'Downton' has been cut down
Many of my friends who are addicted to Downton Abbey feel that a lot of the show is cut out. Is that true and if so, how can we get an unedited version?
Yes, the British series has been trimmed for American audiences. "American audiences are used to a different speed when it comes to television drama and you need to get into a story very quickly," said executive producer Rebecca Eaton. The show will be released in its entirety on DVD in the United States. Be sure to get the one labeled "British original."
Linney appears, but only as host
Is there a Laura Linney on Downton Abbey, and is it the American actor?
The American actor Laura Linney is not in Downton Abbey, though she did serve as a host to help explain parts of the show that were excised for U.S. audiences.
No 'Downton Abbey' reruns yet
Will there be reruns of Downton Abbey this summer?
At the moment, PBS does not have firm plans for a Downtown Season 2 encore, but it's likely to rerun it late this year, just before Season 3 begins in January.
Renewal iffy for 'A Gifted Man'
One of my favorite shows is A Gifted Man. This show was on one week and gone the next. Will it be coming back?
The March 2 episode of the CBS medical drama that stars St. Petersburg's Patrick Wilson was billed as the season finale, so there are no more new episodes in the hopper for this TV season.
Prospects for renewal are iffy, at best. CBS recently announced renewals for 18 series, but A Gifted Man was not among them. The shows before and after A Gifted Man — Undercover Bosses and Blue Bloods — both were renewed.
Most people who follow the networks closely think this means the show will be officially canceled in May, when the network announces its 2012-13 schedule.
A Gifted Man drew more than 9 million viewers for each of its last three episodes, which were aired at 9 p.m. on Fridays, a bump from what it was getting in the 8 p.m. time slot.
The show, about a talented but egocentric surgeon whose life changes when the spirit of his deceased ex-wife visits him, was generally well-received by TV critics.
'Holmes on Homes' will return
I really enjoy watching Holmes on Homes, but they all seem to be repeats. Are there new shows in the works anytime soon?
There are new Holmes on Homes specials slated to air on HGTV sometime this month, and a new season will likely begin later in the year.