By Cindy Elavsky
Q: I am in such suspense from that winter finale for “Designated Survivor”! Will it be back in January so we can see who was shot by the sniper? — Marian E., via email
A: You’ll have to wait just a little longer to see who took the bullet. From the promotional trailer, we know that it wasn’t Aaron Shore, Emily Rhodes or Mike Ritter. We’ll find out who that is on the operating table come Wednesday, March 8, at 10/9c. Who do you think got shot? I’ll place $5 on the victim being Alex Kirkman (played by Natascha McElhone), although I don’t think she’ll die — it’s just enough to hit home for President Tom Kirkman and get him really fired up to figure out the conspiracy behind the Capitol bombing. I realize this isn’t “24” and Kiefer Sutherland can’t go all vigilante since he’s the president of the United States, but I still would like to see more fire and outrage from his character, and this definitely would do the trick! And they have plenty of time to explore every possibility, since ABC granted the popular series a full-season, 22-episode pickup almost as soon as it came out of the gate. ***
Q: Is it true that there is going to be a “Blade Runner” sequel? If so, will Harrison Ford return? — Lee T., Baton Rouge, Louisiana
A: Yes and yes. Ridley Scott has followed up his cult-hit 1982 science-fiction film with “Blade Runner 2049,” which is due Oct. 6. The sequel stars Ryan Gosling, and yes, Harrison Ford, who is reprising his role of Rick Deckard. Fans are always hesitant when it comes to reboots and sequels, so the stars have to be aligned for something like this to work, and I think that because Ridley and Harrison are back, and Ryan has been added to the cast, that we’ll have another blockbuster phenomenon on our hands this fall. I can’t wait to see it! ***
Q: Can you tell me what Joseph Fiennes has been up to lately? I haven’t seen him in anything in a while. — Felicity F., via Facebook
A: You can catch Ralph Fiennes’ baby brother in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which is coming to Hulu this April. The 10-episode series follows the Margaret Atwood book of the same name, centering on life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (played by Elisabeth Moss), is a handmaid in household of Commander Fred Waterford (played by Joseph), one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. The series also stars Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley and Max Minghella. Write to Cindy at King Features Weekly Service, 628 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803; or e-mail her at email@example.com. (c) 2017 King Features Synd., Inc.