CELEBRITY EX­TRA

Escalon Times - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Cindy Elavsky

Q: I am so taken with the new series “This Is Us.” It’s such a wonderful ensem­ble piece; I care about the lives of ev­ery sin­gle char­ac­ter! Do you know yet if it has been re­newed for an­other sea­son? -- Layla C., via email

A: NBC’s fresh­man fam­ily dram­edy has in­deed been re­newed for a sec­ond sea­son. And I can do you one bet­ter: NBC has so much faith in its new series -- judg­ing by fan re­sponse, it’s with good rea­son -- that the net­work has gone ahead and re­newed it for a third sea­son as well. This is al­most un­prece­dented, usu­ally it’s the long-es­tab­lished series that get mul­ti­ple-sea­son renewals, not new series. That re­ally says some­thing about the net­work’s con­fi­dence in “This Is Us.”

Q: Is it true that “Charmed” is be­ing re­vived? -- Va­lerie F., via Twit­ter

A: The CW re­cently con­firmed ru­mors that it is de­vel­op­ing a re­vival of the net­work’s pop­u­lar su­per­nat­u­ral series, which aired from 1998-2006. The catch with the reimag­in­ing of the series is that it will be set BE­FORE the orig­i­nal one -- 1976, to be ex­act. The new ver­sion will be writ­ten byÊJes­sica O’Toole, Amy Rardin and Jen­nie Sny­der, who all work on the CW’s “Jane the Vir­gin.” Since they are in the very early stages of de­vel­op­ment, no char­ac­ters, sto­ry­line or cast has been an­nounced yet, but I’ll keep you posted. Q: The sur­re­al­ness of the cur­rent pres­i­den­tial elec­tion got me to think­ing about my fa­vorite fic­tional pres­i­dent: Frank Un­der­wood. Can you tell me when “House of Cards” will be back? -- Niall T. in Ne­vada

A: Sea­son five of the high­stakes po­lit­i­cal drama will drop May 30 on Net­flix. As with ev­ery sea­son, all episodes will be avail­able at once, but try to pace your­self. If you’re like me, you’ll watch them all in one week­end and then be sad that you have to wait an­other whole year to see what Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and the rest of the gang have up their sleeves. Also re­turn­ing are Michael Kelly, Jayne Atkin­son, Neve Campbell, Derek Ce­cil, Paul Sparks and Joel Kin­na­man. I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to this sea­son. With the tagline: “We make the ter­ror,” and with Frank and Claire run­ning as pres­i­dent and vice pres­i­dent, re­spec­tively, it’s just opened up a whole new world of das­tardly deeds done un­der the guise of pa­tri­o­tism.

Q: I be­lieve the true­crime movie that is go­ing to air on ID is called “Fa­tal Vi­sion,” not “Fi­nal Vi­sion,” as you stated in a pre­vi­ous col­umn. “Fa­tal Vi­sion” is the ti­tle of the book that Joe McGin­niss wrote con­cern­ing the Jef­frey Mac­Don­ald case. Don’t know where you got “Fi­nal” from, but it is in­cor­rect. -- Jan­ice A., via email

A: Oops, Jan­ice, you caught me be­ing hu­man! Yes, you are cor­rect in that the movie is called “Fa­tal Vi­sion.” I apol­o­gize for my slip of the fin­ger.

Write to Cindy at King Fea­tures Weekly Ser­vice, 628 Vir­ginia Drive, Or­lando, FL 32803; or e-mail her at let­ters@cindyelavsky.com.

Photo credit: Net­flix

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