Q&A

Q: Four or five years ago, a TV series was on -- I think it was called "The Twelfth Hour." The main character was a newspaper reporter, and he and his staff found out that there were 12 special clocks hidden throughout the world and they tried to find the

Time was never on the side of "Zero Hour." (Good try on the title, by the way -- you were close.) It was a "Da Vinci Code" clone that came about six years too late, critics said it tried to fit too much plot into too little time, and ABC never really gave it a chance to find an audience. Ultimately, ABC essentially tried to hide "Zero Hour" li...

Q: Is "Doc Martin" coming back for another season?

You'll have to wait a little longer still, but your patience will eventually be repaid -- Season 10 of "Doc Martin" is in the works. Fans have been pretty tense since the end of the most recent season, and that's not a familiar feeling for them. Most fans and critics argue that the appeal of "Doc Martin" is that it's basically televised comfort...

Q: Did "Shaun of the Dead" have to get any special permission to use the title, since it is very clearly a play on "Dawn of the Dead"?

It looks like the producers of the modern-classic, groundbreaking zombie comedy did not run it past anyone first. It's likely they figured the movie fell under the fair-use exemption in U.K. copyright law. Fair use is a concept that exists in many countries -- it's basically a list of reasons that copyrighted material can be used without permis...