Q. A new show, Made in Jersey, was on CBS for two episodes and disappeared. Do you know why this happened?
CBS had hopes for the series, which starred Janet Montgomery as a blue-collar woman from New Jersey who worked in a fancy Manhattan firm. The network even saw some synergy in putting it on Friday nights with two other New York-connected shows, CSI: NY and Blue Bloods.
Even with those shows bracketing Jersey, the ratings were poor for the first telecast, then dropped for the second. So the network dropped it before it could decline further, reconfiguring the Friday lineup to include Undercover Boss. Deadline.com reports CBS will burn off already-produced episodes at 8 p.m. Saturdays beginning Nov. 24. Q. Do you know when Magic City will return?
The drama set in a Miami hotel in 1959 will begin its second season on Starz in 2013, but I have not yet seen a specific air date.Q. On Nashville, where would we know the actor who plays Deacon from?
Charles “Chip” Esten, who plays singer-songwriter Deacon Claybourne on the ABC series, is also known for improvisational comedy, having appeared on both the British and American versions of Whose Line Is It Anyway? He has also been on Big Love, Enlightened, The Office and ER, and played the father on the Disney Channel’s Jessie, a Klingon on Star Trek: The Next Generation, a secretary on Murphy Brown and Kelly Bundy’s fiancé on the series finale of Married … With Children. His movie credits include Swing Vote, Thirteen Days and The Postman.
Q. When are Body of Proof and Smash coming back to TV? And why the late start?
Smash will return to NBC on Feb. 5. Body of Proof is set for “midseason” on ABC, a flexible term where networks are concerned. Series these days make far fewer episodes than they used to. Since few shows do well in rerun, networks will put on series at the beginning, middle and even near the end of a season in order to provide fresh programming.
Q. Is Syfy bringing back Lost Girl for a third season?
The series will be back in January.Q. Did John Nettles of Midsomer Murders play the part of the Duke of Marlborough in the early PBS series The Churchills?
If you are referring to the 1969 series The First Churchills, the duke was played by actor John Neville, a veteran of British and American TV and movies, including in a recurring role as the Well-Manicured Man on The X-Files. He died in 2011. I cannot find any reference to John Nettles playing the role in any production.