Question: I heard there's a new character joining Crossing Jordan in Season 6. Got the scoop?
Answer: Jordan's actually adding a few new characters this season. In the Oct. 20 season premiere, you'll meet the new medical examiner in the morgue, Dr. Kate Switzer, played by Grey's Anatomy's Brooke Smith. In the second episode, Jeffrey Donovan (Touching Evil) joins the cast as a special prosecutor investigating alleged improprieties in the Boston Medical Examiner's Office. Finally, a new and yet-to-be-cast rogue cop will be introduced later in the season.
Question: I was looking over the fall schedule for NBC and I happened to notice there is no time slot for Crossing Jordan. Am I to assume the worst? The season finale left us all hanging, and I certainly would like some answers. Is that going to happen, or should I just get ready for the disappointment now?
Answer: Relax. Crossing Jordan will return with a full season's worth of episodes. Just not right away. It's being held in reserve and will be back on the schedule when a slot opens up. NBC regards Jordan as a "utility player," which will draw its loyal audience to any night or time period, and the network is probably right on that count ...
Jill Hennessy, Crossing Jordan
The fifth-season finale of NBC's Crossing Jordan — also the show's 100th episode (airing Sunday at 10 pm/ET) — marks the dual milestone with one whopper of an opening: The morning after celebrating Lily's pending marriage, Jill Hennessy's lady coroner wakes up with a gun in her hand and next to the dead body of her former beau, J.D. Pollack (Charles Mesure). With little recollection of what did or did not transpire, Jordan becomes the No. 1 suspect!
Perhaps the only person taken aback more by the situation than Jordan was her portrayer. "What's funny is there were a lot of rumors going around about this episode for over a month before I actually got a script," Hennessy tells TVGuide.com. O
Question: I know scheduling is not your forte, but I'm curious if you've heard any conjecture, or have an opinion, on a scheduling item. Once NBC's new night of football bumps Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Crossing Jordan off of Sundays, do you see NBC holding them until post-football to keep them as Sunday shows, or slotting them elsewhere on the schedule so they launch "on time"?
Answer: I haven't heard anything yet, but my gut tells me NBC wouldn't bench two reliable performers like these crime dramas for the first half of the season. Given NBC's woes throughout the week, these shows can help prop up problematic nights through the fall, and once Sundays open up again in early 2007, CI and Jordan could move back to Sundays if nothing better comes along. Both shows repeat relatively well and have loyal followings. I doubt putting them on ice for several months would enhance their appeal, the way it works for 24. But then, nothing NBC does surprises me anymore. For all I know, there
Sheriff Lamb is so baaa-ad to our Veronica.
As the mystery of the bus crash deepens on UPN's Veronica Mars (Wednesdays at 9 pm/ET), how and when will viewers learn more about the students who died? Will Sheriff Lamb get what's coming to him by season's end? And is another showdown between Alyson Hannigan and Charisma Carpenter in the works? In this exclusive Q&A — and to tide you over until new episodes return in early March — Mars creator Rob Thomas provides plenty of clues in response to these and other burning questions from TVGuide.com readers.
Question: One thing I really liked about last year were the flashbacks. Are there going to be bus-crash flashbacks? And what are Lilly's chances of returning next season?&
Question: I'm sure NBC is happy with their deal to get Sunday Night Football this fall, but it makes me leery about the fate of Crossing Jordan. NBC's been a little mean to this show as of late, having long pauses in between episodes and showing horrible made-for-TV movies in its stead. So I hope that it gets another season. But even if it does, will we be seeing it on a new night or at mid-season?
Answer: I wouldn't worry about Jordan or NBC's other Sunday fixture, Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Both have solid followings and perform admirably against stiff Sunday competition. I would imagine that NBC would find new slots for them on a weeknight — Jordan would probably play well on any night, and both that and CI tend to repeat pretty well. Which is why I'd be surprised if NBC pulls a 24 on these shows and keeps them off the air until the football season is over ...