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Your TV Source Roundup: ‘Quantum Leap’ Renewed, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Moves to MTV, HBO Max Removes More Content, ‘Harry & Meghan’ Trailer, ‘Animaniacs’ Final Season Premiere Date, ‘The Circle’ Trailer, and More!

QUANTUM LEAP -- “Pilot” Episode Pilot -- Pictured: Raymond Lee as Dr. Ben Seong -- (Photo by: Serguei Bachlakov/NBC)

NBC has renewed Quantum Leap for a second season. The renewal comes ahead of the series return for the second part of its eighteen episode first season. The reboot series takes place nearly 30 years since Dr. Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished. Now, a new team, led by physicist Ben Song, has been assembled to restart the project in hope of understanding the mysteries behind the machine and the man who created it. Everything changes, however, when Ben makes an unauthorized leap into the past, leaving the team behind to solve the mystery of why he did it. At Ben’s side throughout his leaps is Addison, who appears in the form of a hologram only Ben can see and hear. She’s a decorated Army veteran who brings level-headed precision to her job. At the helm of the highly confidential operation is Herbert “Magic” Williams, a no-nonsense career military man who has to answer to his bosses who won’t be happy once they learn about the breach of protocol. The rest of the team at headquarters includes Ian Wright, who runs the Artificial Intelligence unit “Ziggy,” and Jenn Chou, who heads up digital security for the project. As Ben leaps from life to life, putting right what once went wrong, it becomes clear that he and the team are on a thrilling journey.

The Drag Race franchise is expanding with three new editions in Brazil, Germany and Mexico which will air on MTV/Paramount+ in their respective territories. Additionally, fan favorites from around the world will enter the first ever Drag Race Global All Stars exclusively on Paramount+ globally. As part of the new expansion, the US series of RuPaul’s Drag Race moves to MTV for season 15 on January 6. RuPaul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race will also return for season 3 next year on VH1. 

Despite production on season two already wrapped, HBO Max has canceled Minx. The series was renewed back in May. The first season will be removed from the streamer and Lionsgate TV will attempt to shop both seasons elsewhere. HBO Max will also remove Gordita Chronicles, Love Life, Westworld, and The Nevers which has not aired its second half of the season. 

Volume II of Harry & Meghan premieres on Netflix December 15 with the final three episodes. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex share the other side of their high-profile love story. Across six episodes, the series explores the clandestine days of their early courtship and the challenges that led to them feeling forced to step back from their full-time roles in the institution. With commentary from friends and family, most of whom have never spoken publicly before about what they witnessed, and historians who discuss the state of the British Commonwealth today and the royal family’s relationship with the press, the series does more than illuminate one couple’s love story, it paints a picture of our world and how we treat each other. 

The third and final season of hulu’s Animaniacs will premiere February 17. The series is a reboot of the 90s series of the same name. It features many of the same characters including Yakko, Wakko and Dot along with Pinky and The Brain. 

Season five of The Circle premieres on Netflix December 28. Eight new players set up single profiles to sniff out catfish, form friendships and make the most of second chances in this fifth trip around The Circle.

Starz has canceled Dangerous Liaisons after previously renewing the series for a second season. The reversal comes as ratings came in very low. The series will be shopped around following the conclusion of its first season. 

Netflix has acquired a second season of Old Enough! The Japanese reality series follows children who run errands for the first time ever on their own. They are followed by a film crew and their families watch their journey. The new episodes will premiere January 1. 

Lizzo will be stepping in as musical guest for the final Saturday Night Live episode of 2022, December 17. She replaces previously announced musical guest Yeah Yeah Yeahs who had to drop out due to health issues. Austin Butler will serve as host. This will be Lizzo’s third time performing on the series. 

CBS’s upcoming new series True Lies will now premiere March 1. The series was originally set to make a special premiere on February 23 before moving to its official time slot March 1. The show will now premiere in its time slot. 

Netflix has canceled Half Bad: The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself after one season. The YA fantasy series was based on the book by Sally Green. 

Apple TV+ has renewed Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock for a second season. Daveed Diggs returns for season two alongside Ariana DeBose, Brett Goldstein, and Catherine O’Hara in guest star roles. Jim Henson’s fun-loving and musical Fraggles – Gobo, Red, Boober, Mokey, Wembley, and Uncle Travelling Matt – alongside new Fraggles and Doozers, embark on epic, hilarious adventures about the magic that happens when we celebrate and care for our interconnected world. 

Three new true crime docuseries will premiere on hulu in January. Death in the Dorms will premiere January 5. Web of Death will premiere January 19. Killing Country will premiere January 26. 

Disney+ has ordered a pilot for a reimagining of the Witch Mountain franchise. The series is a modern reinvention of the cult classic that takes place in the shadow of Witch Mountain, following two teens that develop strange abilities and discover their sleepy suburb may not be as idyllic as it seems. Bryce Dallas Howard will star in the potential series. 

