Television Q&A: No more 'Dirty Sexy Money'

Akron Beacon JournalJuly 15, 2014 

Q: In checking out DVDs at my local library I came across seasons one and two of the TV series "Dirty Sexy Money" starring Donald Sutherland. Much to my dismay the show was canceled, but I read online that four episodes (what would have been a part of season three) had been done that gave the series a proper ending. I can't find them anywhere; not even a synopsis of how the series ended. Help please!

A: If you have watched all of the two DVD sets of the 2007-09 series, you have seen all of "DSM."

Ten episodes aired in 2007 before a Hollywood writers' strike stalled production. And, while the strike ended early in 2008, "DSM" was done for the season. Thirteen episodes were made for the second season in 2008-09, but - perhaps because of the show's long hiatus - ratings were not good.

ABC dropped the show after nine telecasts that fall. That left four unaired episodes, which the network ran in summer 2009.

As for what might have been if the show had continued, series creator Craig Wright told the Los Angeles Times: "Juliet, who was played by Samaire Armstrong, was going to be involved in a Patty Hearst-like situation that would get her arrested, after a daring rescue by Nick and Jeremy. Eventually, she ends up married to a soccer coach at a small girls' boarding school in western Connecticut, where she teaches drama and raises a family of five sons. The fact that a happy ending for her will never air may be my greatest regret about the show being canceled. I wanted her to find happiness."

Q: I have been anxiously awaiting the news and heard nothing. Is "The Million Second Quiz" coming back or not?

A: Not. The series' single season on NBC did yield a winner, Andrew Kravis, who collected $2.6 million. But ratings were not strong, the format was a mess and there were reported problems with the interactive element.

Q: Whatever happened to Carol, the "girl with the horn-rimmed glasses," on the old "Shindig!" show? Is she still alive?

A: Carole Shelyne, the singer and dancer known for her horn-rimmed glasses on the 1964-66 pop music series, was enough of a sensation to even record a song "The Girl With the Horn-Rimmed Glasses." (You can hear it, and see her performing the tune on "Shindig!," on YouTube.) After that series, she focused on acting and, for more than 30 years has been an acting teacher. She has her own company, Carolyne Barry Creative Ent., and is author of the book "Hit the Ground Running: The First Years of Your Acting Career."

Q: Can you tell me if there will be more of "Low Winter Sun" in Detroit?

A: None is planned. AMC decided not to renew the little-watched show, an Americanized version of a British miniseries, after a single season in 2013. Still, the series was interesting in one respect; Mark Strong, who played a murderous lawman in the British version, did likewise in the American series, where he was a Detroit detective. You will see something similar this fall with the Fox series "Gracepoint," an Americanization of the acclaimed British series "Broadchurch;" actor David Tennant is the lead in both productions.

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