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CELEBRITY EXTRA

I am bummed that almost all of my shows are finished airing new episodes for the season. What can I do to fill up all these free times? — Hailey J., via e-mail

Many television shows and stars are trying their hand at creating Webisodes — mini television episodes created exclusively for the web. “The Office” has really been leading the way in this latest development with its different webisode series like “The Accountants,” “Kevin’s Loan,” “The Outburst” and the current “Blackmail.” Also, you can catch “30 Rock”’s Jack McBrayer in his webexclusive content called “Kenneth the Web Page.” Jane Krakowski (also of “30 Rock”) is featured in an ongoing set of webisodes for Breyers Smooth and Dreamy ice cream (www.smoothanddreamy.com), lending modern, comedic twists to iconic scenes from classic films such as “Gone With the Wind” and “King Kong.” Go to some of your favorite shows’ official websites and see what extra content they have to offer to help you get through the summer!

Can you tell me if one of my favorites will be back, Fox’s “’Til Death”? I haven’t heard anything of it in a while. — Janice S., Cleburne, Texas

Despite its low third-season ratings, Fox has decided to renew the Brad Garrett comedy for a fourth season. The third season saw a cast shake-up, with the Woodcocks (Eddie Kaye Thomas and Kat Foster) all but disappearing and the show focusing more on the Starks (Brad Garrett and Joely Fisher). Look for the fourth season to begin airing this fall.

Are the rumors true that Simon Cowell is leaving “American Idol”? The show wouldn’t be the same without him. — Peggy, via e-mail

Someday, Simon Cowell will leave “American Idol,” and that day is when the show is no longer No. 1 in the Nielsen ratings. He recently said: “It’s like running in the 100 meters and saying ‘I came in fifth.’ Why bother? Being No. 1 is verging on an obsession with me. I don’t like being No. 2.” As of now, he will be filling his judge’s chair at least until the end of next season, when his contract with Fox expires. I was a great fan of “Once and Again” with Sela Ward and Billy Campbell. A while back, I read that the third and final season would be released on DVD in January 2006, but it never was. Do you know what’s going on? — Eileen M., via e-mail

Without explanation, “Once and Again: Season Three” has been delayed in its release on DVD. About a year or so ago, the folks at ABC were looking to find a new distributor for the show, since Buena Vista’s rights on the series were about to expire. Whatever company purchases the show will have DVD distribution rights, meaning, the new owners could find it in their hearts to give fans the final season of this popular drama series.

Have a question for Cindy? E-mail her at letters@cindyelavsky.com, or write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, PO Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Copyright 2009 King Features Syndicate

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