Q: Since James Wolk is now on “The Crazy Ones,” does that mean he won’t be in the next season of “Mad Men?”
— Julie Marks, Milwaukee
A: The actor made such an impression in season six of “Mad Men” as ever-chipper ad agency man Bob Benson, it’s a good bet AMC and series mentor Matthew Weiner would like to have him back. It probably will end up depending on shooting schedules. And it may be a help that the seventh, and final, season of “Mad Men” will be split into two halves — the first being shown next year and the last in 2015.
Q: Now that “Breaking Bad” is over, what are Bryan Cranston’s plans?
— Gary Stewart, Youngstown, Ohio
A: He already was immersed in them when the much-praised AMC show ended its run last month. He was portraying former President Lyndon Johnson in Robert Schenkkan’s play “All the Way” at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass., and Cranston flew to Los Angeles — after a matinee performance one day — for a “Breaking Bad” event on the night of the series’ finale.
That was a lot of back and forth for him, since he’d also been in L.A. the previous weekend for the Emmy Awards. Cranston didn’t win an award himself that night, but he could console himself with the three Emmys he already had for his portrayal of Walter White.
Movie work will be big on Cranston’s agenda going forward, but it also was during his “Breaking Bad” run when he released “Contagion,” “Larry Crowne,” the remake of “Total Recall” and the Oscar-winning “Argo.” He’ll be among the voices in “Kung Fu Panda 3.” He’s completed “Cold Comes the Night” and next year’s update of “Godzilla.”
Q: It was interesting to see Tracy Pollan on her husband Michael J. Fox’s new show. What else has she been doing lately?
— Jim Rollins, Palm Coast, Fla.
A: While her acting work hasn’t been frequent in recent years — she and Fox also have been raising their four children — it’s had impact when she’s done it.
She played Beth Holloway, mother of the missing Natalee Holloway, in Lifetime movies in 2009 and 2011, and she had a multiple-episode arc on “Medium” in 2009. She also fared well with guest roles on a couple of the shows in the “Law & Order” franchise.
Q: The first season of the “Newhart” series came in 2008 on DVD. Will the following seasons be released?
— Glen Ahlfield, Liberty, Mo.
A: No plans have been announced by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment to issue the subsequent seasons. That can be taken as an indication that season one wasn’t a big seller. If it had been, the latter years of the show would have started to be released by now.
It’s understandable that fans would want to have the “Newhart” series finale, with its twist ending. Maybe the resurgence of Newhart’s visibility and recognition, cemented by his recent Emmy win — his first ever — for his guest role on CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” (which he’ll reprise in a new episode Nov. 7) will inspire Fox to do something about those other “Newhart” seasons.
Q: Could you tell me if “Leverage” will be coming back — or was it canceled?
— Judy Guarino, Depew, N.Y.
A: It was canceled. TNT showed the finale of the Timothy Hutton-starring series on Christmas in 2012. The episode had been made with the thought that it could be the last one. ION Television has had rights to repeats of the show’s five seasons since last year, and (as of last month) all those seasons are available on DVD.
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