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Your TV Source Roundup: ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Series Gets a Title, ‘Outlander’ Trailer, ‘Shenmue the Animation’ Premiere Date, ‘The Walking Dead’ Trailer, NBC Adjusts Schedule, ‘Craig of the Creek’ Renewed & Spinoff Details, and More!

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Prime Video has announced the title of their upcoming Lord of the Rings series. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will premiere September 2. The series is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and one of the greatest villains that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness. 

Season six of Outlander premieres on Starz March 6. The new season sees a continuation of Claire and Jamie’s fight to protect those they love, as they navigate the trials and tribulations of life in colonial America. Establishing a home in the New World is by no means an easy task, particularly in the wild backcountry of North Carolina, and perhaps most significantly, during a period of dramatic political upheaval.

Shenmue the Animation will premiere on adult swim and Crunchroll February 5. The English dubbed version will air in North America on Toonami, adult swim’s signature anime block, and Crunchyroll will stream the subtitled version worldwide outside of Japan and China. The series is an anime adaptation of the beloved SEGA Dreamcast video game. Set in 1986, Yokosuka, Ryo Hazuki has trained to master the Hazuki Style Jujitsu under his strict father in the Hazuki Dojo from his childhood. However, one day a mysterious man named Lan Di murders his father and takes the “mirror” his father was protecting. Ryo is determined to find the truth behind his father’s murder, but soon finds himself getting stuck in a war between the underground organizations… . Traveling from Yokosuka to Hong Kong, Ryo’s long journey begins!

AMC released the trailer for The Walking Dead Part 2 of the final season. Season 11 returns February 20. When it picks up, many of our heroes fighting imminent hellfire under Reaper attack; while others battle Mother Nature’s torrential wrath in Alexandria. For all, their world is literally crashing down around them.

NBC has made some scheduling changes for their Monday night schedule. America’s Got Talent: Extreme will be replacing American Song Contest on February 21. The AGT spinoff series will run for four weeks. American Song Contest will now premiere March 21 and run for eight weeks. 

Cartoon Network has renewed Craig of the Creek for season five. The network additionally officially announced preschool spinoff series Jessica’s Big Little World which will air on its Cartoonito block. The series sees Jessica as she navigates her way through a world where everything seems much bigger than she is. Although she’s the youngest and still needs help with a lot, Jessica is inspired by the grown-ups and bigger kids around her and is persistent in her quest to conquer monumental kid tasks. A movie titled Craig of the Creek: The Movie is also comingThe movie will be a prequel showing Craig as the shy, new kid in town, longing for his old home and life. Little does he know, he’ll soon set off on the biggest adventure he could ever dream of. Treasure maps, pirate ships, and a villain who wants to destroy the Creek are just the beginning in this treasure hunting epic! Both will premiere in 2023.

Fox has set The Real Dirty Dancing to air in the Tuesday 9:00 hour that Monarch was set to air in. The series follows eight celebrities – Brie Bella, Corbin Bleu, Tyler Cameron, Cat Cora, Howie Dorough, Antonio Gates, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes and Loni Love – as they fully immerse themselves in the ultimate “Dirty Dancing” experience. It will premiere February 1. 

Bravo has renewed Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen through 2023. The late night series sees Cohen interview and interact with guests and celebrities, asking them questions you wouldn’t hear elsewhere. 

Food Network’s Spring Baking Championship returns for an all new season February 28. Kardea Brown, Nancy Fuller, and Duff Goldman return as judges with Molly Yeh as host. The series sees the best bakers in America create and elevate springtime desserts through 10 episodes. New series Spring Baking Championship: Easter also premieres February 28 hosted by Sunny Anderson and Jordan Andino and Stephanie Boswell serve as judges. Talented bakers are tasked with creating tasty and imaginative holiday showpieces that exemplify what Easter is all about. 

Part 4 of Netflix’s Disenchantment is set to premiere February 9. The series takes place in the crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland. It follows the misadventures of hard-drinking young princess Bean, her feisty elf companion Elfo and personal demon Luci. 

ABC’s LA Law pilot has added Toks Olagundoye, Hari Nef and Ian Duff. They join Blair Underwood and Corbin Bernsen who were original cast members in the original series. 

FBI: International has cast Elizabeth Mitchell in a recurring role. MItchell will be playing the mysterious role of Scott Forrester’s mother who betrayed the government and her country. 

Fra Fee has joined the cast of  Disney+’s upcoming eight episode Beauty and the Beast prequel series. Luke Evans, Josh Gad and Briana Middleton are already confirmed for the series. 

An all new season of HGTV’s Rock the Block Hosted by Ty Pennington will premiere February 28. The new season will be set in the Greater Charleston, South Carolina area. Four teams of HGTV powerhouse experts, who are either siblings, domestic partners or spouses, will face-off in an epic renovation confrontation that ends with one team winning bragging rights and a street named in their honor. Competitors include Pacific Northwest twins and real estate bosses Leslie Davis and Lyndsay Lamb (Unsellable Houses), Arkansas home renovation experts Dave and Jenny Marrs (Fixer to Fabulous), Detroit-based designer-builders Keith Bynum and Evan Thomas (Bargain Block) and Atlanta’s veteran real estate broker Egypt Sherrod and her builder husband Mike Jackson (Married to Real Estate).

