It's been two Fridays since the last Ask Alan, so it's time once again for me to provide rapid-fire answers to your questions. I was able to squeeze four in this time out — covering a show that got renewed and then canceled, actors with multiple hits, an alternate reality where Vince Gilligan asks my advice for writing "Better Call Saul," and the wild improbability of anyone ever coming close to the "M*A*S*H" finale ratings — and hopefully I didn't talk too fast in the process.

As always, you can send questions — the more concisely-worded, the better — to