TV Q&A: network schedule changes this week, 'Touch' and 'The Mentalist'

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This week's TV Q&A (after the "Read more" jump below) responds to questions about network schedule changes this week, “Touch” and “The Mentalist.” As always, thanks for reading and keep the questions coming.

- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

Q: Why did CBS run all repeats on Monday night when they were advertizing on Sunday night that the shows would be all new? I'm sure it had something to do with the hurricane but I don't know why they couldn't run shows that were already taped.  It's not like the shows were live or anything. Or did they expect that they wouldn't get enough viewers?

- Dale, 62, Bethel Park

Rob: With massive power outages Monday night, it would have been a waste to air original episodes of shows that people in some of the nation’s largest markets – New York, Philadelphia, Washington – would not have been able to see. That’s why CBS chose to air reruns and a 10 p.m. news special instead.

NBC stuck with its schedule Monday night but then blew up its Thursday schedule to re-air Monday’s “The Voice” episode so those who missed it Monday could see it.


Q: Where is “Touch”? According to the fall schedule, it was to return October 26th to Fox.

- Deborah, 62, Uniontown
Earlier this month Fox delayed the return of “Touch.” It now will have its second season premiere Feb. 1.


Q: Is Amanda Righetti, who portrays Grace on “The Mentalist,” pregnant? They have only been showing her upper torso.

Also, do you believe Red John was introduced in the 100th episode this week?

- Elaine, 58, Mt. Lebanon
This is not the first time “The Mentalist” has gotten close to Red John, making the show the boy who cried wolf of prime-time procedurals. I’ve heard from many viewers frustrated by how long the show has dragged out the Red John story and I can understand why they’d feel duped.

But yes, Righetti is indeed pregnant


Q: Why is Jeff Verszyla wearing a protective sleeve/cast on his left arm?
Can local TV stations reject political ads that are totally incorrect and are outright lies?

- Mike, Beaver County
I knew I’d get asked the Verszyla question so I checked in with him about it last week. Turns out he had surgery earlier this month to repair a torn rotator cuff, the result of years of athletic wear and tear. He’s expected to be in the sling for six weeks and have six months of rehab.

As to the second question, here’s a link to an informative blog post that explains why TV stations run political ads even when they contain obvious falsehoods.

And earlier this week my PG colleague Maria Sciullo wrote about why TV stations air campaign ads featuring bloody fetus parts.


Q: What has happened to WQED’s broadcasts of “Globe Trekker”? This past Sunday night, October 28th, there was no audio — the entire hour-long show was broadcast silently. Only after the program ended and the station’s local programming resumed did the audio return.

The same problem happened at least once before about two or three weeks ago.

- Mark, Squirrel Hill

Rob: We wrote about the previous audio malfunction on this show not that long ago and another technical glitch that happened in 2010

“We continue to have technical difficulties with audio for this program,” explained WQED spokesman George Hazimanolis. The plan is to re-air Sunday’s episode, “Buenos Aires City Guide,” in the show’s regular late-night Sunday time slot, 12 a.m. Monday, on Nov. 19.

The same episode will also air on WQED: The Create Channel (13.2) at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Nov. 9.

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