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Your TV Source Roundup: ‘The Ark’ Premiere Date, ‘The Traitors’ Trailer, ‘Foundation’ Sneak Peek, ‘History of the World, Part II’ Premiere Window, Stephen Amell to Guest Star on ‘The Flash’, and More!

THE ARK -- Episode 101 -- Pictured: (l-r) Dominik Cicak as Harrison Beckner, Richard Fleeshman as Lt. James Brice, Reece Ritchie as Lt. Spencer Lane -- (Photo by: Aleksandar Letic/Ark TV Holdings, Inc./SYFY)

The Ark will premiere February 1 on Syfy. The series takes place 100 years in the future when planetary colonization missions have begun as a necessity to help secure the survival of the human race. The first of these missions on a spacecraft known as Ark One encounters a catastrophic event causing massive destruction and loss of life. With more than a year left to go before reaching their target planet, a lack of life-sustaining supplies and loss of leadership, the remaining crew must become the best versions of themselves to stay on course and survive. It stars Christie Burke, Richard Fleeshman, Reece Ritchie, Stacey Read and Ryan Adams. 

The Traitors will premiere on Peacock January 12. Hosted by Alan Cumming, this unscripted competition series is a nail-biting psychological adventure in which treachery and deceit are the name of the game. Twenty contestants (including reality A-listers) come together to complete a series of challenges with the objective of earning a cash prize. The catch? Three of the contestants coined “the traitors” will devise a plan to steal the prize from the other contestants coined “the faithful.” 

Season two of Foundation will premiere on Apple TV+ this summer. Based on Isaac Asimov’s award-winning stories, the monumental adaptation of “Foundation” chronicles a band of exiles on their unprecedented journey to rebuild civilization amid the fall of the Galactic Empire. Crucial individuals transcending space and time are faced with deadly crises, shifting loyalties and complicated relationships that will ultimately determine the fate of humanity. 

History of the World, Part II will premiere on hulu this spring. The series is the sequel to Mel Brooks’ film “History of the World, Part I.” Each episode features a variety of sketches that take us through different periods of human history. It stars Mel Brooks, Wanda Sykes, Nick Kroll, and Ike Barinholtz. 

Stephen Amell is set to appear in the final season of The Flash. Amell starred as Oliver Queen on Arrow, the series which eventually spun off The Flash. Amell now joins David Ramsey, Keiynan Lonsdale, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Javicia Leslie and Nicole Maines who will all reprise their Arrowverse characters in the final season. 

Shape Island will premiere on Apple TV+ January 20. This clever, funny, and inspiring new stop-motion animated series takes place on a charming island and invites viewers to join serious Square, intrepid Circle, and tricky Triangle on their silly adventures as they dig up some fun, search for answers, and build on their friendship – all while learning how to navigate each other’s differences. It shows kids that friendship can take many shapes.

Season three of Helpsters will premiere on Apple TV+ January 6. The series follows Cody and the Helpsters, a team of vibrant monsters who love to solve problems. Whether it’s planning a party, climbing a mountain, or mastering a magic trick, the Helpsters can figure anything out – because everything starts with a plan. 

Shanty Town premieres on Netflix January 20. A group of courtesans attempts to escape the grasp of a notorious kingpin – but political corruption and blood ties make freedom a near-impossible goal. The women of Shanty Town will do whatever it takes to gain their freedom. 

Crash Course in Romance will premiere January 14 on Netflix. A mother with a heart of gold navigates the cutthroat world of private education when her daughter tries to join a celebrity math instructor’s class. 

Trial By Fire will premiere on Netflix January 13. In a tragic turn of events, Neelam and Shekhar Krishnamoorthy’s life flipped upside down when they lost their two kids in the Uphaar Cinema fire. Watch the story of their resilience and hardships in seeking justice for the same. 

Today Showtime released the series premiere of its new four-part docuseries, Boys In Blue, early for free online on streaming platforms and on demand to subscribers and non-subscribers through February 28. The series focuses on North Community High School’s Polars football team, where mostly Black student-athletes are coached and mentored by members of the Minneapolis Police Department. The series follows the team as they navigate life after the tragic police killing of Floyd, a milestone event in American history that set off a national movement for social justice and police reform. Despite their differences, the officers and students find common ground on the field and kinship in the drive to win a state championship, establishing what they believe is a safe harbor from the violence and civil unrest of their community. As players and coaches return to the field with visions of championship glory, their sense of normalcy and optimism are tested like never before.

Rowdy will premiere on Amazon Freevee February 3. Kyle Busch is one of the most polarizing drivers of the contemporary NASCAR Series, with unmatched talent and singular determination to win at everything. In Rowdy, Busch confronts his physical limits when he sustains what could be a career-ending wreck in 2015, only to find a path to the first of what will undoubtedly be many Cup Series Championships. Rowdy features interviews with Busch himself and some of the most influential and well-known drivers in the sport, including NASCAR legends Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon. 

Shania Twain: Not Just a Girl will premiere on AXS TV January 11. The special offers an intimate look at the incredible life and celebrated career of Country music trailblazer Shania Twain. The feature captures the award-winning songstress’ inspiring journey from her small town in Ontario, Canada to Nashville, TN, detailing how she overcame devastating lows and incredible highs en route to becoming an international icon and one of music’s most beloved performers. It features interviews with friends and fellow entertainment titans such as Lionel Richie, Kelsea Ballerini, Avril Lavigne, Bo Derek, Diplo and more.

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

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