Q: What ever happened to "Russian Doll"? I found it very interesting and wonder why there was not more.
A: A second season of the series starring and co-created by Natasha Lyonne was ordered back in 2019 with production to resume in 2020. But as with so many shows, this one was delayed because of the pandemic. Production finally got going in March of this year, and several reports predict that it will arrive on Netflix in 2022.
My 'Kingdom' for another season
Q: I have been waiting with many other fans for "Animal Kingdom's" fifth and final season. When is it coming back?
A: TNT has set the arrival of the fifth season for July 11. But that's not the final one: There will be a sixth season to wrap up the series. As for what the fifth holds, here's a taste from TNT: "Pope (Shawn Hatosy), Craig (Ben Robson), Deran (Jake Weary) and J (Finn Cole) are still dealing with the fallout from the events surrounding Smurf's death, including family members out for revenge. With their kingdom without a leader, the Cody family's struggle to maintain their fragile alliance, and to see which of them will come out on top. Meanwhile, they search for more information on Pamela Johnson, whom Smurf made the beneficiary of her estate. And back in 1984, an increasingly volatile 29-year-old Smurf (played by Leila George) is forging her own path raising Pope and Julia and leading the charge on dangerous jobs with new and old friends."
Waite, Waite, don't tell me
Q: I have been racking my brain about a movie I saw when I was a kid. This movie was set in the late 1970s or early 1980s in Florida and it involved a family that was tricked into involuntary servitude and their struggle to escape. I am not sure, but I thought Ralph Waite played the father.
A: These "what was that movie?" questions can be stumpers, but having a cast member — in this case Ralph Waite — is often a key. The movie you remember was a made-for-TV film from 1980 called "Angel City." Ralph Waite and Paul Winfield played "migrant workers entrapped by cruel labor contracts," says one reference, with Mitch Ryan as their evil boss.
Tucci to return to 'Italy'
Q: My wife and I had been watching and immensely enjoying "Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy" on CNN. It abruptly stopped after airing five episodes when there were supposed to be 20 episodes. Do you know if CNN has plans to air the remaining 15 episodes?
A: The series was designed to run six episodes, all of which have aired. But there will be more since a second season has been ordered for telecast in 2022.
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