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Your TV Source Roundup: ‘Russian Doll’ Return Timeframe, CBS Orders ‘Lingo’, ‘The Owl House’ Return Date, Marg Helgenberger Joins ‘CSI: Vegas’, Marvel Series Leaving Netflix, Amazon Developing ‘Blade Runner 2099’ Series, and More!

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Russian Doll returns for a second season on Netflix this spring. Set four years after Nadia and Alan escaped mortality’s time loop together, season two of Russian Doll will continue to explore existential thematics through an often humorous and sci-fi lens. Discovering a fate even worse than endless death, this season finds Nadia and Alan delving deeper into their pasts through an unexpected time portal located in one of Manhattan’s most notorious locations. At first they experience this as an ever-expanding, era-spanning, intergenerational adventure but they soon discover this extraordinary event might be more than they bargained for and, together, must search for a way out. 

CBS has ordered a new primetime version of Lingo, the classic game show where the simplest of words could be worth big money. Hosted by RuPaul Charles, the series features teams of two as they face off in fast-paced puzzle rounds to guess letters that reveal seemingly simple words. At the end of each one-hour episode packed with witty commentary and gameplay, the winning two teams will make it through to a nerve-wracking final showdown where one team will walk away with an additional big cash prize. It will premiere in 2022. 

Season two of The Owl House will return with new episodes starting March 19. The second half of the season will consist of 11 episodes on Disney Channel. 

Marg Helgenberger will be joining the cast of CBS’s CSI: Vegas for season two. She will reprise her role as Catherine Willows from the original CSI series. Helgenberger will also be appearing in season three of OWN’s All Rise. 

Netflix’s Marvel series are leaving the streaming service on March 1. The license and rights are reverting back to Disney following the series cancellations years ago. The series leaving are Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher, and The Defenders. Additionally ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D will be leaving the streamer. The series’ new streaming home will be announced at a later date. 

A new Blade Runner series is in the works at Amazon Studios. Blade Runner 2099 will be executive produced by original film creator Ridley Scott. The live action series will act as a sequel to the films Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049. The news comes following the finale of adult swim’s animated series Blade Runner: Black Lotus aired last weekend in their Toonami block. 

The Problem with Jon Stewart returns with new episodes beginning March 3 on Apple TV+. New episodes will air weekly. The series explores complex topics through the differing perspectives of stakeholders, experts and individuals confronting these challenges. Previous episodes address veteran care and burn pits, preserving individual freedom, the American economy and America’s gun crisis. The weekly companion podcast expands the conversation from each series episode, featuring staff writers from across the show who have conversations with activists in the space, share facts on the issue, and of course, bring plenty of jokes. 

Michael Rapaport has joined the cast of Hulu’s Only Murder in the Building. He will recur as a police detective investigating the murder set up in the first season finale. 

Ray Stevenson has joined the cast of Disney+’s upcoming Star Wars series Ahsoka. He will portray an admiral, and a villain, though he will not be playing the role of Thrawn, who Ahsoka is actively searching for leading up to the series. 

Netflix’s new unscripted series Life After Death with Tyler Henry premieres March 11. Tyler Henry is a world-renowned medium with more than 300,000 people on his waiting list. After years of being Hollywood’s go-to medium, Tyler heads out across the country to offer readings to as many of the people on his waiting list as he can, bringing them the hope, healing and closure they are seeking. This transformational and emotional series will bring answers to the people he reads, providing proof that there is more to this world than what we see and that our loved ones never really leave us. 

Cartoon Network’s Apple & Onion has come to an end. Creator George Gendi confirmed that the recent episodes added to HBO Max were the final episodes of the animated series. 

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty premieres on HBO March 6. The ten episode series 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. 

Fox’s Domino Masters premieres March 9. Hosted by Eric Stonestreet, features teams of domino enthusiasts facing off in an unbelievable domino toppling and chain reaction tournament. Sixteen skilled teams will compete against each other in ambitious domino building challenges to be crowned the country’s most talented domino topplers. In each episode, the teams will be given a bold theme and exciting custom elements to incorporate into their Rube Goldberg-style topples, but the pressure is on as one wrong move could set off a chain reaction that knocks them out of the running.

FX’s limited series has set its cast. Joining the series are Clive Owen, Harris Dickinson, Alice Braga, Jermaine Fowler, Joan Chen, Raul Esparza, Edoardo Ballerini, Pegah Ferydoni, Ryan J. Haddad, and Javed Khan. They join previously announced Brit Marling. The series follows an amateur sleuth as she attempts to solve a murder at a secluded retreat.

Magnolia Network has renewed three series. Magnolia Table With Joanna Gaines has been renewed for season six. Art In Bloom with Helen Dealtry has been renewed for season two. Former DIY series Restoring Galveston has been renewed for season four. Additionally, the network has ordered five new series. Those ordered are A Home Away, Beach Cottage Chronicles, Handcrafted Hotels, Home Stories with Kate and Amy, and Untitled Bryan Ford Baking Project. 

Apple TV+ has ordered a new docuseries titled Omnivore. Narrated by René Redzepi, the series will look at the world through the lens of food and explores how food binds and defines us, powers politics, shapes our beliefs, explains our past, and forecasts our future. 

Netflix has ordered a docuseries about a married couple’s alleged scheme to launder billions of dollars worth of stolen cryptocurrency in the biggest criminal financial crime case in history. The couple allegedly tried to liquidate their digital money by creating fake identities and online accounts, and buying physical gold, NFTs, and more – all while investigators raced to track the money’s movement on the blockchain. 

The CW is set to air Freddie Mercury: The Final Act April 20, the 30th anniversary of the landmark concert. The documentary showcases the extraordinary final chapter of Freddie Mercury’s life and how, after his death from AIDS, Queen staged one of the biggest concerts in history – the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium – to celebrate his life and challenge the prejudices around HIV/AIDS. Featuring new interviews with Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen, the documentary features extensive footage from the concert and behind-the-scenes rehearsals, including performances by Elton John, George Michael, David Bowie, Annie Lennox, and more. The film also hears directly from those who performed at the epic gig, including Roger Daltrey (The Who), Joe Elliott (Def Leppard), Lisa Stansfield and Paul Young, as well as the concert’s promoter, Harvey Goldsmith. 

The 2022 Oscars will likely feature three hosts for the event’s live show. One host will take over an hour of the broadcast, hoping to appeal to different demographics and help the ratings which have continued trending downward. 

Peacock announced new animated projects coming to the streaming service. The network ordered DreamWorks Animation Megamind’s Guide to Defending Your City and Abominable and the Invisible City, follow ups to the movies Megamind and Abominable. Also ordered are Press Stast!, Team Mekbots, Dino Pops and a second season of Babble Bop!

Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman will be hosting the 2022 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The event will air on IFC and AMC+ March 6. 

GAC Family has officially picked up The Kitten Bowl following the special’s cancellation at Hallmark Channel. The special will return February 12, 2023 with a brand new title, Great American Rescue Bowl. It will now showcase kittens, puppies, cats and dogs, available for adoption at shelters all over the country. 

Nickelodeon’s Nick News will shine a spotlight on the crucial topic of kids and mental health February 16. U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy will join a group of middle schoolers for an open roundtable discussion where the kids share personal stories of how they manage their mental wellness and get advice from the nation’s top doctor on how to cope with anxiety and stress. Hosted by CBS News Correspondent Vladimir Duthiers, this half-hour installment of Nick News will also include kid journalist Rory Hu, reporting from Washington, D.C., offering viewers an insider’s look at the U.S. Mint, and a wide-ranging interview with U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen, covering everything from the current state of the U.S. Economy to the new American Women Quarters Program, which celebrates the accomplishments and contributions made by women to the development and history of our country. 

HBO Max has renewed 30 Coins for season two. The eight episode second season will premiere in 2023. 

Season two of Spanish series The Boarding School: Las Cumbres is coming soon on Prime Video. After the riot caused by the death of Elías, the discipline within the center will be even greater. To this is added the murder of Rita, whose similarities with previous crimes suggest that a serial killer is prowling around the school, so everyone could be in danger. 

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

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