TV Q&A: 'Damages,' Christmas movies, 'Blue Bloods'

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Q: Has the "Damages" season five DVD set been released? There is nothing about it on Amazon.com, but some obscure sites are advertising it. Are these sites copacetic? I remember you cautioning me once about a bootleg "China Beach" DVD set that was advertised online.

Speaking of "China Beach," I saw your response to a reader several months ago that the "China Beach" DVD release was hung up over the music rights. Is this also the reason we haven't seen the DVD release of "The Wonder Years"? -- Marty, 72, Squirrel Hill, Pa.

A: Sony has not announced a release date for season five of "Damages." The fourth season came out in June. So it stands to reason that season five could come out around that time next year. And yes, "The Wonder Years" is the quintessential example of a TV series whose home video release has not happened due to music-rights issues.

Q: What happened to Jackie (Jennifer Esposito) on "Blue Bloods"? I noticed she wasn't on for a couple episodes, and Danny had a new partner. Then on the episode last week, she packed up her stuff and departed. I don't know her real name, but I really liked her as Danny's partner. What gives? Also (and this is a pet peeve), Hallmark Movie Channel started with the Christmas movies before Halloween. Now there are a couple channels showing them before Thanksgiving. Isn't it a bit early? Can't they wait until after Thanksgiving at least? -- Rita, 67, Brookline, Pa.

A: The case of Jennifer Esposito's character on "Blue Bloods" is a strange one. The actress blasted CBS for refusing to acquiesce to her doctor's orders that she work a reduced schedule due to her struggle with celiac disease. The network responded with a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, saying, "Jennifer has informed us that she is only available to work on a very limited part-time schedule. As a result, she's unable to perform the demands of her role, and we regretfully had to put her character on a leave of absence. She is a wonderfully talented actress, and we hope that she will be able to return at some point in the future."

As for the early Christmas movies, cable networks often see their ratings rise when they show Christmas movies, even before Thanksgiving. If viewers didn't watch them, networks wouldn't show them. But viewers do watch, which just encourages networks to show more Christmas movies even if it means pushing the holiday season.

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