Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'A Gifted Man' Has Shaky Future

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'A Gifted Man' Has Shaky Future

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Q: One of my favorite shows is "A Gifted Man." I hope that the most recent episode was not the last one. Please, please do not cancel it. There are so few good shows on TV anymore that don't show all kinds of bad stuff.

A: The March 2 episode of the CBS drama was billed as the season finale, so there are no more new episodes in the hopper for this TV season. Nor do the prospects for a second season look good. While the official word will likely wait until CBS announces its 2012-13 lineup in mid-May, several analysts have already pegged "A Gifted Man" as a goner.

Q: I don't know who else to turn to about this question. In the early 1960s, CBS broadcast a program, "The American Pageant" or "Story." It was a program that told stories about American history. I have not found it in any searches for old TV programs; the series probably lasted one or two seasons. Wondering if you ever heard of it; I'm beginning to think I was imagining the program! If so, is it available in DVD?

A: After we talked a bit more and you mentioned the show was on Friday night, it turned out you were thinking of "The Great Adventure," a CBS series that aired 1963-65. It dramatized great moments in history. According to "The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows," the National Education Association worked on the show; some episodes dealt with the massacre at Wounded Knee, Wild Bill Hickok (with Lloyd Bridges), Sam Houston, the Hunley submarine and the discovery of a vaccine against smallpox. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find an authorized video release of the programs.

Q: I was wondering if AMC has figured out an ending for "The Killing" that was a series last winter, or are we to decide what happened ourselves?

A: The series, which begins its second season on April 1, promises that you will learn who killed Rosie Larsen at some point in the second season. …

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