Q&A: Discovery Channel renewed 'Flying Wild Alaska' for second season

'Alaska' back for second season

Has Flying Wild Alaska on the Discovery Channel been renewed?

According to a Discovery Channel publicist, the Tweto family and the Era Alaska team will be back for a second season, starting Friday, Nov. 4.

You can read more about the series at dsc. discovery.com/tv/flying-wild-alaska.

Who pays for TLC's great cakes?

My husband and I have a running argument about Cake Boss. I say that the customers on Cake Boss pay retail prices for the cakes that Buddy Valastro and his team make for the show. My husband says that the production company picks up part of the cost because they're so large, ornate and expensive and often done for nonprofits. Who's right? And what's the price range for those cakes?

Depending on the particular cake, it seems that sometimes you're right and sometimes your husband is right. A publicist for the show told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that each cake offers a unique situation.

"In some cases, TLC will supplement the cost of the cake for its role within the show," the TLC spokesman told that newspaper. "The bakery doesn't release the individual pricing of its cakes from the show, but cakes with that skill and craftsmanship can range from hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars."

Update on 'My Three Sons' stars

I was watching reruns of My Three Sons and wondering how many of the stars were still with us, and how old are they?

Still with us at this writing are Don Grady, 67; Tina Cole, 68; Barry Livingston, 57; older brother Stanley, 60, and Dawn Lyn, 48. Tim Considine, the original oldest son on the series, is 70.

Fred MacMurray, patriarch of the Douglas clan, died in 1991; Beverly Garland, who was MacMurray's wife in the show's later seasons, died in 2008. The show's grandfather, William Frawley, and uncle, William Demarest, died in 1966 and 1983, respectively.

Depp off base on 'Lone Ranger'

I'm sure you have seen The Lone Ranger, but after reading Johnny Depp's "ideas," I doubt if he has. The Lone Ranger was an example of what was a good relationship between two different men. Tonto never got the "unpleasant end of the stick," as Depp says, nor was there an "ugliness" against Native Americans in this show.

It's now doubtful whether anyone will see the movie. Reports from Hollywood say Disney has ended plans for the production. The Los Angeles Times said the film could have cost as much as $250 million "and the studio and filmmakers couldn't see eye to eye on making that figure work." There were other issues, too, the Times said: whether the production would have international appeal (a major factor in many films' profitability these days), how modern audiences feel about Westerns, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer's "mixed recent record."

Q&A: Discovery Channel renewed 'Flying Wild Alaska' for second season 09/22/11 [Last modified: Thursday, September 22, 2011 12:18pm]

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