TV Q&A: 'Little Couple,' 'The Big C' and a WPXI meteorologist

Friday, 18 January 2013 04:18 PM Written by 

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This week's TV Q&A (after the "Read more" jump below) responds to questions about “Episodes,” “The Big C” and a WPXI meteorologist. As always, thanks for reading and keep the questions coming.

- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

Q: Will the TLC series “Little Couple” be returning?

- Sandra, 62, Apple Valley, Minn.

Rob: Yes, it will be back in April but no specific premiere date has been announced.


Q: Recently you had a column with start up dates for new and resuming shows, but I didn't see three of my cable favorites. Can you tell me when the new seasons of “Episodes,” “Web Therapy” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” will start? 

- Rob, Aspinwall

Rob: Rob’s question arrived the same day Showtime announced that “Web Therapy” will be back in the summer but “Episodes” won’t return for a third season until early 2014.

We’ve reported previously that “Curb” is on hold while Larry David makes a movie for HBO. 


Q: Do you know if Starz will release new episodes of “Magic City”?

- Leonard, 74, Pittsburgh.

Rob: Yes, “Magic City” will be back for its second season this summer on Starz.


Q: Do you know if and/or when “Breakout Kings” will return to A&E?

- Dianne, 66, Maple Grove, Minn.

Rob: It was canceled last year. A&E has shifted to more character-driven, serialized programming (“Longmire,” “Bates Motel”) and “Breakout Kings” was neither of those things. 


Q: Is "The Big C" coming back, ever? What happened?

- Helen, 73, Minneapolis

Rob: Yes, it will be back. But rather than continue to air as half-hour episodes, “The Big C” will conclude with four one-hour episodes that begin airing April 29.


Q: Will my favorite HGTV show “Curb Appeal” be back in 2013?

- Jo, 57, New Ulm, Minn.

Rob: “Curb Appeal” returns in April but HGTV provided no date so I assume it hasn’t been specifically scheduled yet.


Q: On the HGTV show “Love It Or List It” are David and Hilary married? Tell me a little bit about them.

- Margaret, 61, Eagan, Minn.

Rob: They are not married. Your best bet to find information on celebrities is to do a web search for articles like this one on Hilary Farr and this bio on David Visentin.


Q: I’m assuming because he’s out of weather promos and off the air (and his Twitter handle changed) that Mike LaPoint left WPXI? Or was pushed out?

@JimmyReuben via Twitter

Rob: Thanks to Jimmy’s heads up, I was able to confirm LaPoint’s departure earlier this week. Even before LaPoint’s departure it was a foregone conclusion that he would leave after Channel 11 management demoted him to weekends last April.

I never warmed up to LaPoint, not because he wasn’t a fine meteorologist, but he was hired to replace Steve Teeling and then came across as having a fairly similar, milquetoast persona. Neither one exhibited much personality on the air. It was like changing out one apple for another. Of course, WPXI's all-news, no fun format doesn't help its on-air talent show off personality. (Stephen Cropper, WPXI’s current top meteorologist, was similarly bland earlier in his career at WTAE but  cultivated a more genuine, open on-air personality over time.)

But I do feel bad for LaPoint. He was hired as the chief meteorologist, then got demoted when the station re-hired Julie Bologna. When that didn’t work out and Bologna left, the station hired Cropper and LaPoint was passed over again. Then last year he got busted down to weekends.

LaPoint always seemed like a nice person and a team player so I wish him well and can only hope he has a better experience at his next station. TV: It’s often not a nice or fair business.


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