TV Q&A: 'Face Off,' 'Longmire' and 'Lucky 7'

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This week's TV Q&A (after the "Read more" jump below) responds to questions about “Face Off,” “Longmire” and “Lucky 7.” As always, thanks for reading and keep the questions coming.

- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

Q: Does The Hallmark Channel intend to run Christmas specials through December or will they return to regular broadcasting soon? I am starting to miss “The Golden Girls,” and come on, how many Christmas movies can you watch?

– Mary, 58, Canonsburg

Rob: Get used to it. A Hallmark Channel publicist said the regular programming won’t resume until Jan. 2. Hallmark gets its best ratings with its Christmas movies so you’ll be seeing a lot more of them.

Q: I enjoy watching Syfy's "Face Off." When are the contestant interviews filmed?  After or during each episode or the entire season at once?

- John, 46, North Huntingdon
According to the show’s publicist, contestant interviews are shot throughout the season during each episode. Gotta do it when the drama is fresh in the contestants’ minds.

Q: With all the retro stations showing classic television shows now, I can't seem to find the older comedies like “NewsRadio,” “Dave's World,” “Murphy Brown” or “Night Court.” Are they out there somewhere or is it a contractual reason why they aren't in reruns on TV? 

- Margaret, West St. Paul, Minn.

Rob: A search of TV listings shows “NewsRadio” and “Night Court” are available for online viewing for a fee. The others do not show up there but you might try Netflix or Hulu Plus.

Usually shows air in syndication for a time and then get retired. That’s probably what has happened to these older programs.



Q: Has “Lucky 7” been canceled or is it on a different channel?

- Julie, Canonsburg

Rob: It was the first show of the 2013-14 TV season to be canceled. It won’t air again.

Q: When will “Longmire” be back on TV?

- Jan, California

Rob: No update since we last answered this. “Longmire” is expected to be renewed by A&E but it’s not yet a done deal. If it is renewed, expect it back on the air with new episodes next summer.

Q: Why does Guy Fieri get so much television time. He is on two or three times a week all evening long. He has a cooking show, a show with Rachael Ray a game show. It’s like he owns part of the network. What gives? He has more time than any other chef on TV.

- Mary, 83, Pittsburgh

Rob: He’s a popular guy, although not with everyone. He’s building his brand and it must be popular otherwise Food Network wouldn’t put him on the air so much.

Q: Is a movie going to be made for either Showtime's “Boss” or HBO's “The Sopranos” to tie up loose ends?
- Tom, 51, Ocala, Fla.

Rob: There was never going to be a “Sopranos” movie and with star James Gandolfini’s death, there certainly won’t be now. There was some talk of a “Boss” movie but nothing ever came of it.



Love your column.  “Faith 86” recently asked about “Army Wives” last week. It has been canceled but I was very pleased to see that Lifetime will be presenting a two-hour special next year. No doubt, other fans will be, too.

- Ann

Rob: We reported those plans in September  but I’ll believe it when I see it. I’ve been burned too many times before (see previous question, re: “Boss”).

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