TV Q&A: 'Mike & Molly,' 'King of the Nerds' and 'House of Cards'

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This week's TV Q&A (after the "Read more" jump below) responds to questions about “Mike & Molly,”“King of the Nerds” and “House of Cards.” As always, thanks for reading and keep the questions coming.

- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

Q: Were Naomi Watts' and Charlize Theron's reactions during the Oscars' "boobs" bit real? Neither looked real happy.

Was the sniping between Robert Downey Jr. and Samuel L. Jackson scripted or real? I've never heard of them disliking each other.
Do you watch "The Following"? I liked the first couple of episodes but by halfway through the third episode the show seemed to jump the shark. Characters are acting out of character (not killing the kidnapped girl, not tying up Bacon's character well) and now the episodes are like every episode of "24" in which the main character has some life threatening thing about to happen to them but only to get saved at the last minute.

- Jim, 44, Bridgeville

Rob: By all accounts, the Watts and Theron reaction shots were pre-recorded, so, yes, they were in on the gag. And one report has Theron giving host Seth MacFarlane a big hug after the telecast. 

I’ve yet to see any reporting on what was going on between Downey Jr. and Jackson. It’s the kind of question Entertainment Weekly answers in its Oscars round-up issue, but I didn’t spot mention of it there. I also noticed what seemed to be tension (or maybe scripted tension?) as did others

I have been watching “The Following,” although not closely. It’s one of the shows I let the DVR play as I’m going through email, websites, TV news way too early each morning. The only aspect of “The Following” that strikes me as new and potentially interesting is the exploration of sexuality among the three followers who kidnapped the kid but I’m not convinced the show even knows what it is doing with that plot. And I do agree that it’s become an annoying cat-and-mouse game, particularly this week’s episode.

Q: Can you please tell me when, what month, the following TV programs will return: “The Hour” (BBCA), “Revolution” (NBC) and “Major Crimes” (TNT).

- Virginia, 67, Lindstrom, Minn.

Rob: “The Hour” was canceled so it won’t be back. “Revolution” returns March 25. “Major Crimes” will be back with new episodes this summer.


Q: How is "King of the Nerds" doing?  I like the show, but I don't hear any buzz about it.

Thomas, 24, San Francisco

Rob: It must be doing pretty well. TBS renewed the show this week for a second season of eight episodes to air early next year.

Here’s some ratings data from the TBS news release: “Through its first three episodes, King of the Nerds has averaged 2.1 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery, with 1.3 million adults 18-49 and 670,000 adults 18-34.”


Q: I enjoy watching Steve Harvey on “Family Feud” but I understand he has a daytime talk show. When is he on and what channel carries the show?

I saw a preview of “Bates Motel” at the movies today. It's supposed to be on A & E.  When is this on? 

- Janet, 64, Morningside

Rob: “Bates Motel” premieres on March 18 (watch for a review in the March 17 TV Week; hint: I’ll be sticking with it for a bit). 

The syndicated “Steve Harvey” show airs in Pittsburgh at 1:07 a.m. weekdays on WTAE although in the fall it’s expected to move to 5 p.m. weekdays on WPGH.


Q: This may seem stupid but is Kevin Spacey eligible for any kind of Emmy for “House of Cards” or not because it is only on the computer? I thought the show was terrific and he was outstanding!

- Allison, 58, Mt. Lebanon 

Rob: I agree on all counts (watch for further reflections on “House of Cards” here in Tuned In Journal in the weeks ahead). And yes, he is eligible. A Television Academy official addressed this in a TV Q&A last year, saying that the Emmys made broadband programming, like the Netfilx streaming series “House of Cards,” eligible for Emmys in 2006. Shows also have to run for a certain duration to avoid being entered as a short and they must have at least six episodes. “House of Cards” clears the hurdle on both counts.


Q: A recent episode of “Project Runway” appeared to be shot through a one-way mirror. (Many shots appeared to have a ghost reflection of lamps and other objects in the foreground.) Do the producers actually use one-way mirrors to film “Project Runway”?

-Bill, 25, Oakland
Nope, you’re just seeing reflections on glass. Some workshop scenes are filmed through a glass wall.


Q: Although I live in Kansas City, [I am a] longtime reader of your column. In the last few months Antenna TV ran a series of "Boston Blackie" movies, all with a certain actor named Frank Sully. Is it me, or is Mr. Sully a relative of Bob Hope, or possibly Mr. Hope working under another name? I tried Wikipedia and found nothing. Any info you can supply would be appreciated.

- Steve, 55, Kansas City
I’ve never heard of this actor but nothing on IMDB suggests he was related to Bob Hope, although both men have credits in “Some Like It Hot.” 

Q: I am so disgusted with CBS. Once again I am trying to record “The Mentalist” so I can watch the Oscars. The TV Week says 10 p.m. - the "record from listings" on my TV says 9 p.m.! I recorded last week’s episode only to find I had lost the last 10 minutes because it started late once again.
What will happen to Grace? Will she be back after the baby? Of course that part was cut off!
Why can't the good programs be kept on a regular time schedule or move them back to a day when the programs don't shift time.
Doesn't CBS realize they are really making it hard for people to watch this program?
- Kay, Greentree
CBS would prefer you watch their shows live – those live ratings benefit them more than DVR ratings.

