Celebrity Extra – Feb. 15, 2018

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Q: My girlfriend and I recently binge-watched “American Vandal” on Netflix. Will there be more episodes? – Victor F., via email

American Vandal Season 1 stars Tyler Alvarez (Tyler Golden/Netflix photo)

A: The half-hour mockumentary, which spoofs shows such as “Making a Murderer” and “Serial,” has been renewed for an eight-episode second season by the streaming giant. Scheduled to air sometime this year (no date as yet), season two again will feature high-school student andburgeoning documentarian Peter Maldonado (Tyler Alvarez) as he tries to solve a mystery at a different school with a new set of students.

As you’ll recall, season one centered on the mystery of who spray-painted penises on 23 teachers’ cars at Peter’s school, with Peter’s aim to vindicate accused vandal Dylan Maxwell. While the storyline might seem juvenile on the surface, the execution of the story is anything but. The series is a brilliantly amusing (and heartbreaking) look at high-school life, social pressures and societal pigeonholing – all set on the backdrop of a fascinating mystery.

Q: With the recent reboots of “Will and Grace,” “Full House” and “Roseanne,” etc., are there any new/old shows to add to the redux list? – Michael T. in Florida

A: It seems that everything old is new again. The latest ’80s/’90s sitcom to get the green light for another go-round is the astoundingly ahead-of-its-time newsroom sitcom “Murphy Brown.” CBS has given the order for a 13-episode season, which will star Candice Bergen and have creator Diane English on board. According to deadline.com: “Talks are underway with original cast members to return.” Now all we need is a new iteration of “Family Ties” (imagine what intelligent writers could do to skewer the current administration) and “Designing Women,” and I’m all set!

Q: Do you have any news about “House of Cards”? I was so worried it would be canceled after the sexual-misconduct news surrounding Kevin Spacey was revealed. – Wanda B., via email

A: As I’ve reported, “House of Cards” will be back for its sixth and final season, with Kevin Spacey having nothing whatsoever to do with the production. This last season will focus on Robin Wright’s character, President Claire Underwood, and will have eight episodes instead of its usual 13. This season also will see some new faces: Academy Award-nominated actors Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear have been tapped to play siblings, but that’s all we know about their characters as of this writing.

And some more news that absolutely thrills me is that “Unreal” star Constance Zimmer is returning to her pivotal role of investigative reporter Janine Skorsky. Word has it she will play a big role in this upcoming season. Something tells me she might be trying to blow the lid off all the nefarious doings of those dastardly wonderful Underwoods. Patricia Clarkson, Campbell Scott, Michael Kelly, Jayne Atkinson, Boris McGiver and Derek Cecil also will return to wrap up the series.

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

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