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Your TV Source Roundup: ‘House of the Dragon’ Promo, ‘Heartbreak High’ Trailer, ‘A Friend of the Family’ Teaser, ‘American Gigolo’ Trailer, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’ Renewed, ‘The Chi’ Renewed, ‘Summer Camp Island’ to Air on Cartoon Network, and More!

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HBO’s House of the Dragon premieres August 21. The ten episode series is based on George R.R. Martin’s “Fire & Blood.” The series, set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones  tells the story of House Targaryen. 

Heartbreak High premieres on Netflix September 14. The series is a high-octane ride into the minds and lives of a group of Australian teenagers. The discovery of a secret map that charts all the hook-ups in the school year makes its architect, Amerie, 16, rebel, loudmouth, an instant pariah. In an effort to set the hypersexual students straight, the school forces them into a Sexual Literacy Program. With her new friends, outsiders, Quinni , neuro-divergent truth bomb, and Darren, ambitious, super-dooper gay, Amerie must repair her reputation, whilst navigating love, sex, and heartbreak. 

A Friend of the Family premieres on Peacock October 6. The series is based on the harrowing true story of the Broberg family, whose daughter Jan was kidnapped multiple times over a period of years by a charismatic, obsessed family “friend.” The Brobergs – devoted to their faith, family, and community – were utterly unprepared for the sophisticated tactics their neighbor used to exploit their vulnerabilities, drive them apart, and turn their daughter against them. This is the story of how their lives were permanently altered – and how they survived.

Showtime’s American Gigolo premieres September 9. The series is a present-day reimagining of the iconic 1980 film that follows Julian Kaye after his wrongful conviction release from 15 years in prison as he navigates his complicated relationships with his former lover Michelle, his troubled mother, and the people who betrayed him. While Julian struggles to reconcile the escort he was in the past and the man he is today, Detective Sunday seeks the truth about the murder that sent Julian to prison all those years ago, unearthing a much larger conspiracy along the way. 

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars and RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: Untucked have been renewed for new seasons on Paramount+. RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars will return for its eighth season while RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: Untucked will return for its fifth season. 

Showtime has renewed The Chi for season six. The series is a timely coming-of-age story centering on a group of residents on the South Side of Chicago who become linked by coincidence but bonded by the need for connection and redemption. It delves deeply into the many joys and complications of Black love: relationships, children, career, community and self. Season five airs its finale September 2 on streaming and September 4 on air. 

HBO Max will be pulling over thirty titles from the streaming service. Summer Camp Island had been set to premiere its final season on the streamer, but will instead be pulled. Cartoon Network confirmed it will be airing the final season later this year.  

Netflix announced that period soap drama The Decameron is coming to the streamer. The eight episode series aims to examine the timely themes of class systems, power struggles and survival in a time of pandemic with a touch of levity, brought together by a charming and riotous ensemble of characters. In 1348, the Black Death strikes hard in the city of Florence. A handful of nobles are invited to retreat with their servants to a grand villa in the Italian countryside and wait out the pestilence with a lavish holiday. But as social rules wear thin, what starts as a wine-soaked sex romp in the hills of Tuscany descends into an all out scramble for survival. 

Prime Video’s limited series The English will premiere in November. The six episode series stars Emily Blunt and Chaske Spencer. An epic chase Western, the series takes the core themes of identity and revenge to tell a uniquely compelling parable on race, power, and love. An aristocratic Englishwoman, Lady Cornelia Locke, and a Pawnee ex-cavalry scout, Eli Whipp, come together in 1890 middle America to cross a violent landscape built on dreams and blood. Both of them have a clear sense of their destiny, but neither is aware that it is rooted in a shared past. They must face increasingly terrifying obstacles that will test them to their limits, physically and psychologically. But as each obstacle is overcome, it draws them closer to their ultimate destination – the new town of Hoxem, Wyoming. It is here, after an investigation by the local sheriff Robert Marshall and young widow Martha Myers into a series of bizarre and macabre unsolved murders, that the full extent of their intertwined history will be truly understood, and they will come face-to-face with the future they must live.

