TV Q&A: 'Dallas,' 'Red Widow,' 'What Not to Wear' and local weather forecasts

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This week's TV Q&A (after the "Read more" jump below) responds to questions about “Dallas,” “What Not to Wear” and local weather forecasts. As always, thanks for reading and keep the questions coming.

- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

Q: Would you happen to know if they are going to broadcast the “Grimm” that was pre-empted last night ?

Or will they just save it for next week? 

- Janice via email

Rob: It will air tonight. Next week “Grimm” moves to 10 p.m. Tuesday.


Q: Will “Emily Owens MD” be back on tv?

- Ann, 74, Anderson, S.C.

Rob: No. The CW broadcast all the episodes produced with the last one airing on Feb. 4. The show was canceled.


Q: When will the new programs begin instead of reruns? Has "Red Widow" been canceled?

- Janet, 62, Morningside

Rob: “Red Widow” has not been canceled. Two more episodes are left and will air at 10 p.m. Sunday and May 5.

May sweeps began Thursday so we should have original episodes through May 22, the end of the TV season. However, some shows seem to be ending their seasons earlier than usual (“The Good Wife” season finale airs Sunday).


Q: Is the show "Vegas" gonna make the cut, or will it be canceled?

- Mary, Long Lake, Minn.

Rob: Odds are it will be canceled. We’ll know for sure in a few weeks but the show’s renewal is not a bet I would take.


Q: I was wondering if you had heard if “Final Witness” will be brought back this summer? I can't find the answer anywhere.
- Christine, 44, Lincoln, Neb.

Rob: ABC has not announced plans for another season of that summer 2012 series so it is likely done.

Q: Is "What Not To Wear" still in production?

- Susan, 67, Gibsonia

Rob: The show is in production on its final season, which is expected to begin airing in early August.


Q: Who writes the program descriptions for the digital channel guides? When we had Comcast, they seemed to be very professional and accurate.  On FIOS, there are lots of words misspelled, grammar errors, run-on sentences and just flat out incorrect information (for example, a recent “Young and the Restless” description referred to Laura when the character's name is Lauren).

- Sandy, 50, Castle Shannon

Rob: There are pretty much two major providers of TV listings nationwide: TMS, which is what the Post-Gazette uses, and FYI Television, which is what Verizon uses.


Q: I love the new "Dallas" and would like to know if the third season will begin this fall?

- Tom, Minneapolis

Rob: “Dallas” has not yet been renewed for a third season. If it is renewed, I’m not sure new episodes would be ready for fall, next winter may be more likely.


Q: What has happened to the Ed Schultz show on MSNBC?

- Marvin, Grand Rapids, Minn.

Rob: His show was moved to weekend evenings and debuts in its new time slot at 5 p.m. May 11.


Q: Will “Whitechapel” return to BBC America?
- Verna, 75, Minneapolis

Rob: Not at this time. The UK broadcaster that made the show has not commissioned another season of “Whitechapel.”


Q: What is the status for next season for the shows: “Monday Mornings,” “Blue Bloods” and “Southland”? “Monday Mornings” is excellent as well as the other two shows. I have heard that “Monday Mornings’” ratings were not the highest but had a good following.

- Tom, Golden Valley, Minn.

Rob: Only “Blue Bloods” has been renewed.

TNT is likely to cancel “Monday Mornings” due to low ratings and I fear the same fate awaits “Southland.”


Q: We have Comcast Cable. The networks broadcast their shows in HD.  We have an HD TV. To receive the shows in HD, we would have to pay Comcast an extra $9.95 a month, which we don't have. To me, Comcast is holding the HD for ransom. Your opinion, please.
- Mary, 58, Mingo Jct., Ohio

Rob: I sort of forgot that Comcast still charges for HD. When I signed up for DirecTV, HD fees were waived for life.

It’s a tricky business with cable TV. Though regulated, it’s not really a public utility so the company can charge for incremental services like HD. And you can opt to get cable without HD so I’m not sure “holding HD for ransom” is accurate. But I do always encourage folks to try to negotiate with their cable provider and threaten – and be ready to act on the threat – to ditch your current provider for an alternative.

Q: WTAE hired a new weekend morning anchor. Was Amber Nicotra offered that position? I would think that would be considered a promotion. Why don't the stations fill open positions from within?

- Judy, 54, Pittsburgh

Rob: The only response I could get from news director Justin Antoniotti was this: “Amber Nicotra was anchoring on a fill-in temporary basis. She has returned to her full-time morning reporter schedule Monday-Friday.”

Beyond that we’re left to speculate. I don’t know anything in this specific circumstance as to why she was not promoted to the position but some possible reasons in any scenario regardless of the person involved include: Management wasn’t as wild about the fill-in anchor as some viewers were; management needs someone in a back-up position that they can foresee rising to a more prominent news time period; an outside hire from a smaller market may be cheaper than promoting someone in-house.

Q: Often on the local weather (on all channels) the current temperature isn't in the range for the day's high and low forecast.  For example, during the morning weather the current temperature is 30 degrees and they report the day's high as 60 and low as 35. Why isn't the current temperature even in the range? Do they use something other than midnight to midnight to define the day? Or are they too lazy to update the highs and lows when they get an out of range current reading?

- Kate, 46, Scott

Rob: I think there may be a misunderstanding of the use of the word “day.” Kate takes it to mean from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. but TV stations are using something more akin to a broadcast day or from the time of the forecast through the next 24 hours. So a predicted low made at 6 a.m. today would be in effect until 6 a.m. tomorrow so that low might be reached at 4 a.m. tomorrow.

Thanks to KDKA-TV morning meteorologist Dennis Bowman and WTAE news director Justin Antoniotti for helping to clear that up.



I know that USA Today prints the full Nielsen ratings out once a week in their print edition. I'm not sure which one, but I *think* it's Wednesday.


Rob: Tom’s right, USA Today does have an excellent chart showing all the prime-time network show ratings in its print edition but online it’s just the Top 20.


I'm just reading your response to a viewer who was questioning the “reality” of those type shows these days. Your response was incomplete. You stated: “These programs won't go away until viewers stop watching them, which doesn't appear to be happening.  A&E's 'Duck Dynasty' is one of the most popular programs on TV, drawing more than 8 million viewers, a larger audience than many scripted, broadcast network shows."  What should have been added to your last sentence is: “which tells volumes about the intelligence of American viewers in the 21st century."

Jim, White Bear Lake, Minn.

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