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Q&A: Oct. 30

Question: We have watched the Friday evening show Women's Murder Club. It seems horrible at first look, but we have not seen any ratings. Will it survive?
Tim Mooney

Answer: ABC's Women's Murder Club, starring Dallas native Angie Harmon and based on the string of James Patterson novels, so far is doing well in the overall Nielsen ratings. It currently ranks 35th among all prime-time series, averaging 10.1 million viewers per episode.

Among advertiser-craved 18-to-49-year-olds, though, Murder Club sags to 75th place, narrowly trailing CBS' competing new series Moonlight and ranking just a few rungs ahead of NBC's exemplary Friday Night Lights. ABC is in no hurry to drop the series, but eventually will do so if it continues to "skew old." It's a great example of the tyranny of the demographic.

Question: Good Morning America is running promos on MSNBC that it's adding a third hour. What if anything does this mean for the future of Good Morning Texas (locally produced by Belo8)? What's the scoop?

Answer: For now, don't worry. The extra hour of GMA, launched in September, airs only on ABC News NOW, the network's broadband, mobile and cable network. It's anchored by Chris Cuomo and is available on some North Texas cable systems, including Verizon Fios and Charter.

Question: I was watching Curb Your Enthusiasm a few weeks ago. Larry was speaking with a bartender hired for a party at Ted Danson's house. The bartender looked a lot like Tom Cruise. He even had some of the same mannerisms. I know Cruise has a cousin in the business and uses him in some of his movies, and this wasn't him. Does Cruise have a brother in the business? The resemblance was uncanny.
Ed Coffey

Answer: Hmm. I can't find any evidence that Cruise has a brother, but he does have three sisters. The cousin you refer to, William Mapother, has played a prominent member of "The Others" on Lost and also guested this season on the first episode of the new Fox series K-Ville. Cruise's full name is Thomas Cruise Mapother IV.

Question: Will Battlestar Galactica on Sci Fi rerun episodes and/or show new episodes? Where can I catch up with the latest episodes?
Michael Buss

Answer: The fourth and concluding season of Battlestar Galactica is due in April of next year. However, a new, two hour "extended episode," Battlestar Galactica: Razor will be shown on big screens in select cities on Nov. 12 before making its Sci Fi Channel debut on Nov. 24th. Dallas is one of those cities, and you can go here for more information on tickets, theaters and times.

Hulu.com, a new Web site jointly run by NBC Universal and Fox, soon will be providing past episodes of Battlestar Galactica and many other series. You can register now. Repeats of Battlestar Galactica episodes currently aren't running on the old school tube, but you should be able to find used DVD collections on amazon.com, etc.