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.”
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.