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The first episode of the animated Gremlins prequel series Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai will premiere at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival. The series takes place in 1920s Shanghai where they reveal the story of how 10-year-old Sam Wing (future shop owner Mr. Wing in the 1984 movie) met the young Mogwai called Gizmo. Along with a teenage street thief named Elle, Sam and Gizmo take a perilous journey through the Chinese countryside, encountering, and sometimes battling, colorful monsters and spirits from Chinese folklore. On their quest to return Gizmo to his family and uncover a legendary treasure, they are pursued by a power-hungry industrialist and his growing army of evil Gremlins. The series is coming soon to HBO Max. 

Laurie Metcalf, Martha Kelly, Ming-Na Wen and Margaret Cho will appear in the upcoming second season of HBO Max’s Hacks. Laurie Metcalf, Martha Kelly, and Ming-Na Wen will recur while Margaret Cho will be a guest star. In the new season, the dark mentorship between legendary Las Vegas comedian Deborah Vance and her young, entitled writer Ava continues to evolve as the two travel across the country workshopping Deborah’s new stand-up act.

Toonami’s next Total Immersion Event is set to premiere March 19 to celebrate Toonami’s 25th anniversary. The two part T.I.E. was announced following the finale of Cosmo Samurai 2, a non-canon T.I.E. that featured TOM and SARA. The second and final episode will air March 26. 

The Owl House returns for the second half of its second season March 19. New episodes will premiere every Saturday through May 28. The series is renewed for a third and final season consisting of specials rather than a full season. 

Laysla De Oliveira will star opposite Zoe Saldana in Paramount+’s upcoming new series Lioness. The series comes from Taylor Sheridan and is based on a real-life CIA program. It follows Cruz Manuelos, a rough-around-the-edges but passionate young Marine recruited to join the CIA’s Lioness Engagement Team to help bring down a terrorist organization from within.

Performers have been announced for the upcoming 94th Oscars set to air live on ABC March 27. Adam Blackstone, Travis Barker, Sheila E., Robert Glasper, D-Nice, The Samples Choir plus a live orchestra will perform. Additional musical guests will be announced ahead of the ceremony. 

Italian actors Beatrice Grannó, Sabrina Impacciatore, and Simona Tabasco have joined the cast of HBO’s The White Lotus. The second season is set in Italy and will follow the guests and staff at the resort. 

J.J. Abrams is developing a scripted series focusing on the band U2. The band was formed in Dublin, Ireland in 1976 and have gone on to world wide success. 

Adina Porter and Clark Backo have been cast in Apple TV+’s drama series The Changeling. They join LaKeith Stanfield in the series based on the book by Victor LaValle. 

Christopher Lloyd will appear in the upcoming third season of Disney+’s Star Wars series The Mandalorian. He will appear as a guest star in an undisclosed role. There is currently no return date for the series. 

Ruben Santiago Hudson, Richard Kind, Lavel Schley and Olivia Luccardi have been cast in CBS’s pilot East New York. The series follows a deputy inspector who uses creative methods to serve and protect the community of East New York. They join Amanda Warren.

ABC has ordered a pilot for an untitled national park themed drama series. The network passed on the project last which had Kevin Costner attached as writer and executive producer. The new take will not involve Costner. 

Harvey Guillén will voice Nightwing in the upcoming third season of HBO Max’s Harley Quinn. There is still no premiere date for the series, which will be the first on HBO Max after airing two seasons previously on DC Universe. 

Katie Findlay has been cast in The CW’s Walker: Independence pilot. The potential Walker prequel series is set in the 1800. She joins Katherine McNamara, Justin Johnson Cortez, Matt Barr, Greg Hovanessian, Lawrence Kao, and Philemon Chambers.

Docuseries Captive Audience will premiere on hulu April 21. Siblings Ashley and Steven Stayner Jr. never knew their famous father Steven, the child victim of a shocking California kidnapping, who tragically died in an accident when they were young. In 1972, seven-year-old Steven went to school – and never came home. His mother Kay struggles to keep the media interested in the case, and to hold her family together. Then, after seven years, a miracle: Steven returns. The media can’t get enough of the story and frantically descend on the Stayner home – but this isn’t the Hollywood ending it appears to be. 

Natalie Martinez has joined the cast of Apple TV+’s Bad Monkey in a recasting. Martinez replaces Ana Villafañe who was originally cast in the role. The ten episode series tells the story of Andrew Yancy, a one-time detective demoted to restaurant inspector in Southern Florida. A severed arm found by a tourist out fishing pulls Yancy into the world of greed and corruption that decimates the land and environment in both Florida and the Bahamas. And yes, there’s a monkey. The series comes from Bill Lawrence and stars Vince Vaughn. 

Jimmie Saito, Josh Wingate and Caroline Neff have been cast in Showtime’s Let The Right One In. The three will recur in the series. The series is inspired by the book from John Ajvide Lindqvist. The series centers on Mark and his daughter Eleanor whose lives were changed forever 10 years earlier when she was turned into a vampire. Locked in at age 12, perhaps forever, Eleanor lives a closed-in life, able to go out only at night, while her father does his best to provide her with the human blood she needs to stay alive. 

Gold Rush: Freddy Dodge’s Mine Rescue will premiere on Discovery April 1. From Montana to Alaska to the Yukon to Colorado, gold guru Freddy Dodge and master fabricator Juan Ibarra step in to help struggling miners learn how to run a successful mine. With over 40 years of experience, Freddy and Juan host the ultimate mining masterclass teaching them inventive solutions, insights and bush hacks that will drastically increase the gold production of each mine.

Netflix’s Tomorrow will premiere April 1. Made half-human and half-spirit by accident, a young man is employed by a company of grim reapers in the underworld to carry out special missions. 

HBO Max’s The Thaw will premiere April 1. The six episode series is set in Szczecin, Poland. The series begins after the body of a young woman is discovered under the melting ice. It asks ‘Who was she? Why did she die? Who did she leave behind? Did people who are now mourning know who she really was? These questions and the search for answers will provide the main female character with a powerful, although initially unconscious incentive to confront her own circumstances: of a single mother playing the role of a perfect police officer, and above all, a woman in crisis.

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

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