Alan Cumming will rely on ‘Instinct’ again


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Alan Cumming
Alan Cumming stars in “Instinct’ on CBS.

Q: I really love “Instinct,” but it has not been on at its normal time. Is it coming back? – Pat Whitsel, via e-mail

A: As a midseason replacement series, Alan Cumming’s CBS mystery had only a limited number of episodes before its slot went to one of the weekly summer editions of “Big Brother.” The good news for Cumming and his show’s fans is that was enough to secure “Instinct” a renewal, so it will be back – again at midseason.


THE BOLD TYPE
Stephen Conrad Moore stars in “The Bold Type” on Freeform.

Q: What can you tell me about the actor who plays Oliver, who Sutton assists at the fashion magazine, on “The Bold Type’’? – Lisa Davies, Columbus, Ohio

A: Stephen Conrad Moore has extensive stage credits including “Dot,” “Fulfillment,” “Anthem” and “Man of La Mancha” that have seen him work in theaters in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Minneapolis. As for his other television activity, he appeared recently in an episode of “Elementary,” and he’s also been seen on shows ranging from “Sesame Street” to “Empire” – with “Chicago P.D.,” “The Blacklist,” “The Good Fight” and “The Path” also on his resume. Moore’s personal website says that after having penned “Waking Up From the Dream” for the production “East Side Stories: Visionaries,” he’s writing his first full-length play.


Q: I am so disappointed that ABC decided not to renew “The Chew.” I wish they would reconsider. – Sharon Jones, Leesburg, Fla.

A: Regular readers of this column know that we never like to say “never,” but it appears there’s no turning back from that decision at this point. “The Chew” already has taped and aired its last new episode, and repeats of some of its earlier shows are filling its slot into early September, when a third hour of “Good Morning America” – titled “GMA Day” – will premiere.


Q: It’s great to see Kristin Chenoweth back in a series with “Trial & Error.” I understand she won an Emmy Award earlier. What was that for? – Donna Carroll, via e-mail

A: It was for her role as waitress Olive Snook in the fanciful 2007-09 ABC series “Pushing Daisies,” about a man (Lee Pace) who had the ability to bring the dead back to life just by touching them. Inspired by ABC’s apparent need to fill a programming slot when it canceled the “Roseanne” revival, series creator-producer Bryan Fuller took to social media at the time to pitch a revival of “Pushing Daisies.” That hasn’t really gone anywhere as of this writing, but Chenoweth recently told us that if it became a reality and she was wanted back, she’d be interested in having that conversation.


Q: I’m looking forward to the new version of “Charmed.” When does it start? – Grace Martin, Shawnee, Pa.

A: It will be part of The CW’s new Sunday lineup – which also includes “Supergirl” – starting Oct. 14. Sarah Jeffery (alias Jennifer Lopez’s daughter on “Shades of Blue”), Melonie Diaz and Madeleine Mantock will portray the new Charmed Ones, the siblings who also are sorceresses.


Q: Having seen many Steve McQueen films on Turner Classic Movies lately, I’m wondering about the Western series he did. What was it, and when was it on? – Ed Pritchard, Providence, R.I.

A: “Wanted Dead or Alive” aired on CBS from 1958 to 1961, ultimately overlapping with McQueen’s jump into movie stardom in another Western classic, “The Magnificent Seven” (1960). His series character, Josh Randall, was a bounty hunter with a distinctive weapon … the “Mare’s Leg,” a Winchester carbine rifle with a shortened barrel. Though the series was colorized in later years, the episodes are shown now in their original black-and-white form as part of MeTV’s lineup of Westerns on Saturdays.


Q: I saw the “Mamma Mia!” sing-along version on NBC. Is that also available on DVD? – Jen Whitney, Bend, Ore.

A: It’s an option on the 10th-anniversary DVD and Blu-ray of the movie that was released in May. If you select it from the main menu, it will display the lyrics during the musical numbers, just as was the case during that telecast.


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Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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