Q I'm a "The Mentalist" fan. Why is it moving to Sunday night? Its ratings are usually good, and it seems as if putting it on a football night is like giving it the kiss of death.

A "The Mentalist" is entering its fifth season, a time when a network might want to try something new in its old, valuable Thursday time slot. That's probably why CBS moved "The Mentalist" to Sunday and slotted newcomer "Elementary" for Thursday. "The Mentalist" isn't exactly a buzzy show, and CBS execs are probably betting "Elementary" can create more excitement.

Going 'West' on DVD

Q We have been watching "Hell on Wheels" on demand and had hoped to see the new "Into the West" series that way, as well. Do you know if "West" will be available?

A "Into the West" is a rerun -- it debuted in 2005 on TNT -- and AMC doesn't have the digital rights to make the miniseries available on demand. The program has been released on DVD.

Look for 'Glades' next summer

Q When does "The Glades" return?

A A&E renewed "The Glades" for a fourth season. It's likely to air new episodes again next summer.

Don't expect more 'Decoded'

Q Is "Brad Meltzer's Decoded" coming back for a third season? If so, when will it start?

A Doesn't look like it will be back for a third season, but a two-hour special will air at the end of this year. No air date has been announced.

Don't fret over 'NCIS'

Q What's the latest with the contracts of the major players on "NCIS"? I was concerned when I saw Michael Weatherly guesting on "Major Crimes" since it's on a different network. Is he coming back to "NCIS"? What about Cote de Pablo and Sean Murray?

A They're all back. Actors often negotiate deals to guest star on other programs during their hiatus, which is likely what Weatherly did.

See 'Southland' sometime in 2013

Q When is "Southland" coming back?

A "Southland" will be back in early 2013, but a premiere date hasn't been announced.

'Ripper' lurking until next year

Q I'm looking forward to seeing "Ripper Street" come to BBC America. The question is when. Ads in the United Kingdom have it premiering there this month. Wouldn't it be to the benefit of BBCA to air the shows simultaneously, or close to it, worldwide?

A BBC actually has been airing more shows close to simultaneously in the U.K. and America. But "Ripper Street" won't make it to BBC America until sometime in 2013.

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