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Published: Sun, June 23, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Pop culture Q&A

By Rich Heldenfels

Q. We loved “Vegas” with Dennis Quaid and would like to know how the story played out. We saw a blurb suggesting it would not be renewed but did not see a final resolution.

A. The first-season finale, made before CBS decided not to renew the show, left some story lines open in case the series continued. In brief: Ralph (Quaid) and Vincent (Michael Chiklis) defeat the vicious Porter Gainsley (Michael Ironside), and Ralph turns him over to the FBI. Ralph gets back his job as sheriff, while Vincent is still planning to rule Las Vegas, so their conflict is not over. And the romance between Jack (Jason O’Mara) and Mia (Sarah Jones) hits another rocky patch when he tries to propose to her, only to find her in a compromising situation with Tommy (Enver Gjokaj).

Q. I missed the last episode or two of “Bates Motel” and wondered if A&E will repeat them, or if they can be obtained anywhere.

A. Remember when the only way to catch a missed show was to wait for reruns? Then consider this: A&E has some Bates episodes, including the finale of the 10-episode first season, on its website, www.aetv.com. You need to access them via your cable or satellite provider; the site has instructions. The episodes also are available through Amazon Instant Video and on iTunes, including in HD, for a fee.

You might want to check the On Demand channels in your program provider; Time Warner’s On Demand listings did include the ninth and 10th episodes. And you can keep an eye out for reruns via the A&E schedule at aetv.com.

Q. Why, oh why, was the wonderful show “Golden Boy” canceled? It had a terrific ensemble cast, smart and entertaining episodes and a unique theme. We were really looking forward to next season. What happened?

A. What always happens when shows are not renewed? They have not met their networks’ expectations. “Golden Boy” was given a good shot, put in the Tuesday 10 p.m. slot after the very successful “NCIS” and “NCIS: LA.” In fact, CBS kept the police drama in that slot longer than at first planned, bumping former occupant “Vegas” to Friday nights.

But as the Hollywood Reporter noted, its ratings were “solid but not the breakout critical hit the network had hoped for.” Indeed, HitFix.com added that the other networks would have been happy with “Golden Boy’s” numbers while CBS, which ended up winning the prime-time season on the strength of its returning shows, could afford to be choosy. In fact, of its much-touted new shows in 2012-13, only “Elementary” will be back for a second season.

Q. Every time I hear the commercial for Nasonex, the bumblebee doing the voiceover sounds exactly like Antonio Banderas. Am I right? Dying to know.

A. You get an A on your bee question. Banderas has indeed given voice to those commercials — nor are they the only place he is heard but not seen. He has voiced Puss in Boots in various “Shrek” productions as well as the companion “Puss in Boots” film.

Q. I think a new update of “This Is Your Life” would be a ratings hit. Do you agree?

A. Possibly. For those of you tuning in late, the series would trick guests into coming to a studio where host (and show creator) Ralph Edwards would announce “This is your life!” and the surprised guest then would hear recaps of biographical moments and meet old acquaintances again. It first ran on NBC from 1952 to 1961, with short-lived syndicated revivals in the ’70s (with Edwards again hosting) and the ’80s (with Joseph Campanella as host). Edwards, who died in 2005, also had a successful production company that licensed the “This Is Your Life” format to other countries. And a DVD set of 18 “Life” episodes was released in 2005.

In recent years, there has been talk about another “Life” revival, and “Survivor” mastermind Mark Burnett made a deal to do one in 2008. But a new version has not yet appeared.

2013 Akron Beacon Journal

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