The Oakdale Leader - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Cindy Elavsky

Q: It’s been a while since I’ve heard any­thing about “Ozark.” Can you give me any in­for­ma­tion? It will be back, won’t it? -- Christo­pher T., Al­liance, Ohio

A: The Ja­son Bate­man-star­ring drama will re­turn to Net­flix for its sec­ond sea­son on Aug. 31, when the stream­ing net­work drops 10 brand-new episodes. Judg­ing by the trailer for new sea­son, it’s go­ing to be even darker than the first (if that’s even pos­si­ble). The pre­view opens with the Byrde fam­ily at­tend­ing a funeral, with Wendy’s (Laura Lin­ney) voiceover to Marty (Ja­son Bate­man): “We’ve done a lot of things -- things that we said we would never do . ... What is the endgame?” I’m am ea­ger to find out.

Q: One of my guilty pleasures is binge-watch­ing “Foren­sic Files,” and I came across an in­ter­est­ing episode about an au­thor, Michael Peter­son, ac­cused of killing his wife, and at the end, they had a post­script writ­ten on-screen to say that he got a new trial and ended up be­ing re­leased. What’s the story be­hind that? -- Gina T., via email A: I re­mem­ber hear­ing about this case when it came out, and it has more twists and turns than one of Michael’s own nov­els. “The Stair­case,” which was orig­i­nally re­leased in 2004 in France, is a 13-part minis­eries on Net­flix that tells the whole story of the mur­der, the new trial and sup­po­si­tions about what Michael says ac­tu­ally hap­pened that night. It is quite en­gross­ing and re­ally ex­plores the Amer­i­can ju­di­cial sys­tem. If you liked “Mak­ing a Mur­derer,” then give “The Stair­case” a try.

READ­ERS: I am super sad to re­port that NBC has de­cided to can­cel “Time­less.” The time-trav­el­ing drama made his­tory (pun in­tended) last year when it was can­celed af­ter its first sea­son, and then quickly un­canceled a few days later. Sea­son two brought us so many more answers -- with just as many questions -- as Lucy, Wy­att, Ru­fus, Jiya and Flynn spent each week try­ing to stop Rit­ten­house’s plan to change his­tory and take over the world. The sea­son fi­nale had present­day Lucy (played by Abi­gail Spencer) and Wy­att (Matt Lan­ter) com­ing face to face with their fu­ture selves, when the lat­ter showed up in a blinged-out lifeboat, urg­ing them to get on board if they wanted to save Ru­fus.

But all is not com­pletely lost: Ev­ery­one in­volved has ex­pressed in­ter­est in film­ing a two-hour movie to help wrap up loose ends. Co-creator Shawn Ryan tweeted: “If NBC is sin­cere in want­ing a two-hour movie to give much needed clo­sure to our amaz­ing @NBCTime­less fans, we are ready to make it.” As of this writ­ing, no of­fi­cial movie an­nounce­ment has been made, and maybe I’m still hold­ing out hope that an­other net­work will pick it up. Net­flix saved Fox’s “Lu­cifer”; is it too much to ask to save my fa­vorite time­trav­el­ing his­tory buffs?

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

Photo credit: Daniel McFad­den/Net­flix

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