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Your TV Source Roundup: ‘American Born Chinese’ Guest Stars, ‘Swarm’ Premiere Date, ‘j-hope IN THE BOX’ Trailer, Netflix Sets Korean Unscripted Slate, Showtime Rescues ‘Uncoupled’, ‘Avenue 5’ Canceled, and More!

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Disney+ has announced guest stars for the upcoming new series American Born Chinese. Stephanie Hsu, Ronny Chieng, Poppy Liu, Jimmy O. Yang, James Hong, Leonard Wu, Lisa Lu, and Rosalie Chiang will appear in the series. The genre-hopping action-comedy is based on the graphic novel of the same name by Gene Luen-Yang. The series tells the story of Jin Wang, an average teenager juggling his high school social life with his home life. When he meets a new foreign student on the first day of the school year, even more worlds collide as Jin is unwittingly entangled in a battle of Chinese mythological gods. The series stars Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, Ben Wang, Yeo Yann Yann, Chin Han, Daniel Wu, Jimmy Liu and Sydney Taylor. 

Swarm premieres on Prime Video March 17. The horror thriller series from Donald Glover stars Dominique Fishback, Chloë Bailey, and Damson Idris. 

Documentary special j-hope IN THE BOX premieres on Disney+ February 17. The special follows the international music sensation every step of the way as he works to release his first-ever solo album – Jack In The Box. Over the course of the documentary, viewers will be given a never-before-seen look at the creative challenges faced during the album’s preparation process, as well as front row seats to j-hope’s 2022 Lollapalooza performance and the album’s listening party. 

This year, Netflix will release at least eight Korean unscripted titles, double that of last year. Those include Single’s Inferno, which will return for a third season, romantic reality series Nineteen to Twenty, Survive the Island, Zombieverse, The Devil’s Plan, and more. 

Showtime has picked up Uncoupled for a second season following its cancellation at Netflix. The comedy series comes from Darren Star who has a deal with ViacomCBS, which Showtime is a part of. The series starring Neil Patrick Harris follows a man whose 17 year relationship comes to an end, leaving him single. Overnight, he has to confront two nightmares: losing the man he thought was his soulmate, and suddenly finding himself a single gay man in his mid-forties in New York City. It also stars Tisha Campbell, Brooks Ashmanskas, Emerson Brooks and Marcia Gay Harden. 

HBO has canceled Avenue 5 after two seasons. While manning a luxury spacecraft owned by Herman Judd, Captain Ryan Clark finds himself in over his head when the ship is thrown disastrously off-course – turning what was meant to be an eight-week cruise into an eight-year journey. Picking up five months after failing to reroute the vessel, season two follows the crew – including fiery engineer Billie, unpredictable head of customer relations Matt, and faithful right-hand Iris – as they struggle to lead, calm, control, and, if need be, hide from increasingly unruly passengers. On earth, they’re lauded as heroes, and in space, everyone can hear them scream. The series starred Hugh Laurie who recently signed on for the upcoming third season of Apple TV+’s Tehran. The series also starred Josh Gad, Zach Woods, Rebecca Front, Suzy Nakamura, Lenora Crichlow, Nikki Amuka-Bird and Ethan Phillips. 

AMC’s The Walking Dead spinoff series The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon has added more to its cast. Anne Charrier, Eriq Ebanouey, Laika Blanc Francard, Romain Levi, and Louis Puech Scigliuzzi will star alongside Norman Reedus, Clémence Poésy and Adam Nagaitis. The series takes place in France and will premiere later this year. 

Limited series Ripley will now air on Netflix after originally being set up at Showtime. The series stars Andrew Scott, Johnny Flynn and Dakota Fanning. The move comes as Showtime is shifting its strategy, canceling series and deciding against airing others like Three Women which will now air on Starz. 

Peacock’s Those About to Die has added more cast. Lorenzo Richelmy, Tom Hughes, Sara Martins, Jojo Macari, Gabriella Pession, Dimitri Leonidas and Moe Hashim will join Anthony Hopkins in the series based on the book by Daniel Mannix. 

Apple TV+’s upcoming limited series Presumed Innocent has added more to its cast. Chase Infiniti, Lily Rabe, Nana Mensah, Matthew Alan and Kingston Rumi Southwick will join Jake Gyllenhaal, who also executive produces, Ruth Negga, Bill Camp, Elizabeth Marvel, Renate Reinsve, Peter Sarsgaard and O-T Fagbenle. The series is based on the book by Scott Turow. 

Giada De Laurentiss has signed a development deal with Amazon to executive produce and develop unscripted programming. De Laurentiss will also star in programs for the streamer. She previously starred in cooking and lifestyle programs for Food Network and Discovery. 

Can’t Turn Us Around: Alabama’s Foot Soldiers premieres on The History Channel February 22. hosted by Theo E.J. Wilson, community activist and grandson of a Tuskegee Airman, the special follows the organized movement fueled by Black Americans, known as “foot soldiers,” across the American south from roughly 1955 to 1965 as they aimed to rid America of segregation and guarantee equal civil rights. Alongside their Caucasian allies, the foot soldiers’ efforts culminated in a series of non-violent demonstrations, boycotts, and sit-ins throughout Alabama specifically making waves in Montgomery, Birmingham and Selma. Each protest was met with fierce and violent resistance by segregationists and police officials alike determined to maintain racial divide in the communities. Intertwined with powerful archival materials, the documentary revisits the peak of segregation and racial struggles at a time when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. emerges as a political and social leader, Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a public bus to a Caucasian man and the Birmingham church bombing kills innocent children. 

AXS TV presents 11 unforgettable Live From the Artists Den concerts, featuring intimate sets from some of music’s biggest names every Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, starting February 15. The premiere episode will feature John Legend, who debuted songs from his album Darkness and Light at his 2016 performance in New York City’s landmark Riverside Church where Martin Luther King Jr. famously spoke. The career-spanning set includes “Penthouse Floor,” “Darkness And Light,” and “All Of Me.” Future episodes will feature Zac Brown Band, Sara Bareilles, Mumford & Sons, Ed Sheeran, Elvis Costello, Dierks Bentley, Jason Mraz, and more. 

Throughout February, ESPN will emphasize its Black History Always tradition, featuring content across platforms with shows, specials, events and other historical storytelling content featuring well-known athletes, talent and coaches. ESPN+ continues to feature its Black History Always Collection, a landing spot for a myriad of content. Also, Black History vignettes will air throughout the month across ESPN platforms with sports moments in Black History, Black Sports inventors and athletes making a difference, including within ESPN television studio shows such as SportsCenter, First Take, Get Up, This Just In, NFL Live, NFL Countdown, NBA Today and NBA Countdown. 

Terence Winter is stepping down as showrunner for Paramount+’s Tulsa King. A new showrunner will take over for the second season of the series starring Sylvester Stallone. 

ABC News’ Still Missing Morgan begins streaming February 16 on hulu. In the summer of 1995, tragedy struck the Nick family when 6-year-old Morgan Nick vanished while playing just a few feet from her mother, Colleen Nick. Colleen found solace in Patty Wetterling, whose son Jacob had gone missing six years prior. Two decades later, the four episode docuseries explores the cases of Morgan and Jacob as their grief-stricken mothers continue to search for answers. It follows the new investigators who reexamined the Morgan Nick case in 2020, leading to the first dramatic shift in the investigation in 25 years. 

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

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