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Television Q&A: Are ‘FBI’ and ‘Pit Bulls’ coming back?

You have questions. I have some answers, including the fate of some shows as we enter a new TV season.

Q: I am so impressed with "FBI" on CBS co-starring Sela Ward and Jeremy Sisto. It is an excellent show with lots of action and thought-provoking profiles. Has it been renewed?

A: Yes. A new season will begin on Sept. 24. In the season premiere, CBS says, "After a bomb detonates at a restaurant in Queens, the case becomes personal for OA (Zeeko Zaki), who grew up eating there. But what initially seems like a terrorist attack reveals itself to be more complex."

Q: I am a huge fan of "Pit Bulls & Parolees" on Animal Planet, and I can't find any solid information on whether it will be back. Can you help?

A: The series returns on Oct. 5 for its 10th year on the network.

Q: I'm wondering it "Lucifer" on Fox will be back. I enjoyed this show very much.

A: The series starring Tom Ellis as the Devil left Fox after three seasons in 2018. Netflix then picked up repeats of the first three seasons AND ordered a fourth, which arrived on the streaming service later in 2018. A fifth season is now in production for Netflix, but that will be the last.

Q: Will "Gotham" be returning?

A: No. Fox's Batman-related drama ended last season, but that doesn't mean prime time will be bat-free. On Oct. 6, The CW is premiering "Batwoman," starring Ruby Rose as a new dark knight, taking on bad guys three years after Batman has disappeared.

Q: I enjoyed "The Enemy Within" last season. I would love to know if it is coming back.

A: I would love to tell you it is, but I can't. NBC decided not to bring the thriller starring Jennifer Carpenter and Morris Chestnut back for a second run, and no one else has picked it up. As TVLine pointed out, the show ranked lower than any other NBC drama with the network's preferred, young-adult audience.

Q: I recently discovered the TV program "Castle" in reruns on late night TV. I never saw this program when it was a regular series. What is the history of the show? It is quite entertaining. I don't recognize the actors.

A: The series about a mystery writer working with a police detective to solve crimes premiered in March 2009 and ran for eight seasons, ending in 2016. Nathan Fillion, who played writer Richard Castle, had acted in numerous other series and was part of the company of actors often seen in projects from writer-director Joss Whedon; most famously, Fillion had starred in the cult-favorite Whedon series "Firefly" and its movie sequel "Serenity." The detective, Kate Beckett, was played by Stana Katic, whose previous credits included roles on "24" and "ER" as well as voice work. Various reports said the two stars did not get along, with Fillion to blame. Katic and co-star Tamala Jones were both set to depart the show at the end of the eighth season, with several outlets saying that was a cost-cutting measure for the aging series. Even so, ABC chose not to go ahead with a ninth season, and the actors have gone on to other projects. Fillion is currently on ABC's "The Rookie," which starts its second season on Sept. 29. Katic can be seen in the Amazon series "Absentia"; two seasons are online and a third is in the works.

Q: A commercial for NYU Langone Hospital has someone singing "Baby Face." It sounds like either Dolly Parton or Teresa Brewer. Any thoughts?

A: After checking the ad on YouTube, I knew that was neither of the above. It's the 1959 recording of the song by Brenda Lee. Little Miss Dynamite's track is also on YouTube, if you want to compare it to the ad yourself. Or just enjoy the song.

(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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