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ABC has canceled comedy series Home Economics after three seasons. The series was on the bubble along with The Rookie Feds and pilot The Good Lawyer, who still await their fates. ABC also announced their recently ordered series High Potential will now move to fall 2024. 

Nickelodeon has renewed SpongeBob SquarePants for a fifteenth season. The renewal comes ahead of its 25th anniversary next year. The new season will consist of 26 episodes, marking 345 total episodes of the series since its July 1999 launch and counting. Incurable optimist SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy, Mr. Krabs, Plankton and Squidward will continue to uncover even bigger nautical adventures. 

Natural history series Planet Earth III, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, premieres on BBC America and AMC+ later this year. The extended trailer features the brand-new track ‘Mother Nature’ with beautiful compelling lyrics written and performed by RAYE, combined with Bastille frontman Dan Smith’s mesmerising vocals, that reflect the Earth’s awe, beauty, fragility and resilience, subjects highlighted throughout the series. The stunning visuals in the extended trailer give us a tantalising glimpse of the extraordinary animals from around the globe set to feature in the series, which include a leopard leaping an astounding 30ft in Southern Africa, a wild rhino walking through the busy streets of a Nepalese town and a mass of skydiving tree frogs in the Costa Rican jungle, all filmed during this five-year project. Over the last year composers Hans Zimmer, Jacob Shea, Sara Barone and Bastille’s Dan Smith have collaborated across the Planet Earth III series score. These stunning soundscapes feature Dan Smith’s vocals on the opening title theme song, as well as within all episodes of the series. Their collaborative reworking of Bastille’s hit single, Pompeii entitled Pompeii MMXXIII, features on the series end credits. 

Cigarette Girl premieres on Netflix November 2. Behind Dasiyah’s perfect cigarette blend, there lies pain, love, and secret. Based on the novel by Ratih Kumala, the period drama tells an epic romance set against the tobacco industry in 1960s Indonesia.

Shudder has renewed horror variety series The Last Drive-In With Joe Bob Briggs for a sixth season. Proving once again that “the drive-in will never die,” iconic horror host and exploitation movie aficionado Joe Bob Briggs is back with a new season. Each week, the series offers eclectic films, running the gamut from horror classics to obscurities and international cult favorites. And from time to time, special surprise guests will drop in on Joe Bob and Darcy the Mail Girl.

The 55th NAACP Image Awards will air live in Los Angeles March 16 on BET and CBS. Nominees will be announced on January 25. The awards show celebrates the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color across more than 80 competitive categories spanning film, television and streaming, music, literature and podcasts.

The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour Presented by Capital One special will be moving from The CW to ABC. This years special, premiering December 21, will feature performances by Olivia Rodrigo, Usher, Nicki Minaj, SZA, Niall Horan, OneRepublic, AJR, Sabrina Carpenter, Miguel, Jelly Roll, Big Time Rush, NCT DREAM, Flo Rida and more. The special will be available on demand and on Hulu the following day. 

Felicity fans can celebrate the series’ 25th anniversary with new “Best Of” collections on hulu. The series premiered on September 29, 1998 and ran for four seasons, all of which are available to stream on Hulu. Both collections feature the best of Felicity with her love interests, Ben and Noel. The series is a story about a wide eyed college freshman and the most exhilarating journey of all, self discovery. It explores the excitement and uncertainty of living in New York City, a setting where anything goes and anything can happen.

Max celebrates its first Halloween with an interactive “House of Halloween” spotlight page and curated collections. The interactive spotlight page is now live, featuring fan favorite characters and curations based on scare levels for everyone in the household. 

AMC Networks has launched an ad-supported version of its AMC+ streaming service. Priced at $4.99 per month, the new option includes the same great shows and movies available in the ad-free version, with a light ad load. Ad-free plans will remain available at the current pricing of $8.99 per month. Ad-free viewers also have the option to save more than 20 percent over standard monthly rates by purchasing an annual subscription for $83.88. 

All episodes of Fight to Survive will make its debut on Roku September 29 following the season finale on The CW. The series is a co-production between the two networks. The eight episode series, hosted by Akbar Gbajabiamila, sees former Survivor, Alone, Naked and Afraid and American Ninja Warrior contestants compete against the elements and each other to win the $250,000 grand prize. 

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

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