Ask (September 29, 2009)

Want to know the status of a particular movie, TV show, or band? Wondering what a certain actress is up to these days? Send your entertainment-related questions to — with your first name, city and country — and we’ll try to answer as many as we can.

Question: I absolutely loved Linda Villarosa‘s book, Passing For Black. I was wondering if she’s working on another novel.

? Janay, Detroit, MI

Linda Villarosa

Answer: Linda Villarosa is a busy woman, but I tracked her down and asked her to give us the scoop on how she’ll be following up on the success of her first novel:

Thank you for asking! I have another novel in my head but that’s the only place it is right now. I’m teaching writing and media studies full time at City College in New York, so my time is short these days.

And I’m co-writing a documentary for PBS on AIDS in the African-American community beginning in November, which means I’ll be more journalistic than novelistic for at least half of next year. But I’ve got a notebook full of notes and ideas. And I loved writing Passing for Black and was very encouraged by my Lambda Literary Award nomination this year. So I’ll keep you posted!

In the meantime, you can always check out Villarosa’s non-fiction work, including Body & Soul: The Black Women’s Guide to Physical Health and Emotional Well-Being (2003) and The Black Parenting Book: Caring for Our Children in the First Five Years (2003).

Question: I read some where the ABC’s Defying Gravity will only air the remaining episodes in Canada. I’m from Canada so this doesn’t effect me, but did the show get cancelled?

?Ana, Vancouver, Canada

The cast of Defying Gravity

Answer: No one is using the “c-word” at this point, but things don’t look good for the astronauts of Defying Gravity, starring starring Christina Cox, Laura Harris, and Ron Livingston.

The fate of the relatively new show, described by cast and crew alike as “Grey’s Anatomy in space,” is still up in the air (no pun intended). With the airing of the eighth episode on September 13, ABC announced it as the “Season Finale, ” though the series was supposed to have at least two more episodes running through October.

Canadian network CTV aired a ninth episode (“Eve Ate The Apple”) on Friday, September 18, but hasn’t aired any episodes since. Space TV (part of CTV), is slated to run the remaining four episodes on October, 2, 9, 16, and 23. That would wrap up the first, and perhaps only, season of the show.