Hi Amber! I love your column and check it out every week. Do you happen to know when my hubby, a.k.a. Idris Elba, is returning with more Luther? It seems like it’s been gone forever. I am also wondering about The Glades. Found this little gem on Netflix and it only has two seasons. Is there more to come? Thanks. —Tara
Amber: I once randomly ran into Elba at a BBC America party that he wasn’t supposed to be at, and I totally embarrassed myself because he was so impossibly good-looking that I pulled a ’90s sitcom and couldn’t spit any words out. It was pretty horrifying. Anyhow, filming on the four-episode, third season kicked off in November, but there’s still no release date. Terrible, right?
Moving on to The Glades, I need to point out that I think you missed the third season. It’s a series that airs on A&E, and Season 4 is tentatively scheduled to debut this summer.
Hi Amber, do you know what’s happening with Bomb Girls? Now that Survivor has returned and reclaimed its timeslot, I can’t find where Bomb Girls has moved to. Will it be back soon, or will I have to wait until Survivor finishes? —Lisa
Amber: I wondered the same thing — turns out production actually split itself into two mini seasons just in case this situation happened, and the mid-season finale was always going to be the pause point. Thankfully we aren’t going to have to wait another year for the back half though, because Bomb Girls returns with new episodes and a new timeslot in March. Hopefully the audience follows, because having been on-set for some of the latter half, I have to say it gets even better.
Hi Amber, I’ve asked you questions before, and you always have the information I’m looking for. Here’s hoping you can help again! When is Season 3 of Falling Skies airing in Canada? It seems like it’s been soooo long since it was on! Thank you. —Sherri
Amber: The new season returns to the U.S. in June, and Super Channel hints summer is in the cards for Canada too. Hopefully the channel will continue trying to air shows as close to the U.S. premiere as possible though, making your subscription worthwhile (I have to say, they’ve done a way better job of this over the past year or so). And if you don’t subscribe, the show should eventually come to Space as well.
Hi Amber, I was under the impression that 666 Park Avenue, although cancelled, was going to wrap up the storylines and give us an ending. So far I have seen absolutely nothing. Any idea of what is going on? Thank you. —Heather
Amber: I wish I could tell you, but not even ABC knows. The way the network is shuffling around its schedule lately makes me think they’re just throwing show-named darts at a schedule board in hopes that something sticks. The plan is to still air the final instalments of Park (and hopefully return Happy Endings to the schedule sometime soon!), but that probably won’t happen until the summer.
Amber, I need your expert knowledge. I have a question about American Idol. I don’t ever remember seeing anything about this before, but do the on-camera celebs audition each person? Judging by the the large crowds of wannabes and the numbers the contestants are wearing, surely there must be a group of people that does a pre-audition screening? Keep up the great work and thanks for keeping us informed. —Dan
Amber: You nailed it, Dan. Everyone who auditions is sent through a pre-screening process, where the super talented and the super bad are then chosen for the judges to see. I have heard complaints that those who are on the better side of average don’t always make it through, but I’m of the opinion that if you don’t blow people away with your performance, you probably won’t make it to the next round anyway.
Hi Amber, do you have any idea on when Naomi Campbell’s new modelling show, The Face, will air, and what Canadian network, if any, will be carrying it? As always, thanks! —Kerry
Amber: I do, actually. The Face, which also stars Canadian model Coco Rocha, airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on MuchMusic.
Hi Amber, Showcase presents the series Strike Back from the U.K., but they will start it from Season 2? Where is the first season and why they don’t start with that? Thanks. —Justin
Amber: While the first season of Strike Back was from the U.K., the second season turned into a co-production with U.S. cable channel Cinemax, so the licensing deals are all different. The season that debuted last Thursday, Project Dawn, is widely considered North America’s first season. It already aired on The Movie Network as such as well. Unfortunately, there are no current plans for the six-part original to run on Showcase, but keep your eyes peeled.
Hi Amber, I love your column and it is the only thing that makes Mondays worthwhile. I am a big fan of Once Upon a Time and wonder what happened to Pinocchio? The last we saw of him, he had turned completely to wood right before Emma broke Regina’s curse. I remember Geppetto went looking for him, but this remains a storyline that has yet to be resolved. Did he turn back into a “real boy,” or is he condemned to remain wooden forever because he deserted Emma twice? —Ronnalie
Amber: I think EVERY Once Upon a Time fan is dying to know the answers to those questions. At the same time, one of the things you have to love about the show are all of the clues it drops in, as well as the ability to explore a story and hook you, then leave it for awhile. That being said, expect the disappearing artist known as Pinocchio (Eion Bailey, pictured above) to return in the upcoming 18th episode, “Selfless, Brave and True,” which is scheduled to air on April 22. I think it’s fair to say that based on that, he probably won’t be wooden for much longer.