Q: A recent article in my local newspaper gave excellent reviews for Dylan McDermott’s performance on “Law & Order: Organized Crime.” Try as I might, I have not been able to find where I might view or stream his performance in this new “Law & Order.” Might you provide this information to me? — LM
A: A: “Law & Order: Organized Crime” stars Chris Meloni as Det. Elliot Stabler, the highly popular character he played on “Law & Order: SVU” for 12 seasons. Dylan McDermott was introduced as Stabler’s formidable enemy, mafia boss Richard Wheatley, who was suspected of being behind the murder of Stabler’s wife. You can watch episodes on NBC.com and the NBC App.
McDermott is a veteran of several successful shows, most notably “The Practice” and “American Horror Story.” Wheatley was a role he could really sink his teeth into, but it’s not surprising that another leading role would soon present itself. So, when Julian McMahon announced he was leaving “FBI: Most Wanted” after three seasons, McDermott was offered the role of new special agent Remy Scott. He makes his debut on the CBS series on April 12.
Q: Can you tell me the name of a TV show many years ago about aliens living in California. They adopted American names, and I remember one became a police officer who worked with a human named Matt. There was also an alien named Francisco who had a wife and two kids. I enjoyed the show and wonder if it’s out there to purchase. — JF
A: You’re thinking of “Alien Nation,” which was a science fiction/police drama that lasted just 22 episodes. It was originally a motion picture in 1988 starring James Caan and Mandy Patinkin before it was turned into a TV show the following year with different actors assuming the same roles. The series starred Gary Graham as Det. Matthew Sikes and Eric Pierpoint as the extraterrestrial Det. Sam Francisco.
Set in the near future, a spaceship crashes in the desert, releasing a group of friendly aliens called the Tenctonese and later referred to as “Newcomers” by earthlings. The show addressed many social issues, including prejudice, as the alien and human race worked alongside each other.
Even though it was canceled too soon, the Fox network recognized its cult status and developed five TV movies using the original cast. You can find the entire “Alien Nation” TV series on DVD on Amazon.com (just search for “Alien Nation — the Complete Series”) or purchase it through Amazon Prime Video streaming service.
As for the creators, Goor’s next project is the comedy series “Killing It,” with Craig Robinson (“The Office”) as a security guard for a bank in Miami, while Schur is busy producing the Emmy-nominated series “Hacks,” starring Jean Smart.
Q: Is “The $100,000 Pyramid” returning again this summer? I love all the game shows they’ve revived from my childhood. — SL
A: Yes, “Pyramid” will return this summer on ABC, along with “Celebrity Family Feud” and “Press Your Luck.” However, four game shows that were part of the summer lineup have been given the ax: “Match Game” with host Alec Baldwin, “The Hustler” with Craig Ferguson, “The Celebrity Dating Game” with Zooey Deschanel and Michael Bolton, and “ Card Sharks” with Joel McHale.
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