Your TV Source Roundup: ‘Pacific Rim: The Black’ Premiere Date, Misha Collins Joins ‘Gotham Knights’ Pilot, ‘The Offer’ Trailer, ‘Close Enough’ Trailer, ‘Inside Eats with Rhett & Link’ Premiere Date, HBO Max Tests Shuffle Option, and More!

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The second and final season of Pacific Rim: The Black will premiere on Netflix April 19. Taylor and Hayley still hope to reach the safety of Sydney aboard Atlas Destroyer, the scaled-down training Jaeger left behind when Australia was evacuated. With teenage assassin Mei and the mysterious human/kaiju hybrid bOy joining Taylor and Hayley, this makeshift family must cross a dangerous territory controlled by the bloodthirsty cult Sisters of the Kaiju. These zealots, led by the enigmatic High Priestess, are convinced that bOy is their long-awaited Messiah and will stop at nothing to indoctrinate him into their dark circle – something Hayley would sacrifice everything to prevent. 

Misha Collins has been cast as Harvey Dent in The CW’s Gotham Knights pilot. Dent is Gotham’s District Attorney who eventually becomes the villain Two-Face. Collins joins Fallon Smythe, Tyler DiChiara, Oscar Morgan, Olivia Rose Keegan and Navia Robinson.

Paramount+’s limited series The Offer premieres with three episodes April 28. The series is based on Albert S. Ruddy’s extraordinary, never-before-seen experiences of making “The Godfather.” 

HBO Max’s animated series Close Enough returns for season three April 7 with eight episodes. The series follows a married couple, their five-year-old daughter, and their two divorced best friends/roommates, all sharing a cramped apartment on the eastside of Los Angeles. They navigate a chaotic time in their 30s as they struggle to grow up without growing old. It’s about juggling work, kids, and pursuing your dreams, all while avoiding alien fitness cults, yacht-rock vampires, and silent film era bison. Their life may not be ideal, but for now, it’s close enough. 

Inside Eats with Rhett & Link will premiere on Food Network April 24. The four episode series sees Rhett & Link meet the people who create everything we love to eat, tasting their way to the truth while infusing their unique and delicious investigations. Rhett & Link use their trademark humor, unending inquisitiveness, and contagious energy and enthusiasm to feed viewers’ hungry minds.

HBO Max has added a shuffle option to its desktop UI. The option allows viewers to watch episodes at random. The 45 options are currently mostly limited to animated and comedy series where order doesn’t matter as much when viewing. 

Roku has ordered a new original comedy series SLIP. The series will be directed by and star Zoe Lister-Jones. The series follows a 30-something that finds herself restless inside a marriage that totally works. The series will follow Mae through a fantastical journey of parallel universes, as she enters new relationships, trying to find her way back to her partner, and ultimately, herself.

Cress Williams has joined the cast of NBC’s drama pilot Unbroken. Also cast is Shian Tomlinson. The series focuses on three dynastic ranch families on the central coast of California who make love and war in a passionate struggle to survive, ultimately setting the stage for a group of fiercely determined young women to win big for all at the National Championship of Rodeo. They join Scott Bakula, Anna Wood and Oluniké Adeliyi. 

Gabrielle Union has joined the cast of Apple TV+’s Truth Be Told. The third season will see Union join Octavia Spencer as the series is an anthology with Aaron Paul and Lizzy Caplan starring in season one and Kate Hudson in season two. The series is based on a book by Kathleen Barber. 

ABC has ordered a new unscripted series titled Claim To Fame. Kevin and Frankie Jonas will host the series. Twelve relatives of celebrities will live in a house together, not knowing who is related to which celebrities. Challenges will help contestants compete to stay in the house and win the $100,000 prize. 

Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City is going to be rebooted with an all new, diverse cast. The current series has aired thirteen seasons. A spinoff series featuring current and past cast members is actively in the works. 

Marcia Gay Harden has joined CBS’s legal drama pilot in a recasting. She replaces Geena Davis who exited the project days into the start of production. No reason was given for the recast. 

