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Your TV Source Roundup: ‘Adventure Time: Fionna and Cake’ Renewed, ‘Ransom Canyon’ Ordered, ‘Foundation’ Renewed, ‘Feud: Capote Vs. The Swans’ Premiere Date, ‘Leverage: Redemption’ Renewed, ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’ Renewed, and More!

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Max has renewed Adventure Time: Fionna and Cake for a second season. Based on characters from the beloved Adventure Time franchise, the series is set in the land of Ooo and follows the alternate universe versions of Finn and Jake on a multiverse-hopping journey towards self-discovery. The first season found Fionna and her sidekick Cake in the crosshairs of a powerful new foe. They have no choice but to seek the help of former Ice King Simon Petrikov. With appearances from Marshall Lee, Marceline the Vampire Queen, Princess Bubblegum, and Finn the Human, it transports fans of the classic series to worlds both familiar and alien. 

Netflix has ordered family drama Ransom Canyon starring Josh Duhamel and Minka Kelly. The ten episode series is a romance-fueled family drama and contemporary western saga that charts the intersecting lives of three ranching families, all set against the rugged expanse of Texas Hill Country. 

Apple TV+ has renewed Foundation for a third season. The new season will expand the acclaimed, sweeping television adaption of Isaac Asimov’s award-winning stories. In season two, which takes viewers more than a century after the season one finale, tension mounts throughout the galaxy. As the Cleons unravel, a vengeful queen plots to destroy Empire from within. Hari, Gaal, and Salvor discover a colony of Mentalics with psionic abilities that threaten to alter psychohistory itself. The Foundation has entered its religious phase, promulgating the Church of Seldon throughout the Outer Reach and inciting the Second Crisis: war with Empire.

Feud: Capote Vs. The Swans premieres January 31 on FX and FXX. The eight episode limited series is the second installment of Ryan Murphy’s anthology. Acclaimed writer Truman Capote (Tom Hollander) surrounded himself with a coterie of society’s most elite women – rich, glamorous socialites who defined a bygone era of high society New York – whom he nicknamed “the swans.” Beautiful and distinguished, the group included grande dame Barbara “Babe” Paley, Slim Keith, C.Z. Guest and Lee Radziwill. Enchanted and captivated by these doyennes, Capote ingratiated himself into their lives, befriending them and becoming their confidante, only to ultimately betray them by writing a thinly veiled fictionalization of their lives, exposing their most intimate secrets. When an excerpt from the book, Answered Prayers, Capote’s planned magnum opus, was published in Esquire, it effectively destroyed his relationship with his swans, banished him from the high society he so loved and sent him into a spiral of self-destruction from which he would ultimately never recover. 

Leverage: Redemption has been renewed for a third season. The series will also be moving from Amazon Freevee to Prime Video when it returns for its new season. The series follows a Robin Hood-esque team of criminals as they stage elaborate cons against corrupt and powerful individuals on behalf of clients who have been wronged. 

HBO has renewed Last Week Tonight with John Oliver for three more seasons. A satirical, insightful, and meticulously researched look at current events in the U.S. and around the globe, the series features Oliver’s hilarious, expertly honed perspective on today’s pressing political, social, and cultural issues, as well as lesser-reported topics that both inform and entertain. Shot in New York, the series features the show’s weekly topical insights, signature deep dives, and distinctive comedy pieces. 

So You Think You Can Dance is officially returning for an eighteenth season on Fox. Presenter and author Cat Deeley will step back into her role as host of the dance competition series. Joining Nigel Lythgoe on the judging panel are Allison Holker and Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Dancer and choreographer Comfort Fedoke will guest judge at the auditions. Season 18 will infuse the long-running hit with a new format reflecting the authentic experience of building a successful career in dance, as so many So You Think You Can Dance alums have. Each week, contestants will compete in new, intense dance challenges that will give them a real taste of the career, from performing in a music video or a football halftime show to going toe-to-toe on stage with a Broadway performer. In the end, it will be up to the judges to decide their fate. Eliminations will take place weekly, with the Top 3 finalists competing in the season’s spectacular finale, but only one will win the $100,000 grand prize and the highly coveted title of So You Think You Can Dance champion. 

Tiffany Derry will join Anne Burrell to mentor a cast of pampered cooking disasters in the new season of Worst Cooks in America, Worst Cooks in America: Spoiled Rotten. From grown men whose mothers still prepare their meals to indulged nepo babies and food delivery divas, these recruits have never had to fend for themselves – until now. This season, Anne and Tiffany take boot camp literally – with their teams running basic training drills like an army crawl, obstacle course and calisthenics. Other challenges involve a seafood-inspired game, farm-themed competition, and supermarket speedway challenge – and along the way, the most successful recruits earn “chef bucks” to buy game-changing advantages. In the end, only the most improved recruit left standing is awarded a $25,000 grand prize and bragging rights for their mentor.

Crunchyroll has announced the categories for the eighth annual Crunchyroll Anime Awards, heading back to Tokyo on Saturday, March 2, 2024. Global voting will be driven by anime fans worldwide. This year, the Crunchyroll Anime Awards have added three categories to reflect both the artistic excellence and variety of genres within anime. These new categories are Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Slice of Life. To be revealed on January 17, 2024, the nominees in each category will be selected by the passionate and independant 2024 Anime Awards judges, which represent more than 100 global creatives, tastemakers, experts, and influencers. This latest class represents the largest and most diverse set of judges in Anime Awards history.

