TV Q&A: 'Hoarders,' 'Longmire' and contacting TV networks

Friday, 20 September 2013 09:15 PM Written by 

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This week's TV Q&A (after the "Read more" jump below) responds to questions about “Hoarders,” “Longmire” and contacting TV networks. As always, thanks for reading and keep the questions coming.

- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

Q: I heard A&E's “Hoarders” has been canceled. Why?

- Jim, Savage, Minn.

Rob: Networks never say why they cancel a show but it’s almost always for financial reasons of some sort. Often a series gets older and more expensive and a network gambles that it can get about the same ratings from a newer, less expensive series.

An A&E publicist confirmed that “Hoarders” has been canceled and will not be back on A&E.

 

Q: Is "Bates Motel" scheduled to return this season?  It was not listed in the upcoming shows in the Post-Gazette.  If it is  going to return, what station will carry it?

I was surprised to read that "Private Practice" was listed to return.  I thought last season was the final. It was a good show and I would like to see it return.

-Janet, Morningside

Rob: “Private Practice” was canceled and aired its final episode in January. That was my mistake in TV Week. I always use last year’s list of returning shows as a template and I simply missed deleting “Private Practice.” It has been corrected in the online version of the story.

“Bates Motel” is a cable series; the fall TV preview, as stated in the column, only covered new and returning broadcast network series. We previously reported that A&E renewed “Bates Motel” for a second season to air in 2014.

 

Q: My question is: How do I contact a TV network to give them a suggestion?

Specifically, I’d like to tell CBS that “Vegas” was great and that the casino industry in that city might want to invest in continuing the series. A lot of the “older viewers” that they feel are not worthy viewers are retired, moneyed, and out to enjoy their remaining years (and Las Vegas is a destination vacation for many of them). 

Secondly, I’d like A&E to rerun their two best shows: “The Glades” and “Longmire.” Other networks, especially USA, have caught onto how much people like to be able to see episodes again, and again. Between seasons it would be great to have another gander at Jim Longworth and Walt Longmire et al!

- Jamie, Melrose, Fla.

Rob: You can always find addresses for the TV networks on our website, but don’t expect them to pay attention to your pleas. TV networks just don’t care about the audience; their No. 1 client is the advertiser.

Since A&E canceled “The Glades,” that request for reruns is unlikely to bear fruit.

 

Q: What has happened to “Longmire”? I think it is a great program and miss it.  Will it be returning to TV?
- Mary, St. Paul, Minn.

Rob: Although A&E’s “Longmire” has not been officially renewed, it is expected to be back, most likely next summer. Nothing has happened to it: Cable series often produce about 10-13 episodes per season and air them all in a row. That’s what A&E did with “Longmire” this summer.

 

Q: We have WTAE News switched on every morning at low volume while we have our morning coffee and chat so we can catch the weather and traffic. One thing we've noticed (besides the obvious attempts to coordinate the outfits worn by female anchors to the point of ridiculousness at times) is that there is a story about new fast food offerings pretty much every day. Today's story was about a McDonald's value pack meal for two that's not even available anywhere in the country but one city that is NOT Pittsburgh. How is that in the least bit considered news?

I don't get it. Are these stories paid commercials or has someone on the WTAE news team determined that stories like these make people tune in?

- Marcy, 48, Mt Lebanon

Rob: Local stations often pull stories off the satellite feed and throw them on to fill time or for a bright, puffy diversion amidst uglier, real news stories. My guess is these fast food pieces fall under “news you can use” in the eye of a TV producer even if, as Marcy points out, it’s fairly useless news in Pittsburgh, rendering it trivia or maybe news for frequent travelers.

There is no effort at WTAE to do a daily story on fast food,” said WTAE news director Justin Antoniotti in response. “No, these stories aren’t paid commercials.”

 

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