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Q&A: 'Saving Grace,' 'Nurse Jackie,' 'Culpepper Cattle,' 'Past Lives' and 'Big Love'

'Saving Grace' got too expensive

Do you know why Saving Grace was canceled and is there any hope that it will be revived?

It's not quite done. It returned this week for a six-episode run concluding the series, with the two-episode finale on June 21. But a revival is unlikely.

TNT was reportedly ready to air more of it, but the production company opted not to continue for financial reasons. In other words, the show, starring Holly Hunter as a self-destructive police detective in Oklahoma City, was costing more than the studio expected to make from additional telecasts, resale of the reruns and home-video sales. On the plus side, the decision not to renew it was made far enough in advance that the show could figure out how to end.

'Nurse Jackie' stars

What are the real names of the people who play Zoe and Dr. O'Hara on Nurse Jackie?

Zoe Barkow is played by Merritt Wever. Her previous credits include the movies Righteous Kill, Into the Wild and Michael Clayton and TV shows Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, NCIS and The Wire.

Dr. Eleanor O'Hara is played by Eve Best, a well-regarded stage actress who dips into television from time to time, though mainly in British productions. But not long ago, she played Dolley Madison in the American Experience profile of the famous first lady.

Finding 'Culpepper Cattle'

The Culpepper Cattle Co. is one of the best cattle-drive Western movies ever made, and it just disappeared, no DVD, no VHS, no nothing. Can you find it?

Yes. The 1972 movie has been released on VHS and DVD. If your local retailer doesn't have it, try Amazon.com, Moviesunlimited.com or Deepdiscount.com, all of which list it for sale.

'Past Life' won't be resurrected

Back in February on Fox, there was a program called Past Life. I only caught two shows before it was taken off. Was that just a "filler" program, or will it be back? I thought it was a very interesting plot and hope to see more of it!

Not filler, but a failure. Audiences were not drawn to it, and Fox yanked it after three telecasts. Fox will burn off some unaired episodes, tonight and June 4 and 11.

Loving that 'Big Love' song

What is the name of the great song at the end of HBO's Big Love on Feb. 21?

According to HBO, the song playing over the end credits of the "Blood Atonement" episode of Big Love is Your Protector by Fleet Foxes, a Seattle-based indie folk band.

Q&A: 'Saving Grace,' 'Nurse Jackie,' 'Culpepper Cattle,' 'Past Lives' and 'Big Love' 05/27/10 [Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 12:55am]

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