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Q&A: New 'Doc Martin' episodes may be on the way

More 'Doc Martin' may be on way

My husband is British and enjoys watching Doc Martin Tuesday evenings at 9 on WUSF. We want to know if there are plans to provide viewers with new segments rather than continually showing repeated segments?

Doc Martin stars Martin Clunes as Martin Ellingham, a general practitioner with no bedside manner who was once a successful London surgeon before developing a phobia for blood. He retrained as a GP and landed in the Cornish hamlet of Portwenn, where he had spent childhood vacations.

While the show has been on air since 2004, only 30 episodes have been made. There has been no official announcement of more shows being done, but Clunes said in an interview late last year that "It looks like ITV will give the go-ahead to a fifth series but that won't be filmed until 2011." Clunes is booked through this month filming a second season of the BBC show Reggie Perrin.

Where to find M*A*S*H*

Will the Hallmark Channel be showing M*A*S*H* anymore or will some other station pick it up?

M*A*S*H*, a dark comedy set during the Korean War that ran for 11 seasons and was one of the most-watched TV shows ever, has gone missing from the Hallmark Channel lineup.

You can see the show in the Tampa Bay area on the ION Channel (Tuesday through Friday at 4 and 4:30 p.m., and Saturday at 3 and 3:30 p.m.) and on TVLand (Tuesday through Saturday at 5 and 5:30 a.m.).

'Wheel' before Vanna

On the Wheel of Fortune game show: Who did Vanna White replace and in what year was it? Is she still in the public eye?

According to The Encyclopedia of TV Game Shows, the hosts of Wheel of Fortune when it premiered in 1975 were Chuck Woolery and Susan Stafford. Woolery gave way to Pat Sajak in 1981. Stafford left the show in October 1982. That December, after several women filled in, Vanna White became the permanent letter-turner. Stafford filled in on the show in 1986, when White took time off following the death of her boyfriend. But Stafford has focused more on ministry and charitable efforts through her Susan Stafford Foundation. She also has her own Web site, www.susanstafford.org.

'Dexter' edited for network TV

Some friends think they saw Dexter on network TV before it was shown on Showtime. Is this possible? The current content doesn't seem network-friendly.

It did not air first on broadcast, but the drama about a serial killer did air on CBS in 2008, when the network was hurting for fresh programming because of the writers strike. Episodes were edited to meet the network's broadcast standards and time constraints.

Q&A: New 'Doc Martin' episodes may be on the way 03/11/10 [Last modified: Thursday, March 11, 2010 10:06am]
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