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TV Q&A: What’s ‘Filthy Rich’ with Cattrall on Fox?

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You have questions. I have some answers.

While visiting New Orleans in March 2019, my husband and I saw a film crew; a resident told us it was for a show called “Filthy Rich” and that Kim Cattrall was one of the actors. Have you heard anything about the show?

“Filthy Rich” is a drama starring Cattrall due to premiere on Fox on Monday. The network calls it a “Southern gothic family soap in which wealth, power and religion collide.” Cattrall, best known for “Sex and the City,” plays the widow of the founder of a Christian TV network; after his death she learns he had three children out of wedlock, all of whom are in his will.

Why are they changing the host on “Dancing with the Stars”? We like Tom Bergeron.

The long-running competition will be presenting a lot of changes when the new season begins. Some are reportedly pandemic-related: no live audience, for example, and Derek Hough taking over as a judge for the stuck-in-the-U.K. Len Goodman. But the central shakeup is the ouster of hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews and the arrival of Tyra Banks as the host and as an executive producer. The network has said the hosting change is part of “the creative refresh the team is planning while honoring the show America loves.” Although not grammatical, that “refresh” means the show has gotten stale (true) and lost viewers.

Do you know if the “FBI” program that was on Tuesday nights will be coming back?

CBS has ordered new seasons of “FBI” and its spinoff, “FBI: Most Wanted,” for telecast during the 2020-21 season, which has been hampered by delays relating to the pandemic. The network has said it hopes to start rolling out its usual fall shows beginning in November, with other programs filling in until then. (Some earlier arrivals: “Undercover Boss” on Oct. 2, and “The Amazing Race” on Oct. 14.) And you can get an FBI fix in CBS News’s six-part “The FBI Declassified,” a look at some of the bureau’s biggest cases, beginning Oct. 13. Alana de la Garza of the drama “FBI” will narrate.

My brother has asked me a question that I cannot answer, but maybe you can. Years ago, there was a nightly TV show with a female singer/pianist whose theme song was “Especially for You.” Do you have any idea what her name was?

This was a deep dive into the TV vault. From 1949-51 there was a weeknight series called “Mohawk Showroom.” At first the series was hosted by Morton Downey Sr. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and by singer Roberta Quinlan on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Later in 1949, Quinlan became the sole host and, according to some references, the program became known as “The Roberta Quinlan Show.” Quinlan’s theme song was “Especially for You.” I hope that makes your brother happy!

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