Q&A

Q: I seem to remember a TV version of Ernest Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises" book. What can you tell me about it, and why don't people make shows like that anymore?

One thing I can tell you about NBC's miniseries adaptation of "The Sun Also Rises" is, according to one of the executives behind it, it is the reason why people don't make shows like it anymore. In a surprisingly frank interview with the New York Times a few days after the miniseries aired in December 1984, Susan Baerwald, vice-president of min...

Q: When did "Columbo" first come on the air?

That's a great question, and it's a lot harder than it sounds (much like Lt. Columbo himself). The problem is that it took writer/creators Richard Levinson and William Link three tries before they got someone to buy the show about a disheveled, scatterbrained but otherwise brilliant police detective. The long-running series premiered Sept. 15, ...

Q: When is "Combat" coming back on MeTV?

The unfortunate answer is no one knows, except maybe the programming execs at MeTV, and they're not saying. Readers of this column have heard me complain about how un-transparent networks are about the cancellations and renewals of the first-run shows they air. But I don't often get to complain about the fact that the situation is worse with re...