Television Q&A

‘Vikings’ returning, but ‘Army Wives’ discharged

Vikings: The History Channel hit stars Travis Fimmel, center, as Ragnar Lothbrok and Katheryn Winnick, left, as his wife, Lagertha.
Vikings: The History Channel hit stars Travis Fimmel, center, as Ragnar Lothbrok and Katheryn Winnick, left, as his wife, Lagertha.
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Q. Will Vikings be returning this season?

The History Channel, which kicks off a Vikings Season 1 marathon at 10 a.m. Saturday, plans to bring back the hit series for a second season in the new year. No date has been announced.

Q. What has happened to Army Wives? There were three or four episodes in the spring and then nothing.

The Lifetime series’ seventh season had 13 episodes from March to June 2013. If that means you missed some telecasts, you can catch up via the DVD set, Amazon Instant Video or Netflix. The seventh season was the show’s last. There will be a two-hour farewell special in 2014.

Q. I love Masterpiece’s Upstairs Downstairs and was wondering if it will be back for a third season.

Public television had a notable hit in the 1970s with the British drama. In 2010, the series was revived, with the story starting in 1936 and with Rose (Jean Marsh) returning from the original series. While there was a lot of affection for the old show, the new one was overshadowed by the similarly themed Downton Abbey and was canceled after two seasons.

Q: I heard a while back that a biography on the musical group the Cowsills was in the works. is that movie’s status?

Family Band: The Cowsills Story, a documentary about the group known for Indian Lake, aired on Showtime, and has been released on DVD.

Q. Will Gold Rush be back? It was on for a few weeks this summer and then gone.

The Discovery series will begin its fourth season on Oct. 25. Gold Rush: South America, which aired during the summer, was designed to be just a handful of episodes.

Q. Every time we watch Life, we wonder why it was canceled. Any hope of it being brought back?

While some shows come back from cancellation, I would not wait for more of the NBC drama, which originally aired from 2007 to 2009. Its cast — including star Damian Lewis, seen more recently on Homeland — has moved on to other projects. While the show had some passionate admirers, the ratings were not big.

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