Television Q&A

Changing of the guard in store on BBC’s ‘Paradise’

 
 
'Death in Paradise': Detective Inspector Richard Poole (Ben Miller) ends his Caribbean stint in Season 3.
'Death in Paradise': Detective Inspector Richard Poole (Ben Miller) ends his Caribbean stint in Season 3.
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Q. When will Death in Paradise be back?

The comedy-drama about a British detective inspector assigned to a Caribbean island, a fish-out-of-water saga that has been compared to Murder She Wrote, will return to the BBC in early 2014.

It should pop up at about the same time on the American public-TV stations that carry it. (They include Miami’s WPBT-PBS 2, which has just begun rebroadcasting the second season. Set your DVR for 1 a.m. Monday to catch the first episode.)

Fans should be prepared for a big change. Ben Miller, who played DI Richard Poole, will leave the series during the coming third season. Replacing him is Kris Marshall as what the BBC calls “a bright, but rather disorganized and gawky DI, Humphrey Goodman, who is stuck in a mid-life rut and is looking to find a new life and fresh start.” You may remember Marshall as the lecherous Colin Frissell in Love Actually.

Q. Did Kathy Bates do much acting before Misery?

Decades of it, on stage and screen. Before winning the best-actress Oscar in 1991 for that adaptation of a Stephen King tale, she received a 1983 Tony nomination for ’Night, Mother and won a 1988 Obie for Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune.

Other pre- Misery work includes the movie Straight Time and the daytime TV drama All My Children (as the mean cellmate of Susan Lucci’s Erica Kane).

Q. I am disappointed that Starz cancelled my favorite show, Magic City, after only two seasons. Any chance of another network picking it up?

I wouldn’t hold out much hope. Deadline.com noted that “despite a significant marketing campaign and buzzy guest castings, … Magic City received little critical attention and did not grow its audience in the second season.

Q. Why is The Young and the Restless no longer on SOAPnet?

The long-running daytime drama has moved to TV Guide Network. The reason: CBS, which airs first-run episodes of Y&R, not long ago bought a 50 percent interest in TVGN.

Q. I have been waiting to hear the fate of CSI: NY.

You’re one of several readers who have asked recently about the fate of the drama starring Gary Sinise. CBS decided in May to end the show.

This was not a surprise. The Huffington Post noted that the ratings have been in decline not only as a whole but in the coveted 18-to-49-year-old demographic. The show had long appeared to be on the bubble at renewal time, and the last couple of seasons saw it with reduced numbers of episodes.

Send questions to TV Mailbag, Akron Beacon Journal, 44 E. Exchange St., Akron, OH 44328 or rheldenfels@thebeaconjournal.com. Replies cannot be guaranteed.

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