Showtime’s Entitled starring Brett Gelman has revealed the rest of its cast. Donald Sumpter, Brendan Patricks, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Mark Quartley, Jonathan Livingstone, Charlotte Louise Arrowsmith and Kelly Wenham will star in the comedy series. The series follows Gabe, a conniving American widower who posthumously must get to know The Beaucrofts, his British wife’s eccentric estranged family, in their crumbling gothic mansion in the English countryside. As Gabe’s search for closure and truth reveal a newly inherited fortune, each family member’s ambition comes to a head. 

The Midnight Club premieres on Netflix October 7. At a hospice with a mysterious history, the eight members of the Midnight Club meet each night at midnight to tell sinister stories – and to look for signs of the supernatural from the beyond. The ten episode series is based on the creative work of bestselling author Christopher Pike. 

CNN has canceled Reliable Sources. Series host Brian Stelter will depart the network following the cancellation. The final episode will air August 21. The cancellation is surprising as the series has aired at the network since 1993. 

Bobby Flay is looking for the best of the best to compete against his culinary titans in the new Food Network series Bobby’s Triple Threat. In each one-hour episode, one extraordinarily talented and eager chef is challenged to go against the trio of culinary titans handpicked by Bobby himself for a chance to take home $25,000. At the start of each episode, one competitor enters Bobby’s secret kitchen armed with their expertise and drive to take on the culinary titans selected by Bobby – Tiffany Derry, Michael Voltaggio and Brooke Williamson – in three head-to-head rounds. In the first two rounds, Bobby picks the main ingredients that the chefs must emphasize in their dishes, as the competitor selects which titan to face off with. The last round features the competitor picking the ingredients to incorporate, while going against the last remaining titan. All the while, one discerning guest judge blind taste tests the dishes at the end of every round. If the competitor can out-cook the titans and earn more points with their cumulative score, they take home bragging rights over the titans, earning the cash prize. The six episode series premieres September 27. 

Scott Speedman will recur in the upcoming nineteenth season of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy after starring as a series regular in season eighteen. The news fits with the series as star Ellen Pompeo has cut back her on screen role for the upcoming new season. The rest of the season eighteen series regulars will continue for the new season. 

Neve Campbell will star in ABC’s upcoming drama series Avalon. The series from David E. Kelley received a straight to series order last year. Campbell starred in the first season of Netflix’s The Lincoln Lawyer and will recur on the second season. 

Rory Culkin will star in season six of Netflix’s Black Mirror. The anthology series consists of multiple stories. No word on which Culkin will be a part of. 

Amy Ryan has been cast in Apple TV+’s Sugar. She joins Colin Farrell and Kirby Howell-Baptiste in the private detective series. 

Patrick Fischler will recur in the fourth season of HBO’s Barry. The dark comedy series stars Bill Hader, Henry Winkler, Stephen Root, Michael Irby, Anthony Carrigan, and Sarah Goldberg.

Chipo Chung and Anthony Mark Barrow have been cast in hulu’s Black Cake. Chung will be a series regular while Barrow will recur. The series is based on Charmaine Wilkerson’s book.

Mattel’s Pictionary game show is set to premiere nationally September 12. The syndicated series hosted by Jerry O’Connell is based on Mattel’s popular board game of quick sketches and hilarious guesses.The broadcast version of Pictionary will follow the same rules of at-home play. Celebrity captains, including Amanda Seales, Loni Love, Cristela Alonzo, Ross Mathews, Amanda Kloots, Akbar Gbajabiamila, Natalie Morales, and more, lead two teams of three as players draw clues for teammates to guess winning words or phrases.

Star Trek Day Celebration begins September 8. Live from the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, the Celebration includes back to back conversations with cast from across the Star Trek universe, live performances, exclusive news from Star Trek Original Series on Paramount+, a special tribute to Nichelle Nichols and much more. 

