TV Q&A: 'Those Who Kill,' 'Family Feud,' 'Farm Kings' and Voice Mail of the Week

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This week's TV Q&A (after the "Read more" jump below) responds to questions about “Those Who Kill,” “Family Feud” and “Farm Kings.” As always, thanks for reading and keep the questions coming.

- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

Q: My question is what channel are the NEW “Family Feud” shows on and what time.

- Pat, 39, Sewickley

Rob: Original episodes of “Family Feud” air at 7 and 7:30 p.m. weekdays on WPCW. But now the show is in originals all year. New episodes resume April 21.

Q: What has happened to the “Farm Kings”? It seems there were one or two new programs and then they started showing the old ones again.

- Nancy, 67, Ross Twp.

Rob: The eight-episode third season aired from December to February. Reruns continue to air at 10 p.m. Thursday. “Farm Kings” has not yet been renewed for a fourth season.


Q: I used to enjoy the 1980s series "Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer" with Stacy Keach, but I can't find it on DVD.  Also, I can't seem to find the Lee Horsley western series "Paradise." Are either of these available or going to be available?  I would love to see them again. The late ‘90s Mike Hammer with Keach is available, but it wasn't very good.

- Charlie, Clymer
According to, “Paradise” is not on DVD, nor is “Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer.” We can only conjecture that whoever owns the rights to these series does not think there is much of a market for them on DVD (and I would tend to agree).


Q: “Rizzoli & Isles” appeared to have a very short March run and I couldn't help but notice that the late Lee Thompson Young has been in all of these episodes.  Is this the reason for the short run?
Also since Mr. Young passed away last August could you provide some insight as to when the episodes we are viewing are actually filmed and how much time they spend in post production and editing.
- Doug, 52, Acworth, Ga.

Rob: The show aired its last episode until summer this week. New episodes will resume June 17. These episodes were filmed last year. This summer’s episodes will deal with what becomes of Young’s character.

Q: I was disappointed to read that A&E will, for now, pull the Pittsburgh-based show "Those Who Kill" due to low viewers. I did not see much marketing promoting the show and that likely lead to low viewers. Will A&E re-introduce the show with some publicity? Does the network want the show to work?

- Drew, 39, Jefferson Hills, PA
I did see some print ads for “Those Who Kill” in Entertainment Weekly but I think it faced an uphill battle because it was the umpteenth “chasing serial killers” show on the air.

As for its future, A&E has yet to announce a plan.


Q: What did you think of the Pittsburgh-based and VERY short lived series, "Those Who Kill?" A&E sure didn't give it much of a chance.  I missed the second episode but thought I would catch it OnDemand and, lo and behold, when it was removed, it was really removed. I guess other episodes were filmed. Any idea of when episode two might be shown again, along with any other episodes?

- Paul, 69, West Mifflin
My review of “Those Who Kill” published the day before its premiere and I also reviewed the second episode.

A&E plans to relaunch the series at some point and presumably re-air the first two episodes, but no announcement on specifics has been made.


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Q: In watching episode two of “Those Who Kill,” I saw and heard something trivial that always irritates me on TV shows: why do the shows say or indicate "State of Pennsylvania" rather than "Commonwealth of Pennsylvania"? Do they do this on purpose?
- Stan, Altoona

Rob: I suspect most of the time a show’s writers are simply unaware that technically “State of Pennsylvania” is incorrect, although Pennsylvania is considered one of the United States so it’s an easy mistake to make. And a Google search shows that even describes itself as “the official website of the state of Pennsylvania” beneath a larger “Commonwealth of Pennsylvania” heading (see above). 


Q: “The Steve Harvey Show” currently airs on WTAE on 1:07 a.m. The show seems to be very successful. With this success, might Channel 4 begin airing the program during the daytime?

- Marilyn, 63, Verona

Rob: There was an announcement a year ago at this time about “Steve Harvey” moving to another station for a better time slot. That didn’t happen and the show stayed on WTAE in the overnight time slot.

“We are looking at all options for Steve Harvey as we progress into the fall,” wrote WTAE general manager Charles Wolfertz in response to Marilyn’s question.

Channel 4 will also have to decide how to fill the 3 p.m. time slot that will be vacated by the canceled “Katie.”


Q: Isn't news supposed to be news? The local TV coverage of Wholey’s moving their sign seemed like free advertising to me. How was that news? Do local TV news departments have someone reviewing whether a story is really news? They should. I can see if it's something the station is involved in, like WTAE-sponsored events at Seven Springs so they promote that. That’s still inappropriate but understandable.  Am I the only one annoyed by this?

- Kate, 43, Scott Township

Rob: I’m far more annoyed by the Seven Springs sponsorship where WTAE allows commercialism into its newscasts. It’s particularly troubling because WTAE has to also cover the ski resort as news from time to time after WTAE personalities shill for it in newscasts.

The Wholey’s sign is part of the city’s visual landscape: Where it will move to is definitely news -- cultural news but still news. Now, if Wholey’s was a sponsor in the newscast or if the story was about something other than the sign, maybe I would feel differently.



Not a question but a comment in response to last Sunday's TV Q&A inquiry about the lack of Erie weather coverage in local TV news weather reports. PCN-TV (a cable station) runs a Monday-Friday weather show produced at Penn State that shows weather for the entire state. Erie always shows on its map. Program airs 5:45-6 p.m. (usually; sometimes it’s pre-empted).

- David, Grove City




It's time to vote in the Post-Gazette's annual Keep or Cancel poll, which launched in today's Tuned In column. Cast your vote here:


“I’m calling today because I don’t have a computer so I can’t make a comment on the Internet. You really don’t have to return the call. I probably will not watch ‘Resurrection.’ I can’t wait till it’s canceled because every commercial is a ‘Resurrection’ promo. I’m so sick of hearing the start of the music. I mute the TV every time I can. I think the advertising of it has been overkill; they don’t advertise that new show ‘Believe’ as much. Between ‘Resurrection’ and Nissan car commercials, I am so tired of seeing them every commercial. That’s just my personal comment. I don’t know if anyone else feels the same. It’s the same thing when I hear Patrice King Brown. I mute the TV. That’s just my comment. I just wanted to pass that on. Thank you. Bye.”

-Tish via phone


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