TV Q&A: Story often drives deaths on shows

  • Article by: ROB OWEN , Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Updated: December 13, 2013 - 4:05 PM

Taraji P. Henson recently chatted with David Letterman about “Person of Interest.”

Q: On “Person of Interest,” why did they kill off Carter (Taraji P. Henson)? Did her contract end, or did she want out?

A: Neither, I suspect. Often, characters are killed because the writers believe it best suits their story.

Henson talked to David Letterman recently about her character’s death. Per CBS, she told Letterman:

She was aware when she “signed on to do the project that the character would have a beginning, a middle and an end,” and that she knew it would happen, “but I just didn’t know when.” Letterman asked if she was able to tell anybody. Henson said she “felt like I’ve been hiding a secret, keeping a secret from my lover for years,” but that she did tell her mom and “my grandmother, because you can’t shock grandma like that. She might go into cardiac arrest.”

‘Fashion Star’ takes a final bow

Q: Will “Fashion Star” be back on NBC or anywhere else? When will the new season of “Project Runway” start?

A: No, “Fashion Star” won’t be back. It was canceled in May after two low-rated seasons.

A Lifetime publicist had no information on when a new season of the original “Project Runway” will air. (My guess is early 2014.) “Project Runway All-Stars” is currently airing a season.

Songs choices are a tricky thing

Q: On NBC’s “The Voice,” sometimes the judges will say they made a few calls or called in a favor in order to be able to use a song on the show. Do the judges have to pick from songs owned by Universal? Or do they have a specific group of songs they are allowed to pick from?

A: An NBC publicist for “The Voice” said songs don’t have to come from the Universal catalog.

“The song selection is a joint decision made by the artist and their coach,” she explained. “Some songs are clearable … some are not … so once coach/artist agree to a song … the clearance process begins … and [final song selection] ultimately depends on clearance.”

Clearance means the ability to get the rights to use a song at a cost that’s within the show’s budget.

‘Pawn Stars’ stays the course

Q: I’ve enjoyed “Pawn Stars.” Lately, however, they’ve been spending more time on what I feel are silly, boring ego trips. Is this what the future holds for the show?

A: An A&E publicist said, “Pawn Stars will continue to showcase an array of quirky characters attempting to sell, purchase or pawn items. Viewers will also see the Pawn Stars haggle over a slew of interesting historic items, while getting small glimpses into their personal lives.”


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