'Ellen' goes live again Sept. 8
We watch Ellen DeGeneres on ABC at 4 p.m. and for the past few months the shows have all been reruns. Doesn't she do any current shows anymore?
A WFTS-Ch. 28 spokesman confirmed that The Ellen DeGeneres Show has been in reruns for about two months. He said this is a normal break in production — DeGeneres' summer vacation, as it were.
Live shows are back on Tuesday, Sept. 8, which will be the sixth anniversary of her first show. She'll then be live until the holidays, when she takes another vacation.
The show, which is one of the highest-rated talk shows in syndication with more than 8 million viewers per episode, has won six Daytime Emmys, including best talk show and best talk show host.
A primer on 'Royal Pains'
I began watching Royal Pains and enjoy it very much. Since I am a late arrival, I am confused as to what part Boris plays in the series, and do the two brothers live in his house, and why? Also, who is the dark-haired woman with the foreign accent who helps the doctor?
Royal Pains first aired June 4 on the USA Network. Eleven episodes have been shown, and a second season has been ordered.
Dr. Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein) was a rising star doctor at a major New York City hospital until he chose to spend more time working on a neighborhood teenager than a wealthy hospital trustee. The trustee died, Hank was fired and his fiancee dumped him.
So Hank and his accountant brother, Evan (Paulo Costanzo), head to the Hamptons for a break.
They crashed a party at the home of the mysterious Boris (Campbell Scott) and Hank saved a guest's life. A grateful Boris rewarded them, including by letting them stay in his guest house.
Divya Katdare (Reshma Shetty) is Hank's physician assistant and helped him set up his "concierge doctor" business — even though her family wants her just to be part of the idle rich.
For more about the show, see www.usanetwork.com/series/royalpains.
End of the road for 'The Unit'
I really liked The Unit on CBS and was disappointed to hear it was canceled. Might it get picked up by another network?
Programs do occasionally jump networks. Medium, for one, is moving from NBC to CBS, and Scrubs made the leap from NBC to ABC. But there has been no indication that any other network is interested in picking up The Unit.
What's being presented as the complete series of The Unit will be released on DVD on Sept. 29. That same day, the fourth season will appear in its own set, on DVD and Blu-ray.