Karina Bonnefil, Catfish Jean, Courtney Taylor, and Ana Bowen have joined the cast of ALLBLK’s Send Help. They join Jean Elie in the seven episode first season. In the series Haitian American actor, Fritz Jean-Baptiste, is riding high as the star of the fictional hit TV show, This Can’t Be Us. Convinced that the good times will roll on forever, he thwarts all other career advancing opportunities as he plays the field with multiple women, instead of tackling a family tragedy that is beginning to unravel his entire life. 

Mae Whitman has been cast in hulu’s upcoming romantic musical comedy series Up Here. It follows a couple in love as the navigate their relationship. The eight episode season will feature original songs written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. 

Jimmy Smits will star in CBS’s East New York drama pilot. He will star opposite Amanda Warren along with Ruben Santiago Hudson, Richard Kind, Lavel Schley and Olivia Luccardi. The series follows a deputy inspector who uses creative methods to serve and protect the community of East New York.

Harry Hamlin will star in AMC’s Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches. Hamlin will play the Mayfair patriarch. The series marks the second Anne Rice series at AMC. 

Vanessa Hudgens, Terrence J and Brandon Maxwell will host The Oscars Red Carpet Show. The 90-minute special will highlight Oscar nominees, performers and presenters, and give fans around the world the ultimate insiders’ sneak peek at Hollywood’s biggest night. The show will feature a special appearance by DJ M.O.S. It will air March 27 on ABC.

Moonshiners: American Spirit is set to premiere on Discovery Channel April 13. The Moonshiners spinoff series sees the Moonshiners venture out on a fun-filled search for the legendary lost liquors of America’s past… and learn a thing or two about our nation’s history along the way. They’re on a mission to keep American spirits alive and will leave no liquor (or history lesson) behind!

Disney Channel and Disney XD are set to air Life is Shorts: Oscar 2022 March 25. Hosted by Tamron Hall, the special will feature acclaimed Disney and Pixar shorts. Those include “Bao,” “Burrow” and “Lou”.  

Al Michaels will be paired up with Kirk Herbstreit for Prime Video’s Thursday Night Football. Herbstreit will continue to be a part of ESPN’s college football coverage. 

Beyonce, Billie Eilish and FINNEAS, Reba McEntire and Sebastian Yatra are set to perform nominated original songs at the 94th Oscars. Van Morrison was invited to perform his nominated song but will not attend the Oscars due to his tour schedule, therefore “Down To Joy” from “Belfast” will not be performed on the broadcast. The event will air live March 27 on ABC. 

ESPN has signed a multi year deal with The Premier Lacrosse League. The League’s fourth season is scheduled to begin on June 4, playing 47 games across 13 US cities, including All-Star, Playoffs, and Championship Weekend on September 17. Games will air exclusively across ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN+, with all 47 games available to stream on ESPN+.

Season two of hulu’s The Hardy Boys premieres April 6. When a Bridgeport classmate mysteriously disappears, Frank and Joe Hardy drop their new normal routine to get back to detective work. But when they discover the mystical relic they destroyed last year is still in play, it becomes clear their simple missing person case is actually part of something far more sinister. The Hardy boys and their friends must quickly learn who they can and can’t trust as they race against time to unravel the truth, and ultimately realize that no one is safe from their past. 

Season 18 of Deadliest Catch will kick off with a two hour premiere April 19 on Discovery Channel. For the first time in 25 years, the Alaskan government shut down red king crab catching for the season. Facing financial ruin, each captain is forced to start over and search the Bering Sea for a new way to make a living. Are these captains up for the challenge? Or will they pack up and head home empty handed?

My Liberation Notes will premiere on Netflix April 9. Three siblings, exhausted by the monotony of day-to-day adulthood, seek to find fulfillment and freedom from their unremarkable lives.

Animated interactive series Battle Kitty premieres on Netflix April 19. A warrior kitten must defeat all the monsters on Battle Island in order to be crowned a champion. 

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