TV Q&A: 'Parenthood,' 'The Mentalist' and MeTV

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

- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

Q: What happened to Haddie's character on Parenthood? It seems as though she has been written out without explanation. There has been no mention of her name in the first two episodes, and I noticed that Sarah Ramos' name is no longer listed in the opening credits.

Last season, when she went off to college at Cornell, it seemed that each week there was either a phone or Skype conversation or at the very least her name was brought up.

- Joe, 34, Ewing, N.J.
Actress Sarah Ramos, who plays Haddie, has herself gone to college. Producers would like to have her back but they have been unable to align story and shooting schedule with her college schedule.


Q: Where is “Rizzoli & Isles”? When is it coming back, and on what channel? PLEASE!

Did the death of one of the stars put a hold on it or something?

- Mary Sue, 79. Carnegie

Rob: It hasn’t gone anywhere; “Rizzoli & Isles” is simply between seasons. New episodes will air on TNT early next year.


Q: Do you think this is the final season for “The Mentalist” with the various Red John suspects being eliminated?

- Elaine, 59, Mt. Lebanon

Rob: It will be the final season when it makes financial sense to be the final season. Networks sometimes try to take story into consideration but more often it’s all about the bottom line. Certainly the fact that the plot has moved as far as it has suggest there is less life left in the show now but whether this will be the last year or if it ekes out another season remains to be seen.

Q: Is PBS'S "Market Warriors" going to be back in the next six months?

-- Steve D. Kansas City

Q: Is “Market Warriors” scheduled to come back on PBS? That was one of my favorite shows.  Also educational - I picked up tips on how to negotiate prices at antique stores.
- Marlene, Minneapolis, Minn.

Rob: Lots of interest in “Market Warriors” this week but it was canceled and won’t be back


Q: What are the chances of rerunning "Heartland"?

Karen, 72, Minnetonka, Minn.

Rob: This Canadian series is at the start of its seventh season in its native country. It began airing in syndication on local stations in America in fall 2010. If you were watching it on a local station, you’ll need to call that local station to ask whether the show is slated to air.

But the show also airs on cable’s UP (formerly GMC), where the fourth season aired its season finale last week. Season five will air in 2014 and reruns of earlier episodes air weekdays at 4 p.m. 


Q: What happened to Gwendolyn on “The Price is Right”?

- Kimberly, 51, Memphis

Rob: According to a CBS spokesperson, she will be back later in the current season of the show.


Q: My question is about the MeTV channel and other retro channels like it...Why don’t I get it on DirecTV? Would it be worthwhile to write to them and complain?

- Susan, 53, Wilkinsburg

Rob: There is no “must-carry” requirement for digital subchannels. So the satellite services choose not to carry them. Writing a letter won’t do any good. If you really want these channels, you’ll have to switch to a provider that makes them available (or try to pick them up over the air using an antenna). Or borrow old episodes of retro TV programming from the library since all these channels carry are reruns anyway.


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