Before ABC's Revenge came along to revive the prime-time soap in all of its shamelessly melodramatic splendor, there was an irresistible British potboiler called Mistresses, a sort of Desperate Housewreckers about four glam chums with a knack for making a mess of their torrid relationships. Of which they've had plenty.
Question: I am a huge fan of PBS' Masterpiece Theatre/Mystery! series. One of my favorites is The Inspector Lynley Mysteries. Sharon Small is excellent as Barbara Havers, and her chemistry with Nathaniel Parker as Inspector Lynley is one of the best on TV. Series 5, which aired in the U.S. this year (2007), was definitely the best so far, particularly In the Blink of an Eye. It is a sign of good TV when one keeps thinking about a show, and this episode haunted me for days. I was very much looking forward to Series 6, but I've heard rumors that the show has been cancelled by the BBC. It's bad enough that the writers' strike is ongoing and that reality shows are taking over the airwaves. Now this show is gone for good? Say it ain't so!
Answer: My WGBH contact tells me that more Lynley episodes are on their way this summer — what actual season that constitutes, I'm not quite sure — but this will be the last batch. British series have a tendency to produce far fewer episodes than their U.S.