Q: My friends and I have watched “Revenge” from the beginning. Will it return this fall? We will be so disappointed if it does not.
— Bonnie Harrison, Hubbard, Ohio
A: Have no fear, Emily Thorne will be continuing her campaign to even the score. ABC’s “Revenge” is slated to start Season 3 on Sept. 29, and star Emily VanCamp is quite excited about it ... as we know from speaking with her recently at the network’s party during the Television Critics Association summer press convention.
There are some changes in store for the show, though, both behind and in front of the cameras. Series creator Mike Kelley is no longer running the show, with staff writer Sunil Nayar assuming that job. And Diogo Morgado — who portrayed Jesus Christ in History’s “The Bible” — appears in the season opener, with Justin Hartley (“Smallville”) and Karine Vanasse (“Pan Am”) joining the cast while Ashley Madekwe and Connor Paolo depart.
Q: On “The Mentalist,” Agent Van Pelt — played by Amanda Righetti — was sent to “computer school” before last season ended. Could this absence have been a maternity leave? And will she be returning in the fall when new episodes resume?
— Ken Wettemann, Port Orange, Fla.
A: At this writing, reports indicated that both Righetti and Owain Yeoman would leave the CBS mystery near the end of the upcoming Season 6, though series mentor Bruno Heller noted he could “neither confirm or deny” that.
As for the maternity leave, you’re right. Righetti and her husband welcomed a son in January, and she took some time off from production on the series then, though she had worked through much of her pregnancy by being filmed at angles that didn’t reveal it (since Van Pelt wasn’t expecting).
Q: Are the actors who portray Jane, Frankie and Tommy Rizzoli on “Rizzoli & Isles” related? If not, how did they find three people who resemble each other so well?
— Nancy Fedell, Cody, Wy.
A: Angie Harmon (Jane), Jordan Bridges (Frankie Jr.) and Colin Egglesfield (Tommy) aren’t real-life relatives, so credit the resemblance to good casting. Bridges is the son of veteran actor Beau Bridges, who returns to series work himself this fall in the CBS comedy “The Millers,” and Egglesfield is featured on Lifetime’s “The Client List” as well.
Q: Is Francesca Annis related to the actress of the same name who appeared in “Murder Most Foul,” a Miss Jane Marple mystery starring Margaret Rutherford?
— Barbara Valiensi, New Castle, Pa.
A: There’s only one Francesca Annis we know of ... in which case, they’re certainly “related,” since she was indeed in 1964’s “Murder Most Foul.” The British talent would revisit the same author’s territory in the 1983-84 series “Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime” and the 2007 TV movie “Marple: At Bertram’s Hotel,” and her many other television credits have included “Madame Bovary,” “Jane Eyre” and “Cranford.” She also was in the movies “Dune” and “Krull.”
Q: Is there any chance that Lady Gaga’s Thanksgiving special will be repeated? I saved it on my DVR, but I erased it.
— Carol Guyn, Alpena, Mich.
A: There’s always a chance, but since ABC didn’t repeat 2011’s “A Very Gaga Thanksgiving” last year, we suspect another network might have to pick it up for that to happen.
Q: I enjoyed “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” particularly with Chris Noth, Eric Bogosian and Alicia Witt. I am aware of Noth being on “The Good Wife.” What has occurred with Bogosian and Witt?
— William P. Smith, Columbus, Ohio
A: Bogosian has done little acting since his run on the series ended, after it had moved from NBC to USA Network, but the “Talk Radio” writer-performer’s plays continue to be staged frequently.
As for Witt, she’s been doing a variety of work including guest appearances on such shows as “Two and a Half Men,” “The Mentalist” and “Person of Interest.” “Pasadena” and the Jake LaMotta biography “The Bronx Bull” are among the movies she’s made lately.