STAY TUNED: A new year brings new TV shows; and reader questions

BILL GREEN

I love my readers. I love their questions and insights, so this week we're dedicating the majority of the column to reader questions.

What's up with 'Longmire'?

Catherine from Naples writes: "My husband and I have been watching for an announcement on TV as to when the show 'Longmire' would start again. We hope that you might have some news about this. We thought it was a really good modern Western and hope that it has not been canceled."

For those unfamiliar with the series, "Longmire" follows Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor), the sheriff of the fictional Absaroka County, Wyoming, as he returns to work following the death of his wife. With the help of his daughter, Cady;, his deputy, Vic, and his best friend, Henry, the department investigates a series of major crimes in his jurisdiction while preparing a re-election against Branch, a young deputy in the department who wants Walt's job.

Last year's premiere drew 4.1 million total viewers and ranks as one of A&E's most-watched scripted series debuts and the highest-rated new cable scripted hourlong drama of the year in viewers and adults 25-54.

So first the good news, Catherine: A&E renewed the show for a second season. It will be back this year. But a premiere date has not been set.

Missing husband

Arlene asks, "Would you please tell me what happened to Katherine Chancellor's husband. He seems to be missing in action."

Which one? Katherine Chancellor Murphy (nee Shepherd, formerly Reynolds, Thurston and Sterling), portrayed by the fabulous Jeanne Cooper, is the grand dame of CBS' "The Young and the Restless."

For argument's sake, I will assume you mean Patrick Murphy (Michael Fairman), who joined the show in 2008.

He's still listed as a recurring character for the soap. Unfortunately, if you're not a series regular, sometimes your appearances can be few and far between.

Two interesting points: Cooper is the longest-serving cast member of the soap with a total of 39 years.

You may also recall that in 1984, Cooper had a real-life face-lift performed on-screen, as Katherine was receiving the same procedure within the story; a television first.

A 'Leverage' spinoff?

Rebecca writes: "We watched the finale of 'Leverage' this past Tuesday night and can't figure if that is the end of the series or the beginning of a new one with the, supposedly, three remaining characters. What do you know?"

Here's the deal Rebecca. TNT didn't decide on the fate of "Leverage" until very recently; too late in fact; as what became the season finale had already been shot, edited and made ready for air.

Knowing a renewal was not likely, Executive Producer Dean Devlin and Co-creator John Rogers decided to shoot that episode as a finale. However, they did leave the door ajar, just in case.

Fans are attempting to get the show back on the air. Devlin has said he would be willing to continue, if he can find a home for the show. So, for now that's it.

Shhh! It's a secret

Bill writes: "Enjoy your column! Did you know the best kept cultural secret in Southwest Florida is 'Classic Arts Showcase?' Every night from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m., (unless the Cape Coral City Council is meeting on Tuesdays) and all day Sunday on Comcast Channel 97 (the Lee County TV channel), CAS presents commercial-free excerpts from a wide range of the performing arts: Opera, symphonies, concerts, jazz, plays, movies, singers, musicians, ballet, dance etc. I've seen film of a 1916 Bolshoi Ballet dancer performing 'The Dying Swan,' the annual New Year's Eve concert by the Vienna Philharmonic, 'The Proms' in London's Prince Albert Hall, Marian Anderson singing 'The Battle Hymn of the Republic,' the Marx Brothers, Luciano Pavarotti, etc. Please tell your readers. And, of course, tune in yourself!"

Thanks, Bill. You just did. For Collier viewers, Classic Arts Showcase is on the education channel, 99, 11 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

Winter premieres worth noting

Tonight (Monday): "Switched at Birth" 8 p.m. and "Bunheads" 9 p.m., both on Mondays, on ABC Family. Followed by Family's "Pretty Little Liars" at 8 p.m. and "The Lying Game" at 9 p.m. on Tuesday.

Jan. 14: "The Carrie Diaries," at 8 p.m., the much-hyped "Sex and the City" prequel, arrives on the CW.

Jan. 21: The premiere of Fox's "The Following," at 9 p.m. Kevin Bacon comes to the small screen in this psychological thriller about an ex-FBI agent who is called back to duty to track down a notorious serial killer who has assembled a group of killers.

Attention, "White Collar" fans. The series returns at 10 p.m. Jan. 22 for the second half of season four as Neil deals with the explosive news that Sam is his father.

Send your questions my way: bgreen@naplesnews.com.

Until next time, stay tuned.

Bill Green is a Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com journalist and a professional couch potato. Contact him at bgreen@naplesnews.com. Connect with him at facebook.com/billdgreen.

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