Shudder has renewed The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula for a sixth season. The renewal comes as season five is currently airing. The season finale is set for January 16. 

New co-hosts will help anchor Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2024 December 31 on ABC. Host Ryan Seacrest will lead the countdown to midnight alongside global superstar Rita Ora live from Times Square. From an electrifying new stage in Los Angeles, Emmy(R) Award-winning television personality Jeannie Mai will co-host the Hollywood party in the Pacific Time zone. Ringing in the new year at midnight in the Atlantic Time zone (11 p.m. EST) from Puerto Rico, the special will feature its Spanish-language countdown with multitalented actress, singer and TV presenter Dayanara Torres returning as co-host.

Ten fan favorite series will return to TLC in 2024. 90 Day: The Single Life premieres January 1. 90 Day: The Single Life: Pillow Talk will premiere January 1. 90 Days Diary premieres January 8. Little People, Big World premieres February 20. Seeking Sister Wife premieres March 4. My 600-lb Life premieres March 6. 7 Little Johnstons premieres March 12. 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After? premieres March 17. Say Yes to the Dress premieres April 6. My 600-lb Life: Where Are They Now? premieres April 24. 

My Life Is Murder has been renewed for a fourth season on Acorn TV. The crime drama starring Lawless will return with eight episodes. 

WE tv has ordered unscripted series Bold & Bougie. The series promises viewers an exhilarating journey following a group of extraordinary and fearless women who refuse to let societal expectations or age define them. Instead, they embrace their individuality and empower one another to live life to the fullest – well into adulthood. 

Drew and Jonathan Scott will host HGTV’s White House Christmas 2023 December 10. During the one-hour special, First Lady Jill Biden will lead hosts Drew and Jonathan Scott on a tour of the historic home decorated by more than 300 dedicated volunteers from across the country and White House Residence staff. This year’s theme, The “Magic, Wonder, and Joy” of the Holidays, will capture the pure, unfiltered delight and imagination of childhood, encouraging everyone to open their hearts to the joy of the season. The theme will be brought to life by an astounding array of decorations, including over 142,425 holiday lights; 98 Christmas trees; 33,892 ornaments; 22,000 bells; and many inspirational décor ideas fans can recreate at home. 

Nickelodeon and CBS Sports will bring Super Bowl LVIII to Bikini Bottom, the iconic undersea home to SpongeBob SquarePants, for a kids and family-centric, surprise-filled special presentation of the game, airing exclusively on Nickelodeon, February 11, at 6:30 p.m. (ET). In the first-ever Super Bowl alternate telecast, SpongeBob SquarePants (voiced by Tom Kenny) and Patrick Star (voiced by Bill Fagerbakke), the newest additions to the Nickelodeon booth, will join CBS Sports analyst Nate Burleson and play-by-play announcer Noah Eagle to call the game. Sandy Cheeks (voiced by Carolyn Lawrence) will make her sideline reporting debut, while Larry the Lobster (voiced by Mr. Lawrence) provides live commentary, and Dora the Explorer (voiced by Diana Zermeño) and Boots (voiced by Asher Colton Spence) help explain penalty calls during the game. NFL Slimetime’s Young Dylan and Dylan Schefter will also report live from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev. Additional details on the Nickelodeon Super Bowl telecast including programming and production will be revealed later. 

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has ordered docuseires The Power of Film. The six episode series  explores some of the greatest American classic films from the past century. Hosted and curated by Howard Suber, each 40-minute episode dives deep into the art of storytelling by examining the defining principles and inner workings of beloved films. 

Season two of SkyMed premieres January 11 on Paramount+ with all nine episodes. The series follows the triumphs and tribulations of young medics and pilots who fly air ambulances across Northern Canada. Weaving together intense personal journeys with jaw-dropping medical rescues in the most remote conditions, the new season thrusts the diverse group of medical responders into intense emergencies as they continue to rely on each other for survival 20,000 feet in the air. As SkyMed expands, expect all new hookups, heartbreaks and challenges on the job as the team wrestles with what it really means to grow up and discover whether they can grow together or grow apart. 

Caught in the Act: Unfaithful returns January 9 on MTV. The series tracks host Tami Roman as she sets out to explore complex relationships, and the stakes are higher than ever. Sexual identities are explored, long term marriages may end in divorce, and the “rules of relationships” are broken and rewritten. Each episode stands alone as the “Suspicious Lover” enlists Tami, Coach Ken Canion, and a handpicked investigation squad to uncover the shocking truths. With the potentially eye-opening evidence, the suspicious lover can choose to team up with their partner’s other lover or take them both down in an undercover ambush. 

All three episodes of James May: Our Man in India will premiere on Prime Video January 5. James May takes on his greatest adventure yet: a 3,000 mile coast-to-coast epic across India, the most populous – and perhaps most extraordinary – country in the world. Starting by the Arabian Sea and finishing at the Bay of Bengal, his journey will encompass incredible landscapes, from the baking deserts of Rajasthan to the dramatic Himalayan foothills, and explore environments as diverse as the mangrove forests of the Sundarbans, through to the global megacities of Mumbai, Delhi, and Kolkata. 

Season eight of Dragons: The Nine Realms premieres December 14 on Peacock. In the epic conclusion to the dragon riders’ saga, Tom and the rest of the crew must face their greatest challenge yet, Jörmungandr the World Serpent. Using all they’ve learned and calling upon some unlikely allies, the World Serpent will truly put our heroes to the test. 

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

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