Q: I am surprised that ABC sticks with “Last Man Standing.” Tim Allen's show isn't “Malibu Country”-awful but the 1980s sitcom vibe is stale, the bizarre decision to recast the oldest daughter poisoned the family's compatibility dynamic. The youngest daughter's transition from a smart thoughtful amusingly sarcastic student-athlete into a one-note G.I. Jane ROTC fanatic is desperately foolish, and the Ryan character is an arrogant, condescending, self-righteous buzz kill who freeze-frames the show whenever he's on screen. I'm glad that the always reliable Nancy Travis and Hector Elizondo are on board, but they both deserve better than “Last Man Standing.” Does the show have great ratings, or does ABC simply not have an actual entertaining comedy on deck to occupy the time slot?
- Bob, Minnetonka Beach, Minn.
Rob: The reality is “Last Man Standing” gets better ratings than its smarter, funnier companion series, “The Neighbors.” ABC has been trying to re-establish Friday with a TGIF-styled block of comedies for several years and although the network has more ratings success with reality show “Shark Tank,” “Last Man” does well enough to keep it in the mix. Would ABC still hang onto the show without Tim Allen? Doubtful. But they like being in business with brand name stars even if the shows are mediocre at best.
Q: Do you know or can you tell me how to find out what it said under the picture of Finn Hudson on the plaque they hung on the wall in last week’s “Glee.” I replayed it several times but could not make it out. Thanks!
- Allison , 59, Mt. Lebanon
Rob: The lighting was bad in that shot but I was able to make out the Finn quote: “The show must go on… all over the place or something.”
Q: I am a fan of “Flashpoint.” I heard ION did not renew the series, but it continues to be on during the week and Sunday. If it still has a following, why cancel? Or did they change their mind?
- Mary, Minneapolis
Rob: Ion has canceled “Flashpoint” and is not ordering new episodes but will continue to re-air old episodes. Airing reruns is significantly less costly than producing new episodes so my guess is cancellation was a financial decision.
Q: Has the program “CSI: New York” been canceled and if so, why?
I thought it was the best “CSI” program on.
- Al, 87, Coon Rapids, Minn.
Rob: It was canceled in May for the reason all programs are canceled: It no longer made financial sense to produce more episodes due to a combination of declining ratings and rising production costs.
Q: Will "Mike & Molly" be back this year?
- Jo, New Ulm, Minn.
Q: I have not seen anything on the fall lineups about "Mike & Molly" or "Rules of Engagement.” So did I miss something or will the shows come on later.
- Sharon, 73, Johnson City, Tenn.
Rob: “Rules” was canceled in May and “Mike & Molly” will return on Nov. 4.
Q: My Mom, who is 100, has basic cable and always watched "Who Wants to be a Millionare" @2:30 p.m.on WPXI. Can you please tell me if it still airs locally & at what time?
- Marygrace, 62, Coraopolis
Rob: In September “Millionaire” moved to WPCW and now airs at 1 and 3 p.m. weekdays on Channel 19 with new host Cedric the Entertainer.
Q: I'm trying to find the name to the classical piece behind KDKA's Mobile Weather Lab commercial? Might you know who is performing it, who the composer is, where I can find it on CD?
- Carl, 61, Penn Hills
Rob: Looks like the music is not commercially available. KDKA got it from a licensed music package called Megatrax. KDKA-TV general manager Chris Pike said the specific track is “Orpheus – Gothic Orchestra w/ drums & Choir.”
Q: In the past, when I watched CBS On Demand on Comcast, I was able to use the fast forward function. For the shows I watched this week, I was unable to use this function. Has CBS changed its policy for On Demand shows?
- Len, 75, Pittsburgh
Rob: My understanding is all the networks disabled the fast forward option with the start of the new TV season last month because the first three days of video on demand playback is now counted in the Nielsen C3 commercial ratings.