TV Q&A: 'Council of Dads,' a 'Star Wars' TV series and a WPXI weathercaster

Thursday, 09 July 2020 09:54 AM Written by 

Q: I was so chagrined to see that “Council of Dads” has not been renewed.  It was one I really looked forward to each week. The portrayals were all so genuine, the story itself nicely fleshed out with multiple things going on, and the finale concluded with a three-point cliffhanger: hurricane damage, Larry's downward spiral, and the future of the Crab Shack property in limbo. As it ended, I found myself wondering when the story would pick up again to see how everybody, and every situation, fared!

Any chance they'll revisit this decision?


Rob: I never say never anymore but it seems unlikely given the show’s low ratings and lack of social media buzz.



Q: Did ABC actually cancel “GMA3: Strahan, Sarah and Keke”? I read it online earlier this morning.


Rob: I think so. Last week ABC News president James Goldston sent a note to the news division announcing a new executive producer for “GMA3: What You Need to Know,” the show that replaced “GMA3: Strahan, Sarah and Keke” at the start of the pandemic. It seems unlikely they’d make that announcement if “What You Need to Know” was still being considered temporary replacement programming.

An ABC News publicist did not respond to an email seeking clarification on the future of “GMA3: Strahan, Sarah and Keke” but other outlets have suggested it’s done, too



Q: Could you please tell me the channel number for Disney + so I may watch "Hamilton"?


Rob: I hate to break it to Betsy but Disney+ is a streaming service, not a cable channel. Some cable customers can subscribe to Disney+ through their cable/satellite service, including Verizon, but not Comcast. It’s also available on Apple TV, Amazon devices, Google Chromecast, Playstation4, Xbox One, Roku and many smart TVs.



Q: My kids love “Star Wars” so we were intrigued by an announcement last year about a “Star Wars” reality competition show coming to Disney+. Then I stumbled upon it airing on the Star Wars Kids YouTube channel instead. What happened? Was it not up to the standards of Disney+?


Rob: With “Star Wars” there is a history of disowning projects, whether it’s the atrocious “Star Wars Holiday Special” from 1978 or the adult animated comedy Lucasfilm developed and produced just before Disney bought the company and then was never heard of again, “Star Wars: Detours.” 

I had no idea “Jedi Temple Challenge” had premiered on YouTube. Never got a press release or anything and my family had been looking forward to it, too. After watching two episodes on YouTube, I do suspect it wasn’t up to snuff for Disney+.

While host Ahmed Best (AKA the actor who played Jar-Jar Binks in the prequel trilogy) does a fine job as a Jedi host, the game play is so similar episode-to-episode that it really is nearly as see-one-episodes-you’ve-seen-them-all kind of show. Even Netflix’s “Floor is Lava” changes up its competition space episode-to-episode.

I’m told the move was announced on in May -- but how many more people would have learned about it if they’d sent an announcement to entertainment journalists? Or maybe they didn’t want questions about why it moved from Disney+ -- with Lucasfilm’s senior director of Online Content & Programming Mickey Capoferri saying, “With so many children and families home and looking to Star Wars for hope and entertainment, we wanted to make Jedi Temple Challenge available to as many young fans as possible by airing the series on our Star Wars Kids network for everyone to enjoy.”



Q: Any word on when AMC's "Fear the Walking Dead" is slated to start, or even resume production on the series?


Rob: My understanding is the shutdown happened during the planned production break between the first and second halves of the season. So it’s possible the first half of the season could air before they’re able to resume production on the second half of the season (no date to restart filming has been announced).

A “Fear the Walking Dead” panel has been announced for Comic Con @Home sometime between July 23-26 and I suspect we’ll get a better sense of AMC’s plans then.



Q: Hopefully, you can settle a bet: On “This is Us,” the actors portraying the high school version of the triplets don't seem to have aged after four seasons of appearing in the flashbacks. Is it possible that the story lines of the entire series are known and their scenes have already been filmed for the entire run of the series?  Thanks in advance for your insights.


Rob: Although “This is Us” executive producer Dan Fogelman has said some scenes fro the series finale and later episodes have already been filmed, for the most part the teen actors film episodes each season along with the rest of the cast. The teen actors have aged and the characters they play have also aged each season the show has been on the air (this past season, for instance, we saw them after Jack’s death, not before).

Also, in order for them to have filmed all their storylines for the next two seasons, that means scripts for the remainder of the series have all been written and – other than a few scenes already dreamed up and filmed -- that’s simply not the case.



Q: Has Danielle Dozier departed WPXI?


Rob: V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N.



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