Adult Swim’s Toonami block is kicking off the arrival of its 25th anniversary with a second Cosmo Samurai T.I.E. event, Cosmo Samurai 2. The new Total Immersion Event will continue the story set up from the last event which saw TOM and SARA in a non canonical 2D anime style adventure, breaking from their usual 3D CGI portrayals. It also was completely spoken in Japanese with English subtitles. Previous T.I.E events have resulted in physical changes to TOM and SARA’s appearances, in addition to new graphics packages for the late night block and other creative changes. As a second non canonical event, it may not happen this time around, but as a prelude to the network’s 25th anniversary celebration, we could be in for surprises! The event kicks off February 19 at 1AM with four short episodes airing weekly though March 12, following new series Shenmue and the final season of Attack on Titan.
Tracy Morgan will be making a guest appearance in an upcoming episode of CBS’s The Neighborhood. Morgan will play the brother of Cedric the Entertainer’s Calvin Butler. The episode will air March 28.
The cast of Martin are reuniting for a 30th Anniversary Reunion Special on BET+. The special will be hosted by comedian and actor Affion Crockett. Appearing will be Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, Tichina Arnold and Carl Anthony Payne II, along with surprise guest appearances. Taking a look at the show’s origin and evolution, the reunion will feature interviews with the cast, original directors, special musical performances, and behind the scenes commentary on the importance and impact of the show that shaped a generation. It will tape February 20 and air sometime this summer.
AMC’s anthology series Tales of the Walking Dead has added Danny Ramirez, Loan Chabanol, Embeth Davidtz and Jessie T. Usher to the cast. They join previously announced Terry Crews, Parker Posey, Jillian Bell, Anthony Edwards and Poppy Liu. The series is set in the world of The Walking Dead and will feature different stories from new characters, and one’s we’ve already met from the multiple series the network has aired. It will premiere this summer.
Walton Goggins has been cast in Prime Video’s Fallout series. The series is an adaptation of the popular video game series. The world of Fallout is one where the future envisioned by Americans in the late 1940s explodes upon itself through a nuclear war in 2077. The magic of the Fallout world is the harshness of the wasteland set against the previous generation’s utopian idea of a better world through nuclear energy. It is serious and harsh in tone, yet sprinkled with moments of ironic humor and B-movie-nuclear-fantasies.
The CW announced that new series Would I Lie To You? will premiere April 9 at 8:30. Season eight of Masters of Illusion will then premiere at 9:00 also on April 9. Encore episodes of Masters of Illusion will cap the night at 9:30. New episodes of Whose Line Is It Anyway? will air at 8:00. Would I Lie To You? is a comedy panel show hosted by Aasif Mandvi that elevates the “art of lying.” Lightning-quick team captains Matt Walsh and Sabrina Jalees lead opposing pairs of celebrity guests who must determine who is sharing facts and who is full of fiction by asking questions and watching body language to determine which stories are outrageous but true, and which are made-up. Celebrity guests include Brooke Shields, Amber Ruffin, Laura Benanti, Michael Ian Black, Andrea Martin, Julie Klausner, Jordan Klepper, Adam Pally, Chris Gethard, Dulcé Sloan, and Preet Bharara.
Melissa Benoist is in talks to join HBO Max’s recently ordered series The Girls on the Bus. The casting would reunite her with Greg Berlanti, who she worked with on The CW’s Supergirl for six seasons. The series from Greg Berlanti and Julie Plec is based on Amy Chozick’s book Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns and One Intact Glass Ceiling. The series chronicles four female journalists who follow every move of a parade of flawed presidential candidates, while finding friendship, love, and scandal along the way.
FX has passed on two projects at different development stages. The network’s Matthew Weine dramedy series will not be moving forward. Additionally the pilot for The Spook Who Sat by the Door starring Y’lan Noel, Lucas Till, Nafessa Williams, Nathan Darrow, and Tom Irwin was not picked up and the project will be redeveloped.
