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Pop culture Q&A

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Pop culture Q&A

By Rich Heldenfels

Q. Does Alex O’Loughlin from “Hawaii Five-0” really have those tattoos on his arms? I saw him in “The Back-Up Plan,” and he did not have them. Are they only for his TV character?

A. O’Loughlin, who plays Steve McGarrett on the CBS show, is significantly inked even when not playing the crime fighter. Fans have been talking about his tattoos going back at least to his breakthrough role on the vampire drama “Moonlight” in 2007-08. A report on at that time said he was “inked on each forearm, on each shoulder, over his right nipple and one on his lower back.” He has added additional temporary tattoos for some roles and covered them up for others.

Q. I read your recent answer about shows being canceled or moved, but I am still perplexed. “The Good Wife” was moved to a Sunday evening slot. Since that move, the time for the show is always a guess. Because of the sports showing, it is never possible to completely know when the game will be over so it is never possible to be sure that “The Good Wife” will be on when it is supposed to be on. I can’t understand why such a popular show would be put into a position like that.

A. This is not just an issue for “The Good Wife”; it has involved all of CBS’ and Fox’s Sunday lineups during the football season (which, you may be glad to know, is almost over).

Live events running long always have been a challenge for programmers. And that challenge is most evident on Sunday nights with late- afternoon football games. Fox customarily has set aside the 7 p.m. half-hour Sundays for football run-overs. CBS would “slide” its prime-time lineup to a starting time after the end of football. But things got more complicated this season when the NFL put the starting time of the second doubleheader game at 4:25 p.m. instead of the previous 4:15 p.m., possibly pushing the game’s end later as well.

To deal with that, CBS announced that on doubleheader Sundays, it would start all of its programs a half-hour later than usual, so “60 Minutes” was at 7:30 instead of 7 p.m., and so on. But there still was no guarantee that the football game would end on time, so CBS added on-screen graphics to its Sunday-night telecasts with updated start times for the shows; it also let viewers sign up for notifications by email or text message. But you don’t have that information until Sunday night. The best bet for viewers is to record their favorites starting at the scheduled time but then extended well past the scheduled conclusion in order to catch all of the show.

Q. There was a show on Fox in 2010 called “The Good Guys” with Bradley Whitford and Colin Hanks that was canceled after the first season. Are there plans to release this series on DVD or Blu-ray? It’s available on and iTunes for download, but I would like to have it on disc, if possible. I can’t understand why some shows that don’t even play out 10 episodes come out on disc right away while others such as “The Good Guys” that had 20 episodes still are not released.

A. TV shows — and movies, for that matter — do not get to DVD or Blu-ray for a variety of reasons. Science-fiction and fantasy shows tend to end up on video, no matter how few episodes were made, because the audience for that genre will buy almost anything that becomes available; other shows, where the demand is not so certain or proves limited, do not do as well, and even some long-running series stopped coming out on DVD after their first sets were poor sellers. At the same time, even some beloved shows don’t make the move because of some kind of rights issue, such as getting permission to use certain music, or the cost of obtaining those rights. Finally, the way of the future appears to be not disc but through online providers and downloads. “The Good Guys” has gone into a lot of online venues. Besides the two you mentioned, it also is on Netflix.

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