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Your TV Source Roundup: ‘Beacon 23’ Trailer, ‘Elite’ Final Season, ‘Castaway Diva’ Trailer, Bad Bunny Hosting ‘Saturday Night Live’, ‘Delicious in Dungeon’ Trailer, ‘Genius: MLK/X’ Premiere Date, and More!

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Beacon 23 premieres on MGM+ November 12. The sci fi mystery thriller takes place in the farthest reaches of the Milky Way and follows Aster, a government agent, and Halan, a stoic ex-military man, whose fates become entangled after they find themselves trapped together inside one of many Beacons that serve as a lighthouse for intergalactic travelers. Every Beacon is run by one highly trained human and a specialized Artificial Intelligence. Aster mysteriously finds her way to the lonely Beacon-keeper Halan, and a tense battle of wills unfolds. Halan begins to question whether Aster is friend or foe, as her ability to disguise her agenda and motives could make her a formidable opponent. 

The eighth season of Elite will be the final season of the Netflix series. It was also announced that the upcoming seventh season of Elite will feature a crossover with Blood & Water. Fikile, played by Khosi Ngema, will show up in season seven. Ivan, played by Andre Lamoglia, will then show up in the upcoming fourth season of Blood & Water in 2024. 

Castaway Diva premieres on Netflix October 28. 15 years after being stranded on a remote island, an aspiring singer reenters society – stopping at nothing to pursue her dream of becoming a diva.

Bad Bunny is set to make his Saturday Night Live hosting debut October 21. He will serve as both host and musical guest. 

Delicious in Dungeon will premiere on Netflix in January 2024. After his younger sister Falin is eaten by a Red Dragon, adventurer Laios and his companions brave the dungeon in a bid to rescue her. With their individual motivations in mind, the adventurers aim for the deepest reaches of the dungeon! 

Genius: MLK/X will premiere on National Geographic February 1. The series will focus on two iconic geniuses: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. It will explore the formative years, pioneering accomplishments, dueling philosophies and key personal relationships of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. While King advanced racial equality through nonviolent protest, Malcolm X argued forcefully for Black empowerment, identity and self-determination. With their formidable wives, Coretta Scott King and Betty Shabazz, by their sides, King and Malcolm X became synonymous with the civil rights era and the fight for racial and economic justice. While they met only once and often challenged each other’s views, neither would have been as successful without the other.

The third and final season of Pretty Hard Cases premieres on Amazon Freevee November 29. The new season finds detectives Wazowski and Duff finally reuniting as partners in Guns and Gangs after eight long months apart. Although their personal and professional relationships have never been stronger, they will need to work as hard as they can to prove to their new and exacting unit commander that they are worthy of their department’s top cases. Wazowski and Duff find themselves navigating big changes in their personal lives: Wazowski revisits a past romance, while Duff is taking the next step in her relationship. But when a deadly new synthetic drug appears all over Toronto, they must risk their lives, as they fight to take down a dangerous gang and stop the drug at its source. 

Roku has renewed Reptile Royalty, UFO Cowboys and Lincoln Log Masters for second seasons. Season one of Reptile Royalty showed viewers how running the world-renowned Reptile Zoo in Fountain Valley, California is a never-ending adventure for social media sensation Jay Brewer and his team. Season one of UFO Cowboys introduced viewers to the Cowboy Sky Watchers, a group of ranchers who investigate extraterrestrial encounters and paranormal activity throughout the American West – an area with more paranormal sightings than anywhere else in the United States. Season one of Lincoln Log Masters followed Cody, Wilson and the Knaughty Log Crew – the only log home building company with the Lincoln Log stamp of approval – as they design, build, break down, and rebuild epic log homes and structures across Oregon.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert will not be airing new episodes for the remainder of the week as host Colbert recovers from Covid. He previously recorded episodes at home after his initial diagnosis earlier this week. 

Netflix is raising prices of subscriptions in the US. The premium tier will now cost $22.99, up from $19.99. The basic plan will now cost $11.99 after previously costing $9.99. The Basic plan is no longer available for new customers and will eventually be phased out. The ad tier and standard plans will remain the same price. 

The BBC has canceled long running medical drama Doctors after 23 years on air. The cancellation comes as a result of rising costs. The final episode will air in December. 

Science Fair: The Series premieres December 10 on National Geographic. Queens premieres March 4 on National Geographic. Photographer premieres March 18 on National Geographic. Explorer: Lake of Fire returns October 26 on National Geographic. Lost Cities Revealed with Albert Lin returns November 23 on National Geographic. Trafficked with Mariana Van Zeller returns January 17 on National Geographic. Cesar Millan: Better Human Better Dog returns April 12 on National Geographic. 

JFK: One Day in America premieres November 5 on National Geographic. The three-part series produces a comprehensive account of that tragic moment in American history and the ripples that followed. With exclusive permission to colorize The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza’s archives for the first time, the landmark docuseries weaves archival footage, with key testimony from the last surviving witnesses to create an immersive, minute-by-minute examination of that pivotal day that forever changed American history. 

Incredible Animal Journeys premieres November 19 on National Geographic. The series puts viewers in the action as they soar, fly and swim from the Antarctic to the African Savanna and the Pacific Ocean to Alaska. Join the protective humpback mom shepherding her newborn calf, tiny dung beetle, monarch butterfly, determined barn swallow who never gives up, and many more species. Using the Earth’s magnetic field, stars, moon and ocean currents in the sea and their innate senses on land, these travelers find food, mates and their way across thousands of miles during their lifetime. Come along for the ride as Jeremy Renner narrates the wildest adventure on earth. 

A Real Bug’s Life premieres January 24 on Disney+. The series is an incredible adventure into nine different micro bug worlds around the globe, where the forces of nature play out on a miniature scale and where tiny creatures rely on amazing powers and extraordinary alliances to make it through each day. The stakes are high … even if the critters are extraordinarily small. With new developments in filming technology and narrated by fun and witty guide Awkwafina, follow the incredible stories of the tiny heroes living in worlds beyond the imagination – from a jumping spider looking for a home on the streets of New York to a Costa Rican orchid bee’s first day on the job making perfume!

Arctic Ascent with Alex Honnold premieres February 4 on National Geographic. Alex Honnold embarks on an epic quest of unclimbed walls in one of the most remote corners of Greenland, a country on the frontline of the climate crisis. Honnold has always dreamed of exploring Greenland and its unclimbed peaks. Now he and world-class climbers Hazel Findlay and Mikey Schaefer attempt to summit Ingmikortilaq, an unclimbed Arctic seacliff that rises out of the frozen wilderness and is nearly 1,000 feet higher than Free Solo’s El Capitan. For Honnold, a long-time climate activist, this expedition is about more than just climbing, it is an opportunity to witness firsthand the impact of climate change on a wilderness that is vitally important to the future of the planet. With the help of Dr. Heïdi Sevestre, a glaciologist working with the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program, Greenlandic guide Adam Kjeldsen and renowned adventurer Aldo Kane, the team use a special radar to take real-time depth and density measurements of a rarely studied section of Greenland’s ice cap.

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

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