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Q&A: Abby's tattoos on 'NCIS,' 'Medium' finale explained, returning shows

Abby's ink on NCIS: Real or not?

I love NCIS. I was wondering about Abby on the show. Are any of her tattoos real?

Many are. "I think I'm on 13 or 14," Pauley Perrette, who plays Abby, told several years ago. "On NCIS, not only do they love my tattoos but they give me more. The neck one is a vinyl transfer."

Perrette, who will be 42 on Sunday, is also a writer and a staunch civil rights advocate.

'The Little Couple' will return

Has TLC's The Little Couple been canceled?

According to TLC, it will be back for a fourth season this summer.

'Medium' producer explains end

I always enjoyed the show Medium, but I was kind of let down by the finale. I thought they could have ended it differently than killing off her husband, and she doesn't see him again until 45 years later when SHE dies. My question: Did they steal that ending from the old movie The Ghost and Mrs. Muir? (Mrs. Muir got old, died in a chair and her ghost went off with the Captain's ghost.)

Medium co-executive producer Craig Sweeny told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

"I'm sorry to hear that (someone) was let down by the finale — as a writer, you never like to hear that a viewer is disappointed, for any reason. We thought long and hard about whether to tell the story we did, because we knew it would be polarizing to kill Joe. It took me a long time to embrace the idea, but I finally did because it seemed like the ultimate test for Allison, the one challenge she couldn't imagine meeting.

"We had to come up with the finale very quickly. We were already writing a different episode for the 13th slot when word came that we'd been canceled. We'd been preparing to end the series after 22 episodes, and we had to revise our plans on the fly to end with the 13th story. None of that's an excuse — lots of TV is developed and written quickly.

"The idea wasn't cribbed from, or even inspired by, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. I haven't seen the movie or the TV show, and it never came up during the conceiving or writing of the episode. It's pretty common for shows with similar premises to find themselves covering some of the same ground creatively. In my experience, it's rarely the result of a conscious decision to imitate something that came before.

"And finally, to … everyone else who watched the show: Thanks. I loved writing Medium, and I'll miss it."

Shows to return this summer

There are some shows that I have not been able to find recently and don't know whether or not they will return to TV. They are Leverage, Rizzoli & Isles and Warehouse 13.

All three will be back with new episodes this summer.

Q&A: Abby's tattoos on 'NCIS,' 'Medium' finale explained, returning shows 03/20/11 [Last modified: Sunday, March 20, 2011 4:30am]
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