TV Q&A: 'Criminal Minds,' 'Nashville' and 'The Mentalist'

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

-Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

Q: In a previous column, you said that CBS extended "The Mentalist" for one year. But when you outlined the CBS schedule for 2014, "The Mentalist" was not listed, either in its normal Sunday spot or elsewhere.
Was it canceled or is it scheduled?

-Kevin, 57, North Versailles
In the same column on the CBS fall schedule, we reported that “The Mentalist” would be back at midseason (scroll down and read the section on “CBS at Midseason”).


Q: Now that Jeanne Tripplehorn (Blake) has left “Criminal Minds,” what are the odds that Paget Brewster will reprise her role of Emily Prentiss? She fits in great with the team and I love the show, but think it's better when she is in it.

-Linda, 50, Cecil

Rob: Tripplehorn is definitely gone but no word on who – if anyone – might replace her, according an interview with the showrunner. Right now is the time when TV show writers are on vacation; they’ll return to start plotting new episodes for fall next month.


Q: I am sitting here watching the season finale of “Nashville” and am so glad it was renewed but I know that all the leads can sing and always wonder did they pick the Actors first and then the Singers or how did they do it?
-Mary, Penn Hills

Rob: Again, because producers are not in their offices, I couldn’t get an answer to this but I can speculate. Connie Britton was cast first and I’m sure they wanted to make sure she could either sing or be effectively dubbed – as the star, they would give her more options – but I suspect that when it came to the supporting roles they wanted actors who could sing. No reason to pay for two people to voice one character when you can cast someone who can talk and sing.


Q: My wife and I are dying to know what happened to Josh Elliott on “GMA” and where is Piers Morgan? Did the gun lobby get him?

-Bill, 79, Franklin Park

Rob: We reported on both of those departures in the Post-Gazette.

Elliott left ABC earlier this year for a new gig at NBC Sports.

Morgan’s show was canceled by CNN due to poor ratings and following the installation of a new management regime. 


Q: Has “Call of the Wildman” been canceled? If so, why?

-Marilyn, 67, Eighty-four
The show was canceled in Canada after charges of animal abuse but it will still air in America. A new season begins at 10:30 p.m. June 8 before moving to its regular 9 p.m. Sunday time slot.


Q: Is it just me or does “Dancing with the Stars” change the frame rate of the cameras while the actual dancing is happening?  If so, is that new?
Also, my wife and I are big fans of “Modern Family.” This season just doesn't feel as good as the previous seasons. It seems like the same type of stories, but it feels like the actors are more going through the motions.  Do you have any thoughts about this?
-Steve, Brookline

Rob: According to an ABC publicist, “the frame rate of the studio cameras do not change.The only frame rate that might change would be on the [taped] roll-in packages.”

As for “Modern Family,” I still like this comedy series quite a lot. Some episodes this season haven’t been quite as good but others have made me laugh out loud as usual. I do think as TV series age, it becomes harder to keep them fresh. And sometimes I get the sense that that might be happening in some episodes of “Modern Family” but generally speaking it remains one of TV’s best comedies.



My usual Friday column isn’t in today’s PG but will run in Sunday’s paper and it’s a biggie – a preview of new and returning broadcast/cable/streaming summer series.


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