!
- Larry, 63, Allison Park
Rob: I would be shocked if “The Killing” is renewed for a third season. Ratings are down year-to-year and the show’s only buzz remains negative buzz for all the time it’s taking to get a resolution to the “Who Killed Rosie Larsen?” question the series launched with. I was willing to give the show a shot again in its second season but the last three episodes have piled up on my DVR and I have no motivation to watch them. I’ll tune in for Sunday’s season finale and call it a series.

Q: I've heard there is going to be a spinoff of "The Closer" with the Provenza and Flynn characters as leads. Is that true and, if so, why haven't we seen any promos about it on TNT? Also, do you know if Kyra Sedgwick has any plans for her immediate future?
- Kevin, St. Paul, Minn.
Rob: There is a “Closer” spinoff coming in August but the show, titled “Major Crimes,” will focus on Capt. Raydor (Mary McDonnell), although Flynn and Provenza will continue as supporting characters.
I haven’t heard anything about Sedgwick’s future plans but her husband, Kevin Bacon, is now taking a shot at TV with a series on Fox at midseason. It’s called “The Following” and he plays an FBI agent tracking a serial killer. Sounds like TV crime fighting runs in the family.

Q: Are there any plans to have "Deadwood" return to television?
- Nancy, 74, Pittsburgh
Rob: In new episodes? No. There was some talk right after its cancellation about wrapping up the story with a TV movie but instead creator David Milch has made two inferior series, the quickly-canceled “John from Cincinnati” and “Luck.”

Q: Guy on the Food Network drives a '68 Camaro on the show. Sometimes the car has a super sport hood and round side mirror, but on the same episode the car will have a cowl hood and square side mirror. Is it the same car? What's the scoop?
- Mary Jane, Henderson, Ken.
Rob: Looks like Mary Jane has what my dad calls “eagle eyes.”
“The inquiring mind has a good set of eyes,” said a Food spokesperson. “ ‘Diner’s, Drive-ins and Dives’ has in fact used more than one car throughout the shooting of the show and for added trivia, there are just a handful episodes where an overlap of the two cars can be seen.”

Q: What's happened to Samantha Brown of Travel Channel?
I haven't seen her in quite some time now.
- John, 63, Pittsburgh
Rob: According to a Travel Channel publicist, Brown is still with the network and new projects are currently being discussed. Travel has gone through some management changes in recent years, which could account for her absence and the network’s attempts to regroup.

Q: Sorry but I would really have to disagree with you on your response to the question about why “CSI: Miami” was canceled. There are shows and game shows that have been on since the ‘60s or ‘70s there are still going full swing. Some examples: “Price is Right,” “Wheel of Fortune,” “Jeopardy,” “The Simpsons,” “Sesame Street.” You always hear about those getting renewed.
If money was a huge problem with “CSI: Miami” then they would have canceled “CSI” and “CSI: New York” as well. So I really don’t think it was a money problem.
I really think that CBS couldn't find room for the show. But if you think about it CBS would have a lot of room if they removed “Survivor” or “Big Brother.”
But with all of that said, I do hope AMC or A&E comes in and buys “CSI: Miami” and continues where it left off and brings us Season 11.
- Brian, 29, Missouri
 Rob: There are many flaws with this reasoning. First, game shows cost a tiny percentage of the cost of a one-hour scripted drama. Brian’s not comparing apples and apples. You rarely see a drama series that lasts more than 10 years. “CSI: Miami” had an unusually long life compared to the majority of one-hour drama series.
Dumping “Big Brother” would have no effect because it’s a summer series.
Sorry, but it’s true, “CSI: Miami” was canceled for financial and strategic reasons, either because it was too expensive or because a freshman show would be cheaper. It’s also a strategic move to try to build for the future. “CSI: Miami” was going to end sooner rather than later; networks need to be trying new series in hopes of establishing new hits.

Q: Why do local newscasts start two or three minutes before the hour?
- Bob, 69, South Park
Rob: It’s an effort to keep viewers from tuning away after the preceding show comes to an end. It was an annoying trait at first but now that local news stations have been doing it for a decade, I’m used to tuning in at 57 minutes past the hour for the top story rather than at the top of the hour.

Q: Has WTAE named a permanent successor to Janelle Hall on the weekend morning show? I saw a few weeks ago that Keith Jones was the anchor.
- David, 25, Greensburg
Rob: Not yet. For the time being, you’re just seeing fill-ins. WTAE news director Alex Bongiorno said there is no timetable for a replacement to be c
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