We do note on page 2 of every TV Week that networks often change their schedule and suggest viewers consult the online listings  for the most accurate up-to-date listings information. If a TV show consistently runs longer than its time slot, my suggestion is to set your DVR to record for an extra hour just to be safe. And if you miss a show on TV, often you can watch it online 

Q: I am a huge fan of TNT's show “Franklin and Bash,” but for some odd reason, last year’s season ended in the middle of the season and never came back. However the website said it has been renewed for another season and I am confused about the status of the show. It didn’t state that the show was canceled.
Can you shed some light on what is going on?
- Mark, 36, Clearfield

Rob: “Franklin & Bash” was renewed last year. The show’s second season aired June 5 through Aug. 14 last year. The show is between seasons and will return for its third season this summer.

Q: What happened to the actress who played Carl’s grandmother on “Mike & Molly.” She hasn’t been in the show recently.

- Jim via email

Rob: According to the show’s CBS publicist, “Carl’s grandmother is just fine and will be seen in upcoming episodes. She has a really funny one coming up soon!”


Q: Just curious - is TLC going to finish running the Pete Rose show "Hits & Misses"?  I watched a couple of the episodes (total train wreck) but then it just disappeared. They mentioned a season finale but they never aired it. I literally watched this with my jaw dropped to the floor - like I said before it's a total train wreck - but that's why you keep coming back.

- Chris, 49, McCandless
It must have been a ratings swing and a miss. The first four episodes aired on TLC and the remaining two episodes were burned off on sister-network Destination America on Feb. 17.


Q: At the end of a recent “Suburgatory” episode titled “Chinese Chicken,” it had "in memoriam" and a picture. I did not look fast enough to see who it was for. I have checked online and nothing comes up. Can you tell me who this episode was dedicated to?  Thanks a lot!

- Marilyn, 51, Cecil

Rob: It was dedicated to a woman who worked in the show’s hair department, Nicole DeFrancesco, a 1991 Indiana University grad. 


Q: I have noticed recently that Jake Tapper and Chris Cuomo have left ABC News and are now on CNN -- what gives? Also, Melody Hobson has been a financial consultant on ABC, and now I see her appearing on CBS.  Why the changes?

FYI: I have been a longtime “Good Morning America” watcher (back to the days of Charlie Gibson/Diane Sawyer), but it started to lose its appeal for me -- too much pop culture, too much “fluff,” too much promotion of their reality shows, such as “Dancing With the Stars” and others. I have now switched to “CBS This Morning,” which seems to have a better balance of news and human interest stories. I feel like a traitor, especially now that Robin Roberts is back on “GMA;” I may check in on “GMA” again, but they may have lost me as a viewer.

- Jeanne, 67, Fergus Falls, MN

Rob: Like any other business, people who work in TV change jobs. They try to land a loftier position and more money at an alternative workplace. It’s no different than any other career field. CNN has a new boss and he’s been making some hires, so that also explains some of the faces shifting to that channel.

I’m with Jeanne on “GMA” and I also switched to “CBS This Morning.” I like Robin and George but can’t stand Josh Elliott, which is what prompted my switch. Frankly, ABC’s celebration of Robin Roberts’ returned felt an awful lot liking using her illness as a ratings grab. It’s one thing to welcome her back warmly but ABC’s promotion and in-show welcomes (from the President of the United States!) have been over the top.


Q: My wife & I watch “Kitchen Nightmares” with Gordon Ramsay all the time!  Do those restaurant owners who are in need of help from Gordon pay any fee for Gordon to come to their restaurant? Does Gordon Ramsay pay for the renovation or the restaurant owners?

- Charles, 62, Belle Vernon

Rob: The restaurant owner pays nothing and Ramsay doesn’t pay for it out of his own pocket either. The production company that makes the show pays for the renovations. Per co-executive producer Lindsay Kugler: “’Kitchen Nightmares’’ mission is to help participating restaurants get back on their feet. All of Gordon Ramsay's advice to restaurant owners is provided free of charge and the restaurant renovations are paid for by the series."

Q: Who pays for the judgment that “Judge Judy” awards when one wins the law suit on her program?

- Marjorie, 69, Level Green
Not anyone appearing on the show. It’s the production company that makes “Judge Judy” that pays all money awarded. That’s one reason people go on the show: Even if they lose, they aren’t out any money.

Q: Are there going to be brand new Mike Holmes shows -- either “Holmes on Homes” or “Holmes' Inspection” -- on either HGTV or DIY?

- Jan, 65, Kennedy Twp

Rob: According to a publicist for the networks, Mike Holmes will have a new series – “Holmes Makes It Right” - which is slated to premiere on DIY Network in August. 

Q: For the past week there has been a commercial running that is advertising how great New York state is. What is the purpose of running it in Pennsylvania?

- Judy, 55, Pittsburgh
I haven’t seen the ad but I would assume it’s a spot designed to encourage tourism in New York state from residents of Pennsylvania.



It is not a question but a comment about the “Police Women” TV show on OWN. To answer Tyler's question, there are new episodes on OWN at 8 p.m. on Fridays from Dallas.

- Karen, 42, Baldwin

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