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Your TV Source Roundup: ‘Russian Doll’ Trailer, ‘DMZ’ Trailer, ‘The Walking Dead’ Spinoff ‘Isle of the Dead’ Ordered, ‘grown-ish’ Renewed, Shondaland’s ‘The Residence’ Ordered, ‘The Muppets Mayhem’ Ordered, and More!

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Netflix’s Russian Doll will return for a second season April 20. 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. The seven episode season stars Natasha Lyonne and Charlie Barnett. 

Limited series DMZ will premiere on HBO Max March 17. DMZ leaps off the pages of the DC acclaimed graphic novel into the visual landscape of a dangerous and distorted Manhattan as one woman navigates a demilitarized zone in a harrowing quest to find her lost son. The series stars Rosario Dawson, Benjamin Bratt, Hoon Lee, Freddy Miyares, Jordan Preston Carter, and Venus Ariel.

AMC has announced another new The Walking Dead spinoff will be coming in 2023. Isle of the Dead will see Maggie and Negan traveling into a post-apocalyptic Manhattan long ago cut off from the mainland. The crumbling city is filled with the dead and denizens who have made New York City their own world full of anarchy, danger, beauty, and terror. The first season will consist of six episodes. An Untitled Daryl and Carol spin-off series was previously announced. The second part of the final season of The Walking Dead is currently airing. 

Freeform has renewed grown-ish for a fifth season. The new season will also see black-ish star Marcus Scribner join the spinoff series, reprising his role as Andre Johnson Jr., joining his TV sister, as he embarks on his own journey to being “grown.” 

Netflix has ordered The Residence from Shondaland. The eight episode drama series is based on Kate Andersen Brower’s book The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House. 132 rooms. 157 suspects. One dead body. One wildly eccentric detective. One disastrous State Dinner. The Residence is a screwball whodunnit set in the upstairs, downstairs, and backstairs of the White House, among the eclectic staff of the world’s most famous mansion.

Disney+ has ordered a new Muppets series The Muppets Mayhem. The series will take audiences on a music-filled journey as, at long last, The Electric Mayhem Band records its first ever album. Lilly Singh will star as a junior A&R executive tasked with managing and wrangling the mayhem that is The Electric Mayhem Band. The Muppets including Dr. Teeth on vocals and keyboards, Animal on drums, Floyd Pepper on vocals and bass, Janice on vocals and lead guitar, Zoot on saxophone and Lips on trumpet also star.

Daphne Maxwell Reid and Vernee Watson-Johnson are set to appear in Bel-Air. The two appeared in the original series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The two will appear in episode 9 as members of the Art Council Board of Trustee.

Ariel Winter is replacing Demi Lovato in the NBC comedy pilot Hungry. Lovato will remain an executive producer on the potential series. The pilot has also changed from a single camera comedy to a multicamera comedy series.

Prime Video is developing a series based on the God of War video game series. The PlayStation series adaptation will be executive produced by the executive producers of The Expanse. 

The CW’s Gotham Knights pilot has cast Fallon Smythe and Tyler DiChiara as leads. The two will play Harper Row and Cullen Row in the potential DC Comics series. The children of Batman’s enemies team up with Batman’s adopted son when they are framed for Batman’s death.

HGTV’s Celebrity IOU returns for a new season April 18. The eight episode season features Hollywood A-listers, who want to give extraordinary people in their lives surprise home renovations, will put on hard hats, pick up power tools and put in sweat equity with help from talented twins Drew and Jonathan Scott. Fans can expect more boldfaced names, heartwarming stories and astonishing renovations as celebrities share deeply personal stories about their gratitude for a deserving friend or mentor. Stars this season include Anthony Anderson, Halle Berry, Snoop Dogg, Tiffany Haddish, Lisa Kudrow, Howie Mandel, John C. Reilly, and Ali Wong. 

A&E is adding two more episodes to docuseries Secrets of Playboy. Hosted by investigative journalist and former Playboy cover model Lisa Guerrero, the new episodes will continue the conversation around the legacy of Playboy and the complex world Hugh Hefner created. They will premiere starting March 28. 

Netflix’s Soil will premiere March 17. To revamp the family business, a young entrepreneur sets up a bold yet risky plan of importing soil from Morocco to bury his community’s deceased. Without realizing it, he opens Pandora’s ‘coffin’. 

Comedy special Catherine Cohen: The Twist…? She’s Gorgeous premieres on Netflix March 15. In this sparkling cocktail of standup and song, Catherine Cohen serenades about looking for love, the absurdity of marathons and burying someone alive.

Peacock’s Below Deck Down Under premieres March 17. Set against the stunning backdrop of the tropical Whitsunday Islands and world-famous Great Barrier Reef in northeastern Australia, the series explores the complex, often explosive dynamics of the crew and a rotating group of demanding charter guests on M/Y Thalassa.

Unscripted series Is It Cake? will premiere on Netflix March 18. The eight episode season sees skilled cake artists create mouthwatering replicas of handbags, sewing machines and more in a mind-bending baking contest inspired by a popular meme and hosted by Mikey Day. Bakers will compete to create hyper-realistic cakes that look exactly like everyday objects, with cash on the line. But are they good enough to deceive a panel of celebrity judges?

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

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