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. (c) 2017 King Features Synd., Inc.

Q: My sis­ter and I got hooked on this se­ries we found on Net­flix called “Ver­sailles.” Can you tell us when or if it will be back for an­other sea­son? -- Jennifer T., via email

A: The lush and in­trigu­ing pe­riod piece will in­deed be back for a sec­ond sea­son. “Ver­sailles” -- which airs first across the Pond in France and Great Bri­tain -will re­turn to Ova­tion TV in the States with 10 new episodes on Satur­day, Sept. 30, at 10 p.m. ET, with a Net­flix pre­miere a few months later (an ex­act date has not yet been re­vealed).

In sea­son two, the up­ris­ing of sep­a­ratists con­tin­ues to threaten Louis XIV (played by Ge­orge Blag­den of “Vik­ings” fame) -- his life, his crown and all that he holds dear -- as they jockey for con­trol of France. Drugs, gam­bling and al­co­hol are ram­pant as nobles be­gin to poi­son each other to get closer to the king and climb the so­cial lad­der. Blinded by his pas­sion for his mis­tress Mon­tes­pan, Louis re­fuses to lis­ten to the ad­vice of the church and his clos­est ad­vis­ers.

The new sea­son sees Greta Scac­chi in the role of Madeleine de Foix, along with new­com­ers Harry Had­den-Pat­ton, Suzanne Cle­ment, Cather­ine Walker, Mark Ren­dall and Jes­sica Clark.

*** Q: It seems like I’ve been wait­ing for­ever for my ABC Wed­nes­day-night prime­time lineup to re­turn. Can you tell me when that will be? -- Keenan F., As­bury Park, New Jersey

A: The wait is al­most over. Start­ing Sept. 27 at 8, we have the sea­son pre­mieres of “The Gold­bergs,” “Speech­less,” “Mod­ern Fam­ily,” “Amer­i­can Housewife” and “Des­ig­nated Sur­vivor.” Speak­ing of the lat­ter, ABC pres­i­dent Chan­ning Dungey told TV Line that this sea­son of “Des­ig­nated Sur­vivor” won’t be as twisty-turny as sea­son one, ex­plain­ing: “As much as we love the twists and turns and the cliffhang­ers, what we’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to ex­plor­ing in sea­son two is some of the char­ac­ter re­la­tion­ships and some of the in­ter­per­sonal dy­nam­ics in the White House.”

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Q: I have waited all sum­mer for the next chap­ter of the “Curse of Oak Is­land.” Fall is al­most upon us and I haven’t seen or read when the show will re­sume. Please tell me it IS com­ing back! -- Genny F., Sum­mer­field, Florida

A: I can’t give you a de­fin­i­tive an­swer, but I can tell you what I do know. The last episode of sea­son four gave the show its high­estever rat­ings. View­ers are dy­ing to see what the Lag­ina broth­ers will dis­cover on that is­land. The broth­ers them­selves are grow­ing weary of the search and do not rel­ish leav­ing their fam­i­lies for four or five months out of the year. Se­ries cre­ator Kevin Burns told “Lo­cal Ex­press”: “We are not set to come back for an­other year; take of that what you will.” But he also said the His­tory Chan­nel would “jump at the chance” to re­new the show.

Photo credit: Photo cour­tesy Ge­orge Blag­den

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