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Your TV Source Roundup: ‘The Ark’ Renewed, ‘A League of Their Own’ Final Season, ‘Queer Eye’ Premiere Date, New ‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoff Ordered, HBO Max becomes Max, ‘The Muppets Mayhem’ Trailer, and More!

THE ARK -- “Get Out and Push” Episode 103 -- Pictured: (l-r) Reece Ritchie as Lt. Spencer Lane, Stacey Read as Alicia Nevins, Richard Fleeshman as Lt. James Brice, Tiana Upcheva as Eva Markovic, Christie Burke as Lt. Sharon Garnet -- (Photo by: Aleksandar Letic/Ark TV Holdings, Inc./SYFY)

Syfy has renewed The Ark for a second season. The season finale will air Wednesday, April 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SYFY. All episodes available for streaming on Peacock. Created by Dean Devlin, The Ark 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. The series stars Christie Burke, Richard Fleeshman, Reece Ritchie, Stacey Read and Ryan Adams. 

Prime Video has officially ordered a second and final four episode season of A League of Their Own. The series evokes the joyful spirit of Penny Marshall’s beloved classic, while widening the lens to tell the story of an entire generation of women who dreamed of playing professional baseball. The show takes a deeper look at race and sexuality, following the journey of a whole new ensemble of characters as they carve their own paths towards the field, both in the league and outside of it. 

Season seven of Queer Eye premieres on Netflix May 12. Grab your beads and let the good times roll as The Fab Five bring some sparkle and sass to New Orleans and transform the lives of residents who are in need of a fresh start. 

HBO has ordered another new Game of Thrones spinoff series titled A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight. A century before the events of Game of Thrones, two unlikely heroes wandered Westeros… a young, naïve but courageous knight, Ser Duncan the Tall, and his diminutive squire, Egg. Set in an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living memory, great destinies, powerful foes, and dangerous exploits all await these improbable and incomparable friends. 

Warner Bros. Discovery has officially unveiled its new Max streaming service, set to launch May 23. Max is the destination for HBO Originals, Warner Bros. films, Max Originals, the DC universe, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, an expansive offering of kids content, and best-in-class programing across food, home, reality, lifestyle and documentaries from leading brands like HGTV, Food Network, Discovery Channel, TLC, ID and more. Max will stand out amongst streamers by uniquely combining unrivaled breadth and superior quality with iconic franchises and strong product experience, all for great value. Max will offer three pricing options, giving subscribers the choice to select which plan best fits the needs of their household. Max Ad-Lite | $9.99/month or $99.99/year, 2 concurrent streams, 1080p resolution, no offline downloads, 5.1 surround sound quality. Max Ad Free | $15.99/month or $149.99/year, 2 concurrent streams, 1080 resolution, 30 offline downloads, 5.1 surround sound quality. Max Ultimate Ad Free | $19.99/month or $199.99/year, 4 concurrent streams, up to 4K UHD resolution, 100 offline downloads, Dolby Atmos sound quality. 

The Muppets Mayhem premieres on Disney+ May 10 with all episodes. The musical comedy series follows The Electric Mayhem Band – Dr. Teeth on vocals and keyboards, Animal on drums, Floyd Pepper on vocals and bass, Janice on vocals and lead guitar, Zoot on saxophone and Lips on trumpet – on an epic, music-filled journey to record their first-ever studio album. With the help of a driven young music executive, Nora Singh, the old-school Muppet band comes face-to-face with the current-day music scene as they try to finally record their first studio album. 

Season three of The Great premieres on hulu May 12 with all ten episodes. The new season sees Catherine and Peter attempt to make their marriage work after some seemingly insurmountable problems. Peter witnessed his own attempted murder at Catherine’s hands and she also imprisoned all of his friends. On top of this, Peter is at a loose end playing First Husband to Catherine’s reign, so he busies himself with fathering, hunting and salty culinary ventures. But they’re not enough to keep him contented as visions of his late father, get in his head about his failures as Peter the Great’s son. Catherine the Great starts making a name for herself beyond her borders and inspired by a visit from the US ambassador, sets up a conference where peasants, nobles and merchants can all give their input on developing a new Russia. She learns that even the best political leaders sometimes need to make compromises in order to progress. 

