Television Q&A

‘Mistresses’ and other summer series set to return

'Mistresses': The series stars Yunjin Kim, left, Rochelle Aytes, Jes Macallan and Alyssa Milano.
'Mistresses': The series stars Yunjin Kim, left, Rochelle Aytes, Jes Macallan and Alyssa Milano.
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Q. Will Mistresses be returning?

Yes. ABC plans to give it another summer run in 2014.

Summer series are becoming increasingly useful tools for networks trying to keep audiences around during a period that used to be filled with reruns.

As cable and online have offered more original summer programming, the reruns did not draw as well, so we now get more scripted series. Several from 2013 – including Mistresses, the Poppy Montgomery vehicle Unforgettable and the big hit Under the Dome – were renewed after their summer success.

Q. I am surprised that neither Hoarders on A&E or Hoarding: Buried Alive on TLC seem to be returning.

You are half right. Hoarding: Buried Alive will be back in spring 2014. Hoarders has ended its run on A&E. It did have six seasons, as well as DVD releases. I often found its stories of compulsive savers and the horrors of their homes to be fascinating to the point that I could not turn away from a marathon telecast. At the same time, there came a point where the tales were sadly redundant, and where A&E likely saw better ways to fill its air time.

Q: Why did the producers of Everybody Loves Raymond change the names of the twins from Gregory and Matthew to Jeffrey and Michael?

The names used in the pilot of the series are also the names of star Ray Romano’s two sons (and he has a daughter, Ally, as does the television Raymond).

In a DVD commentary on the show’s pilot episode, Romano said he later felt weird about the names and so changed the boys’. Romano also says that the parallels between his TV and real lives were sometimes uncomfortable – that the portrayal of his TV brother, for one thing, did not sit well with his real brother. So he may have wanted to create more separation.

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