CELEBRITY EX­TRA

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

Q: I love Kris­ten Bell. Is it true that she’ll be back in a revival of “Veron­ica Mars”? Please say yes! -Ken­dra F., via email

A: Yes, but they are not sure yet when this will hap­pen. Kris­ten and cre­ator Rob Thomas have teased its re­turn in a spe­cial six-episode re­dux of the cult-hit se­ries. The only hitch: They have to work around her sched­ule for “The Good Place” and Rob’s sched­ule for the CW’s “Lost Boys” revival.

Rob re­cently re­vealed: “Kris­ten and I both want to fig­ure out some way we could do a six-episode ‘Veron­ica Mars’ mys­tery. If I were a bet­ting man, I bet that it will hap­pen. I just don’t know when it will be. We need to find a win­dow where we could both do it. When ac­tors are on net­work shows, most stan­dard con­tracts will give them outs for, like, one episode a year of guest-star­ring. But then there also are some­times outs if you’re do­ing some­thing that is non­com­pet­i­tive. Would NBC con­sider a ‘Veron­ica Mars’ thing on, like, Net­flix non­com­pet­i­tive? We haven’t fig­ured that out yet.”

Q: You men­tioned a while back that “Hand of God” would be back on Ama­zon soon, but I haven’t been able to find any­thing else about it. Do you have an up­date? -- Valerie F., Madi­son, Wisc.

A: The sec­ond and fi­nal sea­son of the se­ries star­ring Ron Perl­man and Dana De­lany is slated for March 10. Cre­ator Ben Watkins gave me a few teasers on what to ex­pect: “In sea­son two, Per­nell’s em­pire is in jeop­ardy, and part of that Har­ris-fam­ily em­pire in­cludes (new cast mem­ber) Linda Gray (as Per­nell’s aunt). She be­comes a big­ger part of the story be­cause she wants to make sure that if he goes down, the Har­ris fam­ily doesn’t go down with him. We get to ex­plore a lit­tle bit about what was go­ing on with PJ and the soft­ware he was work­ing on. And there’s a con­nec­tion there to Jo­ce­lyn (PJ’s wife) -- that mys­tery is driven by Crys­tal Har­ris. She re­ally steps into a lead­ing role and drives the story for­ward be­cause she is in­tent on find­ing out what hap­pened to her son’s soft­ware and ful­fill­ing his legacy.”

Q: Do you know if “Long­mire” will be back for a sixth sea­son on Net­flix? -Jeff S., via email

A: Net­flix has an­nounced that the West­ern crime drama will be back for a sixth and fi­nal sea­son. All we know as of this writ­ing is that it will pre­miere some­time this year, and it will be 10 episodes. Ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers Greer Shep­hard, Hunt Bald­win and John Coveny re­leased this state­ment: “We are grate­ful to Net­flix for the op­por­tu­nity to com­pose a clos­ing chap­ter for th­ese beloved char­ac­ters who in­spire last­ing mem­o­ries. Most im­por­tantly, we’re com­mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing a dy­namic and sat­is­fy­ing con­clu­sion to our fans that re­wards their long­time loy­alty.”

Photo credit: Ron Batz­dorff/NBC

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