TV Q&A: 'Mike & Molly' not on iTunes

  • Article by: ROB OWEN , Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Updated: February 11, 2013 - 4:47 PM
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Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy star in the ­Warner Bros.-produced “Mike & Molly” on CBS.

Q: I’ve recently changed my viewing habits and began downloading shows I enjoy on iTunes. I really enjoy “Mike & Molly,” but for some reason it is unavailable on iTunes. Why is that?

A: Not every show is available on every platform — online, on demand, download and more. It all depends on what terms the studio and network have come to. The relationship between Warner Bros., which owns “Mike & Molly,” and CBS, which broadcasts the sitcom, has seemed particularly fraught over the years, so it’s not surprising that this program’s availability might be limited.

‘666’ succumbs to low interest

Q: On Sunday evening, I looked forward to watching “666 Park Avenue.” which was listed to air a few weeks back. Instead, another program was shown. Why did ABC change this? Will “666” ever be shown again?

A: ABC canceled “666 Park Avenue” in the fall due to low ratings, but had been planning to let it play out until all the episodes aired. But ratings continued to tumble, so the network yanked it at the last minute. It’s possible that ABC might burn off the remaining episodes this summer, but there’s no guarantee that will happen.

Get your networks straight

Q: Is “The Lying Game” returning to USA ­Network?

A: No. It never aired on USA. “Lying Game” is an ABCFamily show. New episodes began airing Monday at 8 p.m. last month.

Nothing is really new on ME-TV

Q: Is ME-TV having problems getting new quality programs? Shows such as “Starsky & Hutch,” “Hart to Hart,” “Banacek,” “Matlock,” “Murder She Wrote,” “Have Gun Will Travel,” “Diagnosis Murder,” just to name a few. All ME-TV seems to muster up now are comedies, and they are repeats. It was running “Remington Steele,” but it took that off. ME-TV is doing comedy overkill. Does it intend to bring back “Remington Steele”?

A: Everything on ME-TV is a rerun. It’s a rerun channel of old shows. But it appears that ME-TV did launch a new schedule recently.

Here’s the response from the network: “Me-TV Network owns the rights to many classic television shows, and a few that you mentioned are in our library; others are not. However, we rotate shows on our lineup based on several factors, one of the biggest being viewer feedback and demand. While we can’t say at this time what our future schedules will look like before they’re released, especially since we just started a new schedule on Dec. 31, I do urge you to continue to watch Me-TV, as our lineup does change and could possibly include some of the shows you mentioned at a later date.”

In other words: Maybe. And don’t hold your breath.

 

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