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Your TV Source Roundup: ‘Harlem’ Renewed, ‘Masters of the Air’ Trailer, ‘Squid Game: The Challenge’ Renewed, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Teaser, ‘Double Cross’ Trailer, ‘Yu Yu Hakusho’ Trailer, and More!

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Prime Video renewed Harlem for a third season. The series is a comedy following four best girlfriends in Harlem NYC, the mecca of Black culture in America, starring Meagan Good as “Camille,” Grace Byers as “Quinn,” Shoniqua Shandai as “Angie,” Jerrie Johnson as “Tye,” and Tyler Lepley as “Ian”. In season two, after blowing up her career and disrupting her love life, Camille had to figure out how to put the pieces back together. Tye tried to figure out how to make meaningful connections while navigating a nasty divorce. Quinn sought out balance as she rode the emotional roller coaster of life, and Angie looked for luck at every turn as she tried to find her place in the world. Together, the women continued to level up into the next phase of their careers, relationships, and big city dreams. 

Masters of the Air premieres January 26 on Apple TV+. Based on Donald L. Miller’s book of the same name, the series follows the men of the 100th Bomb Group (the “Bloody Hundredth”) as they conduct perilous bombing raids over Nazi Germany and grapple with the frigid conditions, lack of oxygen and sheer terror of combat conducted at 25,000 feet in the air. Portraying the psychological and emotional price paid by these young men as they helped destroy the horror of Hitler’s Third Reich, is at the heart of the series. Some were shot down and captured; some were wounded or killed. And some were lucky enough to make it home. Regardless of individual fate, a toll was exacted on them all. Ranging in location from the bucolic fields and villages of southeast England, to the harsh deprivations of a German prisoner-of-war camp, and depicting a unique and crucial time in world history, it is enormous in both scale and scope, and a genuine cinematic achievement. The series stars Austin Butler, Callum Turner, Anthony Boyle, Nate Mann, Rafferty Law, Barry Keoghan, Josiah Cross, Branden Cook and Ncuti Gatwa. 

Netflix has renewed Squid Game: The Challenge for a second season. The ten episode competition series sees 456 real players enter the show in pursuit of a life-changing reward of USD $4.56 million. As they compete through a series of games inspired by the original show – plus surprising new additions – their strategies, alliances, and character will be put to the test while competitors are eliminated around them. 

RuPaul’s Drag Race has “Ruvealed” the new Queens of season sixteen, premiering January 5 on MTV. The new season ushers in 14 dazzling new queens to compete for the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar” and a cash prize of $200,000 for the winner served by Cash App. This season marks the 15th Anniversary of the Drag Race franchise, which first premiered on February 2nd, 2009 on Logo. 

Season five of Double Cross premieres January 18 on ALLBLK. After the shocking reveal of their true biological father in last season’s finale, the vigilante “Wonder Twins” are back, and with a vengeance. Ashley A. Williams and Jeff Logan reprise their roles as crime-fighters Erica and Eric Cross, respectively, and continue their crusade against child trafficking no matter the cost. This season the Cross crew is faced with a case hitting extremely close to home, as Eric’s newborn son is kidnapped. Meanwhile, the twins discover a bus full of elementary school children has mysteriously vanished. With the stakes higher than ever it will take a village to get everyone home safe. 

Yu Yu Hakusho premieres December 14 on Netflix. After a selfless act costs him his life, teen delinquent Yusuke Urameshi is chosen as a Spirit Detective to investigate cases involving rogue yokai.

A beta hulu hub has launched on Disney+. The new hub will be available to members who subscribe to both Disney+ and hulu. A wide rollout will launch in March, with hulu also remaining as a standalone streaming service. 

In recognition of Norman Lear’s vast accomplishments and influence across television, CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox and The CW simulcast an on-air in memoriam card December 6 at 8:00 PM, ET/PT honoring the late legendary TV writer and producer.

