Television Q&A

Syndicated shows have no network allegiance


Akron Beacon Journal

Q. While on vacation in the Orlando area, we watched Live With Kelly and Michael on NBC and Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy on ABC, but back home in Ohio, Live is on ABC and Wheel and Jeopardy are on CBS. How can this be?

Because they are syndicated, not network, shows that are sold to individual stations in different markets. Dr. Phil and the talk shows hosted by Ellen DeGeneres and Katie Couric are also in that category.

Q. The John Wayne movie The Alamo has lost almost 30 minutes of battle scenes since it was on the big screen. What happened?

According to The Movie Guide, the film was originally set to run 192 minutes for its premiere, but the people making it — including John Wayne, in his lone effort as a director — concluded that was too long. It was then edited down, and the end result appears to have been a 140-minute version.

When it went to VHS, some footage was restored, making it about 161 minutes. A later VHS release and a Laserdisc version ran 202 minutes; another VHS claims to be the restored, original director’s cut but runs about 167 minutes. DVD releases have been 161 to 167 minutes. The Instant Video version on lists a running time of 202 minutes.

Q. I read the question and answer regarding Gail Russell and her not having a television series in the ’50s. If I am not mistaken, she did have her own series called Annie Oakley in which she played the title character.

There’s a Gail force here, but it’s not Russell. Actress Gail Davis starred in Annie Oakley, a 1954-56 series. According to The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, Davis was a good rider and trick shot in real life who “was discovered by Gene Autry.” Fans of The Andy Griffith Show may recall her as Karen Moore, a woman Andy dated who was a champion skeet shooter. A member of the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, Davis died in 1997.


The Kevin Spacey series House of Cards will find its way to DVD and Blu-ray on June 11. The second season of Longmire will begin on May 27 on A&E.

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