'Vegas' cashed out without a wrap
A: The first-season finale, made before CBS decided not to renew the show, left some story lines open in case the series continued.
In brief: Ralph (Quaid) and Vincent (Michael Chiklis) defeat the vicious Porter Gainsley (Michael Ironside) and Ralph turns him over to the FBI.
Ralph gets back his job as sheriff, while Vincent is still planning to rule Las Vegas, so their conflict is not over.
Q: I missed the last episode or two of "Bates Motel." Will A&E repeat them, or can they be obtained anywhere.
A: Remember when the only way to catch a missed show was to wait for reruns? Then consider this: A&E has some Bates episodes, including the finale of the 10-episode first season, on its website, www.aetv.com.
You need to access them via your cable or satellite provider; the site has instructions. The episodes are also available through Amazon Instant Video and on iTunes, including in HD, for a fee.
You might want to check the On Demand channels in your program provider.
Q: Why, oh why, was the wonderful show "Golden Boy" canceled? It had a terrific cast, smart and entertaining episodes and a unique theme. What happened?
A: What always happens when shows are not renewed? They have not met their networks' expectations. "Golden Boy" was given a good shot, put in the Tuesday 10 p.m. slot following the very successful "NCIS" and "NCIS: LA."
In fact, CBS kept the police drama in that slot longer than at first planned, bumping former occupant "Vegas" to Friday nights.
Q: Every time I hear the commercial for Nasonex, the bumblebee doing the voiceover sounds exactly like Antonio Banderas. Am I right? Dying to know.
A: You get an A on your bee question. Banderas has indeed given voice to those commercials, nor are they the only place he is heard but not seen. He has voiced Puss in Boots in various "Shrek" productions as well as the "Puss in Boots" film.
Q: I think a new update of "This Is Your Life" would be a ratings hit. Do you agree?
A: Possibly. For those of you tuning in late, the series would trick guests into coming to a studio where host (and show creator) Ralph Edwards would announce "This is your life!" and the surprised guest would then hear recaps of biographical moments and meet old acquaintances again.
It first ran on NBC from 1952 to 1961, with short-lived syndicated revivals in the '70s and the '80s.
Edwards, who died in 2005, also had a successful production company that licensed the "This Is Your Life" format to other countries.
There has been talk about another "Life" revival, But a new version has not yet appeared.
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