TV Q&A with Rob Owen

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Post-Gazette TV writer Rob Owen answers reader questions online every Friday in Tuned In Journal blog at post-gazette.com/tv. Here's a selection of recent queries.

Q: Will "Army Wives" return or has it been canceled?

-- Faith, 76, Pittsburgh

Rob: It has been canceled and will not be back. Lifetime said it plans to air a cast reunion special early this year, but so far no air date has been announced.

Q: Why did Faith Hill not sing the opening song on "NFL Sunday Night Football" this season?

-- Vicki, Becker, Minn.

Rob: Last April, Ms. Hill tweeted, "I've just let everyone [at 'SNF'] know it's time 2 let someone else rock the open. ... Difficult decision. Kinda emotional. Love all u guys at SNF -- I'll b watching!!!"

In July, Carrie Underwood was announced as her replacement.

Q: Has the program "CSI: New York" been canceled, and if so, why? I thought it was the best "CSI" program on.

-- Al, 87, Coon Rapids, Minn.

Rob: It was canceled in May for the reason all programs are canceled: It no longer made financial sense to produce more episodes due to a combination of declining ratings and rising production costs.

Q: Why did Jimmy Durante say this line: "Good night, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are"?

-- Tom, 77, Munhall

Rob: Depends on which source you'd like to believe: Mrs. Calabash was either an unrequited love or his late wife.

Q: I just needed to vent about the poor choices I have when it comes to programs that might interest me. I pay over $90 a month to Comcast for crime stories, sitcoms, reality shows, sports talk shows or talk shows featuring four or five women all screaming over each other, each attempting to prove how intelligent they are. I've tuned out of Fox political shows because more than one hour of politics is all I can handle. So, little by little I'm withdrawing from watching TV and am spending more time reading the daily newspaper as well as books, listening to music and news on my Bose radio and music system or surfing the Internet. If I had the guts, I'd get rid of my three TVs. Since I'm a gutless wonder, I'm withdrawing slowly until I can spend a week or so without turning these one-eyed monsters on. Can I do it? I doubt it. I'm hooked on "South Park" and can't live without Cartman and still need "Seinfeld" reruns to make me LOL. Are any of your other readers expressing boredom with TV?

-- Dolores, Ligonier

Rob: I can't say I have heard a lot of complaints about programming, particularly considering that we're currently in an era when smart TV shows are generally acknowledged to be superior to movies. But I do know plenty of folks who are tired of paying high cable bills and have cut the cord, relying on online access for watching shows after they air on TV.

Q: Can you tell me if the next season of "Doc Martin" will be presented on WQED? We have enjoyed the past seasons. It is a fun show.

-- John, 76, Butler

Rob: Here's what to expect for "Doc Martin" in early 2014 from WQED spokesman George Hazimanolis: Season five began on Dec. 14. Season six begins on Feb. 22.

Once season six airs, all the produced episodes will have aired. It's unclear if there will be a seventh season.

Q: I would like to know what happened to Sally Wiggin from WTAE-TV.

-- Kelly, 45, South Park

Rob: In 2013 the station announced she would leave her anchor position on the noon news to concentrate on a series of prime-time specials, the first of which aired in August.

Q: I'm trying to find the name to the classical piece behind KDKA's Mobile Weather Lab commercial? Might you know who is performing it, who the composer is, where I can find it on CD?

-- Carl, 61, Penn Hills

Rob: Looks like the music is not commercially available. KDKA got it from a licensed music package called Megatrax. KDKA-TV general manager Chris Pike said the specific track is "Orpheus -- Gothic Orchestra w/ drums & Choir."


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