Production on the first season of HBO’s Like Water for Chocolate has wrapped. The series is based on the novel by Laura Esquivel. Bringing to life the endearing characters from the story, the series cast is led by Irene Azuela as Mama Elena and Azul Guaita as the beloved character Tita. Ari Brickman is Don Felipe and Ana Valeria Becerril portrays Rosaura, Tita’s sister and love rival. The young Andrea Chaparro interprets Gertrudis and Andrés Baida will play Pedro, Tita and Rosaura’s romantic interest; the great Ángeles Cruz will be Nacha, the ranch cook and Tita’s mentor, and Louis David Horné, is Juan Alejandrez. To prepare for their roles, the cast took classes in cooking, dancing, and horseback riding. Additionally, each department worked with historians over several sessions to refine details regarding the period in which the story takes place. 

Following the record-breaking success of Letterkenny and Shoresy, Crave, and producer New Metric Media, announced today a new, multi-year creative partnership that expands the world of Letterkenny. The deal encompasses 49 new episodes for Crave, including Letterkenny spin-offs, and the development of all-new series with multi-hyphenate talent, Jared Keeso. In addition to the content commitment, the companies continue to collaborate on existing and new ancillary brand extensions, including merchandise and live productions. 

Fox will air M*A*S*H: The Comedy That Changed Television, a two hour special, January 1. Join the men and women who made M*A*S*H as they celebrate one of the most beloved, enduringly popular, often quoted and influential comedies ever created. It will feature new interviews with cast members Alan Alda, Gary Burghoff, William Christopher, Jamie Farr, Mike Farrell, Wayne Rogers and Loretta Swit, as well as original series executive producers Gene Reynolds and Burt Metcalfe. It will also feature rarely-seen archival interviews with writer/producer Larry Gelbart, and Stars Larry Linville, Harry Morgan, McLean Stevenson and David Ogden Stiers. 

HBO and Max have entered a multiyear output deal with A24 that brings the award-winning entertainment company’s theatrical film slate exclusively to Warner Bros. Discovery’s HBO, Max and Cinemax. Among the films to be available under the new deal are Sofia Coppola’s award-winning Priscilla starring Jacob Elordi and Cailee Spaeny, Kristoffer Borgli’s Nicolas Cage starrer Dream Scenario and Sean Durkin’s upcoming release The Iron Claw starring Zac Efron and Jeremy Allen White. 

Following voting, members of SAG-AFTRA ratified the 2023 TV/Theatrical Agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). Members approved the new, multi-year contracts covering television, theatrical and streaming production by a vote of 78.33% to 21.67% with a turnout of 38.15%. 

Adam Driver will host Saturday Night Live December 9. Olivia Rodrigo will serve as musical guests on the late night NBC series. 

Comedy special Gary Gulman: Born on 3rd Base premieres December 21 on Max. Comedian, actor, and best-selling author Gary Gulman offers up his hilarious insights on a range of topics – from growing up poor to pretentious suffixes – all with a generous helping of his inventive humor and absurdism. Reflecting on his eccentric Jewish American family, Gulman chronicles his childhood experiences with free school lunch programs and questionable dental care, as well as incisive swipes at billionaire-ism. With thoughtfulness and empathy, the special sheds light on the performer’s unique point-of-view on both lighthearted and serious subjects. 

The new TBS series hosted by Sarah Silverman, Stupid Pet Tricks, premieres with a multi-network sneak peek across TBS, Discovery, truTV and Animal Planet on February 11. A reimagining of the iconic David Letterman segment, the half-hour variety show retains all the original charm, silly fun, and appreciation for the bond between humans and their animal friends. Infused with Silverman’s unique comedic spin, each episode features a parade of pets performing ridiculous and extraordinary tricks. Stars including Jon Hamm, Will Ferrell, Judd Apatow, Howie Mandel, Jack McBrayer, Charlotte McKinney, Reggie Watts, Jeff Ross and even Letterman himself get in on the fun with their own pets, comedic bits and games. 

Love & Translation premieres on TLC January 21. In the new relationship series, three American bachelors travel to paradise where they will be joined by twelve women from nine different countries, who don’t speak any English. Without a shared language or the use of a translator, this series explores how singles looking for love come together in the attempt to find a connection. In spending time together and focusing on getting to know one another, it will showcase raw, genuine moments in a unique dating environment.

Max has released a new brand spot featuring highly anticipated HBO and Max Originals coming in 2024. It features never-before-seen footage from new HBO Originals premiering next year. The spot also features first looks at returning fan-favorite HBO Originals. 

Dave Chappelle’s newest comedy special will launch globally on Netflix December 31. 

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

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