Q. Is Hell on Wheels coming back?
Yes, though not without some off-camera drama. In November, Deadline.com reported that AMC was set to renew the show without series creators Joe and Tony Gayton but with Josh Shiban continuing as show runner — the person most responsible for getting it made day-to-day. Then Shiban announced he was leaving, delaying a third-season announcement.
That new show runner is John Wirth, who worked on V, Falling Skies and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. And a third season of 10 episodes is slated for the third quarter of 2013.
Q. Can you tell me what happened to Paget Brewster from Criminal Minds? I love that show, but really miss her.
Brewster left the series at the end of the seventh, 2011-12 season of the CBS series.
“I really didn’t feel challenged anymore and I wanted to learn something and be excited again,” the actress told the Hollywood Reporter.
As if to underscore her disenchantment with Minds, she guest-starred on the season premiere of its NBC competition, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She is also a voice on the animated series Dan Vs., airing on the Hub channel.
Q. Is The Man Who Fell to Earth available on DVD?
With the 1976 film starring David Bowie and directed by Nicolas Roeg, the answer is yes and no. It has been released on DVD several times, and on a Criterion edition Blu-ray in 2008. However, neither is in current release. Amazon.com lists them for sale from various vendors but at often high prices (about $130 for an unused Blu-ray). The movie is available as streaming video on Amazon and Netflix.
Q. Is the program Unforgettable coming back?
It appears so. When CBS announced its 2012-13 schedule in May, it did not include the drama starring Poppy Montgomery, which had aired in 2011-12. Then, in August, it announced that the show would be back for 13 episodes in summer 2013.