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ABC has renewed freshman drama series Will Trent for a second season. The series follows Special Agent Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) who was abandoned at birth and endured a harsh coming-of-age in Atlanta’s overwhelmed foster care system. But now, determined to use his unique point of view to make sure no one is abandoned like he was, Will Trent has the highest clearance rate in the GBI. The series is based on Karin Slaughter’s “Will Trent” book series. 

Paramount+ is expanding their Star Trek Universe with a new movie Star Trek: Section 31 starring Michelle Yeoh reprising her role of Emperor Philippa Georgiou from Star Trek: Discovery. Emperor Philippa Georgiou joins a secret division of Starfleet tasked with protecting the United Federation of Planets and faces the sins of her past. The project has been in development for years, originally envisioned as a series. Now, the streamer plans to air movies every two years or so, set in the Star Trek Universe. Production will begin later this year. 

Season two of With Love premieres on Prime Video June 2. The series is a romantic dramedy centered on siblings Lily and Jorge Diaz as they navigate big life changes and rely on their equally big family to get them through. Following her whirlwind romance with Santiago, Lily decides to focus all her energy on a personal journey of self-love by growing her makeup styling business and looking into homeownership. But when both Santiago and Nick profess their feelings for her, Lily wrestles with what is best for her future. Meanwhile Jorge begins to question whether he and Henry are truly compatible. When he meets Henry’s proud Texan parents, he can’t decide whether the relationship is a fairy tale or a nightmare. Episodes in Season One were framed around the holidays, while Season Two expands to include big life events over six episodes. 

Peacock has ordered a Love Island spinoff series titled Love Island Games. The series brings together cross-franchise fan-favorite Islanders from the US, UK, Australia and beyond for a second shot at love as they compete in a brand-new format to be crowned the champion. In this cheeky new iteration, romance will meet reality as Islanders are faced with both team and couples’ challenges, all while navigating dating, eliminations, recoupling and dramatic new arrivals. 

Limited series All the Light We Cannot See is set to premiere on Netflix November 2. The series, based on the book of the same name by Anthony Doerr, follows the story of Marie-Laure, a blind French girl and her father, Daniel LeBlanc, who flee German-occupied Paris with a legendary diamond to keep it from falling into the hands of the Nazis. Relentlessly pursued by a cruel Gestapo officer who seeks to possess the stone for his own selfish means, Marie-Laure and Daniel soon find refuge in St. Malo, where they take up residence with a reclusive uncle who transmits clandestine radio broadcasts as part of the resistance. Yet here in this once-idyllic seaside city, Marie-Laure’s path also collides inexorably with the unlikeliest of kindred spirits: Werner, a brilliant teenager enlisted by Hitler’s regime to track down illegal broadcasts, who instead shares a secret connection to Marie-Laure as well as her faith in humanity and the possibility of hope. 

Young, Famous, & African returns for season two on Netflix May 19. New faces. Bigger diamonds. More drama! The reality series follows a crew of famed, affluent stars as they work and play, flirt and feud in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Fox has ordered the new game show Snake Oil. Hosted by David Spade, contestants are pitched unique products by convincing entrepreneurs – some of whom are showcasing real business ventures, while the others are “Snake Oil Salesmen” whose products are fake. With the help of guest celebrity advisors, contestants must determine which products are real and which are a sham, for a chance to win life-changing money. The series is set to debut during the 2023-2024 season. 

Netflix has renewed reality series Perfect Match for a second season. The series brings together the most famously single stars of Netflix’s unscripted series (Love Is Blind, The Ultimatum, Too Hot To Handle, The Mole, Selling Tampa, The Circle, Twentysomethings: Austin, and Sexy Beasts) to a tropical paradise in an attempt to find love. As they compete to form relationships, the most compatible couples will play matchmaker, breaking up other couples and sending them on dates with brand-new singles they’ll invite to the villa. Will they create better matches, or will they create chaos? In this over-the-top journey of strategy and dating hosted by Nick Lachey, only one couple will be crowned the Perfect Match. 

Charlie Sheen has been cast in Max’s upcoming series How To Be a Bookie. He will recur in the series starring Sebastian Maniscalco. This will reunite the actor with Two and a Half Men’s Chuck Lorre. 

Anna Camp has joined the cast of Peacock’s Hysteria! She joins Julie Bowen, Emjay Anthony, Chiara Aurelia, Kezii Curtis and Nikki Hahn in the coming of age thriller series as a series regular. 

A TV series based on the film Galaxy Quest is in development. This is the latest attempt to bring the cult classic to TV screens. The original film starred Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell and Enrico Colantoni and Justin Long.

AMC is looking to expand its Anne Rice Universe with a third series based on the secret society the Order of the Talamasc. Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire and Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches have already premiered on the network. The organization appears in both of the book series they are based on. 

WE tv has ordered a new unscripted series titled Toya & Reginae. The network has also ordered a scripted series Bev is Boss, based on the life of Deb Antney. 

Netflix will be shutting down its DVD-by-mail business September 29. The streamer got it start as a subscription DVD service recognizable by their red envelopes. 

Jeopardy! will be getting an Australian adaptation. Stephen Fry is set to host the international version. He will also be hosting the previously announced British version for ITV. 

NewsNation will be launching a 24 hour weekday schedule. The cable network has been growing its on air talents over the past year. The new schedule will begin April 24. 

City on Fire premieres on Apple TV+ May 12. An NYU student is shot in Central Park on the Fourth of July, 2003. Samantha is alone; there are no witnesses and very little physical evidence. Her friends’ band is playing at her favorite downtown club but she leaves to meet someone, promising to return. She never does. As the crime against Samantha is investigated, she’s revealed to be the crucial connection between a series of mysterious citywide fires, the downtown music scene, and a wealthy uptown real estate family fraying under the strain of the many secrets they keep. Chase Sui Wonders stars as Samantha, and Wyatt Oleff plays Charlie, a friend of Samantha’s who is struggling to cope with the death of his father on 9/11 two years earlier. After Samantha is shot, he stops at nothing to unravel the mystery of what happened. 

The Good Bad Mother premieres on Netflix April 26. A tragic accident leaves an ambitious prosecutor with the mind of a child – forcing him and his mother to embark on a journey to heal their relationship. 

Docuseries Menendez + Menudo: Boys Betrayed premieres on Peacock May 2. Lyle and Erik Menendez infamously killed their parents in 1989. Menudo was the first mega-boy band to take the world by storm. In this explosive limited series, viewers will learn of the connection that links the two stories and could corroborate the brothers’ decades-old accusations against their father, Jose Menendez. One former Menudo member could be the key to changing how the public views the brothers’ case while simultaneously crusading for his own justice. 

Courtroom series Tribunal Justice will premiere on Amazon Freevee June 9. The series features a panel of three judges adjudicating real and compelling cases. It is followed by a lively and spirited deliberation, where the judges don’t always see eye-to-eye, which makes for an exciting verdict.

Season two of Prehistoric Planet premieres on Apple TV+ May 22. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, the new episodes transport viewers millions of years in the past to discover our world – and the dinosaurs that roamed it – all in extraordinary detail. The series allows viewers to traverse the globe to a land before our time, using the latest scientific research and stunning visual effects to bring audiences never-before-seen species on-screen, including notable dinosaurs new this season, Isisaurus, Pectinodon, Quetzalcoatlus and Hatzegopteryx, and many more!

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

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