Street Outlaws: OKC returns for a new season on Discovery Channel January 2. The 405 racing crew reignites their passion for raw street racing by stripping down to small-tire basics. With the combination of Shawn “Murder Nova” Ellington as the new race master and the group’s new racing mindset, they are on a mission to prove that they are the fastest crew on the planet on any tire. This season, the 405 reclaims their roots, upping the ante with each driver building out and racing brand-new, high-powered small tire race cars reflective of street racing in the early days. 

Teen Mom 2 stars Chelsea and Cole DeBoer flex their design and renovation skills HGTV’s new series Down Home Fab January 16. The six episode series will feature the couple’s burgeoning renovation business in their hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Chelsea’s bold vision will punch up each design plan, while Cole will serve as the hands-on project manager and jack-of-all-trades. Throughout the series, fans will get a glimpse of their busy family life raising four children on a beautiful Midwestern farm with sweeping views and lots of animals. 

ABC has pulled its Backstreet Boys Holiday Special from the schedule following rape alligations against member Nick Carter. The special which was set to air December 14 will be replaced with comedy repeats. 

Roku is no longer moving forward on jungle reality series Survival From Above. The series production company is in discussions to get the series picked up elsewhere. 

Meta will air The Shaq-tacular Spectacular on New Years Eve. The VR countdown special will include performances from Cardi B, Ludacris, Lil Yachty, Killer Mike, WHIPPED CREAM, and DJ DIESEL with more special guests. 

Season two of Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace? premieres on HBO Max January 6 and CNN January 8. During season one, CNN Anchor Chris Wallace sat down and broke news with CEOs, newsmakers, luminaries, pop music sensations, and Hollywood legends, such as George Clooney, Shania Twain, Tyler Perry, Meghan Trainor, Alex Rodriguez, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Quentin Tarantino and many others. Season two will continue to feature guests across the spectrum of news, sports, entertainment, art and culture.

Limited series White House Plumbers will premiere on HBO in March. The five episode series starring Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux tells the story of how Nixon’s own political saboteurs and Watergate masterminds, E. Howard Hunt and G. Gordon Liddy, accidentally toppled the presidency they were zealously trying to protect.

Kold x Windy premieres on WE tv January 5. The series follows rising hip hop and drill star Malika “Kold” Wise who is desperate to create a better life for her and her son in Chicago’s south side. Her trusted confidant and group member Renee “Windy” Johnson is a rapper with a strong dedication to the city streets. As Malika’s career begins to ignite, the challenges she faces start to stack up. Her lifelong hustle – credit card fraud – catches up with her, and rival drill artists start to view her as a threat. When new love arises, the pressures of making music, her hustle and her troubled son may stand in the way… alongside Renee who does not support Malika’s desire to change her image and will stop at nothing to prevent it. Will Malika be able to break free of her life of street crime to achieve her music dreams and save her family? 

Alpha Males premieres on Netflix December 30. A lost job, an open relationship, a sexless marriage, a divorce. Four middle-age friends in Madrid try to navigate the changing world of masculinity. Their New Year’s resolution is to stop being the big mouth at every Christmas meal. 

Psychological thriller Snap premieres on ALLBLK December 22. The anthology series aims to address difficult social and ethical topics, head on, through a unique method of storytelling that disrupts conventional opinions. It follows a perfectly imperfect god named “A.O.” who serves as the “moral compass” for the protagonist of each installment. When “A.O.” comes across a protagonist facing an unexpected scenario, he/she/they challenge(s) them to see themselves from the outside looking in… which in a “snap” will change the beliefs they’ve held onto for most of their lives. Tackling deep-seeded societal issues like systemic racism, generational oppression, climate change, gender identity and abortion, the anthology sheds a light on broken systems, antiquated beliefs, and harmful misconceptions standing in the way of forward motion. In thought provoking, and sometimes fantastical ways, Snap serves to shake the collective conscience into acknowledging uncomfortable truths and recognizing we can no longer afford to stand idly by while agents of destruction, be they government forces, the media, or our very own selves, risk driving society at large aground. The show reminds us that the stakes are too high, and the ramifications too ominous, not to stand up and make noise. 

Docuseries Stolen Youth: Inside the Cult at Sarah Lawrence premieres on hulu February 9. The series excerpts striking first-hand interviews with conman Larry Ray’s victims and incorporates personal audio tapes and video recordings to tell the story of his grim 10 year influence over a group of young people. The series follows the story from the cult’s origins in 2010 on the Sarah Lawrence campus until its recent demise, when the last members find their own paths to survival. 

Paramount+’s docuseries Sometimes When We Touch, exploring the history of soft rock, premieres January 3. The three episode series is the untold story of soft rock, whose artists dominated pop music worldwide in the ’70s, only to crash and burn in the ’80s, eventually experiencing one of the most unlikely comebacks in music history. The series presents all-new interviews with some of soft rock’s biggest legends, like Air Supply (“All Out of Love”), Dan Hill (“Sometimes When We Touch”), Kenny Loggins (“This Is It”), Ray Parker Jr. (“A Woman Needs Love”), Rupert Holmes (“Escape: The Piña Colada Song”) and Toni Tennille (“Love Will Keep Us Together”). Through candid and poignant stories, these stars lead a celebration of the underappreciated music that continues to have a lasting impact on American culture. 

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

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