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?
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