Dave Chappell is set to executive produce four comedy specials for Netflix as a part of Chappelle’s Home Team. The first special will feature Earthquake titled Earthquake: Legendary and will premiere February 28. The second special will feature Donnell Rawlings. Chappelle will appear in each special to introduce the comedians.
Karen Robinson and Michael Mosley have been cast in Peacock’s upcoming new drama series The Missing. They join Jeff Wilbusch and Juliana Canfield. The series tells the story of NYPD Detective Avraham Avraham, whose belief in mankind is his superpower when it comes to uncovering the truth. Guided by a deep sense of spirituality and religious principles, Avraham is left to question his own humanity when a seemingly routine investigation turns upside down.
Bravo’s three part The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City reunion will begin airing February 27. Host Andy Cohen sits down in-person with Lisa Barlow, Heather Gay, Meredith Marks, Jennie Nguyen, Whitney Rose and Jen Shah to discuss all of the dramatic moments from the second season.
Disney+’s Launchpad will return for a second season in 2023. The series features short films from a new generation of directors and writers from underrepresented backgrounds. The goal of Disney’s Launchpad is to diversify the types of stories that are being told and to give access to those who have historically not had it. Each of the filmmakers are paired with a senior Disney creative executive, who guides them through a program that educates and supports their short’s efforts.
HBO Max has added music specials to their streaming service. The hour long specials feature Farruko, Manuel Turizo, Reik, Mau & Ricky, Nicky Jam, and Natti Natasha and are hosted by Lety Sahagún. Each one includes performances and exclusive interviews.
Season four of True Conviction premieres on Investigation Discovery March 8. The series explores the real-life stories of how homicides are solved on the street but won in the courtroom. Anna-Sigga Nicolazzi travels across the country to reveal how the nation’s top prosecutors tackled their toughest cases.
Ghost Adventures returns for a new season on discovery+ March 10. The crew embark on terrifying new ventures, confronting fierce paranormal activity in locations such as the childhood home of famed author John Steinbeck, a historic and mysterious Montecito mansion that Bagans feels has personally called to him, the Los Angeles Police Museum full of notorious artifacts, a doll shop overwhelmed by strange activity, a Nevada winery plagued by a deadly curse and more.
ABC will air Step Into… The Movies with Derek and Julianne Hough March 20. The special is a tribute to the most iconic moments of dance on film. Performances will draw inspiration from iconic films such as “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Moulin Rouge,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Chicago,” “Dirty Dancing,” “Saturday Night Fever” and “La La Land.”
This Joka premieres on The Roku Channel March 4. The series presented by Will Smith invites a diverse lineup of comics to explore the nature of comedy and its unique ability to bring people together. Comedians featured in the series include Baron Vaughn, Megan Gailey, Punkie Johnson, Sean Patton, Rosebud Baker, Shane Torres, Clayton English, Christi Chiello, Vanessa Gonzalez, Martin Urbano, Sam Tallent, Davdid Gborie, Jackie Fabulous, Chris Estraded, Rell Battle and Daphnique Springs. It also features special appearances by George Wallace, Demi Adejuyigbe and Shawn Wasabi.
Swedish series Lust premieres on HBO Max March 18. The eight episode comedy series is an outrageous and painfully honest comedy about four middle(ish) aged women in Stockholm struggling to keep their libidos alive in a sexually frustrating world.
Afro-Colombian singer, rapper and composer Gloria “Goyo” Martinez has a music special, En Letra de Otro, releasing March 4 on HBO Max alongside her first solo album. In between the stunning and elaborate music numbers, Goyo offers a glimpse of her history and influences, including the origin of her nickname, her father’s love of salsa, her rise to international recognition with the band ChocQuibTown, and her obsession with Shakira.
Life Size Toys premieres on The Roku Channel February 18. Travis Pastrana and his team take classic childhood toys, build them huge, and turn them into extreme stunts. For professional play only.