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Amazon Prime Video’s upcoming new series Reacher will premiere February 4. All eight episodes of the series based on the books by Lee Child will premiere that day. Reacher follows Jack Reacher, a veteran military police investigator who has just recently entered civilian life. Reacher is a drifter, carrying no phone and the barest of essentials as he travels the country and explores the nation he once served. When Reacher arrives in the small town of Margrave, Georgia, he finds a community grappling with its first homicide in 20 years. The cops immediately arrest him and eyewitnesses claim to place Reacher at the scene of the crime. While he works to prove his innocence, a deep-seated conspiracy begins to emerge, one that will require Reacher’s keen mind and hard-hitting fists to deal with. One thing above all is for sure: They picked the wrong guy to take the fall. 

Netflix is back with Death to 2021, another comedy event. Appearing in the special will be Hugh Grant, Lucy Liu, Tracey Ullman, Samson Kayo, Joe Keery, William Jackson Harper, Stockard Channing, Cristin Milioti, Diane Morgan, and Nick Mohammed. It will premiere on Netflix December 27. 

BattleBots is returning for season six on Discovery January 6. This season, bots from around the globe descend upon Las Vegas for a battle to the death. More than 60 teams travel to Las Vegas for a chance to take home the greatest prize in the sport: The Giant Nut. Each night a vicious lineup of bots battle for their lives in the iconic BattleBox but only the toughest will live to see the next round. 

ABC has set premiere dates for American Idol and Jeopardy! National College Championship. Season twenty of American Idol, the fifth on ABC, will premiere February 27. Ryan Seacrest, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan are all set to return. The Jeopardy! competition will premiere February 8, airing Tuesday through Friday for two weeks with the competition finale airing February 22. Mayim Bialik will host the event with 36 students from 36 colleges and universities from across the country competing. 

Jon Stewart has joined ABC’s upcoming Live in Front of a Studio Audience which will be recreating episodes of The Facts of Life and Diff’rent Strokes. Jon Stewart will be playing a mystery role in The Facts of Life. The special will air December 7. 

Michelle Monaghan, Jodie Turner-Smith and Meredith Hagner have been cast in the upcoming Apple TV+ series Bad Monkey from Bill Lawrence. They join Vince Vaughn who was previously cast in the series. The series is based on the novel of the same name by Carl Hiaasen. 

CNBC’s American Greed is back for season fifteen on January 5. The 200th episode featuring the trial of Theranos’ CEO Elizabeth Holmes will air January 12. 

Peacock’s Vigil is set to premiere December 23. When a crew member is found dead on board the Trident nuclear submarine HMS Vigil, police in Scotland are called in to investigate. The catch? The UK’s nuclear deterrent must remain unbroken, so the submarine stays on patrol and Detective Chief Inspector Amy Silva must go aboard to begin an investigation.

Queens of Mystery is returning for season two on Acorn TV January 10. Three two-part mysteries are set to debut weekly, as back-to-back episodes.

Lee Arvoy
Lee Arvoy joined the TV Source team in the summer of 2020 as a TV Writer.

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