Ask Stacy for Jan. 7-8, 2017

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DEAR STACY: I really enjoy "The Expanse" and Thomas Jane. Are they coming back with another season, and if so, when? -- CharCar

DEAR CHARCAR: The Syfy series, which has been called a "Game of Thrones" in space, will be back with a 13-episode second season beginning Feb. 1.


DEAR STACY: Is Deanna Durbin still living? I still think of her in "Lady on a Train." -- Lesley S., Bloomfield, New Jersey

DEAR LESLEY: No, she passed away in 2013 at age 91, after living quite privately and quietly for years in the French village of Neauphle-le-Chateau. The hugely popular singer/actress of the 1930s and '40s -- the top-salaried woman in America in 1947 -- moved to Paris and retired from show business after her 1948 film, "For the Love of Mary." She lived in France and Switzerland with her third husband, her "Lady on a Train" director, Charles David, until his death in 1999. She had obviously had her fill of fame. It's been reported that when they wed, David agreed to give her what, by then, she wanted most: "the life of nobody." She is the mother of a daughter and a stepson.


DEAR STACY: Can you tell me what's happened to the singer Mac Davis? -- M.L.S., New Port Richey, Florida

DEAR M.L.S.: Davis, 74, has been enjoying retirement -- with occasional forays back into show business. He was showcased in a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame event in 2015 (he was inducted in 2006). He's popped up on TV here and there -- with a recurring role as Carl on "Rodney," for instance, and a voice part on "King of the Hill." His last movie outing was in Toby Keith's "Beer for My Horses" in 2008. Married three times, Davis has a son and a daughter with his present wife (since 1982), Lisa, and a son from his first marriage. His many songs include his trademark "I Believe in Music" and "Baby, Don't Get Hooked On Me" and the Elvis Presley hits "A Little Less Conversation," "In the Ghetto," "Memories" and "Don't Cry Daddy."


DEAR STACY: Why are there so many cooking shows with women -- and men -- who have long hair and don't tie it up properly when preparing food? Yuck! This makes me nauseated. Who should I complain to? -- Kaylee G., Minneapolis, Minnesota

DEAR KAYLEE: You are part of a chorus of complainers on this particular issue, but despite viewer complaints, offenders keep showing up on camera with shaggy locks. Still, you can try posting your views on the Food Network website. There's a Contact Us button at the bottom of the page. For the Food Channel and Cooking Channel, you might try writing to the parent company, in care of Public Relations, Scripps Networks Interactive, P.O. Box 51850, Knoxville, TN 37950. Snail mail is old-fashioned, yes, but these days, it might actually help your note stand out. And be specific about what you saw and on what show. There are a lot of cooking shows out there.

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