Why ‘Deputy’ has hung up its badge

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Stephen Dorff

Q: Why was “Deputy” canceled? We thought it was a great show and cast. — Kristy Armour, Grand Junction, Colo.

A: One of the first shows to premiere this calendar year, the Stephen Dorff-starring Fox series had a strong start, but its ratings soon settled at a level that ultimately made it the network’s second-lowest-rated drama of the season.

Admittedly, it didn’t have a ton of competition for that “title,” since so much of the Fox schedule is occupied by comedies and competition shows. That lineup is very much in a rebuilding mode, so when it came to sticking with the result it had from “Deputy” for a second season or trying to improve on that with something else, Fox clearly has opted for the latter.

Amy Robach

Q: Why has Amy Robach been appearing only in the second hour of “Good Morning America” lately? — Mindy Wood, via e-mail

A: That’s just the start of her work day, which continues for a while afterward since she also has been anchoring ABC’s weekday “Coronavirus: What You Need to Know” series that has replaced “Strahan, Sara & Keke” for the time being. As the sole anchor of that program, Robach largely carries that entire hour daily, though Dr. Jennifer Ashton is (logically) a regular contributor and such correspondents as Rachel Scott and Kyra Phillips handle a news-headline segment.

Q: What happened to “Life Below Zero” on National Geographic Channel? The version we had been following had a diverse group that lived in the far north of Alaska to well south of the Arctic Circle. — Bob Olinick, Glasgow, Ky.

A: There’s plenty of good news on that front. The original, BBC-produced version of the show has gotten a pickup for two more seasons from Nat Geo, plus “Life Below Zero: Port Protection” has been renewed for an additional year.

On top of those, another spinoff is in the works. Slated to debut next year, “Life Below Zero: Next Generation” will have (as the title infers) a new and generally younger cast that eschews modern technology to live a much-more-barebones lifestyle in the Alaskan wilderness.

Q: I noticed that the NBC “Chicago” shows were said to each be showing its “last episode of the season” rather than the “season finale.” Was there a reason for that terminology? — Ben Reed, via e-mail

A: Yes, because the episodes that were meant to be those NBC shows’ season finales couldn’t be filmed. Like so many other series, “Chicago Med,” “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.” had to end production earlier than intended because of the coronavirus pandemic … so the last episodes to be completed became their final ones of the season, whereas there likely would have been summer-spanning cliffhangers (as there typically are) in the literal season finales.

Q: Is Joy Behar leaving “The View”? — Monica Hoffman, Columbiana, Ohio

A: One of that ABC show’s mainstays, the co-host and comedian — who has been contributing her part of the program from home for a while now — dismissed a recent report to that effect as a rumor extrapolated by a reporter from an interview she did. While she pointed out that she can’t predict the future, especially with current conditions in the world, founding “View” regular Behar affirmed that she has no immediate plans to leave the program (though she did depart from it in 2013 and return in 2015).

Q: Reading an article on the late producer Thomas L. Miller, I saw that one of the movies he produced was “Silver Streak,” Is that ever on TV? — Paul Slade, Fair Oaks, Calif.

A: The train-bound 1976 comedy-mystery has been part of the Starz cable networks’ catalog in recent times. Marking the first screen teaming of Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor, the film was one of the few theatrical ventures for Miller and his longtime professional partner, Edward K. Milkis — whose TV credits included “Happy Days,” “Laverne & Shirley” and “Mork and Mindy.”

Two years later, they reteamed with “Silver Streak” writer Colin Higgins on another big-screen hit in the comedy-mystery vein, “Foul Play,” which starred Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn (and Dudley Moore, before he became a comedic leading man himself).

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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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