The BET Hip Hop Awards return October 4 from Atlanta, Georgia. The annual celebration will bring together the hottest names in hip hop to pay homage to the best in hip hop culture. Nominations, selected by a voting academy of esteemed music industry insiders, performers, and presenters are to be announced at a later date.

National Geographic’s On the Edge with Alex Honnold will stream soon on Disney+. World-class climbers Alex Honnold and Hazel Findlay made the first-known ascent of Ingmikortilaq, one of Earth’s tallest unclimbed natural monoliths. The cliff, composed of 3-million-year-old granite and gneiss, rises 3,750 feet out of a remote peninsula jutting into a fjord on Greenland’s eastern coast. In addition to summitting the never-before-climbed rock face and offering a window into that experience with audiences, Honnold was motivated by the climate crisis. The scientific community desperately needs scientific data from remote locations like Ingmikortilaq, according to glaciologists like Sevestre. Through the Greenland expedition – and with Honnold’s team helping to fix ropes for her – Sevestre was able to measure the depth and density of ice caps, begin capturing crucial insights on the rate of polar ice melt, and more.

LL Cool J, Nicki Minaj and Jack Harlow are set to MC the 2022 VMAs. The ceremony will air live from Prudential Center August 28. Performers include Anitta, BLACKPINK, J Balvin, Jack Harlow, Lizzo, Måneskin, Marshmello x Khalid, Nicki Minaj and Panic! At The Disco as well as Kane Brown headlining the Toyota Stage.

Tubi announced the new docuseries TMZ No BS will premiere August 24. The docuseries will give an honest, unfiltered look at some of the biggest names in pop culture, across entertainment, sports, politics and more. Hosted by Harvey Levin, Charles Latibeaudiere and guest TMZ contributors – the episodes will feature never-before-seen stories and fresh reporting that provides an eye-opening look at people who have been widely covered, but never really understood. The twelve episode series will premiere with an episode on Britney Spears. Future episodes will focus on JLo, Wildest Celebrity Arrests, and Conor McGregor.

The Big Ten has inked deals with CBS, NBC and Fox. Games will air on traditional networks as well as streaming platforms. CBS and Fox have aired previous games with NBC joining this coming season. ESPN did not renew its contract. 

Buy My House premieres on Netflix September 2. Homeowners from across America come to sell their properties, on the spot, to one of four real-estate tycoons including Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman, Corcoran Group CEO Pamela Liebman, NFL Linebacker Brandon Copeland, and investment property magnate Danisha Wrighster. Incredible and unique homes are up for grabs as the owners share heartfelt backstories and engage in heart pounding negotiations with the tycoons. 

SYFY presents “Recipe for Disaster,” a six-night programming stunt featuring fan-favorite disaster movies leading into the cable premiere of Peacock’s new series The End Is Nye, which sees Bill Nye explore the most epic global disasters imaginable. All episodes of The End Is Nye will be available on Peacock August 25. “Recipe for Disaster” begins August 25 at 12 pm with cult classic “Sharknado” movie marathon. A new episode of The End Is Nye will air each night of the event at 10 pm for all six days.

Kiddie Kai premieres on discovery+ September 6. In a region of the southeast United States, lies a legendary martial arts hot spot known simply as The Blackbelt Byway. There are dojos on nearly every corner – welcoming kids of all backgrounds to train to be blackbelts. But in an area where every dojo claims to be the best and every parent wants their kid to train with the top sensei, the competition is fierce. It’s more than an after-school activity and much more than a sport, it’s a way of life. And for the kids who are inspired to learn the ways of their sensei, it’s a chance to prove to themselves, and to others, that they have the confidence and discipline to be their best selves. And kick some major butt. 

Secret Origins of the Batwheels premieres on HBO Max on Batman Day, September 17. The special is an origin story for the upcoming new series Batwheels. 

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

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