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AMC renews 'Hell on Wheels' for fourth season


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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: What's the story with AMC's "Hell on Wheels"? I can't find anything except "it's taken a hiatus." I find it hard to believe that it's "between seasons" since there were only three shows before it stopped. Also, it stopped with storylines that were clearly unfulfilled even in the short term. -- Ger, 67, McCandless

Rob: "Hell on Wheels" was renewed for an expanded, 13-episode fourth season to air in 2014. Not sure what Ger means about only three episodes; there were 10 episodes in the show's third season, which aired from Aug. 10 to Oct. 5, the same number of episodes the series had in its first two seasons.

Q: I notice Jayma Mays (who used to appear in "Glee") is now starring in "The Millers" on CBS on Thursday nights. Was she written out of "Glee" or is she going to be seen in both shows. Her part in "The Millers" is bigger than the part she had on "Glee." If she is off "Glee," how did they write her out? -- Linda, 49, Cecil

Rob: She hasn't been a series regular on "Glee" for a while, but she still makes occasional appearances, including in the Cory Monteith tribute episode last fall.

Q: Why isn't TruTV still covering live/recorded trials on their station anymore? HLN covers some of them but there is no consistency of purpose that I can decipher. -- Jeani, 68, Gainesville, Fla.

Rob: TruTV made the decision to change its daytime programming from trial coverage to pure entertainment in 2013. The trial coverage was one of the last vestiges of TruTV's previous existence as CourtTV. It's not unusual for a network's programming to change when a new owner takes over and decides to put their own stamp on the network.

Q: Wish TV Land would show some of the old shows like "Father Knows Best" and "Donna Reed Show" and others like that. Also wish the TV show "Brooklyn Bridge," which aired from 1991-93, would be shown again. Wonderful show! -- Dianne, Golden Valley, Minn.

Rob: I'm with Dianne on "Brooklyn Bridge," a short-lived but terrific series from the creator of "Family Ties," the late Gary David Goldberg.

As for TV Land, it has moved on from older reruns and is now concentrating on more recent shows and originals. Some older programming, including "The Donna Reed Show," can be found on digital channel ME-TV, carried as a digital sub-channel by WPXI.

Q: What happened to the Style Network and the "Giuliana & Bill" show? Will I be able to watch it on another network? -- Susan, Bloomington, Minn.

Rob: Style became Esquire in September. Reruns of "Giuliana & Bill" moved to E! last fall and a season of new episodes will air Tuesdays at 8 p.m. beginning April 1.

Q: When is Sheldon's hot sister going to reappear on "The Big Bang Theory"? Seems like lots of material possibilities in reviewing the two of them growing up in Texas, not to mention that it looked like Raj was finally going to catch a break. -- James, 74, Jonesborough, Tenn.

Rob: She last appeared way back in season one so if she hasn't reappeared by now my guess is the writers/producers have opted not to go down that path again.

A spokesperson for the show's production company, Warner Brothers, said there are no current plans to bring Missy Cooper (Courtney Henggeler) back to the show. But in a December episode, Sheldon went to visit his family in Texas and Missy was referenced.

Q: What happened to Ross Guidotti on the KDKA morning news? Is he reporting at a different time or did he leave KDKA? -- Linda, 56, Washington, Pa.

Rob: In October Guidotti moved to KDKA's Westmoreland County bureau and Trina Orlando became the station's morning news reporter.


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