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>Q: What has happened to "Switched at Birth"? When will it come back?

-- Bill and Bette Leatherwood, Salisbury, Mo.

A: As with so many cable series, its season has been split. The first 10 episodes ordered by ABC Family ran their course, but the good news is that they performed well enough for the network to order another 22 episodes to complete the first year.

Those are expected to begin running in January and a 32-episode order is pretty hefty for any show these days, so it also bodes well for the future of the drama that features Lea Thompson (whose daughter, Zoey Deutch, has just started as a co-star of the new series "Ringer" on The CW).


Q: Is the actress who plays Jane's mother on "Rizzoli & Isles" the same actress who played opposite Sean Connery in "Medicine Man"? It's her voice, not her look, that is familiar.

-- Jeanne Starkey, Superior, Wis.

A: Indeed, there is no mistaking that voice. In both cases, yes, it's Lorraine Bracco -- who is known to even more people from her much-praised run as Dr. Jennifer Melfi, confidante to mobster Tony (James Gandolfini), on the iconic HBO series "The Sopranos." She's also well remembered for her link to another screen mob member: Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), whose wife, Karen, she played in director Martin Scorsese's 1990 classic "GoodFellas."

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