A: Decades of it, on stage and screen. Before winning the best-actress Oscar in 1991 for that adaptation of a Stephen King tale, she received a 1983 Tony Awards nomination for her performance in the stage version of "’Night, Mother" -- although Sissy Spacek played the role in the screen version a few years later. Bates won a 1988 Obie for her performance in "Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune" but when that was made into the movie "Frankie & Johnny," Michelle Pfeiffer had Bates’ role. It can take time for talent to be recognized.
Bates was in both stage and screen versions of "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean."Other pre-"Misery" work includes the movie "Straight Time" (with Dustin Hoffman), daytime drama "All My Children" (where she played the mean cellmate of Susan Lucci’s Erica Kane), and guest roles on TV series. And 1990 was noteworthy for Bates not only for "Misery," but for three movies released earlier the same year: "Men Don’t Leave," "Dick Tracy" and "White Palace."
Q: When will "Death in Paradise" be back?
A: The drama about a British detective inspector assigned to a Caribbean island will return to the BBC in early 2014; it should pop up that same year on the American public-TV stations carrying the show.
Fans should be prepared for a big change. Ben Miller, who played DI Richard Poole, will leave the series during the coming third season. Replacing him is Kris Marshall as what the BBC calls "a bright, but rather disorganized and gawky DI, Humphrey Goodman, who is stuck in a mid-life rut and is looking to find a new life and fresh start."
Q: I am so disappointed to learn my favorite show, "Magic City," was canceled after only two seasons. The second-season finale on Aug. 9 was excellent. Why was the show canceled by Starz? Any chance of another network picking it up?
A: I wouldn’t hold out much hope for the period drama finding a new home. Deadline.com noted that "despite a significant marketing campaign and buzzy guest castings -- including a James Caan arc in Season 2 -- ‘Magic City’ received little critical attention and did not grow its audience in the second season.
Q: Can you tell me why "The Young and the Restless" is no longer on SOAPnet?
A: Corporate wheeling and dealing. The long-running daytime drama has moved to TV Guide Network. CBS, which airs first-run episodes of "Y&R," not long ago bought a 50 percent interest in TVGN and soon after the Y&R deal was made. Check your local cable/satellite guide for TVGN.
Q: I have been waiting to hear the fate of "CSI:NY." Will it be coming back?
A: CBS decided in May to end the show.
This was not really a surprise. The Huffington Post noted that the ratings have been in decline not only with the viewing audience as a whole but in the coveted 18-to-49-year-old demographic. It has long appeared to be on the bubble at renewal time, and the last couple of seasons have seen it with reduced numbers of episodes.
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