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ABC has renewed The Rookie for a sixth season. The network has not made a decision on fellow law enforcement spinoff series The Rookie: Feds yet. Only Grey’s Anatomy and Abbott Elementary have been renewed so far. 

Freeform has announced summer premiere dates for two returning series and one new series. Anthology series Cruel Summer returns for season two June 5 at 9, with a special two-episode premiere before moving to its regular 10 p.m. timeslot. Set in an idyllic waterfront town in the Pacific Northwest, the next chapter follows the rise and fall of an intense teenage friendship. Approaching the story from three different timelines surrounding Y2K, the season twists and turns as it tracks the early friendship between Megan, Isabella and Megan’s best friend Luke, the love triangle that blossomed, and the mystery that would impact all of their lives going forward. The sixth and final season of grown-ish will premiere June 28. Justine Skye and Tara Raani have been upped to series regulars. After following in his big sister Zoey’s footsteps and taking on her alma mater, Andre Johnson Jr., aka Junior, makes moves to step out of his sister’s shadow and become a big man on campus. Animated series Praise Petey premieres July 21 with two episodes. The series follows Petey, a New York City “it” girl who has it all until her life comes crashing down around her. As luck would have it, a mysterious gift from her father gives her a new lease on life: She’s going to “lean into” modernizing his small-town cult. 

Hulu has renewed Onyx Collective’s legal drama series Reasonable Doubt for a second season. Additionally, Morris Chestnut will be joining as a series regular in the new season. He joins Emayatzy Corinealdi, McKinley Freeman, Tim Jo, Angela Grovey, Aderinsola Olabode and Thaddeus J. Mixson. The series centers on Los Angeles-based high-powered criminal defense attorney Jacqueline “Jax” Stewart as she deals with past traumas, a failing marriage, motherhood and a murder case, all while trying to keep her life together. 

Sweet Tooth returns for season two on Netflix April 27. As a deadly new wave of the Sick bears down, Gus and a band of fellow hybrids are held prisoner by General Abbot and the Last Men. Looking to consolidate power by finding a cure, Abbot uses the children as fodder for the experiments of captive Dr. Aditya Singh, who’s racing to save his infected wife Rani. To protect his friends, Gus agrees to help Dr. Singh, beginning a dark journey into his origins and his mother Birdie’s role in the events leading up to The Great Crumble. Outside the Preserve, Tommy Jepperd and Aimee Eden team up to break the hybrids free, a partnership that will be tested as Jepperd’s secrets come to light. As the revelations of the past threaten the possibility of redemption in the present, Gus and his found family find themselves on a collision course with Abbot and the evil forces that look to wipe them out once and for all.

Adult animated series Fired on Mars premieres on HBO Max April 20. Jeff Cooper has it all: a fulfilling career as the graphic designer for space start-up, a relationship with his soon-to-be Red Planet-bound girlfriend, Hannah, and… well, maybe that’s it. But when his bosses unceremoniously eliminate his role, Jeff finds himself jobless and unable to return to Earth. Adrift in the sprawling office colony, Jeff is forced to reinvent himself as he attempts to find meaning in a dangerous, alien, yet all-too-familiar corporate landscape. It stars Luke Wilson along with Leslie David Baker, Cory Loykasek, Stephen Root, and Cedric Yarbrough. Guest stars include Pamela Adlon, Thomas Haden Church, Tim Heidecker, Frankie Quinones, Emily Watson, and Sean Wing. 

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always is set to premiere on Netflix April 19. The Rangers come face-to-face with a familiar threat from the past. In the midst of a global crisis, they are called on once again to be the heroes the world needs. Ahead of the premiere, a new sneak peak features returning Rangers Walter E. Jones, the Black Ranger / Zack Taylor (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, 1993-1994) and Steve Cardenas the Red Ranger / Rocky DeSantos (Mighty Morphin Powers Rangers 1994-1996; Power Rangers Zeo 1996; Power Rangers Turbo 1997) battle against Putties at the iconic Angel Grove Youth Center. 

The Idol premieres on HBO June 4. After a nervous breakdown derailed Jocelyn’s last tour, she’s determined to claim her rightful status as the greatest and sexiest pop star in America. Her passions are reignited by Tedros, a nightclub impresario with a sordid past. Will her romantic awakening take her to glorious new heights or the deepest and darkest depths of her soul? The series stars stars Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye and Lily-Rose Depp.

Sam – A Saxon will premiere on hulu April 26. The series is based on the incredible, true story of Samuel Meffire, the first black policeman in East Germany. This is a gripping series that follows Sam’s irrepressible search for his place in an intensely prejudiced society. In his fight to overcome the system, he becomes the face of an anti-racism campaign and a symbol of a new Germany. However, his meteoric rise to fame is quickly followed by an abrupt downfall as he ends up behind bars with German tabloids branding him “public enemy #1”. 

The Bold And The Beautiful is set to celebrate its 9,000th episode this week. The episode airing April 18 will mark the occasion. In the April 19 episode, Lil Nas X and James Corden will appear as guest stars. 

