The Showtime drama “City on the Hill” will return from July 10

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Aldis Hodge as Decourcy Ward and Kevin Bacon as Jackie Rohr in a scene from “City on a Hill”. (Francisco Roman/SHOWTIME)

Q: What is the status of “City on a Hill” with Kevin Bacon? He’s so awesome in it.

A: The drama, which also stars Aldis Hodge, will have a new season on Showtime starting July 10. Among the storylines Showtime announced for the new season: “After quitting the FBI and tossing his badge in Boston Harbor, Jackie Rohr (Bacon) lands a lavish new gig providing security for a wealthy family. Life is good until the secrets start to unfold. When an investigation opens, ADA Decourcy Ward (Hodge) sees an opportunity to finally destroy the machinery perpetuating a broken criminal justice system.

Host Trevor Noah appears at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, April 3, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Chris Pizzello/Associated Press)

Q: Please research why I’m not getting Trevor Noah’s show on Comedy Central. I was doing it until a few weeks ago and I really miss it.

A: “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” returned on April 11. Noah took a break from hosting the Grammy Awards telecast on April 3. The return will also find the show back in its old studio and with a live audience.

Mark Harmon as NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs and Sean Murray as NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee in “NCIS.” (Courtesy of CBS Broadcasting)

Q: We’re wondering if we can expect Gibbs to return to “NCIS” anytime soon.

A: This question has been asked more than once by people who apparently didn’t believe Gibbs’ goodbye in the October 2021 episode “Great Wide Open.” I can understand some confusion stemming from the fact that Gibbs (played by Mark Harmon) is still in the show’s opening credits. But while a surprise guest appearance is always a possibility, Gibbs and Harmon have essentially moved on. When the series was renewed for its 20th season recently, CBS announced that “Sean Murray, Wilmer Valderrama, Brian Dietzen, Diona Reasonover and Katrina Law, starring David McCallum, Rocky Carroll and Gary Cole, star.” No Harmon listed. (By the way, CBS also renewed “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “NCIS: Hawai’i.”)

Q: Did Mahershala Ali perform the piano pieces in “Green Book”? It certainly looked like he was, but I couldn’t find out if he was a pianist.

A: While Oscar winner Ali played famed pianist Don Shirley in the film, the film’s performances involved on-screen magic. As Vulture reported at the time, film score composer Kris Bowers made recordings recreating Shirley’s performances after careful practice: “Because he was an incredible pianist, I wanted to make sure I played everything with incredible precision.” (Shirley had died in 2013.) Ali then pretended to play — learning a few chords but focusing on proper posture for a pianist. As a result, Bowers said, Ali “seems like he’s been doing it forever.”

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