What happened to entertaining ‘Bones’IJ

March 11, 2012

Q: Has the TV show “Bones” on Fox been canceled? Has it aired and I have missed it? The last show I saw was when Bones and Booth had found an apartment to live together and their baby had not been born yet. I really like this show and I hope it has not been canceled.

A: As I mentioned in last week’s mailbag, the show has just been in hiatus, in part because of co-star Emily Deschanel’s maternity leave. But, since that answer, Fox has announced a new return date and night for the show. It will now be back on April 2, with telecasts at 8 p.m. Mondays. “House” will move to 9 p.m. Mondays.

“House,” as you may know, is in its final season; a retrospective special is set for 8 p.m. May 21, followed by the series finale at 9 p.m. “Bones” will be pre-empted on that night.

Q: Several months ago, we watched “The Touch,” with Kevin Bacon as a father trying to reconnect with his autistic son. It was listed as a pilot episode, but we’ve found no ensuing episodes. Is it still on somewhere?

A: The TV series “Touch,” starring Kiefer Sutherland, had a sneak preview some time back as Fox tried to drum up interest in the program. Although a previous premiere date was announced, the latest news from Fox includes a replay of the previewed episode at 9 p.m. March 15, followed by telecasts of new episodes beginning March 22.

Since we are catching up with schedule changes, Fox’s 25th-anniversary special, previously announced for April 1, will now air April 22.

By the way, the anniversary marks Fox’s programming prime time with series such as “Married … With Children” and “21 Jump Street” (which has gotten a big-screen reboot) in April 1987. The network’s first program was late night’s “The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers” in October 1986.

Q: I would like to know the name of the African-American man who plays a lab tech on “Body of Proof” and is he the same man who did the Miller Lite or Bud beer commercials. (Not sure which beer.) He sure sounds like the same person.

A: And he is. Windell D. Middlebrooks, a veteran of many TV shows, became even more noticed when he starred in commercials for Miller High Life. The native Texan plays Curtis Brumfield on ABC’s “Body of Proof”; he has also appeared on “Scrubs,” “Cougar Town,” “Parks and Recreation” and other series.