TV Q&A: 'Vegas' skewed too old for CBS

  • Article by: ROB OWEN , Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Updated: July 14, 2013 - 1:54 PM

A scheduling change couldn’t save “Vegas,” starring Michael Chiklis, left, and Dennis Quaid.

Q: Why did CBS have to cancel “Vegas”? It really didn’t give that show a chance.

First of all, CBS had it on at 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, and then, to get a younger audience, the network put it on Friday nights. What younger-audience people stay in on a Friday night?

Then CBS shoved “Golden Boy” down our throats. Then it canceled that show.

Wake up, CBS, while you are still on top. We don’t need any more cooking, talk or reality shows. Don’t fall behind with the other networks; give some of these shows a chance or at least another season.

A: Just to correct some misperceptions:

CBS didn’t move “Vegas” to Friday to get young viewers. When the network moved the show to Friday, it was essentially an admission of failure to attract young viewers Tuesday and a last-ditch effort to see if “Vegas” would do better Friday than any of the other older-skewing shows (such as “Blue Bloods”) already airing Friday night.

CBS’ willingness to cancel “Vegas” and other shows that skew old is actually indicative of the reason the network rose to No. 1 among viewers 18-49 in the 2012-13 TV season.

No mystery over ‘L.A. Law’

Q: I have tried ordering “L.A. Law” from Netflix and have looked into purchasing seasons at outlets such as Best Buy, Target and Wal-Mart. The only thing I can find is a made-for-TV reunion movie made six or seven years ago, but I can never find any discs featuring the original series.

This seems odd, because I can find other award-winning NBC series from that same time frame, such as “St. Elsewhere” and “Hill Street Blues” (and even much less highly acclaimed titles), but never “L.A. Law.” This was my favorite program at the time, and I would love to share it with my family, but I can’t find it anywhere.

Can you help?

A: I’ve written many times about how there is often no apparent reason that some shows aren’t on DVD. Actually, there’s always a reason; it just might not be apparent.

But in this case, you simply have looked in the wrong places. Amazon sells DVD sets of the first three seasons of “L.A. Law.”

Two for ‘Hawaii Five-O’

Q: Has Grace Park left “Hawaii Five-O”?

A: No, she’s still on the show.

Q: Is it Alex O’Loughlin or Jack Lord on the roof of the hotel in the opening credits in the new “Hawaii Five-O” series?

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