Q: Now that he has his own show again, will Michael J. Fox be on “The Good Wife” anymore?
— Gloria Brown, Fayetteville, N.C.
A: He says he'd still like to reprise the role of attorney Louis Canning on the CBS drama if possible. In fact, he's made arrangements with NBC to go back to that series if the schedule for his new “Michael J. Fox Show” allows for it. Fox told us during the summer that he finds it a complete joy to work with Julianna Margulies and the “Good Wife” crew, and it's given him a nice fringe benefit in three Emmy nominations (so far) for that role.
Q: Why is Ziva David (real name, Cote de Pablo) being removed from “NCIS”?
— Mary Oktavec, Vero Beach, Fla.
A: She's not being removed; it was the actress' own decision to leave the CBS series. Network chief Les Moonves said she even was offered more money, but to no avail.
Q: When will “The Americans” be back?
— Sue Brubach, Bridgeport, Ohio
A: FX plans to launch Season 2 of the Keri Russell-starring espionage drama — which was named last season's outstanding new program by the Television Critics Association — in January.
Q: What happened to Meredith Vieira on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”?
— Joan Flanagan, Grand Junction, Colo.
A: After 11 years (we were surprised to realize it was that long, too), she decided last winter not to renew her contract with the syndicated game show in order to work on other projects, one of which was her recent NBC News special on Valerie Harper.
However, the main one became clear as the year went along: Vieira will launch her own syndicated weekday talk show next fall. Meanwhile, “Millionaire” continues with comic Cedric the Entertainer as the new host.
Q: I was surprised to see CNN's Wolf Blitzer in “Skyfall,” reporting on a fictional attack on MI-6 as if it were an actual event. Was his network OK with that?
— John Davies, Glen Burnie, Md.
A: It must have been, since even the CNN logo was used in that scene ... and it's copyrighted, so MGM and Columbia Pictures couldn't have used it without getting the cable news network's approval.
Newscasters popping up as themselves in movies is nothing new, and rather than viewing it as a credibility problem, many networks consider it an advantage in advertising their name and brand — especially if the given film is guaranteed to be a hit, as the James Bond adventure “Skyfall” was. Plus, there's the competitive aspect; if CNN hadn't grabbed that slot, another TV news division surely would have.
Q: Why did Fox News Channel put Howard Kurtz's new media analysis show directly opposite his former one on CNN?
— Mike Holland, Milwaukee
A: In some ways, it was a bold move for Fox News Channel — which doesn't exactly shy away from bold moves — to schedule “Media Buzz” against CNN's “Reliable Sources” on Sunday mornings. The essence was one of telling Kurtz's previous bosses, “We're coming straight at you.”
In other ways, it was a logical move, since Kurtz's audience is used to seeing him at that time ... and adding to the familiarity, in the early weeks of his new show, he's used a number of guests who appeared with him at his earlier television home.
Q: Will “Wipeout” be back next summer?
— Cindy Scott, Wheeling, W.Va.
A: ABC hadn't confirmed it at this writing, but we'd be surprised if it wasn't. The obstacle course contest's Season 6 finale matched its season premiere in ratings, and the return of co-host Jill Wagner appeared to give a definite boost to the show's popularity in its latest round.