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Season three of The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip will premiere on Peacock March 23 with the first three episodes. A new group of fan-favorite Housewives head to Thailand for the trip of a lifetime. The cast includes Candiace Dillard Bassett, Gizelle Bryant, Heather Gay, Leah McSweeney, Alexia Nepola, Marysol Patton, Whitney Rose and Porsha Williams. 

Swarm will premiere on Prime Video March 17. From Janine Nabers and Donald Glover, set between 2016-2018, the series follows Dre, an obsessed fan of the world’s biggest pop star who sets off on an unexpected cross-country journey. The series stars Dominique Fishback with guest stars Chlöe Bailey, Damson Idris, Khalid, Rickey Thompson, Paris Jackson, Rory Culkin, Kiersey Clemons, and Byron Bowers. 

Woody Harrelson is set to host Saturday Night Live February 25. This will be Harrelson’s fifth time hosting, joining the Five Timers Club. Jack White is set to perform as musical guest.

The Toriko x One Piece x Dragon Ball Z crossover episode airs on adult swim’s Toonami block March 4. The crossover special takes place in an episode of One Piece which has never been dubbed in English before. 

A special episode of American Idol will air following the 95th Oscars on ABC March 12. In this new audition episode, viewers will embark on a nationwide search, with help from superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, across New Orleans, Las Vegas and Nashville to find the next singing sensation. 

Eric Stonestreet has joined the cast of The Santa Clauses for its upcoming second season on Disney+. The Calvin family is back in the North Pole as Scott Calvin continues his role as Santa Claus after retirement plans were thwarted when failing to find a worthy successor in season one. Now that Scott and his family have successfully saved Christmas, Scott turns his focus towards training his son Calvin to eventually take over the “family business” as Santa Claus. Eric Stonestreet will play Magnus Antas (aka the Mad Santa), who reigned during the 14th century and is now returning to try and take down Scott Calvin and reclaim the North Pole. Returning for season two are Tim Allen, Elizabeth Mitchell, Elizabeth Allen-Dick, Austin Kane, and Devin Bright. Matilda Lawler recur. Additional guest stars include Marta Kessler, Liam Kyle, Isabella Bennett, Sasha Knight, Ruby Jay, Mia Lynn Bangunan, and Laura San Giacomo. 

Dead Boy Detectives will no longer stream on HBO Max. The series will now air on Netflix. The move comes as DC squared up its plans for its shared film and TV universe. The series was initially developed in an episode of Doom Patrol which is ending with its current season. The move makes sense as the series was a part of the Sandman comic universe. Netflix streams The Sandman but the series will likely not crossover. 

Comedy special Wanda Sykes: I’m An Entertainer will premiere on Netflix May 23. From the challenges of raising Gen Z teens to the dilemmas of being a liberal in a hyper charged political climate, Sykes, renowned for her social commentary, delivers her insightful and ferocious wit and candor audiences have come to know and love. The special was filmed in early February 2023 at the Miller Theater in Philadelphia. 

AMC has reversed its second season renewal for sci-fi anthology Soulmates. The series was renewed ahead of its series premiere. It joins a list of other AMC series to have their renewals revoked to cut costs. 

Primetime special The Last Last Late Late Show will air April 27 to celebrate the final night of James Corden’s late night series. Tom Cruise will reunite with Corden for one final, over-the-top sketch to air during the primetime special. Cruise has previously joined Corden on The Late Late Show for huge, daredevil segments including piloting fighter jets and skydiving. Now the tables are turned as Corden has Cruise take part in an epic musical performance during “The Lion King” at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood. Additional details for the special will be announced in coming weeks along with many more megastars joining Corden during the final two months of The Late Late Show for chat and popular recurring segments like Carpool Karaoke, Crosswalk the Musical, Take a Break and more! 

Secrets of Spain premieres on Cooking Channel March 20. George and Gioconda Scott travel through Andalucia, a region in southern Spain with a rich gastronomic history, in new special Secrets of Spain. Chef and restaurateur Gioconda, and her olive oil purveyor and adventure guide brother, George, grew up in the Spanish countryside and share a passion for food and Spain. From the river to the sea, Gioconda and George bring viewers along for every roadside excursion and delectable bite as they spotlight unexpected, off the beaten path places to experience the best food in the region. 

The new HBO Max and Discovery+ merged streamer will be given an official name April 12. Other details including pricing and launch date will be announced too. A standalone Discovery+ streamer will continue following the merger. 

Three episode series Windy City Rehab: Alison’s Dream Home will premiere on HGTV this summer. The series will spotlight the largest and most personal project ever for popular designer and home renovation expert Alison Victoria. She’ll transform her current Chicago office – a 6,700-square foot warehouse built in 1927 – into her very own dream home. After securing approvals to rezone the space as residential, Alison will stretch her design and renovation skills like never before to create a spectacular retreat complete with a custom chef’s kitchen, great room, primary suite, gym, theater and all-season courtyard and spa. A new season of her main show Windy City Rehab will also premiere this summer. 

Ashley Romans is the latest to board ABC’s medical pilot The Hurt Unit. She joins Ben McKenzie, Melissa George, Michelle Ortiz and Augustus Prew in the potential series. 

Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally and David Cross have been cast in the final season of Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy. They join Elliot Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Justin H. Min, Ritu Arya, and Colm Feore. 

Kari Matchett has joined the cast of Netflix’s The Night Agent. She will recur in the political thriller based on the book by Matthew McQuirk. 

Apple TV+’s Sinking Spring has recast the role originally set to be played by Michael Mando. Wagner Moura will now play the role opposite Brian Tyree Henry. Mando was let go from the series following an on set incident. The series is based on the book “Dope Thief” by Dennis Tafoya. 

Lauren Glazier has been cast in Disney+’s upcoming series Wonder Man. She joins Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in the Marvel series. 

ID has renewed The Playboy Murders and Death By Fame for second seasons. The renewals come ahead of their first season finales on February 27. 

Japanese video streaming service ABEMA is teaming up with Netflix to produce new seasons of hit romantic TV series Who is the Wolf and Falling in Love Like a Romantic Drama. The shows will stream exclusively on Netflix worldwide, and they will have a different look and feel from the series currently streaming on ABEMA. Who is the Wolf will begin streaming on Netflix in Japan in early summer, followed by a global release. The new season of Falling in Love Like a Romantic Drama will stream worldwide on Netflix in the fall. 

Sofia Carson and Diane Warren will perform at the 95th Oscars. They will perform the nominated song “Applause” from “Tell It like a Woman”. They join Rihanna, who will perform her nominated song “Lift Me Up”. 

New Japan Pro-Wrestling‘s first Stateside event of 2023, Battle In The Valley as well as top highlights from NJPW’s 51ST Anniversary Celebration, 2023 New Japan Cup tournament, and more will begin airing on AXS TV March 2. Coverage will continue through April 6. 

FBI True will premiere on Paramount+ February 28. The series will provide a real-life look into a high-pressure world where split-second decisions can mean life or death, with FBI agents reliving the heart-stopping moments of their biggest cases and revealing the real details only agents can tell over the course of ten half hour episodes. 

Docuseries In the Name of God: A Holy Betrayal will premiere on Netflix March 3. The docuseries examines the chilling true stories of four Korean leaders claiming to be prophets exposing the dark side of unquestioning belief.

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

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