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Your TV Source Roundup: ‘Starstruck’ Renewed, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Premiere Date, ‘Squid Game’ Renewed, Neil Patrick Harris Joins ‘Doctor Who’, Mehcad Brooks Joins ‘Law & Order’, ‘Boo, Bitch’ Trailer, and More!

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HBO Max has renewed Starstruck for a third season. Created by and starring comedian and writer Rose Matafeo, the series follows Jessie, a millennial living in East London juggling two dead end jobs and navigating the complications of becoming romantically involved with famous film star Tom, and follows the couple as they realize they can’t keep away from each other.

Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale returns for season five September 14 with two episodes. June faces consequences for killing Commander Waterford while struggling to redefine her identity and purpose. The widowed Serena attempts to raise her profile in Toronto as Gilead’s influence creeps into Canada. Commander Lawrence works with Aunt Lydia as he tries to reform Gilead and rise in power. June, Luke and Moira fight Gilead from a distance as they continue their mission to save and reunite with Hannah. 

Netflix has officially ordered a second season of Squid Game. The hit series broke records and a second season has been teased for months now. No date has been given for when the second season will premiere on the streamer. 

Neil Patrick Harris has been cast as a villain on Doctor Who. He will play the greatest enemy the Doctor has ever faced. The new season will air in 2023 along with a new Doctor played by Ncuti Gatwa. 

Mehcad Brooks has joined the cast of NBC’s Law & Order. His character will likely take the place of former star Anthony Anderson who departed the revival series after one season. The series stars Sam Waterston, Jeffrey Donovan, Camryn Manheim, Hugh Dancy and Odelya Halevi. 

Netflix’s Boo, Bitch premieres July 8. Over the course of one night, a high school senior, who’s lived her life safely under the radar, seizes the opportunity to change her narrative and start living an epic life, only to find out the next morning… she’s a motherf*%king ghost. 

HBO Max’s upcoming new comedy series Rap Sh!t will premiere July 21. The eight episode series follows two estranged high school friends from Miami, Shawna and Mia, who reunite to form a rap group.

Paramount+’s competition series All Star Shore premieres June 29. The series features 14 of the world’s biggest reality superstars from some of television’s most iconic series – Jersey Shore, Love Is Blind, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Geordie Shore, Acapulco Shore, Rio Shore, and Bachelor in Paradise – as they come together for an epic vacation at the ultimate shore house in the Canary Islands, to battle it out for a cash prize and global bragging rights. The cast includes Angelina Pivarnick from Jersey Shore, Bethan Kershaw, Chloe Ferry, and James Tindale from Geordie Shore, Blake Horstmann from Bachelor in Paradise, Giannina Gibelli from Love Is Blind, Joey Essex from The Only Way Is Essex, Johnny Middlebrooks and Trina Njoroge from Love Island, Karime Pindter and Luis “Potro” Caballero from Acapulco Shore, Marina Gregory from The Circle: Brazil. Ricardo Salusse from Rio Shore, and Vanessa “Vanjie” Mateo from RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Carlos Valdes has been cast in hulu’s upcoming series Up Here. The romantic musical comedy also stars Mae Whitman.

Michelle Yeoh and Justin Chien will star in Netflix’s upcoming series The Brothers Sun. Also cast in the series are Sam Song Li, Highdee Kuan and Joon Lee. Alice Hewkin, Jon Xue Zhang, Jenny Yang, Madison H and Rodney To will recur. The eight episode series focuses on Taipei gangsters in Los Angeles. 

Hallmark Channel has ordered a new series Ride set to premiere in 2023. The series is a multigenerational family ensemble following the lives of the Murrays, part of a rodeo dynasty going back a generation, as they struggle to keep their beloved ranch afloat. After a tragic loss, each character embarks on an empowering journey of transformation and self-discovery while also uncovering a twisted web of secrets, threatening to tear the family and their small Colorado town apart at the seams. Emotions run high and clashes are common in the complicated Murray clan, but they are a tight-knit group who don’t give up easily. And the three strong women of the family – widowed rodeo queen Missy, matriarch Isabel, and former teen run-away Valeria – resolve to stand strong against all challenges and save their land, come what may. 

Jordan Bridges, Kaia Gerber, Jason Canela, Mindy Cohn, Julia Duffy and Claudia Ferri will recur in Mrs. American Pie. The ten episode Apple TV+ series stars Kristen Wiig, Allison Janney, Leslie Bibb, Ricky Martin, Amber Chardae Robinson, and Carol Burnett. 

Lara Jean Chorostecki will recur in the upcoming second season of Chucky. The USA Network and Syfy series is a spinoff of the film franchise. 

CMT is lining up more specials and series. CMT’s Red, White & Blue Weekend will air Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th live, Nashville’s signature Fourth of July fireworks display and concert headlined by Old Dominion, to celebrate the holiday. CMT Hot 20 Countdown’s annual Holiday Salute to the Troops will air July 2. Season two of CMT Campfire Sessions will premiere July 15. CMT Summer Camp with Little Big Town will air August 12. 

Amber Heard is set to talk to Savannah Guthrie on NBC’s Today June 14 and June 15. More of the sit down will air June 17 on a special Dateline. The interview will be her first interview since the defamation trial against her ex-husband Johnny Depp. 

Mickey Guyton will host A Capital Fourth on PBS. The long running holiday celebration will air July 4 at 8. 

First Class premieres on Netflix June 23. Step into the lives of a group of friends in Barcelona who share a love of over-the-top fashion, luxurious parties and exclusive events. Enjoying life is a talent and it’s their talent. 

Gudetama: An Eggcellent Adventure is coming to Netflix in 2022. Having resigned itself to the fact that it will just end up on someone’s plate, Gudetama just wants to be lazy all the time. But, swept up by the go-getting, overbearing chick Shakipiyo, it leaves the refrigerator and heads out into the world. Together, these polar opposites go on an adventure to find their mother! 

Docuseries The Future Of will premiere on Netflix June 21 with the first six episodes. The next six episodes will premiere June 28. What if we could look into the future to see how every aspect of our daily lives – from raising pets and house plants to what we eat and how we date – will be impacted by technology? We can, and should, expect more from the future than the dystopia promised in current science fiction. The series will reveal surprising and personal predictions about the rest of our lives – and the lives of generations to come. 

Docuseries America the Beautiful will premiere on Disney+ July 4. The six episode series is the first natural history series to place cinema-grade cameras on fighter jets, taking viewers on a jaw-dropping ride through some of the most impressive scenery on Earth, revealing rich and textured worlds that are unique to the continent. The jet-mounted cameras show how America’s landscapes fit together and shape one another: a single shot can reveal how the Sierra mountains made the Mojave Desert or the Colorado River carved the Grand Canyon. The same aerial system proved a revelation for also filming wild weather, enabling footage of supercells and tornados from close range.

Season two of Team Zenko Go premieres on Netflix July 11. Runaway robo-dogs, sleepwalking uncles and troublesome tots! These kid heroes in hiding are finding more ways to help around the town of Harmony Harbor. 

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

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