You have questions. I have some answers.
Q: Very often for many years, I see that a “60 Minutes” program is “New” according to our on-screen guide. During many of the broadcasts the host will start some segments by saying “as we previously reported,” which highly irritates us. I believe the guide service says these are “new” because CBS has repackaged previously aired shows and technically the current one is new only because the lineup is changed. Does this make sense?
A: CBS explains the current telecasts this way: “These previously broadcast segments have been updated for this summer edition.” The brief updates rationalize a “new” label. Over all, “60 Minutes” is no different from other prime-time shows operating in a September-to-May TV season in that it takes a break between seasons. (Its 51st season will begin on Sept. 30.)
Q: Do you know of any plans to for a fourth season of “Fargo”? It was one of the best programs on television.
A: There are plans, though they look like long-term ones. Entertainment Weekly reported in May that production on a new season may not begin until the fall of 2019, meaning the latest round of the acclaimed series probably wouldn’t air until 2020. Noah Hawley – who created the series inspired by the movie of the same name – is currently directing a movie, “Pale Blue Dot.” “Fargo” executive producer Warren Littlefield told EW that Hawley will begin writing a new “Fargo” this fall, after he is done directing the film.
Q: I was wondering if you have any information about when “Doc Martin” will return to PBS.
A: As I have mentioned before, the streaming service Acorn TV has the U.S. rights to the series and decides when to make it available to broadcast stations. (“Doc Martin” is not a PBS show. It is a syndicated program, like “Jeopardy,” for example, and sold to individual stations instead of distributed via a network.) But here’s the news you’ve been waiting for: local stations can get the latest “Doc Martin” episodes from Acorn beginning in January.
Q: As a baby boomer I remember watching Fess Parker in Disney’s “Davy Crockett.” There were three episodes but only the first two have reached DVD. What happened to “Davy Crockett at the Alamo”? That, after all, is where he died.
A: I, too, remember that vintage Davy Crockett – and five episodes. Three – “Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter,” “Davy Crockett Goes to Congress” and “Davy Crockett at the Alamo” aired in 1954-55, and together formed what some call TV’s first miniseries. When they proved a huge success, Disney aired two more shows about Crockett before the Alamo, “Davy Crockett’s Keelboat Race” and “Davy Crockett and the River Pirates,” in late 1955. Disney also re-edited the material from the episodes into theatrical movies, with “Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier” formed from the first three telecasts and ending with the Alamo, and “Davy Crockett and the River Pirates” from the last two.
As for DVD releases, the Walt Disney Treasures line of collectible sets included “Davy Crockett – The Complete Televised Series” with all five original episodes plus extras, in 2001. While it was a limited edition, you can still find copies for sale – though you may flinch at the price. The two movies are also on DVD, and on digital services such as iTunes and Amazon Video.
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