‘Supergirl’ is flying to a new night


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Melissa Benoist stars in “Supergirl” on The CW.

Q: I heard that “Supergirl” is moving to Sundays next season, though The CW doesn’t have shows on Sunday. Is that true? – Ellen Campbell, Boca Raton, Fla.

A: It is, and the reason the Melissa Benoist-starring show is moving from Mondays is to help launch Sunday nights of programming on The CW. It will be joined there by a reboot of “Charmed,” the long-running show about sibling witches, featuring a trio of relative newcomers as the stars … though Sarah Jeffery will be recognized by viewers of NBC’s “Shades of Blue” from playing Jennifer Lopez’s daughter on that drama (which is starting its third and final season).


"The Middle"
“The Middle” on ABC.

Q: I was sorry to see “The Middle” end. Will it ever come back? – Joan Sharkey, via e-mail

A: Particularly with the way the past television season was with series revivals, we never will say “never” about the potential for such a possibility … but at least for the foreseeable future, “The Middle” is over. Repeats of the ABC show are destined to live on, thanks currently to Hallmark Channel — and at least one cast member will remain present in a new project next season, since Neil Flynn is set to co-star in the NBC backyard-bar comedy “Abby’s.”


Q: I’m glad to see that “Code Black” has been continuing with new episodes, though it started late in the season. Will it be back earlier next season? – Jim Harris, Providence, R.I.

A: No … and unfortunately for its fans, it won’t be back at all. CBS decided that the third season of the medical drama would be its last, but that’s a pretty good run considering the changes the series went through since its inception -– starting with Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden being elevated to be the first among equals in the ensemble cast. Some co-stars left (Bonnie Somerville, Raza Jaffrey) while others arrived (Rob Lowe, Moon Bloodgood), but those involved at the end may well welcome having a rest now, given the rather frantic production pace evident from the show’s look on the screen.


Q: Since “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” will be continuing on NBC, why did Fox not elect to renew it? – Pete South, Glen Burnie, Md.

A: The way Fox executives explained it, they didn’t have a spot on the 2018-09 schedule that made sense for them, given other series – both new and returning — that they had picked up. The subsequent outcry from fans of the police comedy (including such famous ones as Mark Hamill, Seth Meyers and Lin-Manuel Miranda) surely had a lot to do with NBC stepping in and keeping the show alive, but there also was a vested interest in its doing so.

“Nine-Nine” is produced by the co-owned Universal Television, and in a time when broadcast networks lean heavily toward owning the shows they televise (rather than buying them from other studios), acquiring a program already known to have such a passionate fan base had to look attractive.


Q: Will Meghan Markle ever act again? – Susan Porter, via e-mail

A: You never know, especially since she is famous for marching to her own drummer and not necessarily holding to tradition, dating back to her much-reported childhood protest of a TV commercial’s content that ultimately ended up getting that ad changed. However, we suspect that the new Duchess of Sussex has a lot else on her plate that’s likely to keep her from any thoughts of resuming her acting career for a good long while, at least.


Q: Will “Great News” be back? – Ken Slade, Reading, Pa.

A: We readily admit that we are not the first – far from it, in fact — to phrase it this way, but hey, it’s right there in front of us. The news was not great for the comedy that included Tina Fey among its executive producers (and recurring guest stars) when NBC made its decisions for the upcoming season. After two seasons, the show was canceled … not an enormous surprise since its ratings were never anything to write home about, though like its Fey-produced forerunner “30 Rock,” it did sustain a core following. That audience wasn’t large enough though, to earn the TV-news sitcom a Season 3.


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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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