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Your TV Source Roundup: ‘Futurama’ Revival, ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Premiere Date, ‘All Rise’ Return Month, ‘Mayans M.C.’ Premiere Date, ‘Birdgirl’ and ‘Smiling Friends’ Renewed, ‘Better Things’ Trailer, ‘Shining Vale’ Trailer, and More!

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Hulu has revived Futurama for a 20 episode new season. The new season will premiere in 2023. Original voice cast members including Billy West, Katey Sagal, Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche, Lauren Tom, Phil LaMarr and David Herman have signed on for the new season. John DiMaggio is currently in discussions to return, but will be recast if an agreement isn’t reached. The series initially ran on Fox before returning for straight to DVD movies. The movies were then aired on Comedy Central, leading to two additional seasons at the network. The series currently has four series finale episodes, with this new revival meaning there will be at least five. 

Disney+ has set Star Wars series Obi-Wan Kenobi for its premiere on May 25. The series stars Ewan McGregor 10 years after the dramatic events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith where Obi-Wan Kenobi faced his greatest defeat – the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, who turned to the dark side as evil Sith Lord Darth Vader. The series also stars Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell and Benny Safdie. Hayden Christensen will appear as Darth Vader. 

Marg Helgenberger will return for the upcoming third season of All Rise. The series was canceled at CBS after two seasons, then revived for a third on OWN. The new season will pick up six months after the second season finale. The series also stars Simone Missick, Wilson Bethel, Jessica Camacho, J. Alex Brinson, Ruthie Ann Miles, Lindsay Mendez, and Lindsey Gort. Roger Guenveur Smith and Christian Keyes have also joined the cast. The new season will premiere in June. 

Season four of Mayans M.C. will premiere on FX April 19. The ten episode fourth season will kick off with back to back episodes. The series follows the life of Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes, a member of the Mayans M.C. charter on the Cali/Mexi border. Once the golden boy with the American Dream in his grasp, EZ, his brother Angel and the rest of the Santo Padre M.C. face retaliation from other chapters after a failed attempt to align under one King. Meanwhile, EZ and Angel have grown distant from their father Felipe after a heart wrenching betrayal. The biker drama is a spinoff of the long running FX series Sons of Anarchy

Adult Swim has renewed animated series Birdgirl and Smiling Friends for second seasons. In season two of Birdgirl, the Birdteam is back and still not learning from their mistakes. Judy Ken Sebben and the Birdteam attempt to navigate the troubles of modern corporations, tackling everything from ethics in new tech, to cancel culture and rejuvenating skin sack health fads. The new season will premiere summer 2022. Smiling Friends follows the employees of a small company dedicated to bringing happiness to a bizarre yet colorful world. It will return at a later date. 

The fifth and final season of FX’s Better Things premieres February 28. Lena Waithe, Ron Cephas Jones, Danny Trejo, Marty Krofft, Clive Russell, Casey Wilson, Rainbow Sun Francks, Angela Kinsey, Kevin Michael Richardson, Nelson Lee, Lennon Parham and Usman Ally are all set to appear in the final season.

Starz’s upcoming horror comedy series Shining Vale premieres March 6. Pat and Terry Phelps cash in their life savings and move from a cramped apartment in Brooklyn, to an old Victorian mansion in Shining Vale, Connecticut as a last-ditch effort to save their marriage. Buying a 200-year-old house that was on the market for almost three years and sold for more than $250K below asking seemed like a good idea on paper, but Pat senses that the Phelps are not alone; especially when an old-fashioned-looking woman appears hovering outside their family room window. The Phelps quickly learn why the agents were so motivated to sell the house for a fraction of the asking price.

Reno 911! returns with an all new season titled Reno 911! Defunded on Roku February 25. It’s 2022. Crime is on the rise, but one city is never short on heroes. Reno’s finest are back and this time they’re facing their biggest challenge yet -they’ve been defunded! No budget. No back-up. No problem. 

