Television Q&A

‘Ice Road Truckers’ rolling again on History Channel


Akron Beacon Journal

Q. Is there going to be another season of Ice Road Truckers? I liked all the drivers even though I thought they were nuts.

A new season began Sunday on History Channel. Hugh “Polar Bear” Rowland is back, but with his own business competing with former employer Polar Industries. Polar has the likes of Alex Debogorski, Darrell Ward and, back in the game, Lisa Kelly. So expect conflict as well as road perils.

Q. Has Fairly Legal been canceled?

USA Network decided to end the series in 2012 after two seasons, but its star, Sarah Shahi, hasn’t disappeared. She has had a recurring role on NBC’s Chicago Fire and then guest-starred in several episodes of CBS’ Person of Interest. She will be a regular, as Samantha Shaw, on the latter show this fall.

Q. I can’t find any information about Too Fat For 15, I Used to Be Fat and Chelsea Settles.

Too Fat for 15: Fighting Back, which followed overweight young people attending a weight-loss school, aired on the Style Network for two seasons in 2010 and 2011, but I have not seen news about any telecasts since. I Used to Be Fat, another series about weight loss and young people, has not had a new episode on MTV since 2011, around the same time that Chelsea Settles ended its first and only season on the network.

That show chronicled Settles’ weight-loss efforts, where she lost more than 100 pounds, dropping from a size 26 to a size 12-14. But Settles said in an interview with in January that “I would never do another docu-series ever. It was so hard for me, just filming for 12 hours, 8 hours some days, and the show was only 50 minutes.”

Q. When is Royal Pains coming back?

The USA Network series began a run of new episodes on Wednesday with a show about the aftermath of Hank’s medical crisis.

Q. Will the TNT show Monday Mornings be coming back?

TNT decided not to renew the medical drama for a second season.

Q. Will the Batman TV series from the ’60s finally be coming to DVD?

There were hopes among the fans of the Adam West-Burt Ward series in 2012 when 20th Century Fox, which owns the TV show, and Warner Bros., which owns Batman generally, worked out a deal for merchandise tied to the series. But a representative of Warner’s DVD/Blu-ray operation told me recently that “We don’t have any plans at this time” for a DVD release. As the Comics Alliance website noted at the time of the merchandising deal, rights issues are “an absolute nightmare.”

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