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Your TV Source Roundup: Writers Strike Begins, ‘Based on a True Story’ Premiere Date, ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Returns to ABC, ‘FBoy Island’ Returns This Fall, New ‘The Simpsons’ Short, ‘Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta’ Premiere Date, and More!

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The Writers Guild of America has gone on strike. Nightly talk shows including The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night with Seth Meyers and The Daily Show will be the first affected, going dark tonight, as the union fights for a fair deal. Real Time with Bill Maher and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver will be affected later this week. The previously announced Saturday Night Live episode hosted by Pete Davidson on May 6 has been canceled as well. The longer it takes for a fair deal to be made, the more likely the fall season will become affected. 

Dark comedic thriller Based on a True Story premieres on Peacock June 8 with all episodes. The series is about a realtor, a former tennis star and a plumber who seize a unique opportunity to capitalize on America’s obsession with true crime. Kaley Cuoco and Chris Messina star in the eight episode series. 

Dancing with the Stars will be returning to ABC after one season on Disney+. The celebrity dance competition series will continue to stream on Disney+. Professional dancers Mark Ballas and Cheryl Burke will not be returning as well as host Tyra Banks. Co-host Alfonso Ribeiro will take over the main hosting duties with former judge and professional dancers Julianne Hough joining as co-host. Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough will return as judges following head judge Len Goodman stepping down after last season, and later dying from cancer. 

The CW’s FBoy Island and spinoff FGirl Island have officially been announced. Season three of the former HBO Max series FBoy Island will air this fall. New spinoff series FGirl Island will premiere at midseason. The two will film back to back this summer. Nikki Glaser will return as host for both series. The series follows three women who move to a tropical paradise where they’re joined by 26 men – 13 self-proclaimed “Nice Guys” looking for love, and 13 self-proclaimed “Fboys,” there to compete for cold, hard cash. The women will navigate the dating pool together with the hope of finding a lasting love connection. By the finale, all will be revealed: who is a Nice Guy, who is an FBoy, who the women ultimately choose, and who walks away with the prize money. The series is a social experiment that asks: Can FBoys truly reform or do Nice Guys always finish last? The spinoff series switches genders, with three men trying to identify 24 women as either womanizers (“FGirls”) or seeking a serious relationship (“Nice Girls”). 

A new Simpsons short Maggie Simpson in ‘Rogue Not Quite One’ premieres on Disney+ May 4. Homer loses track of Maggie who hops in Grogu’s hovering pram for a hyperspace-hopping adventure across the galaxy. Facing a squadron of Imperial TIE fighters, Maggie brings the battle to Springfield in this epic short celebrating all things Star Wars.

Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta premieres June 13 on MTV as part of its “Tuesday Night Takeover” block. The new season remixes and reboots itself into a new era as the original cast members are making comebacks after major setbacks. The Queen of Dancehall Spice fights for her life after a near fatal surgery following her recent Grammy nomination. Erica Mena leaves behind her heartbreak and divorce with Safaree as she ignites her movie star career. Bambi officially files for divorce against Scrappy as she pursues her rap career. Rasheeda is revamping Frost Bistro into a hot new brunch venue. Yandy struggles to balance success in her household as her businesses explode, taking over Underground ATL with her successful restaurant Dancin’ Crepe and increasing shelf space with her international cosmetic line. 

Onyx Collective’s Searching for Soul Food premieres on hulu June 2 with all eight episodes. The series follows rock star celebrity chef Alisa Reynolds as she discovers what soul food looks like around the world. As she seeks out the food, she’ll also explore the stories, the people, and the traditions of each place she visits, bringing her own flavor right along with her. The international journey finds Chef Reynolds exploring the culinary worlds of Mississippi, Oklahoma, Appalachia, South Africa, Italy, Jamaica, Peru and Los Angeles. 

Romantic crime drama series Cannes Confidential premieres on Acorn TV June 26. The series is a high-concept detective series centered on the bicker-banter relationship between no-nonsense detective Camille Delmasse and charming international conman Harry King. Thrown together solving crimes on the French Riviera, Camille and Harry’s relationship lies at the heart of the show against a luxurious Cannes backdrop. Camille and Harry’s chemistry is complicated by Camille’s colleague and wing-woman, Léa Robert, and a deal they make to free Camille’s ex-Chief of Police father from corruption charges. Two new episodes will premiere weekly every Monday through July 10.

Nominees for The 76th Annual Tony Awards have been announced. This year, “Some Like It Hot” leads with 13 nominations. Hosted by Ariana DeBose, the ceremony will air live June 11 (8:00-11:00 PM, LIVE ET/5:00-8:00 PM, LIVE PT) on CBS. The live pre-show The Tony Awards: Act One will air on Pluto TV 6:30-8:00 PM, ET/3:30-5:00 PM PT. 

60 Days In returns for season eight on A&E June 15. It will be followed by the new series Booked: First Day In. 60 Days In follows seven brave participants as they go undercover in North Carolina’s Pitt County Detention Center on a mission to evoke change. Booked: First Day In follows arrested individuals through America’s booking process, offering an extraordinary look at the most unusual, bizarre and often tense bookings. 

Season two of Prehistoric Planet premieres on Apple TV+ May 22. This season rolls out in a five-day, week-long epic event. New episodes transport viewers back millions of years in the past to discover our world – and the dinosaurs that roamed it – all in extraordinary detail. Exploring five new habitats, audiences can expect to be transported to the active volcanoes of India, the marshlands of Madagascar, the deep oceans near North America and so much more. Throughout this season, the series and its creators take you up close into dinosaurs’ habitats to experience the dangers, the adventures and even the camaraderie between species unlike any we’ve seen before. 

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

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