A Harry Potter series is officially coming to Max. The series will be a faithful adaptation of the beloved “Harry Potter” book series which will become a decade-long series produced with the same epic craft, love and care this global franchise is known for. The series will feature a new cast to lead a new generation of fandom, full of the fantastic detail, much loved characters and dramatic locations that Harry Potter fans have loved for over twenty-five years. Each season will be authentic to the original books and bring Harry Potter and these incredible adventures to new audiences around the world, while the original, classic and beloved films will remain at the core of the franchise and available to watch globally. 

The Continental: From the World of John Wick premieres on Peacock this September. The three episode series will explore the origin behind the iconic hotel-for-assassins centerpiece of the John Wick universe through the eyes and actions of a young Winston Scott, as he’s dragged into the Hell-scape of 1970’s New York City to face a past he thought he’d left behind. Winston charts a deadly course through the hotel’s mysterious underworld in a harrowing attempt to seize the hotel where he will eventually take his future throne.

HBO’s True Detective: Night Country is coming soon. When the long winter night falls in Ennis, Alaska, the eight men who operate the Tsalal Arctic Research Station vanish without a trace. To solve the case, Detectives Liz Danvers and Evangeline Navarro will have to confront the darkness they carry in themselves, and dig into the haunted truths that lie buried under the eternal ice. 

Fixer Upper: The Hotel will premiere on Max this fall. The series documents Chip and Joanna Gaines’s most ambitious project to date – renovating a historic building in downtown Waco to open Hotel 1928, a new boutique hotel just a few blocks from Magnolia Market at the Silos. 

Limited series The Regime is coming soon to HBO. The series tells the story of one year within the walls of the palace of a modern European regime as it begins to unravel. 

CBS has ordered a new reality competition series titled Buddy Games. Hosted by Josh Duhamel, the series is inspired by his real-life annual tradition with his lifelong friends.The series unites six teams of four deep-rooted friends, who met at various stages of their lives, at a stunning lakeside location for a nostalgic adult summer camp adventure. “Ride or dies” get the chance to play “buddy games” where they will relive their glory days and compete in an assortment of absurd physical and mental challenges in the outdoors while bunking together in the same lake house. Friendships will be rekindled, and rivalries reignited when these friends are challenged to prove which bonds are strong enough to withstand the competition. The last buddy team standing will be crowned champion and take home a cash prize plus the coveted Buddy Games trophy, and of course bragging rights. 

Max original series The Penguin is currently in production. Starring Colin Farrell as The Penguin, the eight-episode DC Studios drama series continues “The Batman” epic crime saga that filmmaker Matt Reeves began with Warner Bros. Pictures’ global blockbuster “The Batman,” and centers on the character played by Farrell in the film. 

Apple TV+ has canceled Amber Brown after one season. The family comedy series was based on the books by Paula Danziger and starred Sarah Drew. 

Max is developing a The Big Bang Theory spinoff series from Chuck Lorre. This would mark the second series derived from the world of The Big Bang Theory, following the prequel Young Sheldon, which begins with Iain Armitage starring as The Big Bang Theory character Sheldon Cooper as a nine-year-old, living with his family in East Texas and going to high school. 

Netflix has canceled Freeridge after one season. The One My Block spinoff series was a coming of age comedy following sibling rivals Gloria and Ines and their friends Demi and Cameron who have unleashed a curse bringing dark misfortune into their lives. 

A new series set in the world of The Conjuring is being developed at Max. Based on the film franchise, the series will continue the story established in the feature films. 

Harvey Keitel has joined the cast of the upcoming Sky and Peacock drama The Tattooist of Auschwitz. The series is inspired by the heart-breaking true-life story of Lale and Gita Sokolov. Lale arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1942, and shortly after arrival, he was made one of the tätowierer (tattooists), charged to ink identification numbers onto fellow prisoners’ arms. One day, he meets Gita when tattooing her prisoner number on her arm. They experience love at first sight, and so begins a courageous, unforgettable, and human story. Under constant guard from a volatile SS officer Baretzki, Lale and Gita became determined to keep each other alive. 

Discovery Channel has ordered Survive The Raft, a series that explores what happens when strangers from all walks of life come together to live and work at sea. The nine-episode social experiment was inspired by Mexican anthropologist Santiago Genovés’ 1973 behavioral study that observed whether humans from diverse cultures and backgrounds could set aside their differences and work together during a 101-day voyage on the Acali. Now, fifty years later, Discovery Channel revisits his groundbreaking work with a new raft and a new twist on the original mission. Hosted by United States Army Green Beret, NFL football player and actor, Nate Boyer, the series is slated to premiere in July. 

