Q&A

Q: With the success of "The Grudge" and "The Ring" franchises, I'm curious what was the first Japanese-inspired remake?

I can't be certain what the first remake was -- Japan's cinematic history is every bit as long as America's (sources trace the first Japanese-made film back to 1897) -- but the first really notable remake, the first one we still really talk about, was pretty far from the modern J-horror hits you're referring to. When people talk about Japanese c...

Q: I loved "Outsiders" with David Morse. Is there more or did they not renew the series?

The (bad) news of WGN America's cancellation of "Outsiders" got a little lost in the bigger news of the network's sale (along with its parent company) a few months later in 2017. That might be why you didn't hear about it, and it might also be why it happened. "Outsiders," a gritty drama about a clan living an isolationist, hardscrabble life in...

Q: Why aren't color reruns shown of "The Andy Griffith Show"? It's the same black and white reruns over and over again!

I can unpack this a little bit, but the basic reason why the color episodes of "The Andy Griffith Show" don't run as often is because people don't like them as much. "Stations have historically recognized that the first five seasons ... are the most popular and considered, as a grouping, better than the final three seasons, which happen to be t...