Q: Was “The Sopranos” James Gandolfini’s only television series?
— Steve Drake, Baltimore
A: As a series regular, yes. The late actor — who won three Emmy Awards as mobster Tony Soprano — only had a guest shot in the anthology show “Gun” to his credit in television terms when he began his starring, and star-making, role in the massively (and rightfully) praised HBO drama. At the time of his death last month in Italy, Gandolfini was planning to reunite with the cable network on a series titled “Criminal Justice.”
Q: Wasn’t Missy Peregrym of “Rookie Blue” in a movie about a gymnast?
— Julie Todd, Columbus, Ohio
A: Indeed she was, and she tells us she still gets fan mail from it ... with the occasional television repeat on networks such as ABC Family helping to stoke that. The movie was 2006’s “Stick It,” with Peregrym as a rebellious teen who learned discipline through a gymnastics competition and a tough-love-oriented coach (Jeff Bridges). The picture was written and directed by someone with a knowledge of school competitions, Jessica Bendinger, who also did the script for the popular cheerleading contest comedy “Bring It On.”
Q: Are you renewing “Vegas”? If no, why not?
— Ruth Newkirk, Trafalgar, Ind.
A: No, we aren’t — but then, it wasn’t up to us anyway. Thanks for the credit, but that was CBS’ call. Once the Dennis Quaid-Michael Chiklis drama was relocated from Tuesdays to Fridays, it had several weeks to score ratings that would get it off “the bubble” of renewal or cancellation before the fall schedule was decided, but those didn’t materialize. Thus, the network canceled the series.
Q: I was watching the Daytime Emmy Awards when Corbin Bernsen swore twice within a matter of seconds. How did that get out over the air?
— Susan Grant, Vero Beach, Fla.
A: Though the incident was “bleeped” in delayed showings of the event, HLN clearly was caught off-guard when it happened on the live telecast. Since Bernsen was to speak about his late mother, veteran “The Young and the Restless” co-star Jeanne Cooper, perhaps the network’s censors felt they didn’t have anything to worry about. In which case, “Oops.”
It also should be said that HLN does very little in the live award show area, so those involved might have been less prepared for that occurrence than an ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox that regularly airs a number of such events throughout the year. It’s interesting that in its recap of that evening on its website, HLN merely wrote that Bernsen “gave the audience a humorous impression of his late mother.”
Q: Is the most recent “Bachelor,” Sean Lowe, still engaged?
— Terry Powell, Buffalo, N.Y.
A: As of the time we were writing this, anyway, he and Catherine Giudici were still intending to tie the knot in — surprise! — a televised wedding on ABC, a la the broadcast nuptials that “Bachelorette” Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum shared last year.
Q: What’s the background of Matt Passmore of “The Glades”?
— Marcia Stock, Santa Clara, Calif.
A: You might not know it from the totally believable American accent he effects on the A&E Network mystery series, but he’s Australian. A military veteran and graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art, he did considerable television work in his homeland — including in the internationally popular series “McLeod’s Daughters” — before being hired for his American TV debut as likable, laid-back police detective Jim Longworth on “The Glades.”
Q: Where did “Brooklyn DA” go? It was on for a couple of weeks then suddenly was gone.
— John Marks, Milwaukee
A: If you didn’t find it on Saturdays, it’s too late to see the rest, at least on broadcast television. That’s where the unscripted CBS series was moved after three Tuesday airings that dropped consistently in the ratings.
In a way, the move made sense since the show was from the same production team behind “48 Hours,” which has fared well on Saturdays for the network. As you read this, “Brooklyn DA” episodes might still be available for viewing at the CBS website (www.cbs .com/BrooklynDA).