TV Q&A: 'NCIS,' 'Monday Mornings' and 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?'

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This week's TV Q&A (after the "Read more" jump below) responds to questions about “NCIS,” “Monday Mornings” and “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” As always, thanks for reading and keep the questions coming.

- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

 Q: Will they ever make a remake of "The Wild, Wild West" TV series? Or have plans for a remake been squashed?

- Jeffrey, 58, Tarentum
The plans announced in 2010 came to naught but that doesn’t mean someone won’t try it again someday. In the meantime, there’s a fan-produced remake online.


Q: I love “Monday Mornings” on TNT. Is it coming back?
- Karen, Brooklyn Center Minn.

Rob: Doubtful. The ratings were terrible. So it’s sure to be canceled. TNT canceled "Monday Mornings," and more disappointingly, "Southland," today.


Q: The first couple of years on “NCIS” Gibbs had a redhead picking him up in a Mercedes; then she disappeared. There was never an explanation about who she was. Can you tell me who she was supposed to be and what happened to her?  She was even in Gibbs basement one episode.

- Kevin, 57, Piedmont, S.C.

Rob: Evidently this was an unresolved plot likely due to politics. Evidently the redhead was the wife of series creator Donald Bellisario. When he left the series several years ago, the redhead plot left with him and hasn’t been picked up by subsequent producers. 


Q: My wife and I really enjoyed the “Army Wives Alaska” show that was being aired on the OWN. It was on for four or five episodes then just disappeared. Would it be possible for you to find out what happened?

- Mike, 48, Pittsburgh

Rob: The rest of the episodes aired in December. This is often what happens with low-rated cable shows: Networks yank them and then burn off all the episodes when no one is watching.


Q: A while back you mentioned that the CW channel would be putting on a version of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" Is there any news of when this will happen? I loved the old version with Wayne Brady, Colin Mochre, and Ryan Stiles.

- Carole, Bethel Park

Rob: You’ll be able to find premiere dates for a whole slew of new and returning summer series in the May 26 edition of TV Week that offers a summer TV preview.
“Whose Line?” returns July 16.


Q: What happened to “Zero Hour”? The show actually made you think a little bit to understand what was going on.

- Darryl, Eden Prairie, Minn.

Rob: “Zero Hour” was canceled after a few, low-rated episodes aired. ABC will burn off the remaining episodes beginning June 15. 


Q: Okay, you've told us time and time again when asked were a local TV celebrity has been that these folks get vacations. So, my question asks where has PCNC's Trisha Pittman been? I haven't seen her in close to three weeks. Although the reports she gives are often the same as 10 minutes earlier, I still like to see what's happening on our highways. Is she still with the station?

- Pat, 62, West Homestead
Pittman’s main gig is for WPXI’s morning news. On Saturday WPXI/PCNC news director Mike Oliveira emailed, “Trisha has been on the air each of the seven days of sweeps so far. Before that, she may have had a day or two off, but she wasn't gone for any long stretch. Recently, Trisha has been doing even more than her regular traffic reports. She's been doing a great job covering other stories for the evening newscasts.”

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