Reader Queries: No Joplin on 'Name of the Game' series


Q: Any chance of the following series coming back: "Longmire," "Necessary Roughness," "Las Vegas," "Killer Women"?

A: "Longmire" begins a new season on A&E on June 2. "Necessary Roughness" was dropped by USA Network last year after three seasons. If by "Las Vegas" you mean the Josh Duhamel series on NBC, it ended in 2008; if you mean "Vegas," the CBS drama with Dennis Quaid, it ended in 2013. "Killer Women" was so unsuccessful for ABC this year, it was taken off the air with some first-season episodes still in the can.

Q: Can you tell me if the PBS series "The Paradise" will have a season two? Also, if and when the Hallmark Channel will return "Cedar Cove"?

A: A second season of the British drama "The Paradise" has been made and televised overseas, so I would expect it to arrive on these shores at some point. That said, when I asked "Masterpiece" about "Paradise" plans, I was told that "we have no news on this at the moment."

Look for a second season of "Cedar Cove" in July.

Q: When I was a teenager in the early ‘70s I remember an episode of "The Name of the Game" with a female rock singer in distress. I think it was Janis Joplin.

A: "The Name of the Game" was an NBC drama from 1968 to 1971. While Joplin, who died in October 1970, was an amazing singer and performed on TV, I could find no record of her acting on "Name of the Game." There was an episode of that series involving a troubled blues singer, but the singer was played by Sharon Farrell.

Q: Some years ago, I faithfully watched every episode of a show called "Prison Break." However, I missed the last show. It has been nagging me how it finally ended. Is there a way to get that final program?

A: "Prison Break" officially ended with an episode called "Killing Your Number" in 2009; that wrapped up the main story and showed what the characters were doing four years later. But soon after, Fox aired what it called "Prison Break: The Final Break," a special which covered major events in that four-year gap in the finale. You can find all four seasons and "The Final Break" on DVD and Blu-ray. They are also on Amazon Instant Video, iTunes and Netflix.

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