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Your TV Source Roundup: ‘Twisted Metal’ Trailer, ‘Rap Sh!t’ Premiere Date, ‘Special Ops: Lioness’ Trailer, Reneé Rapp Exiting ‘The Sex Lives Of College Girls’, ‘Ugliest House in America’ Premiere Date, ‘Krapopolis’ Premiere Date, and More!

TWISTED METAL -- Pictured: "Twisted Metal" Key Art -- (Photo by: Peacock)

Twisted Metal premieres on Peacock July 27. The series, based on the classic PlayStation game series, is a high-octane action comedy about a motor-mouthed outsider offered a chance at a better life, but only if he can successfully deliver a mysterious package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland. With the help of a badass axe-wielding car thief, he’ll face savage marauders driving vehicles of destruction and other dangers of the open road, including a deranged clown who drives an all too familiar ice cream truck. 

Season two of Rap Sh!t premieres on Max August 10 with two episodes. The series follows two estranged high school friends from Miami, Shawna and Mia, who reunite to form a rap group. In their rise to fame, Shawna and Mia find themselves at a pivotal moment in their rap career as they are forced to decide if they will stay true to themselves or conform to the demands of the music industry. 

Special Ops: Lioness premieres on Paramount+ July 23. Inspired by an actual U.S. Military program, the series follows the life of Joe while she attempts to balance her personal and professional life as the tip of the CIA’s spear in the war on terror. The Lioness Program, overseen by Kaitlyn Meade and Donald Westfield, enlists an aggressive Marine Raider named Cruz to operate undercover alongside Joe among the power brokers of State terrorism in the CIA’s efforts to thwart the next 9/11. 

Reneé Rapp will be exiting Max’s comedy series The Sex Lives of College Girls. Rapp is still set to appear in some episodes of the upcoming third season, but will not be a series regular. Following her episodes, she will depart the series. The series follows four college roommates at New England’s prestigious Essex College. The series stars Pauline Chalamet, Amrit Kaur, and Alyah Chanelle Scott. 

Ugliest House in America: Summer Road Trip premieres on HGTV August 7. During the new six-episode season, Retta will take a road trip to five picturesque destinations to visit 15 horrendous homes nominated by their owners and share her hilarious reviews of the astonishingly bad designs, cringe-worthy layouts and sorely outdated styles. Based on its ugly appearance, poor functionality and hideous design choices, one house will be crowned the “ugliest house in America” by HGTV, and the network will award its owners a showstopping $150,000 renovation completed by Alison Victoria, one of its top stars, during a special one-hour finale episode. 

Fox’s new animated series Krapopolis will premiere September 24 with two episodes, immediately following the FOX NFL doubleheader (8:00-9:00PM ET/5:00-6:00PM PT, live to all time zones). The FOX Animation Domination block will then premiere October 1, with new seasons of The Simpsons at 8, Krapopolis at 8:30, Bob’s Burgers at 9:00 and Family Guy at 9:30. Set in mythical ancient Greece, Krapopolis tells the story of a dysfunctional family of humans, gods and monsters trying to run one of the world’s first cities, while also trying their best to not kill each other in the process. The series has already been renewed for a second and third season. 

Former Bachelorette Katie Thurston is set to appear in the upcoming third season of FBoy Island. Thurston will be one of the three ladies looking for love on the show hosted by Nikki Glaser. They are 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 second season will make its premiere on The CW August 3. The series previously aired for two seasons on HBO Max. 

Food Network has canceled Restaurant: Impossible after 22 seasons. The series followed Robert Irvine on a mission to save failing restaurants from total collapse. He and his team use all the ingenuity, elbow grease and heart they’ve got to give small business owners a fighting chance at turning their restaurants and their lives around.

The Marriage Pact premieres on The Roku Channel August 4. Hosted by Shan Boodram, the series follows single friends who must fulfill or break a promise from the past: a pact to marry if both are still single by a certain age. Viewers will follow the five participating couples, as their relationships are put to the test, to discover whether they are truly meant to say, “I do.”

A new season of Master Minds premieres on Game Show Network August 7. Hosted by Brooke Burns, three contestants square off against three trivia Master Minds in multiple rounds of intense trivia competition. The lowest scoring player on each side is eliminated until the top competitor and top Master Mind are left standing and now must face off, head-to-head, in the Ultimate Trivia Challenge. If the contestant can get more questions correct than the Master Mind, they will win $10,000 and come back to challenge the Masters again. If they win two games in a row, they join the ranks of the Master Minds and will appear in future episodes. This season welcomes new Master Mind Monica Thieu, as well as guest appearances by returning Master Minds Champions Kelly Gerhold and Clifford “Cliff” Galiher. 

This Wednesday, the world’s best athletes and biggest stars will join ESPN for The 2023 ESPYS presented by Capital One to commemorate the past year in sports. The star-studded ceremony will recognize major athletic achievements, relive unforgettable moments, honor leading athletes, and feature exciting musical performances. The 2023 ESPYS will air live on July 12 at 8 p.m. ET / PT on ABC from The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Lil Wayne and H.E.R. are set to perform with Dwyane Wade, Damar Hamlin, Angel Reese, Jamal Murray, Kyrie Irving, Lil Durk, Lil Wayne, Mike Tyson, Patrick Mahomes, Sue Bird, Travis Kelce, Pat McAfee and more among this year’s presenters and attendees. 

The Good Doctor star Hill Harper has announced that he will be running for the Michigan U.S. Senate seat. Senator Debbie Stabenow announced she will not be running for reelection. No word on how the campaign will affect Harper’s role on the ABC medical series. 

The Golden Boy premieres on HBO July 24. As a young man, Oscar De La Hoya was an Olympic boxing gold medalist, a multi-world title-winning professional boxer, a hometown hero and a role model to his Mexican-American community in East Los Angeles. Nicknamed “The Golden Boy,” De La Hoya, with his good looks, electric charisma, and heartfelt story of winning Olympic gold for his dying mother, rocketed to national prominence as a superstar both in and outside the ring. Yet, all was not what it appeared to be behind that polished facade. Told in De La Hoya’s own words through a series of candid interviews with him and those closest to him, and featuring rare archival footage, The Golden Boy peels back the layers of this celebrated yet complicated figure, exploring his triumphs and turmoil to reveal a man struggling to come to terms with lifelong demons and the impossible burden of a nickname he couldn’t live up to. 

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

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