The Writers Guild of America strike authorization closed with almost 98% of the vote in favor of a strike. Almost 79% of all members voted. If negotiations fail by May 1, a strike would be likely, causing disruptions to most productions. 

Love Is Blind: The Reunion was set to air live last night, April 16, but the streamer struggled with technical issues. Instead, the streamer recorded the reunion, and put it online April 17. The series and reunion special is hosted by Nick and Vanessa Lachey. The special was supposed to be Netflix’s second live event. 

Pete Davidson is officially set to return to Saturday Night Live as host May 6. Lil Uzi Vert will serve as musical guest of the NBC late night comedy series. The episode could be in jeopardy should the Writers Strike happen. 

Mischa Barton will appear on the upcoming Neighbours revival series. Barton will be a guest star when she shows up on the Amazon Freevee series as Reece, an American new to Erinsborough who’s not quite who she appears to be. 

Season two of Cooper’s Bar will be expanded into a full half hour series on IFC. The first season was a short form series starring Rhea Seehorn who will return for the new season. 

The Cinematic World of Sonic the Hedgehog is growing with the upcoming series Knuckles. The new live-action series will follow Knuckles on a hilarious and action-packed journey of self-discovery as he agrees to train Wade as his protégé and teach him the ways of the Echidna warrior. The series takes place between the films Sonic The Hedgehog 2 and Sonic The Hedgehog 3, marking the next installment of the hit franchise, which is slated for Dec. 20, 2024. Adam Pally will reprise his role from the film franchise as Wade Whipple, joining Idris Elba, previously announced as the titular character Knuckles. 

BBC and NBCUniversal have co-commission the hit format Destination X. The format, originated in Belgium, crosses fantasy with reality in this larger-than-life adventure competition. Ten contestants embark on the road trip of a lifetime, but have no idea of their location. Once they’re on the innovative Destination X bus, reality is tweaked to mislead them and the viewers. Information comes with a number of clues designed to help the contestants decide if they can trust what they see. They need to be on top of their game at all times to figure out where they are. At the end of each episode, the contestant who places their X on a map furthest away from the bus’s actual location has to leave the game and loses their shot at winning a cash prize. The surviving participants search for the location of the host, who interacts with them from the secret command post. Mind-blowing and spectacular gameplay will keep viewers engaged and playing along on all screens. 

Harry Styles and Will Ferrell will appear as the final guests on The Late Late Show with James Corden April 27. BLACKPINK and Sean “Diddy” Combs will each appear in new Carpool Karaoke” segments before the acclaimed late night series wraps, with one additional “Carpool” still to be announced. The show will also debut an epic final “Crosswalk the Musical” performance.

An ad-supported subscription tier of AMC+ will be available later this year. A launch date and pricing will be announced at a later date. 

Comedy special John Mulaney: Baby J premieres on Netflix April 25. Mulaney returns with a brilliantly blunt and quotable stand-up special filmed at Boston’s Symphony Hall. This is Mulaney’s third Netflix stand-up special. 

The Ultimatum: Queer Love premieres on Netflix May 24 with the first four episodes. Episodes five through eight premiere May 3. The final two episodes premiere June 7. The Ultimatum universe is expanding to showcase more stories of love, relationships, and the ups and the downs of commitment. In The Ultimatum: Queer Love, five new couples, made up of women and non-binary people, are at a crossroads in their relationship. One partner is ready for marriage, the other may have doubts. An ultimatum is issued. And in just over eight weeks, each couple will either get married, or get out, after they each choose new potential partners in a life-changing opportunity to get a glimpse of two different futures. 

The Cube returns for season two on TBS May 14. Hosted by Dwyane Wade, the new season will feature more games, celebrities, and winners. Gabrielle Union-Wade and La La Anthony partner to kick off the first episode to beat ‘The Cube’ and win money for charity. Other celebrity guests, competing for charities, will be woven throughout episodes and will include Shaquille O’Neal, Jimmie Allen, and Iman Shumpert. The series follows contestant pairs who must demonstrate skill, nerve and determination as they endure seemingly simple physical and mental tasks – all while confined in ‘The Cube,’ an intimidating glass box with its own mind and attitude, in the hope of winning a major cash prize. Working on their own or as a team, each pair has nine lives to complete seven games that are worth an increasing amount of money as they inch closer to taking home the $250,000 jackpot. In addition to the Simplify assist and fan-favorite One Shot assist that allows teams the opportunity to call on superstar athlete Wade to take their place inside the Cube, the upcoming season will also feature a third assist for contestants to unlock when they reach the $50,000 game. The third assist called Trial Run is a free practice attempt at a game – no prize for winning, no penalty for losing – but the big decision comes afterwards when they must decide whether to walk away or take that game on for real.

Sanctuary premieres on Netflix May 4. Pushed to the brink, delinquent Kiyoshi Oze takes on the world of sumo as a wrestler under the name “Enno” in this bold and intense human drama. Unmotivated to train, often skipping practice and defying his more experienced seniors, Oze is branded as a hopeless case, but he gradually delves deeper into the world of sumo. This human drama depicts Oze and the young people surrounding the world of sumo as they struggle to find their way in life. 

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

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