Netflix’s limited series Griselda starring Sofia Vergara has announced more of its cast. Joining are Alberto Guerra, Vanessa Ferlito, Alberto Ammann, Christian Tappan, Diego Trujillo, Paulina Davila, Gabriel Sloyer, Juliana Aidén Martinez, Martin Rodriguez, and José Zúñiga. Griselda is inspired by the savvy and ambitious Colombian businesswoman, Griselda Blanco, who created one of the most profitable cartels in history. A devoted mother, Blanco’s lethal blend of charm and unsuspected savagery helped her expertly navigate between family and business leading her to become widely known as the “Godmother”. 

Wolf Blitzer will host a nightly news program for CNN+ called The Newscast with Wolf Blitzer. Additional CNN+ news will be announced in the coming weeks and will premiere sometime this year.

Season three of HGTV’s 100 Day Dream Home will premiere February 21. The ten episode season will see husband-wife team Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt build clients a custom, move-in ready home in an astounding 100 days or less. 

Bravo’s Vanderpump Rules two part reunion will air January 25 and January 26. Andy Cohen sits down with Lisa Vanderpump and her current and former SURvers: Ariana Madix, Brock Davies, Charli Burnett, James Kennedy, Katie Maloney-Schwartz, Lala Kent, Raquel Leviss, Scheana Shay, Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz to rehash this season’s biggest moments. 

TLC’s new limited series Stuck will premiere February 16. Cameras are given access behind the surgical curtain to witness particularly jaw-dropping medical conundrums and the incredible lengths that medical professionals go to fix them. Viewers will witness foreign body extractions and removal procedures as they happen in real time, as well as interviews with patients, doctors and medical staff who will reveal the extraordinary details behind how these accidents took place. Limited series Body Parts will premiere April 6 on TLC. The series will follow devastating cases of patients who have lost major body parts, giving them a second chance by creating amazing, realistic prosthetics to help restore their lives to normalcy.

London mystery series, The Chelsea Detective premieres on Acorn TV March 7. Chelsea is a beautiful borough for beautiful people, but it has a dark underside of deprivation, violence, greed – and murder. Bodies have a way of showing up, and things are rarely what they seem, but Max’s determination and acuity mean he’ll find a way to root out the truth and bring those responsible to justice – regardless of their wealth or status.

Aziz goes back to his roots to discuss Covid, the White House, and the virtues of flip phones in his Netflix special Aziz Ansari: Nightclub Comedian. The special is an intimate, surprise gig filmed in New York City. It will premiere January 25. 

The eight episode first season of Prime Video’s Reacher premieres February 4. 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. 

Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway star in Apple TV+’s original limited series WeCrashed. The series is based on the podcast WeCrashed: The Rise and Fall of WeWork. The series is inspired by actual events – and the love story at the center of it all. WeWork grew from a single coworking space into a global brand worth $47 billion in under a decade. Then, in less than a year, its value plummeted. The eight episode series premieres April 22. 

Prime Video’s comedy competition series LOL: Last One Laughing Canada pits 10 of the best comedic talents against each other in a showdown, where anything can happen. The six episode season premieres February 18. 

We Need to Talk About Cosby the four part docuseries from W. Kamau Bell will air on Showtime January 30. The four-parter sheds new light on Cosby’s cultural contributions and impact at the height of his disgrace – accused of rape, drug-facilitated sexual assault, sexual battery and other misconduct by more than 60 women as far back as nearly 60 years. Bell, who grew up idolizing Cosby, unpacks how Cosby’s desire for power, which propelled his professional success, could be the same driving force that motivated his alleged crimes against women. 

Netflix’s Back to 15 premieres February 25. The Brazilian series follows a 30 year old woman, unhappy with her life, who discovers a way to travel back to age 15. Can she rewrite her own history?

ALLBLK’s Double Cross returns for season three on February 3. Erica & Eric Cross are the “Wonder Twins” that decide to take matters into their own hands after a sudden rise of sex trafficking in their neighborhood. Haunted by their past, the twins set down a path of their unique brand of vigilante justice. 

Forecasting Love and Weather premieres on Netflix February 12. Inside a national weather service, love proves just as difficult to predict as rain or shine for a diligent forecaster and her free-spirited co-worker. 

Netflix’s Italian series Devotion, a Story of Love and Desire premieres February 14. A seemingly happy marriage begins to dissolve when the husband’s faithfulness is called into question, and both spouses are tempted by other people.

A remote Argentine resort revives its wakeboarding competition, drawing in Mexican athlete Steffi, who is determined to uncover a family secret. Cielo Grande will premiere on Netflix February 16. 

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

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