Behind that 'Secret Diary' song
Who sings the song and what is the name of it as the Showtime series Secret Diary of a Call Girl is coming on?
That's Amy Winehouse's You Know I'm No Good. And, while things have gone bad for Winehouse, it's a very good song, on her CD Back to Black, which has sold more than 11 million copies
Tune in Sunday to 'Army Wives'
Do you know if Army Wives will be coming back, or has it been canceled?
The Lifetime series begins its third season on Sunday at 10 p.m., and it has been confirmed there will be a fourth season in 2010.
Match wits with '5th Grader'
Can you please tell me if Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader will be back on? It was such a delightful show.
It is due back on July 3 at 8 p.m.
A new season of 'Burn Notice'
Please tell us the status of Burn Notice. What happened to it? When does the new season begin?
The new season begins Thursday on USA Network; it will now air Thursdays at 9 p.m. As for what happened to it, cable series often make shorter individual seasons than successful broadcast-TV shows, so they seem to arrive and disappear quickly.
Digital TV bill drivers
Every congressional bill has a driver behind it. Who were the drivers behind the digital TV bill?
The primary sponsors of the Digital Television Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005 were Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, and then-Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska. The final passage of the law came as part of a budget bill sponsored by Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H.
The main, stated goal of the legislation was to force TV broadcasters to shift to digital service, freeing up a prime spectrum of the public airwaves for use by public safety agencies, which were seeking frequencies that would allow them to more easily communicate with one another.
But the conversion carries a price: Millions of U.S. households still have analog televisions that pick up broadcasts over antenna, as opposed to cable or satellite transmission, and will need to either replace their sets or buy converter boxes to translate the digital signal.
The bill sought to subsidize the cost by allocating some $3 billion to be raised by auctioning another section of the freed-up spectrum to companies seeking more bandwidth for broadband services. It set a Feb. 17, 2009, deadline for the conversion. But earlier this year, the Obama administration said funding for the conversion was inadequate, and the deadline was extended to June 12.