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

Q: Is “The Orville” ever go­ing to come back? Re­cently there was a re­peat episode, then noth­ing. I re­ally liked that show. -- Richard W., Batesville, In­di­ana

A: The sci­ence-fic­tion com­edy -- which stars and was cre­ated by Seth MacFar­lane of “Fam­ily Guy” fame -- will be back for a sec­ond sea­son on Fox. Look for its two-hour sea­son pre­miere on Dec. 30. “The Orville” is a live-ac­tion, one-hour space-ad­ven­ture series set 400 years in the fu­ture that fol­lows the USS Orville, a mi­dlevel ex­ploratory space­ship. Seth stars as Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer Ed Mercer. His exwife, Kelly Grayson (played by Adri­anne Pal­icki), is his first of­fi­cer. The series also stars Penny John­son Jer­ald, Scott Grimes, Peter Ma­con, Hal­ston Sage, J. Lee, Mark Jack­son and Chad L. Cole­man.

Q: I love Tracy Mor­gan’s new show “The Last O.G.” Will it be back for an­other sea­son? Please say yes! ~ Hal T., via email

A: Yes! “The Last O.G.” has been re­newed by TBS for its sopho­more sea­son. The series cen­ters on Tray (played by Tracy Mor­gan), who is re­leased from a 15-year prison stint to a changed and un­fa­mil­iar world. Re­turn­ing to his newly gen­tri­fied Brook­lyn neigh­bor­hood, Tray discovers that his former girl­friend Shay (Tif­fany Had­dish) is mar­ried to an­other man and has been rais­ing Tray’s twins, who he never knew ex­isted.

“The Last O.G.” was rated 2018’s No. 1 ca­ble com­edy series. Not only that, it also set the record as TBS’s big­gest pro-so­cial mar­ket­ing cam­paign for a scripted series. TBS col­lab­o­rated with sev­eral greater New York City area or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing Êthe For­tune So­ci­ety, Greyston Bak­ery, STATE, NYC Parks and Rec, and the New York Hous­ing Au­thor­ity Êto di­rectly con­nect with the com­mu­ni­ties they serve, while rais­ing aware­ness and high­light­ing the timely, cul­tur­ally and so­cially rel­e­vant themes sur­faced by the show. The pro­gram staged ben­e­fits, and re­fur­bished play­grounds and bas­ket­ball courts, among other char­i­ta­ble of­fer­ings.

Q: We saw Harry Con­nick Jr. in Fort My­ers, Florida, this month. He was won­der­ful and we were look­ing for­ward to see­ing his tele­vi­sion show. I con­tacted some­one from CBS and was told he will not re­turn in the fall. I hope we can save his show. -- Penny O., via email

A: Un­for­tu­nately, this one looks like a done deal. The an­nounce­ment was made back in Fe­bru­ary, with the fi­nal orig­i­nal show air­ing Sept. 14. Harry Con­nick Jr. re­leased this state­ment: “I have truly loved do­ing this show and ap­pre­ci­ate your wel­com­ing me into your homes ev­ery sin­gle day. I’m in­cred­i­bly proud of the show we pro­duced over the past two sea­sons. We tried to cre­ate a safe place where fam­i­lies could gather to be en­ter­tained, up­lifted and in­spired, and where we could cel­e­brate ev­ery­day women who work hard to make our world a bet­ter place. I am truly grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity and will con­tinue to find av­enues to up­lift our coun­try.”

Photo credit: Ka­reem Black/TBS

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