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Q&A: June 11

We're reviving "Ask Uncle Barky" and hope to answer your questions at least once a week, depending on volume. So please keep 'em coming!

Question: Has Rebecca Flores replaced Todd Carruth on Fox4 in the mornings?

Answer: Carruth recently left Fox4 as the early morning traffic reporter because he said the hours were killing him. Rebecca Flores lately has taken on that task. Says news director Maria Barrs: "Rebecca Flores is a temporary fill-in, but is also a potential candidate for the position."

Question: Has the NBC show Ed been released on DVD yet?
Ron Ousley

Answer: Officially, it's not available yet. However, bootleg copies of the complete series are being sold on the Internet if you want to take a chance. But I wouldn't take that chance.

Question: I would be interested to hear your thoughts on the CW's Reaper. I've been watching it since its inception based on your recommendation and have found it to be reliably entertaining. Especially Ray Wise. Any info on whether the show will survive for another season?
Mike Beisel

Answer: CW says that Reaper will return sometime in midseason on an undisclosed night. I agree that it's "reliably entertaining," with former Twin Peaks nutball Ray Wise the best thing about the show.

Question: Is HBO planning to bring back Deadwood?
M. Cress

Answer: It's getting more and more problematic, but not impossible. Series creator David Milch currently is committed to the upcoming HBO series Last of the Ninth, a New York cop drama. And Deadwood linchpin Ian McShane, who played profane town boss Al Swearengen, is doing a new NBC series Kings, which is set to premiere early next year.

HBO originally announced two years ago that it planned to make a pair of two-hour Deadwood movies. But nothing has materialized since, making any return of Deadwood seem like a longshot at this point.

Question: Is CBS planning on doing another series of Big Brother this summer as they do traditionally?
Andy Waters

Answer: Yes. The scheduled premiere of Big Brother 10 is on Sunday, July 13th.

Question: Any idea on how long Channel 11 is going to continue this charade of Kristine Kahanek being referred to as the chief meteorologist while they clearly shove Larry Mowry down our throats when the critical weather occurs? It has to be uncomfortable and demeaning for her.
Tony Sanfelippo

Answer: Let's just say that CBS11 wants to re-sign Kahanek to a new contract, but that Mowry clearly is the station's featured meteorologist of the future. Station management loves his work, and feels that he can make a big difference in the pivotal weather coverage competition. I'm not sure if Kahanek considers this demeaning or not, but she probably doesn't miss the late night hours.

Question: Whatever happened to Bonnie Behrend, the WFAA reporter who caused a stir when she did that report on Cozumel and appeared on-camera, snorkeling in a white bikini? Where did she land? Is she doing OK?
Kirby Warnock

Answer: Actually, it was a white one-piece suit, but still eyecatching. We've previously had news about Behrend on unclebarky.com. And she's since posted the bathing suit footage on youtube. Here it is: