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Your TV Source Roundup: ‘Sex/Life’ Adds Cast, Anthony Mackie to Star in ‘Twisted Metal’, ABC Orders ‘Avalon’, ‘The White Lotus’ Episode Count, ‘Walker: Independence’ Adds Matt Barr, Apple Orders Benjamin Franklin Series Starring Michael Douglas, and More!

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Craig Bierko, Cleo Anthony, Darius Homayoun, Dylan Bruce and Wallis Day have been cast in recurring roles on the upcoming second season of Netflix’s Sex/Life. Jonathan Sadowski and Li Jun Li  who recurred in the first season will also return as recurring. The series follows a love triangle between a woman, her husband, and her past that takes a provocative new look at female identity and desire. It is inspired by the book 44 Chapters About 4 Men by BB Easton. 

Anthony Mackie is set to star as John Doe on Twisted Metal, an adaptation of the video game series. The series follows a motor-mouthed outsider offered a chance at a better life, but only if he can successfully deliver a mysterious package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland. With the help of a trigger-happy car thief, he’ll face savage marauders driving vehicles of destruction and other dangers of the open road, including a deranged clown who drives an all too familiar ice cream truck. The half hour live action comedy series will air on Peacock. 

ABC has ordered David E. Kelley’s mystery drama series Avalon straight to series. The series is based on a short story by Michael Connelly, the series takes place in the main city of Avalon on Catalina Island, where LA Sheriff Department Detective Nicole “Nic” Searcy heads up a small office. Catalina has a local population that serves more than 1 million tourists a year, and each day when the ferries arrive, hundreds of potential new stories enter the island. Detective Searcy is pulled into a career-defining mystery that will challenge everything she knows about herself and the island. 

Filming has begun on the second season of HBO’s The White Lotus. The new season will consist of seven episodes, up from the first season’s six episodes. Jennifer Coolidge is also officially confirmed to be returning for the new season. The new season titled taking place in Sicily will star F. Murray Abraham, Michael Imperioli, Adam DiMarco, Tom Hollander, Haley Lu Richardson, Theo James, Meghann Fahy, Leo Woodall, Will Sharpe and Aubrey Plaza.

The CW’s Walker spinoff prequel series Walker: Independence has cast Matt Barr as the 1800s Hoyt Rawlins. He previously played a descendent of the character, also named Hoyt Rawlins in the original series. Barr joins Justin Johnson Cortez in the pilot. Set in the 1800s the potential series will follow Abby Walker, who begins a quest for revenge after her husband is murdered while the couple is heading out West. Along the way, she crosses paths with Hoyt Rawlings, a rogue in search of purpose. Their journey takes them to Independence, Texas, as they form a newfound family who struggles with the world around them.

Apple TV+ has ordered a new limited series based on the book Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America by Stacy Schiff. The series will star Michael Douglas as Benjamin Franklin. The drama will explore the thrilling story of one of the greatest gambles of Benjamin Franklin’s career. At age 70, without any diplomatic training, Franklin convinced France – an absolute monarchy – to underwrite America’s experiment in democracy. By virtue of his fame, charisma, and ingenuity, Franklin outmaneuvered British spies, French informers, and hostile colleagues, all while engineering the Franco-American alliance of 1778 and the final peace with England of l783. 

Season four of Parmaount Network’s Yellowstone will begin streaming on Peacock March 28. The streamer is the exclusive home for the hit series which already streams seasons one through three. The series follows John Dutton as he defends his ranch from cutthroat land developers, an Indigenous tribe’s reservation and others who aim to control his land. 

Discovery has officially announced that Chris Licht will become the head of CNN after the Discovery/WarnerMedia merger is completed. Licht will begin winding down his role on CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in the coming weeks. If the current timetable for the merger holds, he could be officially in the role by May. 

CBC has renewed Son Of A Critch in Canada. The series comes from Schitt’s Creek producer Andrew Barnsley and comedian Mark Critch whose memori Son of a Critch: A Childish Newfoundland Memoir inspired the series. The series focuses on a kid in the 80s growing up in Newfoundland.  

The Shop: Uninterrupted is moving from HBO to YouTube for its upcoming fifth season. HBO picked up the series in 2018 and aired 17 episodes. 

Netflix’s new unscripted series Life After Death with Tyler Henry premieres March 11. Clairvoyant medium Tyler Henry offers clarity and closure from the beyond while searching through his own family’s past in an intimate reality series. 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 300,000 people long 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.

HBO’s horor comedy limited series The Baby will premiere April 24. The eight episode series follows Natasha who is furious that her closest friends are all having babies. When she is unexpectedly landed with a baby of her own, her life dramatically implodes. Controlling, manipulative, but incredibly cute, the baby twists Natasha’s life into a surreal horror show. As she discovers the true extent of the baby’s deadly nature, Natasha makes increasingly desperate attempts to get rid of it. She doesn’t want a baby. But the baby definitely wants her.

Season four of Formula 1: Drive to Survive will premiere on Netflix March 11. 20 drivers – some veterans, some rookies – compete in another drama-filled and adrenaline-fueled season of Formula 1 racing. The new season will once again take fans behind the scenes, to witness first-hand how the drivers and teams prepare to battle it out for victory in one of the sport’s most dramatic seasons to date. 

The Specturm Originals series George & Tammy has begun production. Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain star as country music legends George Jones and Tammy Wynette. 

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

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