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'Upstairs Downstairs' won't return,best bets [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)]

October 28, 2013


Question: I love Masterpiece's "Upstairs Downstairs" and was wondering if it will be back for a third season. If so, when?

Answer: Public television had a notable hit in the 1970s with the British drama "Upstairs Downstairs," about the residents and staff of a home in England; its five seasons followed the characters from 1903 to 1930. In 2010, the series was revived, with the story starting in 1936 and with Rose (Jean Marsh) returning from the original series. (Marsh created "Upstairs Downstairs" with Eileen Atkins, who also appeared in the new series.) While there was a lot of affection for the old show, the new one was overshadowed by the similarly themed "Downton Abbey" and was canceled after two seasons.

Q: Will the "Vikings" series be returning to the History Channel this season? I'll keep my fingers crossed that your answer is yes!

A: You can uncross the fingers. It will be back in 2014.

Q: Can you tell me why "Army Wives" is no longer being shown? There were three or four episodes in the spring and then nothing! I thought the plots and characters were more interesting than most of the series being shown.

A: The Lifetime series' seventh season had 13 episodes from March to June 2013. If that means you missed some telecasts, you can catch up via the DVD set, Amazon Instant Video and Netflix. Unfortunately for fans of the show, the seventh season has also proven to be the show's last. There will be a two-hour farewell special for the show in 2014.

Q: Every time my family and I watch seasons 1 and 2 of "Life," we wonder why that show was canceled. Any hope of it being brought back? Great scripts, great cast!

A: While some shows come back from cancellation, I would not wait for more of the NBC drama, which originally aired from 2007 to 2009. Its cast -- including star Damian Lewis, seen more recently on "Homeland" -- has moved on to other projects. While the show had some passionate admirers, the ratings were not big.

Rich Heldenfels is a staff writer for the Akron Beacon Journal. Write him at Akron Beacon Journal, 44 E. Exchange St., Akron, OH 44328 or,Hart of Dixie

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