Q. Will Political Animals be back for another year?
The drama starring Sigourney Weaver was announced as a “limited series event,” or miniseries, which would suggest that it aimed to conclude with its final episode. Still, it left quite a few plot threads hanging in its finale, making a sequel possible. But at this writing, USA has not yet announced another season. Q. What has happened to new episodes of Cops? Has the series been discontinued?
Fox has decided, at least for the fall, to concentrate on sports programming in prime time on Saturdays, but has said Cops will return at midseason. Q. I have really enjoyed Law & Order: UK on BBC America. Do you know if there will be any new episodes soon?
BBC America has aired all 39 completed episodes of the series, a British adaptation of the American program. But production will begin on another eight episodes in November, apparently for telecast in 2013, and I would expect those to make their way stateside eventually. Q. Several Warner Bros. colorized movies were televised and were available on VHS. Are any of them now on DVD? I have the Casablanca on VHS but it’s starting to deteriorate.
A quarter-century ago, entertainment mogul Ted Turner began colorizing some Warner Bros. classics for telecast on his WTBS station, including Yankee Doodle Dandy in 1986 and Casablanca two years later. He and others believed that a sizable portion of the TV audience did not like watching movies in black-and-white but would watch them in color.
Film critics, historians and devotees were horrified (and I thought the color generally looked awful). In 1988, Roger Ebert wrote: “You can only see a movie for the first time once. And if your first viewing is colorized, you will never be able to experience the full original impact of the real film.”
Warner has not followed the colorized versions on VHS with reissue on DVD. You can find some of the colorized VHS versions for sale, including on Amazon.com, but I do not recommend them.Q. Are Nick Adams, the actor from The Rebel, and Edie Adams related? Are they still alive?
Given that Adams was a stage name for both, they almost certainly were not related. Nick Adams, born Nicholas Adamschock in Nanticoke, Pa., was also known for Rebel Without a Cause and received an Oscar nomination for his performance in Twilight of Honor. He was 36 when he died in 1968 of a prescription-drug overdose.
Edie Adams, born Edith Elizabeth Emke in Kingston, Pa., was known for Muriel cigar commercials, singing, acting and her marriage to brilliant comic Ernie Kovacs. She died in 2008 of cancer and pneumonia at age 81.
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