Q: The Season 3 finale of “Burden of Truth” made it seem like it was the end of the series. Will it be back? — Lisa Cord, via e-mail
A: During its past season, star and producer Kristin Kreuk told us she would be very much in favor of it — largely to see how her character Joanna would balance work and motherhood, since she was quite expectant by the point where the law drama left off, which could have served comfortably as a series finale if things has turned out that way.
As it has turned out instead, there’s good news for her, the rest of the show’s cast and crew, and its fans. It would take at least one of two entities giving a green light for the show to continue — and its originating network, Canada’s CBC, has done that. Now, it’s a matter of finding out whether The CW also will keep airing it for American audiences. Kreuk has a long-standing relationship with that network through her tenures on “Smallville” and “Beauty and the Beast.” We know CW chief Mark Pedowitz to be a major supporter of Kreuk and her work, so at this point, it’s just a matter of waiting to see if the thumbs-up also is given there (our bet is “yes”) for Season 4 of “Burden.”
Q: Will there be another season of “Belgravia”? — Bruce Towers, East Amherst, N.Y.
A: It doesn’t appear so. Televised in the U.S. by EPIX, the recent drama was based on a story by “Downton Abbey” mentor Julian Fellowes, who designed it to be a faithful six-episode adaptation of his same-named novel (with all of the scripts also written by him).
Any loose ends of the saga were tied up in the final episode, and while there’s always a way to keep a tale going if the viewership demands its continuation, that doesn’t seem to be the case with “Belgravia.” However, Fellowes’ work will be seen again before too long; after also making “The English Game” for Netflix, he has a project in the works for HBO titled “The Gilded Age” (initially developed for NBC).
Q: Are Hallmark Channel and Lifetime planning to do their usual festivals of holiday movies at the end of the year? — Susan Lane, Columbus, Ohio
A: It’s a given that will happen again — thanks to the occasion’s popularity, Hallmark has continued to run Christmas movies weekly all year, and it did a Christmas-in-July event last month — but the real question is how much new product will be available for those networks’ seasonal events this year. For Hallmark, the prognosis looks good, since it has about a dozen new films for its “Countdown to Christmas” that will start in late October (plus Hallmark Movies & Mysteries has several, under its “Miracles of Christmas” banner, for the same time period).
Were it not for the coronavirus pandemic that halted virtually all filming, a lot of new holiday projects would be in production now, if they hadn’t already been completed for the forthcoming end-of-year season. The secret to many of those pictures is that they actually are made during the warm-weather months, when the actors have to create extra magic by pretending they’re freezing when they’re actually sweltering.
One thing that could work in the networks’ favor is that the production pace on those movies has picked up dramatically, sometimes lasting only a little over two weeks. A film shot in October can be ready for telecast in December, which puts a lot of pressure on the creative talents but still meets the deadline. Depending on how the coming weeks unfold, there still could be a reasonable amount of new titles for this year. Otherwise, Hallmark and Lifetime certainly have existing and substantial holiday-movie libraries that they can draw from for their November and December lineups.
Q: I always enjoy watching “Grand Prix” when it’s on Turner Classic Movies. It looks like James Garner did his own race-car driving in it. Did he? — Ted Marcus, via e-mail
A: He did enough of it, and skillfully enough, for some of the actual racers who served as technical advisers on the 1966 film reportedly to comment that Garner could have been one of them if he hadn’t gone into acting. Because of his height, the car he occupied had to be fitted specially to him, and working on the picture enhanced an interest in the sport for Garner that lasted the rest of his life.
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