Q: Is it known who will replace Tom Bergeron on “America’s Funniest Home Videos?” – Charles Mosher, Jupiter, Fla.
A: Not as of this writing, but there’s still some time before that decision needs to be made. Bergeron will start his final season on the ABC show in September, beginning a long victory lap for what will have been a 15-season run for him (and 25 seasons for the show overall). He’ll remain in the ABC family, though, continuing as host of “Dancing With the Stars” – which likely will keep going for a while.
Q: Is Grace Van Pelt on “The Mentalist” the same actress who portrayed her originally? – Ken Daley, Niles, Ohio
A: She is … or was, we should say, since she’s no longer a regular on the CBS show. Amanda Righetti played the role from the premiere onward, but after Van Pelt was kidnapped and then rescued last season, she and husband Wayne Rigsby (played by Owain Yeoman) decided to leave law enforcement – and the series.
Q: Will Chris Harrison be the host again of the new “Bachelor in Paradise” show that I’ve seen advertised? – Stacy Frost, Buffalo
A: Of course. At this point, how could there be any variation of the “Bachelor”/”Bachelorette” franchise without Harrison on board? The newest of the ABC offshoots – premiering Aug. 4 – gives past contestants another shot at finding love. Three of them will be trying again fairly quickly, having been contenders for Andi Dorfman’s affections on the latest edition of “The Bachelorette.”
Q: I’m excited that Debra Messing is coming back to television this fall. What is her new series about? – Heather Klein, Boulder, Colo.
A: NBC’s “The Mysteries of Laura,” set to premiere Sept. 24, is about a New York homicide detective trying to balance her job with family obligations, encompassing twin sons and the fellow cop she’s divorcing (played by Josh Lucas). If you think things get any easier when he suddenly becomes her boss … well, no, they don’t.
Q: I would like to know if USA Network is going to bring back “Necessary Roughness.” – Pearl Besk, Merrimack, N.H.
A: It isn’t. After three seasons – the last of which made John Stamos a notable cast addition – the game was called on the show last fall, and it was canceled.
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