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The waiting game: ‘Nurses’ fate in limbo on NBC; Dane DeHaan and ‘S.W.A.T.’ actor move to new projects

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: Has “Nurses” been canceled?

Donald MacLean Jr. as Wolf Burke, Sandy Sidhu as Nazneen Khan, Tiera Skovbye as Grace Knight, Natasha Calis as Ashley Collins and Jordan Johnson-Hinds as Keon Colby in “Nurses.” (Ben Mark Holzberg/eOne/NBC)

A: No, but that does not necessarily mean you will see it again soon. While the drama is made for Canadian television, NBC carried the first season when trying to come up with programming during the pandemic. “Nurses” earned a second season in Canada but was not listed in NBC’s plans for its 2021-22 season.

Q: On “S.W.A.T.,” the character Jim Street had a foster brother who was murdered in one of the episodes. The actor resembles the singer Johnny Mathis, and his voice sounds like Mathis. Any relation?

Alex Russell as Jim Street and Cory Hardrict as Nate in “S.W.A.T.” (Courtesy of CBS)

A: No. The character you remember, Nate Warren, was played by the actor Cory Hardrict, who as far as I can find is not related to Mathis. He does have another family tie to the famous, though, as the husband of actress Tia Mowry. And he will be back in series TV as a college baseball coach in the drama “All American: Homecoming,” due on the CW at midseason 2022.

Q: I think Dane DeHaan is becoming one of our truly great actors. I awaited his movie “Life” in 2015, but it never came to my city (Dubuque, Iowa). Since then, I’m aware of only one of his films being shown here, a sci-fi movie that was an insult to his ability. What has happened to him? Can we hope to see him again soon?

Dane DeHaan in “The Stranger,” which may be moved to the Roku Channel. (Courtesy of Quibi)

A: Since “Life,” in which DeHaan played James Dean, the actor’s credits include the movies “The Kid,” where he played Billy the Kid opposite Ethan Hawke’s Pat Garrett, “A Cure for Wellness” and “Tulip Fever.” He has also starred in “ZeroZeroZero,” a crime drama for Amazon Prime Video. He co-starred in “The Stranger,” a limited series for the now-defunct streaming service Quibi. Roku has acquired Quibi’s shows and begun adding them to its Roku Channel, but “The Stranger” is not yet among the additions. By the way, you can find “Life” on home video.

Q: I am happy to see some of the quiz shows from last summer are back. Any info on “Match Game,” “The Hustler,” “Weakest Link” and “The Gong Show”? All are good and funny.

A: As I mentioned not long ago, “The Hustler” resumes on ABC on June 17. The latest incarnation of “The Gong Show” was canceled in 2018 after two seasons. “Weakest Link” was listed among the returning shows in NBC’s announcement of 2021-22 plans, but I have not yet seen any air date. “Match Game” was not included in ABC’s most recent announcements for summer or next season; while there have not been reports of its cancellation, Deadline noted that its ratings were low — but it could yet return in 2022.



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