Q: I have enjoyed the series "Poirot” and “Sherlock Holmes" that were played on PBS some years ago. Is it possible they may replay them in the future?
- Bill, Jackson, Minn.
Rob: It’s unlikely that “Masterpiece Mystery!” will re-air these programs – they’re on to new shows at this point – but it’s possible your local station might pick up older programs. Check local listings. These shows are also available on DVD and “Poirot” will soon be available via online streaming.
New “Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot” episodes will air in 2014 on PBS’s “Masterpiece Mystery!” and the third season of “Sherlock” starring Benedict Cumberbatch will broadcast during the “Masterpiece” 2013-2014 season, according to a “Masterpiece” publicist.
Q: I heard that “Vegas” had been canceled. If so, why? It had some big names starring in it.
- Susan, Chanhassen, Minn.
Rob: TV shows are almost always canceled for reasons that are, at root, financial. In the case of “Vegas,” while it had a large number of overall viewers, its ratings among viewers most prized by advertisers were terrible. That’s why it was canceled.
Q: Can you tell me what happened to the new episodes of “The Little Couple” on TLC? The new season started with Bill & Jen going to China to bring Will back to the United States. Are they not going to show any more?
- Judith, 73, Allison Park
Rob: New episodes will resume airing in August, including William’s return to Houston. But a date has not yet been set.
Q: I used to watch "Police Woman" starring Angie Dickinson years ago and really liked that show. It would be a good thing to bring it back with Kate Hudson as the lead. Any thoughts on that?
- Sheila, Richfield, Minn.
Rob: TV executives love nothing more than recycling ideas with built-in “brand appeal” so it’s not a far-fetched notion. Hudson recently appeared on TV with an arc on “Glee” so she might even be game.
But do I think TV is usually at its best when recycling old ideas, especially a police procedural? No, I don’t.
Q: I often wonder, are the guys on "Pawn Stars" as knowledgeable as they are portrayed to be, or does the show have researchers who feed them detailed information so they may expound at length upon the history of each obscure object, especially when they do the cut-away monologues about an item's place in history? I find it hard to believe that anyone could be expert in so many wide-ranging areas of history and not be in academia.
And are the many outside experts on "Pawn Stars" compensated by the Harrisons, or by the show's producers? They seem to have no lives of their own since they appear to drop everything and come running whenever one of the Harrisons calls.
- John, 54, Green Tree
Rob: According to History publicist Heather DiRubba, “The Pawn Stars do their own research. If an item comes into the pawn shop and they are not aware of the history or background, they will conduct their own research off camera. But, many of the times, they know about an item due to their many years as owners of a pawn shop that deals with obscure and historic items.
“The experts that appear on Pawn Stars are not compensated for their time on the show. They are colleagues of the Pawn Stars and have worked with them for many years. The Pawn Stars refer a lot of business to them and vice versa.”