Q: I've been waiting for "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" to come back. Can you tell me if this will happen?
A: Based on the best available information right now, I would say no. After ABC dropped the shows in 2011, a deal was made with Prospect Park Networks to put new episodes online. Those telecasts began in 2013; the OWN network also replayed some. But there were still problems, including accusations against each other by Prospect Park and ABC and legal actions. The bottom line is that the two shows ended production after about 40 new episodes each.
Q: I'm wondering why "Judge Judy," which tapes in California, uses New York scenes and lettering that has different New York references. Can you help?
A: Here's an explanation the New York Times offered several years ago after talking to a representative for the show: "One, viewers like the scenes of New York, because it's a very visual city. Two, the scenes evoke the background of Judge Judy, formerly Judge Judith Sheindlin, supervisor of Manhattan Family Court." In short, the New York scenes reflect the star in a way Hollywood settings would not.
Q: What ever happened to the actress who played Aunt Joan on "Doc Martin?" Did she also star in the series "Waiting for God?"
A: Stephanie Cole, who had played Diana on "Waiting for God" in the '90s, also played Joan on "Doc Martin" from 2005 to 2009. She then decided to move on to other projects, apparently because she does not like to stay with any one series for long. According to the Internet Movie Database, since "Doc Martin" she has also been on "Coronation Street," "Still Open All Hours" and "Man Down."
Q: "Army Wives" seems to have disappeared. Can you tell us what happened?
A: The drama ended its run of original episodes in 2013. A farewell special including interviews with cast members and some real-life Army wives aired in March 2014, and that was it.
Q: A few years ago, there was a show on PBS called "Endeavour" that depicted the early years of Inspector Morse. In the last episode that I saw, Morse was jailed for shooting his partner. Was this series continued in the U.K. and never brought here, or is that where it ended? Earlier, there was a series of shows starring John Thaw as Morse and later a series called "Inspector Lewis" who was Morse's sergeant.
A: The telecast you saw of "Endeavour" was the most recent one, and aired on PBS' "Masterpiece" in July 2014. It was the eighth episode of the series, with four in each of its two seasons to date. A third four-episode season is in the works, although I have not seen a telecast date. By the way, there are also plans for another season of "Inspector Lewis," its ninth.
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