CELEBRITY EX­TRA

The Oakdale Leader - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Cindy Elavsky

Q: I just binged all of sea­son seven of “Port­landia” on Netl­fix, and I’m so wor­ried it might be the last sea­son. Please tell me I’m wrong! -Maryann G., via email

A: I am happy to re­port that you are in­deed wrong, Maryann. Start­ing Thurs­day, Jan. 18, at 10 p.m. ET, IFC will bring us one last 10-episode sea­son of the fab­u­lously funny com­edy, which stars Fred Ar­misen and Car­rie Brown­stein. Sea­son eight’s new and re­turn­ing guest stars in­clude Rachel Bloom, John Cor­bett, Terry Crews, Jeff Gold­blum, Rashida Jones, Kyle MacLach­lan, John Mu­laney, Nick Kroll, Krist Novoselic and more. As you have dis­cov­ered, view­ers can catch up on sea­sons one through seven on Net­flix and iTunes.

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Q: It’s nearly im­pos­si­ble to wade through all the home­im­prove­ment/house-flip­ping shows on TV any­more. Can you tell me what the cast of the orig­i­nal fixer-up­per show, “Trad­ing Spa­ces,” is do­ing now? -- Carolyn F., via Twit­ter A: You’ll be happy to know that the ol’ gang is get­ting back to­gether! Ru­mors have been swirling for months that the show would be re­booted, and just a few weeks ago, those ru­mors proved to be true. TLC is bring­ing back “Trad­ing Spa­ces,” as well as sev­eral of its orig­i­nal de­signer ex­perts, in spring 2018. Host Paige Davis was the first to come back aboard, with Doug Wil­son, Carter Ooster­house, Frank Bi­elec, Genevieve Gorder, Hildi Santo-To­mas, Lau­rie Smith,

Ty Pennington and Vern Yip fol­low­ing suit.

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Q: I’m so happy that “Danc­ing With the Stars” has re­turned, but where is

Ju­lianne Hough? -- Ka­ley F., Bentonville, Arkansas

A: As of this writ­ing, no of­fi­cial state­ment has been made about her de­par­ture from the show, only that the show was back to its “orig­i­nal three judges.” But never fear -- once a mem­ber of the “DWTS” fam­ily, al­ways a mem­ber of the “DWTS” fam­ily. As we know, dancers come and go, and come back again (Ju­lianne’s brother, Derek, be­ing one such dancer) de­pend­ing on their sched­ules, so I don’t see why it shouldn’t be the same for judges. Me­thinks the new­ly­wed just wanted to spend time with her new hubby, NHL player Brooks Laich, whom she mar­ried in July. Ju­lianne also re­cently launched her own line of work­out gear, so at the mo­ment, she’s got a lot on her plate. *** Q: When will all my CW su­per­hero shows be back? -- Kyle T., via email

A: Prac­ti­cally just as soon as you can read this para­graph, Kyle. “Su­per­girl” re­turns Mon­day, Oct. 9, at 8/7c (fol­lowed by the new mil­i­tary drama “Valor” at 9/8c). The next night, Tues­day, Oct. 10, brings us the re­turn of “The Flash” at 8/7c, fol­lowed by “DC’s Leg­ends of To­mor­row” at 9/8c. Oh, and in “Flash” cast­ing news, fea­ture-film ac­tor Danny Trejo (“Ma­chete,” “From Dusk Till Dawn”) joins the cast this sea­son as Breacher, a scary bounty hunter from Earth-19, who is also Gypsy’s fa­ther.

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

Photo credit: ABC/Craig Sjodin

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