You have questions. I have some answers, including some visits to the TV history vault.
Q: Who is the actress who played Erin on “Chicago P.D.”? She made the show and now she is gone. Any possibility she may return?
A: Since she decided to leave the NBC drama about four years ago, I would not expect to see her back any time soon, But she will be on network TV in the coming season. CBS has placed a midseason order for “Good Sam,” starring Sophia Bush in the title role as “a gifted heart surgeon who excels in her new leadership role as Chief of Surgery after her renowned boss falls into a coma … (but) her former boss wakes up months later demanding to resume his duties.” And if that’s not enough, the former boss (played by Jason Isaacs) is also Sam’s father.
Q: One of my favorite shows was “Ed” in the early 2000’s, starring Tom Cavanagh, Julie Bowen, Justin Long, etc. Is this show streaming anywhere? I can’t find it.
A: Fans of the 2000-2004 comedy-drama have long lamented its lack of reruns. (I miss it, too, if only so I can argue yet again that Ed should have ended up with Molly, not Carol.) As for why, executive producer Rob Burnett told Vulture.com several years ago that he did not know exactly why the show was unavailable on disc or streaming – but music rights might have been one problem, along with a complicated ownership situation where two competing studios, Paramount and NBCUniversal, each had a piece of the show. (One might then hope for it to be streaming on Paramount+ or NBC’s Peacock, but neither streamer has it so far.) There are episodes on YouTube, although the picture and sound were not great on the ones I sampled.
Q: There was a TV show called “Chesapeake Shores” on the Hallmark channel. It has not been on for quite some time. Has it been permanently canceled?
A: No. New episodes begin on Aug. 15. You can see a preview trailer here: hallmarkchannel.com/chesapeake-shores/videos/preview-chesapeake-shores-august-15.
Q: I recall a sitcom that hit the airwaves during the late 1950s. The main character was a man named Tom. He was the only male in his home. His wife’s TV name was Fran, her mother was Irene and his daughters were Carol, Debbie and Sissie. Tom was also the owner of a lady dog and bird. Do you remember the name of the show and how long it ran?
A: That was “The Tom Ewell Show,” which aired on CBS for a single season in 1960-61. You may remember Ewell for his movie roles in “The Seven Year Itch” (which he had also starred in on Broadway) and “The Girl Can’t Help It,” as well as a recurring role on the TV series “Baretta.” He passed away in 1994. On the sitcom, he played a real estate agent dealing with all the women in his life: Fran (played by Marilyn Erskine), Irene (Mabel Albertson), Carol (Cindy Robbins), Debbie (Sherry Alberoni) and Sissie (Eileen Chesis).
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