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The Fall of the House of Usher premieres on Netflix October 12. The series from Mike Flanagan, the creator of The Haunting of Hill House and Midnight Mass, is a wicked horror series based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Ruthless siblings Roderick and Madeline Usher have built Fortunato Pharmaceuticals into an empire of wealth, privilege and power. But past secrets come to light when the heirs to the Usher dynasty start dying at the hands of a mysterious woman from their youth. 

Season two of Power Book IV: Force premieres on Starz September 1. Nothing stands in Tommy Egan’s way this season as he makes his play at becoming the sole drug distributor in Chicago. Alliances form and competitors become targets as a turf war heats up and Tommy must race to stay one step ahead of everyone. Meanwhile, a federal task force is zeroed in on him and he has an eye on a special someone, forcing him to decide what he is willing to sacrifice to claim Chicago as his. 

Season two of Welcome to Wrexham premieres on FX September 12. Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds navigate running the third oldest professional football club in the world. The docuseries tracks the dreams and worries of Wrexham, a working-class town in North Wales, UK, as two Hollywood stars take ownership of the town’s historic yet struggling football club. 

Spellbound premieres August 31 on hulu with all thirteen episodes. When Cece Parker Jones, a vivacious 15 year old relocates from a small town in the US to France to study at the Paris Opera Ballet School, she’s on top of the world! But things turn upside down when she discovers a book of family spells in the back room of her Aunt Ginger’s apothecary. While snooping through the book, she unknowingly casts the antidote to a protection spell that has been hiding her identity since she was a little girl. Turns out, she comes from a line of powerful witches called the Wizens! And in doing so, she summons her nemesis, the Mystics, who are after her magic. This spit-fire teen must now juggle the pressures of an elite ballet school, learning new techniques she’s never studied before, keeping up with her intense academics, not to mention her new friendships and maybe a cute boy… or two, as well as her incredible ability to activate magic, while keeping this a secret for only her closest friends. 

The 75th Emmy Awards are now set to air on Fox January 15 live coast-to-coast from the Peacock Theater at LA Live. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards will take place at the Peacock Theater at LA Live over two consecutive nights on January 6 and January 7. An edited presentation will be aired January 13 at 8:00 PM EST/PST on FXX. The ongoing writers and actors strikes led to the date change. 

Netflix has ordered a four episode limited series titled Toxic Town. The series is based on the real life story of the Corby poisonings, one of the UK’s biggest environmental scandals. It is a story about community, focusing on three mothers who take on a David and Goliath fight for justice. By tracing through the years of their fight, a terrible truth comes to the surface – one of stinging injustice. The series stars Jodie Whittaker, Robert Carlyle, Aimee Lou Wood, Rory Kinnear, and Brendan Coyle 

The CW has set a new premiere date for the upcoming series The Swarm. The series will now premiere September 12 at 9. Around the world, strange happenings, borne out of the oceans: Whales destroy boats, deep sea crabs attack beaches, mussels block container ships. An unknown ice worm destabilizes continental slopes and triggers tsunamis. A deadly pathogen spreads into the drinking water. Across the globe, lives are increasingly imperiled, the situation worsening by the day – and yet, nobody can draw a connection between the seemingly random attacks. Except for a group of scientists who come together through their shared sense that something bigger is at play: an intelligent life force, dwelling in the deep – capable of manipulating the ocean, and everything that resides in it. A being which has borne witness to our destruction of the seas and has decided to drive us to extinction. But hardly anyone believes their findings. And so, the group is forced to undertake a life-threatening mission, tracking the intelligent life force within the Arctic Ocean. It is a mission they know may claim their lives. 

Indonesian period drama Cigarette Girl will premiere on Netflix November 2. Based on the novel by Ratih Kumala, the period drama tells an epic romance set against the tobacco industry in 1960s Indonesia. The series invites viewers to the world of Dasiyah, a woman ahead of her time and is passionate in concocting the perfect formulas for clove cigarettes. Her encounter with Soeraja leads to a love story marked by historical events that eventually shape the course of their lives. Decades later, Lebas, son of Soeraja, meets Arum as together they trace the past and uncover buried secrets. 

Syndicated series WOW – Women Of Wrestling returns for season two September 16. Season two will introduce new Superheroes: punk rocker Rebel Haze, cheerleader Patty Pep, hip-hop dancer Lil J Boogie, East Hampton Dog Show champion Goldie Collins, feline lover Katarina Jinx, and the high-flying Mighty Mights. Returning favorites include The Beast, Kandi Krush, Tiki Chamorro, Tormenta and Princess Aussie for a chance to dethrone current world champion Penelope Pink and tag teams The Tonga Twins, Reina Del Rey and Wrecking Ball, Team Spirit Ariel Sky and Coach Campanelli as well as Spring Break 24/7 Sandy Shore and Crystal Waters will be battling for tag team dominance. Returning to WOW will be ring stars Adriana Gambino and Santana Garrett. 

‘Scoobtober’ will return to Cartoon Network again starting October 1. The block features various Scooby-Doo episodes across the various different series and movies which have aired over the years. The themed programming will air all month. 

Fall Out Boy will star in NBC Sports’ B1G Saturday Night show open this season on September 2. The show open – with a chorus of “Here Comes Saturday Night” – will debut ahead of the season-opening West Virginia-Penn State game (7:30 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock), and will also feature football players, cheerleaders, bands and fans from Big Ten Conference schools. 

Academy of Country Music Honors will air on Fox September 18. The event will recognize several special honorees, including ACM Triple Crown Award recipient Chris Stapleton, ACM Poet’s Award recipients Clint Black, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and K.T. Oslin, ACM international Award recipient Kane Brown, and ACM Icon Award recipient Tim McGraw. Carly Pearce will return for a third year to host the ceremony. Pearce will also grace the stage with a musical performance as well as BRELAND, Brandy Clark, Jordan Davis, Chris Janson, Lady A, Emily Shackelton, Keith Urban, The War And Treaty, Anne Wilson, Trisha Yearwood, Bailey Zimmerman and more. 

Dear Child premieres on Netflix September 7. A mysterious woman’s escape from her harrowing captivity points investigators toward the terrifying truth behind an unsolved disappearance years earlier.

OWN’s Time of Essence premieres August 18. Oprah Winfrey joins Halle Berry, Whoopi Goldberg, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Beverly Johnson, Regina Hall, Taye Diggs, Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union-Wade, Vanessa Williams, Sunny Hostin and many more culture-defining voices. The five episode series is a celebration of the trailblazing magazine that reaches a global community of over 20 million Black women and has revealed some of the most captivating and influential covers of the past half-century. 

Cold Case Files: DNA Speaks premieres on hulu August 17. The ten episode docuseries on murder cases that remained unsolved for decades and were ultimately cracked with DNA evidence. It explores these stunning scientific developments – as well as the unwavering dedication of families and investigators – that eventually brought the killers to justice. 

Ancient Empires premieres on The History Channel September 4. The three-night television event will air across three consecutive nights. The series will shed new light on the way that history remembers Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar and Cleopatra through exceptional, dramatic narrative sequences and explosive premium battle scenes as well as insightful expert interviews and the latest contemporary scholarship. To survive and succeed they had to be strategic, ruthless, and charming. Each episode chronicles the ruler’s rise to influence and astonishing power with the events and choices that led to their eventual fall. Night one kicks off with Alexander the Great, followed by Julius Caesar and Cleopatra. 

Risqué Business: Taiwan premieres on Netflix August 29. Shin Dong-youp and Sung Si-kyung embark on a laughter-filled journey to Taiwan, aiming to gain a deeper understanding of its sex culture and business.

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

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