Q: Why is “SEAL Team” moving from CBS to a streaming service? — Ron Bender, via e-mail
A: While fans who have watched the drama on broadcast television may not be happy about the move, it does make sense for ViacomCBS as an organization. Viewership for the David Boreanaz-starring series has been stronger in the streaming universe, and by moving to Paramount+, the show gets a fifth season that it might not have had otherwise.
“SEAL Team” hasn’t had its final moment on CBS, though. The first four episodes of the new season still will run on that network (and be seen on Paramount+ as well), then the show will move exclusively to the streamer. That’s both a nod to those who have gotten the series this far, and something of a tease to get those fans to sign up for Paramount+ to see the rest.
Q: Will there be another season of “The Flight Attendant”? — Jennifer Crowe, Buffalo, N,Y.
A: There will. When Kaley Cuoco bought the film rights to the novel by Chris Bohjalian for her production company, it was envisioned to be dramatized as one complete story in one season. It was such a hit for HBO Max, though, that a second season was ordered. That’s just one of a number of projects Cuoco has in the works at Warner Bros. Television (the studio that also was behind her sitcom “The Big Bang Theory”), where she recently signed a lucrative new deal as both actress and producer.
Q: It was nice to see a special with colorized episodes of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” again. There also used to be “I Love Lucy” specials like that, but not in a while. Why? — Anne Billings, via e-mail
A: We haven’t been able to get a clear read on that, not even last holiday season, when a “Lucy” special that includes the Christmas episode traditionally has aired on CBS. It’s baffling, since that edition of the special in particular has garnered good ratings for the network — which already has started making plans for the end-of-year holidays, including two new TV-movies. We’ll keep an eye on this.
Q: Is it true that Ariana Grande is joining “The Voice”? — Jodie Ross, Stuart, Fla.
A: It is. The Grammy Award winner — and newlywed — will assume the slot (and revolving chair) that Nick Jonas has had lately as one of the coaches on the NBC singing contest, joining returnees Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Blake Shelton She’ll appear on the show this fall, which will be the only “cycle” for it next season, instead of also having a springtime round that traditionally has been a part of the series’ year.
That’s not unheard of with reality-competition series, since ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” also cut back from two cycles within a television season to just one. Also, by limiting “The Voice” to just the fall, NBC avoids having it in close proximity to ABC rival “American Idol” in the spring … when, in some instances, those shows have gone head-to-head with their telecasts.
Q: I’m enjoying watching the old “Batman” serial Saturday mornings on Turner Classic Movies. When was it made? — John Warren, Sioux City, Iowa
A: Columbia Pictures originally released it in 1943 (as “The Batman”), representing the first time the comic-book character was seen on film. In the mid-1960s, the serial was re-released to theaters as “An Evening With Batman and Robin” … making for a pretty long evening at 15 chapters of about 20 minutes each (even “Gone With the Wind” is shorter), and helping to pave the way for the “Batman” television series that followed soon after.
The original Batman was played by Lewis Wilson, who has an interesting connection to another legendary screen hero. He and his wife Dana had a son named Michael, and after they divorced, Dana married producer Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli … who became one of the producers of the James Bond film franchise a few years later. As Michael got older, he took various jobs on those movies, sometimes appearing in them and eventually succeeding his stepfather as their producer (along with his stepsister, Barbara Broccoli). That continues with the forthcoming 007 movie, “No Time to Die.”
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