Q: They have canceled quite a few shows I love and I am disgusted! You explained "Designated Survivor" and "The Chew." Why "Quantico"?
A: The drama starring Priyanka Chopra could not keep the audiences it had early on. Deadline.com put it this way: "With its dense narrative and heavy serialization, the series started to lose momentum in the second half of its first season and continued to see declines through Season 2 and into Season 3." (I was one of those who gave up during the first season.) Even then, the third season was a shortened one, with a new showrunner brought in. But the numbers apparently did not justify continuing, even with Chopra's international appeal and the production coming from ABC Studios. After all, as Deadline said, "from a financial standpoint, it is particularly painful for the studio when a series is canceled after 3 seasons."
'The Good Doctor' on DVD
Q: When is the DVD of "The Good Doctor" going to be available?
A: The much-admired drama starring Freddie Highmore as a doctor with autism is due on DVD on Aug. 7.
Online soaps caught in legal mess
Q: What happened to Prospect Park's online soap opera experiment? They seemed to have success with their revivals of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" and then it went bust.
A: After ABC canceled those two long-running soaps in 2011, the entertainment company Prospect Park licensed the rights to the two shows and prepared to put them online. By the time it did so in 2013, there had been a major falling-out with ABC. The resulting legal tangles lasted longer than the two shows' brief online runs. In 2016 the rights to the two series returned to ABC — although there's no indication the network will revive either series.
Where's 'St. Elsewhere'?
Q: I would appreciate it if you could find out when, if ever, the "St. Elsewhere" TV series from the '80s will be on DVD. The first year has been released on DVD, but never the remaining years. I loved that program and can't understand why the complete series hasn't been released.
A: "I have no answer," said Tom Fontana, the award-winning writer and producer for "St. Elsewhere" and other great shows. The MTM catalog underwent several ownership changes that seemed to stall DVD releases for some time, but in recent years it's been owned by 21st Century Fox and we've seen complete releases of such MTM drama classics as "Hill Street Blues" and "Lou Grant."
"I have tried to get the current owner of the rights to release the full series" of "St. Elsewhere," Fontana said, "but my attempts have fallen on deaf corporate ears. They won't tell me why. After 'Lou Grant' and 'Hill Street,' I thought we'd be next, but, so far, nothing."