Q: Can you tell me if “Beauty and the Beast” has been canceled, or if not, when it will return? Also, the same for “The Lying Game” on ABC Family? – Kathy Dixon, Tonawanda
A: “The Lying Game” was canceled in 2013 after two seasons, but the news is much better for fans of “Beauty and the Beast.” As it was last year, the show will be used by the CW as a summer offering – and Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan and company already have finished production on Season 3, which starts airing May 21. The news gets even better for fans of the show, not to mention its makers, since it already has been renewed for a fourth season to be shown in 2016.
Q: Who was the first villain to appear on the 1960s “Batman” series? – Tony Lang, Cyberpace
A: As confirmed by the recently released “Complete Series” set on home video, plus the repeats that are seen on IFC and Me-TV, it was the Riddler (played by Frank Gorshin). A big-name guest star was his cohort, since Jill St. John played his moll, Molly – who met an untimely end in the Batcave, having infiltrated it while disguised as Robin.
Q: Cote de Pablo seemed comfortable speaking various languages in her role as Ziva on “NCIS.” Is she really fluent in them? – Gabrielle Hegyi, Youngstown, Ohio
A: She has said she speaks Spanish fluently as well as English, but the native of Santiago, Chile, learned to speak phonetically with most other languages during her time on the CBS series. The actress has some new professional challenges when she stars in “The Dovekeepers,” Alice Hoffman’s best-seller that executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey bring to CBS as a miniseries March 31 and April 1.