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Your TV Source Roundup: ‘Bridgerton’ Spinoff Cast Announced, ‘House of the Dragon’ Premiere Date, ABC Renews ‘The Rookie’ and ‘The Good Doctor’, Jonathan Bailey and Simone Ashley Returning to ‘Bridgerton’, ‘Evil’ Teaser, ‘Elite’ Trailer, and More!

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Netflix’s Bridgerton spinoff limited series will focus on the rise and love life of a young Queen Charlotte as well as Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury. Golda Rosheuval Adjoa Andoh and Ruth Gemmell will reprise their roles from Bridgerton as Queen Charlotte, Lady Agatha Danbury and Lady Violet Bridgerton. India Amarteifio will play Young Queen Charlotte. Michelle Fairley will play Princess Augusta. Corey Mylchreest will portray Young King George. Arsema Thomas will play Young Agatha Danbury. Also cast are Sam Clemmett as Young Brimsley, Richard Cunningham as Lord Bute, Tunji Kasim as Adolphus, Rob Maloney as the Royal Doctor, Cyril Nri as Lord Danbury, and Hugh Sachs as Brimsley. Centered on Queen Charlotte’s rise to prominence and power, this Bridgerton-verse prequel tells the story of how the young Queen’s marriage to King George sparked both a great love story and a societal shift, creating the world of the Ton inherited by the characters in Bridgerton.

HBO’s House of the Dragon will make its debut August 21. The ten episode series is based on George R.R. Martin’s “Fire & Blood.” It is set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones and tells the story of House Targaryen. The series stars Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Fabien Frankel, Sonoya Mizuno, and Rhys Ifans. 

ABC has renewed drama series The Rookie and The Good Doctor. The Rookie will return for its fifth season while The Good Doctor will be back for its sixth season. Both drama series do well for the network. A potential spinoff of The Rookie will air as a backdoor pilot later this season which will be in contention for next season. 

Jonathan Bailey and Simone Ashley will be returning for season three of Bridgerton as Anthony and Kate. The two were the focus of the recently released second season which sees each season focus on the love life of one of the eight Bridgerton children. Season one focused on Phoebe Dynevor and Regé-Jean Page as Daphne and Simon, but Page did not return for the second season. The third book, which the series is based on, focused on Benedict, though it is not confirmed if the third season will continue the order of the books. 

Evil returns for season three on Paramount+ June 12. Evil is a psychological mystery that examines the origins of evil along the dividing line between science and religion. The series focuses on a skeptical female psychologist who joins a priest-in-training and a carpenter as they investigate the Church’s backlog of unexplained mysteries, including supposed miracles, demonic possessions, and hauntings.

Season five of Elite will premiere on Netflix April 8. At Las Encinas, the new semester means new love triangles, new students, new rules – and a new mysterious crime. This season is about breaking free. No more judgement, no more rules. Will you dare?

Season fourteen of The Real Housewives of Atlanta will premiere on Bravo May 1. Kandi Burruss, Kenya Moore, Shereé Whitfield and Drew Sidora will all return. Marlo Hampton is back along with the newest housewife Sanya Richards-Ross. 

Prime Video’s Fallout live action series has cast Ella Purnell as a lead. She joins previously cast Walton Goggins. No word on who she will be playing in the series as of now. 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.

Carrie Preston will reprise her The Good Wife role on Paramount+’s The Good Fight. Preston plays Elsbeth Tascioni an attorney who made appearances previously on both series. Preston will also direct an episode in the upcoming new season. 

Peacock has ordered a sketch comedy series titled Would It Kill You to Laugh? which will air this summer. The special stars Kate Berlant and John Early as exaggerated versions of themselves as they reunite after suffering a public falling out many years earlier, plus a variety of characters throughout. Meredith Vieira will appear as well. 

HGTV’s new series Renovation Goldmine premieres April 30. The series features Joe and Meg Piercy, owners of a successful design and renovation business dedicated to repurposing the goldmine of treasures found in clients’ homes. In each episode, the duo will revive old furniture and other pieces their clients already own and use the money saved to give families their dream home renovation. 

Apple TV+’s upcoming drama series City on Fire has added a bulk of its main cast. Joining are Jemima Kirke, Nico Tortorella, Ashley Zukerman, Xavier Clyde, Max Milner, Alexandra Doke, Omid Abtahi, Kathleen Munroe, and John Cameron Mitchell. The series is inspired by the book from Garth Risk Hallberg. 

CMT has revived music series CMT Storytellers for a new season. The network also ordered a second season of CMT Campfire Sessions. CMT Campfire Sessions: Little Big Town will air April 12 with season two premiering in Summer 2022. CMT Storytellers: Brooks & Dunn will air April 13. 

Matt Walsh has been cast in Apple TV+’s Manhunt. Walsh will play Dr. Samuel Mudd, the doctor who treated John Wilkes Booth in the Lincoln Assassination limited series. 

The Grammys have added more performers for the upcoming awards show. J Balvin with Maria Becerra, John Legend, Silk Sonic and Carrie Underwood will all perform. The ceremony airs live on CBS April 3. 

Comedy special Ronny Chieng: Speakeasy premieres April 5 on Netflix. Ronny Chieng performs live in New York City in the intimate setting of the Chinese Tuxedo bar and restaurant. With a unique blend of intelligence, rage and physicality, Ronny shares his take on the pandemic, race relations, cancel culture and stories from his experiences as an international touring comic. 

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

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