hollywood Q&A

Josh radnor as seen in "rise"

Q: Why did NBC cancel" rise"? The actors were wonderful- I really cared about the characters. Interesting story line and the singing was fabulous. I was really disappointed.

A:Unfortunately, perhaps, there's no interesting story for why NBC dropped "Rise," which seemed like a promising, feel-good musical drama in the style of" Glee "or" Nashville." It just didn't perform well versus expectations (unlike the plucky young singers it featured).

Its premiere in March drew 5.5 million viewers, which is solid but not great, particularly for a fairly expensive scripted show. However, the ratings dropped steadily from there.

One of the reasons it was expensive is also a reason why it held such promise. It was created by Jason Katims, whose previous work has included beloved melodramas" Friday Night Lights" and "Parenthood," and it starred Josh Radnor, still beloved for his role in the modern-classic sitcom "How I Met Your Mother." It was also co-produced by Jeffrey Seller, who was one of the brains behind the Broadway phenomenon" Hamilton."

"Rise's" plot, about a crusading young teacher trying to inspire kids through performing art, earned it comparisons to" Fame" and"Glee," and Katims' involvement had the New York Times calling it"' Friday Night Lights' for theater kids."With towering expectations like these, it's almost not surprising that it didn't do well.

And it didn't. The show certainly had its fans (yourself among them, obviously), but simply not enough.

Comparing ratings by time-slot is less important in the DVRera, but for what it's worth,"Rise"generally finished third in its time-slot (Tuesdays at 9 p.m.).Even its finale in mid-May finished there, far behind ABC's" Blackish"and CBS's"NCIS: New Orleans," both in terms of total viewers ("NCIS: NO" pulled in 9.95million to" Rise's" 4.23) and place in the 18-49demographic (in which" Black-ish "finished five points ahead).

Q:Can you please find out if Animal Planet plans to have new episodes of" Animal Cops: Houston"?

A: I can tell you that they haven't announced any plans, but that doesn't mean much in this case-"Animal Cops" can sneak up on you.

The Houston edition is just one of many in the "Animal Cops" franchise, which has also included shows in Philadelphia, Detroit and, just for a change, South Africa.

The Houston show last released a new installment in 2015, as part of a brief spate of episodes (too disorganized to call a "season") that brought the show back nearly a decade after its last new episode in 2006. Whether another revival could come is anyone's guess, but nothing of the sort has been announced so far-the network announced its slate of shows for the 2018-19 season back in the spring, and there wasn't an animal cop among them.

But that could change. The reason the" Animal Cops" shows are able to comeback is because the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals isn't going anywhere and, unfortunately, there's never a shortage of animal-cruelty cases for it to investigate.

The most recent iteration to produce new episodes was based in Phoenix, and thatwas the result of a similar revival-it returned in 2017after eight years away.

Q: Who did"TrueDetective's" theme song? I loved it and thought it was perfect for the show.

A: It depends which season you mean. Given that each season follows a completely different cast of characters in a completely different setting, it makes sense that each one has had a different theme.

The first season's horn-accompanied country ballad was a song called "Far From Any Road" by The Handsome Family , a husband-and-wife alt country duo. It appears on their 2003 album" Singing Bones."

Season2's theme was by a some what more famous artist-it's "Never mind" by legendary folk poet Leonard Cohen, from his 2014 record "Popular Problems."

The husband half of" The Handsome Family," who writes all their music (while his wife writes the lyrics) said that their song was written with deserts and scorpions in mind-far from the lush ba you setting of the first season of" True Detective."

"But that's what's so wonderful about it "being selected as the show's theme, he said in an interview on National Public Radio."A song should have space that it can take on many meanings and take on many lives and can be put in different contexts and fit perfectly."

The second season's theme has a little more urban cool-Cohen, the patron saint of Montreal, can't help but exude it-which makes it a better match to its setting, since season2 is about city politics rather than rural crime.

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