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.
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