Television Q&A

TLC’s ‘Myrtle Beach’ will be back, but some cast members may not


Akron Beacon Journal

Q. Will Welcome to Myrtle Manor be coming back next season?

The TLC series about the residents of a trailer park trying to become a classy resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C., has received an order for a 10-episode second season. But Entertainment Weekly questioned in May whether it would have the same cast of characters, since three had been arrested within a week.

EW reported that Amanda Lee Adams was picked up for drunk driving, Taylor Jonathan Burt was accused of having sexual relations with a 16-year-old girl and Lindsay Brooke Colbert was arrested for a DUI. A representative of the show said recently that casting for Season 2 has not yet been set.

Q. Why is NCIS continuously slighted by all the award shows?

The CBS drama is unquestionably a well-made program. Mark Harmon is one of the subtlest actors in TV. The show had more than 21 million weekly viewers, which by many measures made it the most-watched series in prime time for the 2012-13 season. Still, it has largely been overlooked by the Emmys.

It’s not a flashy show. It does not proclaim its innovation or suggest that it is changing the way television is made. It is, simply, a good series that aims to entertain its viewers every week with a blend of drama, action and humor. Angela Lansbury has yet to win an Emmy. Andy Griffith never won. Both recall Harmon, who has a comparable making-it-look-easy approach to acting.

Prime-time Emmy voters want to show off; they say their awards “celebrate excellence,” not ratings. Emmy darlings like Mad Men or recent winner Homeland receive a fraction of the audience of the most popular broadcast-network shows. Even then, some critical favorites get overlooked; although actors from The Shield and Friday Night Lights won Emmys, the shows as a whole never did.

Q. Why doesn’t Sharon Osbourne ever talk about her oldest daughter, Aimee? What’s her story?

The older sister of Jack and Kelly Osbourne is 29, has reportedly written for Nylon magazine and, like her famous father, Ozzy, has done some singing. She also participated in Ordinary People: Our Story, a 2003 memoir by the five Osbournes.

But she was famously not part of the family’s TV series, said in the book that it changed her mother and siblings, and noted with some pleasure that “I still have my identity, as well as my privacy.” Since then, for the most part she has kept out of the limelight, and it appears that Sharon has respected her privacy.

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