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Your TV Source Roundup: ‘The Circle’ Trailer, ‘Legendary’ Trailer, Peacock Orders ‘Bupkis’, ‘Harley Quinn’ Spinoff ‘Noonan’s’ Ordered, ‘Run The World’ Adds Cast, ‘Pretty Smart’ Canceled, and More!

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Season four of Netflix’s The Circle premieres May 4. New episodes will premiere May 11, May 18 with the finale May 25. Get ready for new players, wild alliances, and the spiciest twists and turns yet. More catfishing, more drama, more money and surprises await as a new set of contestants compete in challenges to earn the ultimate cash prize as top influencer. The series is hosted by Michelle Buteau. 

Season three of HBO Max’s ballroom competition series Legendary will premiere May 19. The ten episode season will release three episodes weekly until the finale June 9. The series follows fabulously talented voguing houses as they ignite the runway at extravagant balls showcasing their skill, style, and stamina for a shot at the $100,000 grand prize.  Keke Palmer joins MC/Host Dashaun Wesley, along with judges Leiomy Maldonado, Jameela Jamil, and Law Roach this season to crown another “Legendary” house. Guest judges this season include Issa Rae, Kelly Rowland, Leslie Jones, Anitta, Dominique Jackson, Bob The Drag Queen, among others. 

Peacock has handed a straight to series order for Bupkis. The comedy series stars Pete Davidson as a heightened, fictionalized version of his real life. The series will combine grounded storytelling with absurd elements from the unfiltered and completely original worldview for which Pete is well known. 

HBO Max has officially ordered Noonan’s, an animated spinoff of Harley Quinn. The ten episode series stars lovable loser Kite Man and his new squeeze Golden Glider who moonlight as criminals to support their foolish purchase of Noonan’s, Gotham’s seediest dive bar, where everybody knows your name, but not necessarily your secret identity! 

Starz’s comedy series Run The World has added to its cast for its upcoming second season. Tika Sumpter, Comedian CP, and Isha Blaaker will recur. Cree Summer and Ashley Blaine Featherson-Jenkins will guest star. The series follows a group of smart, funny and vibrant thirty-something Black women – fiercely loyal best friends – who live, work and play in Harlem. 

Netflix has canceled Pretty Smart after one season. The multicamera comedy series starred Emily Osment and Gregg Sulkin. 

Emily Osment has been promoted to series regular on CBS’s Young Sheldon for the upcoming sixth season. Osment recurred in the current fifth season. 

Melissa McBride has exited the upcoming spinoff series of AMC’s The Walking Dead. McBride was set to star alongside Norman Reedus which would follow Carol and Daryl after the events of the final season of The Walking Dead. Instead, the series will now focus solely on Daryl. 

TBS’s comedy series The Last O.G. will not be returning for another season. The fourth and final season aired last year. The news comes as TBS is getting out of the scripted game, but the decision to end this series came ahead of the Discovery buyout. 

Alfie Fuller and Jason Ralph have been promoted to series regulars in the upcoming fifth and final season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Both recurred in the fourth season. Kelly Bishop will also be returning for another guest starring appearance. Also joining the series are Peter Friedman, Chloë Kerwin, Austin Basis, Josh Grisetti, Michael Cyril Creighton, Eddie Kaye Thomas, and Lucas Kavner. 

Sam Richardson and Zoë Chao are set to appear in the second season of Apple TV+’s The Afterparty. Both starred in the first season alongside Tiffany Haddish who was previously announced as returning. Also joining the new season are  Elizabeth Perkins, Zach Woods, Paul Walter Hauser, Poppy Liu, Anna Konkle, Jack Whitehall, and Vivian Wu. The new season will involve a murder which takes place at a wedding. 

Jesse Spencer is returning for the upcoming season finale of NBC’s Chicago Fire. Spencer exited the series this season after the 200th episode. 

Suzanna Son has exited HBO’s The Idol after announcing the series was being overhauled. Director Amy Seimetz has also exited the project. The series stars The Weeknd. 

Lexi Underwood has joined the cast of Freeform’s Cruel Summer. She replaces Eloise Payet as a lead after redeveloping the character. The anthology series returns for its second season later this year. 

ABC’s drama pilot The Company You Keep has added Catherine Haena Kim to the cast. She joined previously announced Milo Ventimiglia. The series is based on the Korean series My Fellow Citizens. 

AMC+’s limited series This Is Going to Hurt will premiere June 2 on AMC+ and Sundance Now. The comedy drama series based on Adam Kay’s memoir stars Ben Whishaw. The series follows Adam, a doctor who is finding his way through the ranks of hospital hierarchy, junior enough to suffer the crippling hours, but senior enough to face a constant barrage of terrifying responsibilities. Adam is clinging to his personal life as he is increasingly overwhelmed by stresses at work: the 97-hour weeks, the life-and-death decisions, and all the while knowing the hospital parking meter is earning more than him. 

Peacock has set Jason Benetti to be the play-by-play announcer for MLB Sunday Leadoff. The series premieres live on May 8 with White Sox vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park. 

Cartoon Network Studios and Outlook Company have established a new content development initiative designed to discover emerging artists and storytellers. Outlook Company is an animation studio that specializes in elevating underrepresented creators and artists in the Mid-Atlantic region. The program will launch with six local participants and be based at Neru Projects, Outlook’s recently formed animated projects incubator. Creative executives from Cartoon Network Studios and Neru Projects will work with these individuals and help shepherd their ideas from concept to pitch through the development of a series bible. At least one project will be selected to begin formal development at Cartoon Network Studios and Outlook Company but, through the program, all participants will learn how to collaborate with creative partners to develop and package their original animated series ideas. 

Discovery+’s The Book of Queer will premiere June 2. The five episode series, celebrating and recognizing the incredible history of the LGBTQ+ community, will be narrated by notable queer game changers including Dominique Jackson, Leslie Jordan, Ross Mathews, Alex Newell, and previously announced Margart Cho. The socially impactful series will be supported by an entirely queer ensemble cast, recreating some of history’s most notable moments, and over a dozen scholars of queer history. Capping off each episode, an original song and music video will be performed by queer artists including Betty Who, VINCINT, Shawnee Kish, Mila Jam and Kaleena Zanders. 

Netflix comedy special Christina P: Mom Genes will premiere May 8, just in time for Mother’s Day. Christina P is back and better than ever. No detail is too intimate as Christina hilariously shares the trials and tribulations of motherhood, marriage, and everything in between. The special was filmed at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City. 

Prime Video’s comedy special Failing Upwards will premiere May 27. The brand new special recorded at London’s iconic Alexandra Palace Theatre explores topics including Iain’s inability to function in the most basic of public settings, the pressures of being in the public eye and that one time a man stole his shoes.

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

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