Wes Chatham is set to appear in the upcoming Disney+ series Ahsoka. The Star Wars series is set to premiere this August. 

Max animated DC series Creature Commandos has set its cast. Frank Grillo, David Harbour, Maria Bakalova, Indira Varma, Zoe Chao, Alan Tudyk, Sean Gunn and Steve Agee will all voice characters in the upcoming seven episode series. 

Ariana DeBose returns to host The 76th Annual Tony Awards. The ceremony is set to air live June 11 on CBS. 

HBO’s The Sympathizer is coming soon. Based on Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, the series is an espionage thriller and cross-culture satire about the struggles of a half-French, half-Vietnamese communist spy during the final days of the Vietnam War and his resulting exile in the United States. 

Docuseries Queen Cleopatra premieres on Netflix May 10. The four episode docuseries explores the lives of prominent and iconic African Queens. This season will feature Queen Cleopatra, the world’s most famous, powerful, and misunderstood woman — a daring queen whose beauty and romances came to overshadow her real asset: her intellect. Cleopatra’s heritage has been the subject of much academic debate, which has often been ignored by Hollywood. Now the series re-assesses this fascinating part of her story. 

Competition series Stars on Mars premieres on Fox June 5. The series is an out-of-this-world new unscripted series, in which household names trade in their possessions, status and glamourous lifestyles on Earth for an insane and hilarious summer on “Mars.” Their mission? To be suited up with no space to go, as they colonize, compete and conquer their new galaxy surroundings, until there is just one “celebronaut” left standing. Legendary actor and Star Trek icon William Shatner serves as Mission Control and will deliver intergalactic tasks to these shining stars throughout their journey on the red planet. 

Docuseries SmartLess: On the Road premieres on Max May 23. Hop on the road with Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, and Sean Hayes as they take us on an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the sold-out live tour of their wildly successful podcast, “SmartLess.” Traveling from city to city all over the country, the trio is joined by celebrities such as Conan O’Brien, Will Ferrell, Matt Damon, Jimmy Kimmel, Kevin Hart, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, David Letterman, and other surprise guests. 

Muted premieres on Netflix May 19. Sergio Ciscar has remain silent since he killed his parents. Six years later, he is released from prison to enter a surveillance program led by a psychiatrist who will try to figure out what is he hiding behind his silence.

Headliners with Rachel Nichols premieres on Showtime April 13. The premiere episode features veteran journalist, host and NBA reporter Nichols’ in-depth, personal interview with Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid .The series will open with a four-episode run, during the NBA Playoffs, with additional guests including Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd and 2023 Hall of Fame inductees Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki.

TLC announced a new relationship series titled Love & Translation. Here’s the twist: none of the women speak English and none of the men speak other languages. Without being able to speak to one another and without the use of translators, the singles need to count on their senses to help develop their connection and determine the power of their chemistry and attraction. Based on what they learn about each other, the men will take the women on dates and find out how love translates when the same language isn’t spoken – will they find true love or just a hot romance?

Barbie Dreamhouse Challenge premieres on HGTV this summer. Inspired by the film Barbie, HGTV will harness the unmatched power of its corporate siblings to support four nostalgia-filled episodes and execute Barbie-themed cross-network content and promotions. Punctuated by celebrity guests, pop culture history and a plethora of Barbie surprises, the series will be hosted by supermodel, designer, author and entrepreneur Ashley Graham and feature eight teams of HGTV superstars as they transform a Southern California home into a real-life Barbie Dreamhouse. In the end, one passionate Barbie fan will get the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime stay in a home created for dreamers. 

Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai premieres on Max May 23. The series takes viewers back to 1920s Shanghai where the Wing family first meets the young Mogwai called Gizmo. Sam Wing, future shop owner Mr. Wing in the 1984 “Gremlins” film, accepts the dangerous task to take Gizmo home and embarks on a journey through the Chinese countryside. Sam and Gizmo are joined by a teenage street thief named Elle, and together, they encounter – and sometimes battle – colorful monsters and spirits from Chinese folklore. Along their quest, they are pursued by a power-hungry industrialist and his growing army of evil Gremlins. 

Season two of Spirit Rangers premieres on Netflix May 8. Get ready for more epic adventures with Kodi, Summer, and Eddy! 

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

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