TV Q&A: 'Mindhunter,' 'Letterkenny' and 'The Village'

Thursday, 23 January 2020 12:00 AM Written by 

Q: I still have to believe they eventually do another season of “Mindhunter.” My heart won’t allow anything else.

-John via Twitter

Rob: I hope so, too, but I also have to be realistic: If director/executive producer David Fincher has lost interest it seems unlikely the show will continue (but not impossible).

And even if “Mindhunter” does get activated for a third season I wonder how tied to returning to Pittsburgh it would be given that it takes a year (or more!) to film each season due to Fincher’s exactitude (he shoots more takes of a scene than most directors). reported, “There has been chatter that Fincher was not particularly thrilled to do another lengthy location shoot (‘Mindhunter’ films in Pittsburgh) and was looking to raise the series’ production value with a bigger budget.

“But I hear there has been no meaningful communication between Netflix, the director and the cast about a third season.”

The good news is “Mindhunter” has a relatively small primary cast, which would make getting schedules to work out is easier than if it was a sprawling ensemble. And yet, realistically, I'm not sure there’s a lot of reason to hold out hope. David Fincher and crew, please prove me wrong.



Q: What's going on with all the repeats?  I looked at the TV Guide (Not to worry because I also read the Post-Gazette) for some of my favorite series on CBS and saw they were repeats next week but, supposedly, new this week.  Then, upon checking Comcast's channel guide for Friday, Jan. 17, saw that “Magnum, P.I.” and “Blue Bloods” were repeat episodes.  A quick Internet search told me that "Bloods" had its pre-holiday episode on December 6 but didn't return until January 3, with only two episodes.  Now, we see it doesn't return until January 31.

Nice work if you can get it but, again, what is going on with all these repeats?  I didn't check the other networks so are they doing the same thing? I read an article that they take a break in January because of the various awards shows but give us a break.  It's winter when people stay indoors and watch television. 


Rob: If it’s January, then it looks like it’s time to again offer a lesson in TV math

Like the TV shows Paul complains about, this answer is a rerun:

Most established prime-time broadcast network shows produce 22 episodes per season. Some programs (“This is Us,” for example) produce fewer. (On cable and streaming, the number of episodes per season has generally dropped from 13 to 10 in recent years.)

For broadcasters, those 22 episodes have to stretch over roughly 34 weeks from late September to late May, so that means there will be 12 weeks of reruns (or, as is more common these days, replacement programming since reruns do terrible in the ratings).

You’ll always find originals in sweeps months – November, February, May – and at the start of the season (September, October) so that means a lot of reruns (or replacement series) in December, January, March and April.



Q: My friends and I love "Letterkenny," a Canadian show on Hulu/Crave.  They are doing live shows in the US this year. They will be in Pittsburgh in March. Tickets sold out in minutes.  

Can they confirm about the 40 episodes they allegedly got back in Season 5?  Will there be another twenty episodes or so planned? 


Rob: Hulu announced last summer it had acquired “Letterkenny” and it would be a Hulu Original series. “Letterkenny” premiered its seventh season on Hulu in October followed by season eight on Dec. 27. Hulu confirmed a ninth season will air in 2020.



Q: Will “The Village People” be returning to NBC.

Rob: I think Phyllis means 2019’s “The Village” – not the music group – but the TV show won’t be back. It was canceled last summer



Q: AMC teamed with ITV to produce “Quiz,” a three-part series about the “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” scandal in the UK, starring Michael Sheen, Matthew Macfadyen, and Sian Clifford. When will it air? 

Rob: AMC announced the premiere date at TCA last week: 9 p.m. May 25-27.



Q: PBS announced its 14th season of “Great Performances at the Met” starting on January 5th and including broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera’s sold-out performances of the Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess” on July 17th and Philip Glass’s “Akhnaten” on April 5th.

Will any of these broadcasts be carried by WQED, either on their main channel or one of their subchannels?

I think we already have a clue to the answer:  The January 5th broadcast of “Manon” was nowhere to be found in Pittsburgh.


Rob: WQED currently has no plans to air “Manon” but “Turandot” is scheduled to air on WQED at 9 p.m. March 20th. The April schedule is not yet available.



Q: Where is Ron Smiley?

-Charles via email

Rob: Smiley was on vacation for 11 days beginning Christmas day.

Beyond that, Smiley is no longer on the noon news because KDKA-TV expanded its morning news on WPCW in September, adding the 8 a.m. hour to the existing 7 a.m. hour

He’s primarily focused on our morning newscasts now, especially since we’ve expanded by an hour on our CW station,” said KDKA news director Kathy Hostetter. “Ron’s also on ‘PTL,’ so that makes for a long morning, going 5 ½ hours straight – not to mention a long day to prepare. He’s now in earlier and leaving earlier.”

Mary Ours and Kristin Emery now share noon meteorologist duties.


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