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Q&A: Cop drama 'Blue Bloods' killing air time

Cop drama killing air time

Blue Bloods airs on Friday nights at 10. It's a great show. I watched it and found it was again a rerun. This has happened in recent weeks. Is this unusual?

It's not unusual for this to happen. Blue Bloods, a drama about a police family that stars Tom Selleck, is in its second season. In Season 1, the first show aired Sept. 24, 2010, and the last episode was shown on May 13, 2011. That's 34 weeks, but only 22 episodes were made.

Season 2 began Sept. 23. It also consists of 22 episodes, and while a season finale date hasn't been set, it's probably going to be about the same end time as Season 1 was.

So networks, in this case CBS, have to find a way to stretch 22 episodes over 30-plus weeks. There are weeks when Blue Bloods is pre-empted for a sporting event or a special, but otherwise you occasionally will see reruns.

There was a time when a network could air a new show every week during a TV season. The long-running Gunsmoke, for instance, used to shoot 39 episodes a year. But those days are gone; many cable series shoot just 13 episodes and call it a season.

Surgery scar is a fake

Is the scar on Gemma's chest on Sons of Anarchy real or fake? They have never explained why it's there or how she got it.

It's fake. While the scar is not explained, it is referenced in the series' pilot, according to an FX publicist. When baby Abel is born, he requires surgery. It's explained that he has "a bad heart" and Gemma states that this condition "runs in the family."

The fake scar is a tattoo that's applied during the hair and make-up process before filming.

Mystery Mayhem is everywhere

Who is the handsome man playing Mayhem in the Allstate commercials?

That's Dean Winters, 47, an actor known for his work in comedies and dramas. He had a recurring role on Rescue Me as Tommy Gavin's brother Johnny. On 30 Rock, he has been seen as Dennis Duffy, once a boyfriend of Liz Lemon. On the prison drama Oz he was inmate Ryan O'Reily (whose brother Cyril was played by Winters' real-life brother Scott William Winters). He also played detective Brian Cassidy, partner of John Munch (Richard Belzer), on the first 13 episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Not a long wait for series return

I love the series Justified, but I have not seen anything about when it returns.

The third season of Justified, the drama starring Timothy Olyphant as deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens and based on the writings of Elmore Leonard, begins at 10 p.m. Jan. 12 on the FX network.

Q&A: Cop drama 'Blue Bloods' killing air time 12/25/11 [Last modified: Sunday, December 25, 2011 3:30am]
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