By Cindy Elavsky
Q: Awhile back you mentioned that Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth were going to star in a television show together. Is that still happening? — Katrina D., Columbus, Ohio
A: Tori and Jennie are sharing the TV spotlight once again, this time in the ABC Family comedy series called “Mystery Girls,” which premieres Wednesday, June 25, at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT. It follows two former detective TV show starlets brought back together by a real-life mystery. Charlie Contour (Jennie) is a suburban housewife and mother, while Holly Hamilton (Tori) longs for her glory days in the ’90s when she was on television.
Both of their lives are disrupted when Nick (Miguel Pinzon), a witness to a crime and a “Mystery Girls” fanatic, will speak only to Charlie and Holly, and the former friends must reunite and put their TV crime-solving skills to the test. Jennie and Tori also are executive producers for the series.
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Q: Is “Major Crimes” coming back? I really like that show. — Pat R., Webster, N.Y.
A: “Major Crimes” returned to TNT on June 9 at 9/8c for a 15-episode third season. The crime drama — which stars Mary McDonnell, G.W. Bailey and Tony Denison — ranks as one of basic cable’s most popular series. It focuses on how the American justice system approaches the art of the deal, as law-enforcement officers and prosecutors work together to score a conviction. And if you miss seeing Jon Tenney now that ABC’s “Scandal” is on summer hiatus, I can tell you that Fritz Howard will be spotlighted more this season, especially in episode seven. Rumor has it that if that episode is successful, it could spell “spinoff” for Jon’s character.
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Q: I loved Callum Blue in “The Tudors” and “Dead Like Me.” When will he return to series television? — Brittany T., via email
A: Callum has been tapped to co-star in the Kyra Sedgwick-produced pilot for TNT called “Proof,” which is currently filming. The series also stars Jennifer Beals, Matthew Modine, Edi Gathegi and Joe Morton, to name just a few. The series centers on a brilliant surgeon (played by Jennifer) who begins investigating supernatural phenomena, including resurrections, out-of-body experiences and hauntings. No word yet on when the series will premiere.
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READERS: It’s time to announce the fate of your favorite (or not-so-favorite) CBS shows from the 2013-14 season. Good news first — the renewed shows for the 2014-15 season are: “2 Broke Girls,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Blue Bloods,” “Criminal Minds,” “CSI,” “Elementary,” “The Good Wife,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “The Mentalist,” “Mike and Molly,” “The Millers,” “Mom,” “NCIS,” “NCIS: LA,” “Person of Interest” and “Two and a Half Men.” Shows that will not be returning are: “Bad Teacher,” “The Crazy Ones,” “Friends with Better Lives,” “Hostages,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Intelligence” and “We Are Men.”
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