Q: Any idea when “Wynonna Earp” returns? What about “The Outpost”?
-MATT VIA FACEBOOK
Rob: If not for the pandemic, “The Outpost” probably would have been back this summer. Instead, The CW is holding it for its fourth quarter schedule where it will air at 9 p.m. Thursdays. My guess is it will return in October.
Syfy has not announced a premiere date for “Wynonna Earp” but it is still expected to air new episodes this summer.
Q: What happened to "Tacoma F.D." on TruTV? They announced they were having a 14 episode season that started airing at the end of March,(and I assume all those shows were "in the can"), but they haven't shown a single episode in about a month. What's going on?
-CHAD VIA EMAIL
Rob: Turns out even though filming wrapped last year, the episodes were not all edited when the pandemic hit. The show ran into delays in post-production and the season was split up with the last seven episodes airing later this summer (so far no air dates announced).
Q: Is there any way to watch “The Drew Carey Show” anywhere (over the air, Xfinity, streaming platforms)? I've looked everywhere, but I hope that I'm just missing something obvious.
-MATT, RESERVE TOWNSHIP
Rob: According to the very useful streaming guide website/app JustWatch.com, “Drew Carey Show” episodes are only available for purchase and is not currently carried by any streaming service. The show was produced by Warner Bros. so maybe eventually WarnerMedia will add it to new streamer HBO Max.
JustWatch.com (and its app) are useful but not infallible. We looked for a movie my kids wanted to see this week (“Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters”) and JustWatch said it’s streaming for free on the USA app but when we went to the USA app, the movie wasn’t there.
Q: I have been reading everywhere that Cinemax was going to stop producing original series. I have had Cinemax ever since I got cable and only watched it for the series like “Banshee,” “Jett,” “Rellik,” etc. Once I saw the final season of “Strike Back,” I dropped Cinemax because I had been paying $12/mo. extra since Comcast dropped it from their lineup about a year ago. Now I read that there will be a new series called “Trackers” on June 5. What happened to “no new original series”?
Rob: Dixie is correct. I was in the room in January at the Television Critics Association winter press tour when WarnerMedia exec Kevin Reilly said Cinemax was done with original programming so I was surprised to see “Trackers” show up, too.
My understanding is “Trackers” was ordered before the decision to scrap originals came down. It’s essentially one of a few leftovers that will unspool through the year before the focus of the network shifts entirely to blockbuster theatricals. Don’t get too attached to any of these DOA shows – seems unlikely they will last beyond their first seasons.
Q: I was wondering why some shows get listed as “new” when they are actually reruns. “Alaskan Bush People” do it frequently. Some shows I notice just change the title a bit like “Oak Island Digging Deeper” and “My 600 lb. Life Supersized” but it seems the same as the original.
I was going to watch an episode of “Little People Big World” May 27. I don't recall if it said new in the PG TV listings but it said new on the description on my DISH onscreen info and it was a repeat. My DVR only is supposed to record new shows and it recorded it.
-KATHY VIA EMAIL
Rob: All of the shows Kathy cites are on channels owned by Discovery so there is a pattern here.
I do know that because “supersized” episodes have not aired in their elongated form, Discovery does consider those “new” even if most of the content is a rerun. But for episodes that are 100 percent reruns, those should not be labeled “new” and if they are Discovery is either attempting to pull a fast one or just making lousy mistakes in the scheduling information it sends out.
Other possibilities: Schedules change, listings services make mistakes. But it’s unlikely a listings service issue given that all of Kathy’s examples stem from one media company.
Q: Do you know when the DIY will change to Magnolia and what will happen to all my favorites like “Maine Cabin Masters,” “Barnwood Builders” and “Building in Alaska”? I still want to see those series and hope they will still be shown. But where?
-MARY VIA EMAIL
Rob: The October launch of Magnolia was delayed due to the pandemic and the channel hasn’t announced which, if any DIY programs, will be retained.
“While the details surrounding Magnolia Network programming—including plans for existing DIY Network programming—remain a work in progress, we continue to seek insight from viewers about which shows they’d like to see remain (as illustrated by a recent DIY Network post on Facebook),” explained a Magnolia publicist.
Q: When will Ryan Murphy’s “Feud: Bette and Joan” come to DVD?
-PETER VIA PHONE
Rob: This is a weird one. First the show was unavailable for streaming and then it was briefly and now it’s not again but is available for purchase Amazon ($14.99 or $19.99HD). I wondered if it had to do with the Olivia DeHavilland lawsuit but that is a moot issue now.
When I asked Fox, which owns the rights, first I was told it was available as a manufacture-on-demand DVD title and then I was told “it was decided that streaming was the most relevant format for the show’s audience.” That’s pretty illogical given the folks who would be most into Old Hollywood are those who are least likely to subscribe to a streamer and most likely to still use DVDs.
Q: Any idea why two senior anchors on KDKA-TV, Susan Koeppen and Rick Dayton, were the ones released with the Viacom cut backs? There are several recently hired field reporters (not anchors) on the station. Normally, dismissals are based on a "last in, first out" basis.
Was it a salary decision? Are Koeppen and Dayton gone permanently?
-LOUIS VIA EMAIL
Rob: We addressed possible reasons for the choice of Koeppen and Dayton in Wednesday’s TV Q&A, including the possibility it was a salary decision.
I sent all questions received to KDKA-TV general manager Chris Cotugno and news director Kathy Hostetter but they did not want to get into specifics of any of the questions.
“We are going to decline to discuss the layoffs that have happened across ViacomCBS except to say the employees who are leaving KDKA are dedicated professionals and good people,” said general manager Chris Cotugno in response to multiple viewer questions I forwarded to him. “We will miss them and we are grateful for their service here. While we are not completely immune to the impact of the pandemic on the economy, we still have an outstanding team here at KDKA that will continue to produce the same number of newscasts and the same high quality local coverage that has long been one of our defining qualities.”
The “last in, first out” approach is not realistic in TV news or the entertainment business because salaries are so widely divergent.
Local news anchors can be paid anywhere from $100,000 to $200,000 or sometimes more. Reporters typically make between $50,000 and $80,000. So if the company’s goal is to save $400,000, they can dismiss two anchors or seven reporters. A local news station can’t afford to lose seven reporters and remain competitive in the Pittsburgh market.