New episodes of Bar Rescue return to Paramount Network March 20. Veteran nightlife expert Jon Taffer is officially back touring the country as he utilizes 30 plus years of experience in the restaurant, bar and nightclub business to help give failing establishments one last chance at success.

The fifth and final season of Netflix’s The Last Kingdom will premiere March 9. The series is based on the book series by Bernard Cornwell. 

Spectrum’s original series Joe Pickett has been renewed for a second season. The series follows a game warden and his family as they navigate the shifting socio-political climate of a small rural town on the verge of economic collapse. The Pickett family quickly finds themselves in the crosshairs when a murder victim winds up on their doorstep and they are forced to navigate a tangled web of schemes, secrets, and conspiracy amidst the scenic vistas of the Wyoming wilderness. The first season will stream on Paramount+ at a later date. 

HBO’s upcoming drama series Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty will premiere March 6. The ten episode season follows the professional and personal lives of the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers, one of sports’ most revered and dominant dynasties – a team that defined an era, both on and off the court. It is based on the book “Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s” written by Jeff Pearlman

Anthony Ramos has been cast in Disney+’s upcoming Marvel series Ironheart. No word on which character he will be playing, but he will make his first appearance in the series before showing up later on in the rest of the ever expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ironheart stars Dominique Thorne. 

Peacock has ordered limited series Apples Never Fall based on the book by Liane Moriarty. The series follows the Delaneys, who from the outside appear to be an enviably contented family. Former tennis coaches Joy and Stan are parents to four adult children. After fifty years of marriage, they have finally sold their famed tennis academy and are ready to start what should be the golden years of their lives. But after Joy disappears, her children are forced to re-examine their parents’ marriage and their family history with fresh eyes. 

Two new reality dating shows are coming to discovery+. Secret Crush premieres February 9 and gives in-love singletons the chance to confess their true feelings to the object of their affection, potentially risking it all in the hope of winning love. The Cabins premieres February 12 and is a dating show where couples meet for an extended first date in luxurious and cozy log cabins in a stunning winter setting.

Season three of Forensic Files II premieres February 27. The eight episode HLN series is narrated by Bill Camp and highlights technology and techniques used to solve crimes. 

MotorTrend’s Faster with Finnegan returns for season three February 9. The 12 episode season will see Mike Finnegan, Mike Cotton and Dave Newbern tackling new builds and challenges while also bringing back some of your favorite project vehicles.

Discovery+’s new series My Pack Life premieres February 13. The first two episodes will get a special airing on Animal Planet following the airing of Puppy Bowl XVIII. Join Lee Asher and his extended furry-family as he goes above and beyond to create a modern-day Noah’s Ark through his sanctuary not only to provide a space for these animals, but to build a home and the best life imaginable for every animal in need. 

Taylor Tomlinson’s second Netflix comedy special Look at You will premiere March 8. Taylor hilariously shares an intimate look at her struggles with mental health, grief, and dating. The special was filmed at the historic Wilbur Theater in Boston in December 2021.

Season three of My Brilliant Friend titled My Brilliant Friend: Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay will premiere February 28. The series follows Elena Greco and the most important friend in her life, Raffaella Cerullo, whom she has always called Lila. They met in the first year of primary school in 1950 and their story goes on to cover more than 60 years of their lives and explores the mystery of Lila, Elena’s brilliant friend and – in a way – both her best friend and her worst enemy. 

The History Channel’s documentary event series Theodore Roosevelt will premiere May 30 in honor of Memorial Day. It is based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book “Leadership: In Turbulent Times”. The five hour event will provide a rich, panoramic portrait of the first modern President of the United States – Theodore Roosevelt, a champion of social justice, a passionate conservationist and the self-proclaimed “bull moose” who once delivered an 84-minute speech bleeding from the chest after being shot in a failed assassination attempt. It will conclude on May 31.

Juvenile Justice premieres on Netflix February 25. A tough judge balances her aversion to minor offenders with firm beliefs on justice and punishment as she tackles complex cases inside a juvenile court.

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

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