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Your TV Source Roundup: ‘Call Me Kat’ Canceled, ‘S.W.A.T.’ Canceled, ‘Yellowstone’ Sequel Ordered, ‘The Summer I Turned Pretty’ Premiere Date, ‘Hot Wheels: Ultimate Challenge’ Guest Judges, ‘Akuma Kun’ Teaser, and More!

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Fox has canceled Call Me Kat after three seasons. Based on the BBC UK original series Miranda, the series stars Mayim Bialik as a woman who struggles every day against society and her mother to prove that she can still live a happy and fulfilling life despite still being single at 39. Which is why she recently spent her entire savings to open a cat café in Louisville, Kentucky. It was expected of Kat to be married with kids by now, but for many reasons, she’s still single – and totally fine with it. Fellow series Animal Control and Welcome to Flatch are still awaiting word on renewals. 

CBS has canceled S.W.A.T. after six seasons. Financial issues led to the cancellation. The series is a co-production between Sony and CBS. The series was the most watched bubble series. Inspired by the television series and the feature film, the series follows a former Marine and locally born and raised S.W.A.T. sergeant, tasked to run a specialized tactical unit that is the last stop in law enforcement in Los Angeles. Torn between loyalty to where he was raised and allegiance to his brothers in blue, Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson strives to bridge the divide between his two worlds and acclimate to his new duties as the legal guardian of a teenager.

Paramount Network is expanding the Yellowstone universe more with a new sequel series. The new series will premiere in December on Paramount Network and later on Paramount+ following the epic, final cycle of Yellowstone which will debut in November. Casting news will be announced at a later date. Yellowstone chronicles the Dutton family, led by John Dutton, who controls the largest contiguous cattle ranch in the United States. Amid shifting alliances, unsolved murders, open wounds, and hard-earned respect – the ranch is in constant conflict with those it borders – an expanding town, an Indian reservation, and vicious business rivalries. 

The Summer I Turned Pretty returns for season two on Prime Video July 14 with the first three episodes. New episodes will premiere weekly through the finale August 18. The series is based on the best-selling book trilogy from Jenny Han. Belly used to count down the days until she could return to Cousins Beach, but with Conrad and Jeremiah fighting over her heart and the return of Susannah’s cancer, she’s not sure summer will ever be the same. When an unexpected visitor threatens the future of Susannah’s beloved house, Belly has to rally the gang to come together – and to decide once and for all where her heart lies. 

NBC’s upcoming new series Hot Wheels: Ultimate Challenge has set its celebrity guest judges. Anthony Anderson, WWE Superstar Big E, Terry Crews, Sung Kang, Jay Leno and Joel McHale will help to determine the winners of NBC’s epic new car makeover competition show which premieres May 30. The rotating celebrity guests will each join host Rutledge Wood and resident experts Dalal Elsheikh, designer for the Ford Motor Company, and Hertrech “Hert” Eugene Jr., car culture influencer, on an episode throughout the season, where they will review the epic car transformations and crown a winner.

Anime series Akuma Kun is coming soon to Netflix. The series is based on the original comic by Shigeru Mizuki. It is the story of a boy trying create a society where humanity realizes it’s true potential and lives happily, with the help of some unlikely allies

Apple TV+’s new high octane thriller series Hijack premieres June 28 with the first two episodes. Told in real time, the tense thriller follows the journey of a hijacked plane as it makes its way to London over a seven hour flight, and authorities on the ground scramble for answers. Idris Elba will star as ‘Sam Nelson,’ an accomplished negotiator in the business world who needs to step up and use all his guile to try and save the lives of the passengers – but, his high-risk strategy could be his undoing. Archie Panjabi will play the role of ‘Zahra Gahfoor,’ a counter terrorism officer who is on the ground when the plane is hijacked and becomes part of the investigation.

Special Ops: Lioness is coming soon to Paramount+. The series is based on a real-life program and follows Cruz Manuelos, a rough-around-the-edges but passionate young Marine recruited to join the Lioness Engagement Team to help bring down a terrorist organization from within. Saldaña will play Joe, the station chief of the Lioness program tasked with training, managing and leading her female undercover operatives. The series stars Zoe Saldaña, Nicole Kidman, Laysla De Oliveira and Morgan Freeman. 

Outchef’d returns for season two on Food Network June 15. Hosted by Eddie Jackson, a confident home cook arrives thinking they are entering an audition – but to their surprise, it’s “lights, cameras, action” as they are immediately ushered into a head-to-head culinary battle against a renowned world-class chef. After an ingredient-themed cooking round, Eddie hits the streets to find four regular folks for a blind tasting panel that will determine the winner. To level the playing field between the competitors and pros, the home chef only needs to receive one vote to win a $5,000 prize. Elite chefs competing against home cooks this season are: Eric Adjepong, Kelsey Bernard Clark, Tiffani Faison, Darnell Ferguson, Alex Guarnaschelli, Robert Irvine, Antonia Lofaso, Joe Sasto and Geoffrey Zakarian. 

Jonathan Groff has been cast in the upcoming season of Doctor Who. He will appear as a mysterious guest on the BBC and Disney+ series. 

Molly Gordon has been cast in the upcoming season of FX’s The Bear. She will recur in the upcoming second season which streams on hulu this June.

In a recasting, Robert Patrick has taken over the role of Shane Langston on Prime Video’s Reacher. Rory Cochrane was originally cast in the role. The character will appear in its upcoming second season. 

Following Drew Barrymore’s decision to back out of the MTV Movie & TV Awards, the series will no longer be live. Instead, a prerecorded show will air in its place with clips and guest appearances.  

Fire Country on CBS will feature four songs created by country superstars Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert exclusively for the final two episodes of the season. The songs, which were inspired by the themes of the show, can be heard in the episodes on May 12 and May 19.

Two episodes of hulu’s docuseries The 1619 Project will air May 31 on ABC. The one-night-only event will feature special airings of both the premiere episode, “Democracy,” and finale episode, “Justice.” The series is an expansion of The 1619 Project initiative. All episodes are now streaming on hulu. 

1883 will get a network premiere on Paramount Network beginning June 18. The Paramount+ series is a Yellowstone origin story which follows the Dutton family as they embark on a journey west through the Great Plains toward the last bastion of untamed America. It is a stark retelling of Western expansion, and an intense study of one family fleeing poverty to seek a better future in America’s promised land — Montana.

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

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