Television Q&A

‘Pains,’ ‘Americans’ will be coming back

 <span class="cutline_leadin">ROYAL PAINS:</span> The cast includes, from left, Jill Flint, Paulo Costanzo, Mark Feuerstein and Reshma Shetty.
ROYAL PAINS: The cast includes, from left, Jill Flint, Paulo Costanzo, Mark Feuerstein and Reshma Shetty.
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Q: When can we expect the return of Royal Pains?

A: USA Network has the drama about a concierge medical practice in the Hamptons scheduled for this summer.

Q: Any word on whether The Americans was renewed? If so, what network?

A: The excellent spy series will begin its second season on FX on Feb. 26.

Q: The recent question from a reader about the error in the Roman numerals in the credits of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer brought to mind something I’ve wondered for years: Why don’t they just use numbers?

A: According to BBC News, the practice is believed to have started to disguise the age of films or television programs. In other words, if you could easily read a date that seemed ancient, you might be less inclined to watch the program. I don’t buy the logic, but then there is so much logic in entertainment that I don’t buy.

Q: After reading your recent Q&A about the fictional Hannibal Lecter, I was reminded of the historical Hannibal who took on the ancient Romans. He was depicted by the late Victor Mature in one of those old “swords and sandals” films, and was supposed to be played by Vin Diesel in an updated version. What ever became of the Diesel project?

A: While promoting other movies last year, Diesel insisted that he was going to make not one but three movies about Hannibal, a project he has been pursuing for a decade. He told Variety, “It’s about waiting until you get it all on the table and everything is right,” In the meantime, Halle Berry is set to executive-produce a Hannibal miniseries for the History channel.

Q: I am trying to remember the name of a TV movie some years ago starring Darrin MaGavin and an actor who has since died. The female star’s name was Raphaella.

A: It appears you are remembering A Perfect Stranger, a 1994 TV movie with McGavin; Robert Urich, who died in 2002; and Stacy Haiduk as Raphaella Phillips. It was based on a Danielle Steel novel.

Q: I missed the final episode of 666 Park Avenue and would love to find out how it all ended.

A: The series, including the final telecast in its 13-episode run, is on Netflix.

Send questions to TV Mailbag, Akron Beacon Journal, 44 E. Exchange St., Akron, OH 44309 or rheldenfels@thebeacon Replies cannot be guaranteed.

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