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Pop culture Q&A: Departed shows, remembered actor

November 5, 2013

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Q: My wife and I were fans of "Vegas." The show was pulled with no real ending. What happened to this show and is there a chance it will return?

A: CBS dropped the series after a single season as the ratings proved disappointing. The first-season finale did wrap up some storylines while leaving open others, including the conflict between the mobster played by Michael Chiklis and Dennis Quaid's tough lawman. The complete series has been released on DVD and on streaming video. I watched it during the CBS run, but kept wishing it had been on FX or a premium-cable channel. The show's ideas never seemed to fit with the content limitations of broadcast television.

Q: Could you please give me some information on Louis Jean Heydt. Over the years I have seen him in "The Little Rascals," "Gone With the Wind," some John Wayne military pictures and other things.

A: Heydt was one of those guys who seemed to work all the time in movies and TV without ever being the main character. "The Film Encyclopedia" says that "he played numerous, sometimes shifty, character roles in films and on TV." But "The All Movie Guide" proclaims that Heydt was so versatile, "it was once said ... that he played everything except a woman." Born in New Jersey in 1905, and educated at Dartmouth, he was a newspaper reporter and a stage actor before moving to film starting with Before Morning in 1933. He has more than 100 screen appearances to his credit, in films great and small; among other things, he played a hungry soldier in "Gone With the Wind," was gunned down in "The Big Sleep" and appeared in a couple of "Our Gang" comedies with a young Robert Blake. In 1960, he was playing Jane Fonda's father in a play called "There Was a Little Girl" when, Fonda would later write, he died of a heart attack just before his second-act entrance.

Q: Some shows that I watched are no longer listed. Do you have any idea if "The Lying Game," "The Secret Circle" and "Body of Proof" are returning?

A: ABC dropped "Body of Proof" at the end of the 2012-13 season. Deadline.com reported in late October that there were talks about bringing it back, not least because it had a bigger audience than ABC's "Lucky 7," which took "Proof's" time slot but came and went in a blink. That said, there are monetary issues to be worked out before the show can return, and nothing official has been announced.

"The Lying Game," which aired on ABC Family, was canceled earlier this year after two seasons. "The Secret Circle," which aired on the CW, was dropped in 2012 after a single season.

Q: Can you tell me if and when "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" and "Green Lantern" will return to Cartoon Network?

A: The last new episodes of "Green Lantern" aired on Cartoon Network in March. Josh Keaton, who was the voice of Hal Jordan on the show, told IGN.com that the finale was written with the assumption that there would be more seasons. But, he said, the failure of the big-screen, live-action "Green Lantern" with Ryan Reynolds killed the show. Because movie-connected toys were still filling store shelves, no one wanted to make a line of TV-tied toys, which cost the animated series funding that might have kept it going.

"Clone Wars" is also done. While there have been reports about some "bonus content" from the show for 2014, I don't know where that content will wind up. A Cartoon Network rep said that "we do not have any unaired content."

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