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Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker is back for some episodes when “The Shield” returns with new shows in April.
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TV Mailbox: ‘The Shield’ will begin it sixth season in April

By Jay Bobbin - ZAP2IT
Updated: 03/05/07 10:51 AM

 Q: My favorite show is “The Shield” on FX. When will it return? — Titia Knight, Flagler Beach, Fla.

A: The police drama’s sixth year is set to start April 3 exactly one week after Courteney Cox’s “Dirt” evacuates the time slot. Expect Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) to spend a lot of the new episodes seeking his comrade Lem’s killer — who is much closer than Mackey suspects.

Forest Whitaker, who just won an Academy Award for “The Last King of Scotland,” will return in some of the new stories. Final-season “Shield” installments are expected to begin production soon and begin turning up on FX early next year.

Q: Is the actress who plays Lindsay on “CSI: NY” leaving that show? — Leslie Bassini, Glen Cove, N.Y.

A: She’s only gone temporarily. Anna Belknap took maternity leave to have her first child with actor husband Eric Siegel (“The Guardian”). They welcomed a baby girl Jan. 14.

Q: Will the second season of “Twin Peaks” ever be released on DVD? — Chris Byrne, Lorain, Ohio

A: Yes, and reasonably soon. Paramount Home Video plans to issue Year Two of producer David Lynch’s offbeat series in a single set April 10.

Q: My wife and I recently watched the movie “Mercenary for Justice,” and we certainly recognized Steven Seagal, but we can’t agree on who the female lead was. I say Catherine Zeta-Jones, but my wife says she just looked like her. Can you confirm who played the role?— Larry Anderson, Columbus, Ohio

A: Your wife wins. It was Jacqueline Lord, a relative newcomer whose credits also include episodes of the series “Joey” and “Quintuplets.”

Q: I enjoyed the series “Identity” that was on briefly in December. Will it be back anytime soon? — Carol Nicolai, Vancouver, Wash.

A: Yes, but at this writing, we can’t tell you exactly when. NBC plans to bring it back in March, but the exact date and time hadn’t been provided yet. Comedian-magician Penn Jillette will be back as host of the game show, which was launched over five consecutive nights and is sort of an expanded “To Tell the Truth,” with players having to match each of a dozen people to clues that are provided — with more correct guesses meaning more money won. The top prize possible is $500,000.

Q: Please tell me the name of the show that was hosted by Robert Stack some years ago. — Sherwood Gray, Sparks, Nev.

A: That would have been “Unsolved Mysteries,” which proved a successful enough franchise to be picked up by CBS in 1998 after it had aired for a decade on NBC. Several of the cases examined on the series were turned into separate TV movies by NBC; some of those films still turn up often on Lifetime, which also ran the original series for quite a while.

Q: As a child, I loved watching the series “The Wild Wild West” with Robert Conrad and Ross Martin. Is it available on DVD? — Michael Scrimenti, Paramus, N.J.

A: Paramount Home Entertainment released the show’s first season last June, and the second year of the James Bondlike Western is due in stores March 20.

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