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Q: When will this Draughtlander be over? I need my “Outlander”! -Haylie T., via email
A: It won’t be too much longer until we get to see Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) as they make their new life in North Carolina. “Outlander” returns to Starz on Nov. 4 with 13 new episodes. Season four promises to be just as adventurous, dramatic and romantic as the first three. (This season is based on “Drums of Autumn.”) Jamie won’t stay out of trouble for long, and a few characters (hint: another strongwilled redhead) will show up in unexpected places. Also, the series has already been renewed for a fifth and sixth season, so we’ll have many more years of our favorite time-traveling fantasy.
Q: I have been watching this beautiful series on Ovation called “Versailles,” which takes place in France during the reign of Louis XIV. Will it be back for another season? -- Ginnie F., Norfolk, Virginia
A: The gorgeous period drama will return to Ovation for its third and final season on Oct. 6, with 10 allnew episodes exploring the art and culture, greed and deception, sex and politics, and duplicity and murder that all collided in the court of Louis XIV. In this final season, Louis XIV (George Blagden) resolves to regain control of his own life, his precious Versailles, and France itself. But rebellion is in the air and new challenges are brewing inside Versailles, as well as outside.
Emboldened by his new favorite mistress, Madame de Maintenon (Catherine Walker), he won’t relent in his quest for absolute power, convinced of his own divine powers. Meanwhile, Queen Marie-Therese (Elisa Lasowski) becomes intimate with her cousin, Louis’ archenemy Leopold (Rory Keenan), and Prince Philippe (Alexander Vlahos) suspects his brother is hiding a dark secret that only a mysterious prisoner in an iron mask can corroborate.
Q: Earlier this year I was hooked on a show called “The Alienist,” so I decided to read the books it was based on as well. There is so much more left to be told; please tell me it’ll be back for more seasons. -Henry T., via email A: TNT has indeed ordered more of this series, which focuses on Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Bruhl), a brilliant and obsessive “alienist” in the controversial new field of treating mental pathologies. This limited series will be called “The Angel of Darkness,” and it’s based on Caleb Carr’s second book in the “Alienist” series. Luke Evans and Dakota Fanning also will return for this all-new storyline. READERS: After 12 years of having an absolute blast writing this entertainment column, it is time for me to say farewell. While the column will continue -- in the capable hands of a friend and colleague -- it will have to soldier on without me. But I hope we’ll stay in touch -- you can follow me on Twitter @CindyElavsky. This isn’t goodbye; it’s see you later.