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More delays: ‘Million Little Things’ to resume in March; ‘The Orville’ on hold

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: Is “A Million Little Things” off the air permanently or delayed?

Stephanie Szostak and James Roday Rodriguez in a scene from “A Million Little Things.” (Jack Rowand/ABC)

A: As readers here know, the pandemic has made the current TV season one full of delays, reduced numbers of episodes and general confusion. But popular shows have been finding their way back on the air, and “A Million Little Things” is in that group. The latest news from ABC is new episodes will begin on March 11, a Thursday, and then move to Wednesday nights beginning April 7.

Q: I just finished watching this very enjoyable series “Messiah” and was wondering if you have any information about it continuing.

A: It is not. The Netflix thriller was canceled after one season.

Q: I know COVID-19 has screwed up many TV schedules, but do you know when the comedy “The Orville” will be televised again?

A: The space satire, which first aired on Fox, was supposed to return as a Hulu series for its third season in late 2020; that was to give it time to work on what’s been called a complicated and ambitious production. But it also ran into pandemic-related delays, including one in January. In fact, Deadline reported that many studios paused production then “amid an unprecedented surge in coronavirus

Adrianne Palicki and Seth MacFarlane in a scene from “The Orville.” (Michael Becker/Fox)

infections and COVID-19 deaths in Los Angeles County.” Some of those shows have gotten episodes on the air, some came back but quickly went into reruns, and some are still on the bench. This has, in all, been a TV season like no other, and we have had to keep a constant eye on schedules. And that means waiting to see when “The Orville” will be able to return.

Q: Netflix has had two seasons of the Italian crime drama “Gomorrah,” despite the fact that additional seasons have been released in Europe but not in the U.S. Do you have any information about it?

Marco D’Amore and Salvatore Esposito in “Gomorrah.” (Gianni Fiorito/HBO Max)

A: HBO Max is now carrying three seasons of the series, which is no longer on Netflix. From what I can find, there have been four seasons of the series to date, with a fifth one planned. The first two seasons were shown on Sundance TV and then Netflix. According to Deadline.com, problems with the U.S. rights led to delays of additional releases; those issues seem to have been resolved with the HBO Max deal.

 

Do you have a question or comment about entertainment past, present and future? Write to Rich Heldenfels, P.O. Box 417, Mogadore, OH 44260, or brenfels@gmail.com. Letters may be edited. Individual replies are not guaranteed.

 

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