Q: Will "Without a Trace” be returning with new episodes? If not, why not?Clifton, N.J.A: Anthony LaPaglia’s series will be gone from the CBS lineup next season, but hardly without a trace, since seven seasons constitutes a very healthy run for a show these days. Economics may have been the biggest factor in the show’s demise, since as a series gets "up there” in years, the cost of making it tends to increase in terms of renegotiated cast salaries and the like.
Q: Do the professional dancers on "Dancing With the Stars” get bonuses if their star makes it to the finals?Vero Beach, Fla.A: Apparently not, from what we’ve been able to determine through various sources. The pros on the ABC show get a flat rate for each week of the competition, while the celebrities are paid a higher amount for the entire season — with bonuses for the stars who place first, second and third.
Q: What ever happened to Glynnis O’Connor? She made several TV movies, including one with John Travolta, in the 1970s.Mission Viejo, Calif.A: That one would be "The Boy in the Plastic Bubble,” from the era when the actress also was working primarily with Robby Benson in feature films ("Jeremy,” "Ode to Billy Joe”).
O’Connor actually has kept working fairly steadily, even if she hasn’t had a huge output of work each year. In recent years, the native New Yorker has guest starred in every series in the "Law & Order” franchise.
Q: I enjoyed watching the CBS show "The Ex List,” but there were only three or four episodes, and then it was replaced by "Flashpoint.” Did CBS cancel it?Robesonia, Pa.A: The romantic comedy was one of the first series to be axed last season, but star Elizabeth Reaser had a professional upswing shortly afterward with the big-screen success of "Twilight,” in which she also appeared. She reprises the role of Esme Cullen in the upcoming sequel, "New Moon.”
Q: I’m looking for a DVD or VHS tape of the 1960s movie "If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium.” Has it been released in either format?Bellevue, Wash.A: Both, courtesy of MGM Home Entertainment. The 1969 comedy about American tourists in Europe — with Ian McShane ("Deadwood,” "Kings”) as the tour guide and Suzanne Pleshette as a sightseer who was his potential love interest — made its DVD debut last year. It’s had two releases on VHS, first in 1993, then again in 2000.
Q: I love the movie "Labyrinth” starring David Bowie. Can it be bought somewhere?Daytona Beach, Fla.A: The George Lucas-produced, Jim Henson-directed 1986 fantasy — which also was one of the first major acting credits of later Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly — is available on DVD.
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