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Chris Rock

Q: Will “Fargo” ever come back with another season? – Kim Jacob, DeLand, Fla.

A: It will, but not until early 2020 at the soonest. That owes to how busy the chief creative force behind the FX series, writer-producer Noah Hawley, has been with other projects (including a couple of movies). He and the show’s staff have been working on “Fargo” scripts for Season 4 — which will star Chris Rock as a Kansas City underworld kingpin – and filming of them should begin this fall.

David James Elliott

Q: I used to love ”JAG,” and now I’m hearing about some sort of “JAG” reunion project. What are the details? – Brian Harris, via e-mail

A: It’s going to happen on “NCIS: Los Angeles,” over that CBS show’s final two episodes of the season. On May 12, David James Elliott will resurface as Capt. Harmon “Harm” Rabb Jr. in the first of two appearances, in which the character teams with NCIS agents Callen and Hanna (Chris O’Donnell, LL Cool J) to track down ISIS-affiliated villains.

That plot will continue on May 19, also bringing in Catherine Bell (who’s been starring in Hallmark Channel’s “Good Witch” franchise lately) in her former “JAG” role as Lt. Col. Sarah “Mac” MacKenzie. It turns out that Mac is an old friend of Hetty (Linda Hunt) of “NCIS: Los Angeles,” who can use her direct help in the case. The original “NCIS” series was, of course, spun off from “JAG” – thus the connection.

Q: I wanted to see the “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” series, but I’m not an Amazon Prime subscriber. Is there any other way to see it? – Rich Drake, Columbus, Ohio

A: In fact, the first season of the show is about to become available on home video. It will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 4 by Paramount Home Entertainment, with John Krasinski assuming the CIA-analyst role previously played in movies by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine. Amazon undoubtedly hopes nonsubscribers will like it enough to sign up, since it has renewed the adventure for Seasons 2 and 3.

Q: The recent “FBI” episode about a team seeking the most wanted criminals felt like the pilot for a spinoff. Was it? – Kris Engel, via e-mail

A: It sure was. It was what’s known as a “put pilot,” where an episode of an existing series is used to double as the introduction to a proposed spinoff. Though Missy Peregrym and other “FBI” regulars appeared at the beginning and end of the story, most of the hour was handed off to Julian McMahon, Kellan Lutz, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Alana De La Garza and the others who will be the stars of “FBI: Most Wanted” if that show is picked up.

And that seems all but certain, though CBS hadn’t made an official announcement about it at the time this column was written. The episode enjoyed the strong ratings “FBI” has had since its premiere last fall, and the spinoff would give the network more of the successful imprint of executive producer Dick Wolf, the mastermind of NBC’s “Law & Order” and “Chicago” franchises.

Q: In the credits of “Station 19,” I see Ellen Pompeo listed as co-executive producer. Is that the same Ellen Pompeo who stars on “Grey’s Anatomy”? – Nancy Carroll, Goshen, Ind.

A: It is, and the connection is rather clear when you consider ABC’s “Station 19” was spun off from “Grey’s Anatomy” via the Ben Warren character played by Jason George. It’s also convenient that Ben is married to Dr. Miranda Bailey of “Grey’s,” portrayed by Chandra Wilson, who pops up on the firehouse drama fairly regularly.

Pompeo gets a producing credit on “Station 19” through the contract renewal she signed last year, covering her acting on two years of “Grey’s” (of which the current season is the first year) and also making her a producer on that series. The deal also covered her being named co-producer of “Station 19” and confirmed office space for her own production company, which is named Calamity Jane, at Walt Disney Studios.

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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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