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Your TV Source Roundup: ‘The Girl on the Bus’ Trailer, ‘Vanderpump Villa’ Premiere Date, ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles’ Teaser, ‘Extraordinary’ Trailer, ‘The Amazing Race’ Cast Announced, Jay Pharoah To Host ‘The Quiz with Balls’, and More!

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The Girls on the Bus premieres March 14 on Max. The series invites viewers to hit the campaign trail alongside four female journalists, each of them different in their reporting styles and personalities. The story centers on Sadie McCarthy, a journalist who romanticizes a bygone era of campaign reporting and scraps her whole life for a shot at covering a presidential candidate for a paper of record. Sadie joins the bus and eventually bonds with three female competitors, Grace, Lola, and Kimberlyn. Despite their differences, the women become a found family with a front-row seat to the greatest soap opera in town – the battle for the White House. 

Vanderpump Villa premieres April 1 on hulu. The unscripted docu-drama follows Lisa Vanderpump’s hand-selected staff as they work, live, and play at an exclusive French estate: Chateau Rosabelle. Each scintillating episode follows the elite staff as they try to provide luxurious, once-in-a-lifetime, Vanderpump-curated experiences for guests while dealing with rivalries, romances, and raucous misadventures that come from living and working together 24/7. From firework-filled proposals and opulent events at the chateau to unbelievable excursions and outrageous confrontations in the French countryside, each day at the Chateau brings nonstop heartfelt, humorous, and heated moments, from staff and guests alike. All the while, Lisa evaluates whether this is the team to make her “pop up” experience a permanent reality and add to her ever-growing empire. But will this unparalleled-yet unorthodox-crew be able to rise to the occasion and meet both the guests’ and Lisa’s great expectations? 

The Spiderwick Chronicles premieres April 19 on The Roku Channel. Helen and her children, 15-year-old fraternal twins Jared and Simon and their sister Mallory move to their ancestral home, Spiderwick. Jared discovers a boggart and realizes that magical creatures are real! The only one to believe him is his great-aunt Lucinda who implores Jared to find the pages of her father’s field guide to magical creatures and protect them from the murderous Ogre, Mulgarath. 

Season two of Extraordinary premieres March 6 on hulu. The new season picks up where season one spectacularly left off, following Jen on her powers journey as she enrols as a client at the power clinic. Jen soon discovers that the process of finding her power isn’t as easy as she hoped, and things in the rest of her life aren’t smooth sailing either. Ex-cat, now-boyfriend Jizzlord has had an unexpected revelation about his past, and Kash and Carrie are attempting to be totally mature and dignified about their break-up, which is not easy when they’re still living under the same roof. It seems that Jen and the gang are dealing with new levels of adulting and chaos that none of them are prepared for. 

CBS has announced the cast for the upcoming 36th season of The Amazing Race. The 13 new teams will embark on the journey of a lifetime March 13. Host Phil Keoghan kicks off the RACE from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where the 13 new teams must participate in a traditional Mexican rodeo and lasso their way to the finish line without coming in last. The stakes are high because there are no non-elimination legs, and the team to finish last in each leg will be eliminated. Along the route, Racers will go paragliding in Colombia, rally car racing in Argentina, and visit two new countries – swimming through waterfalls in the Dominican Republic and visiting music superstar Rihanna’s childhood home in Barbados. 

Jay Pharoah will host The Quiz with Balls this summer on Fox. Pitting brains against balls, while combining a high-stakes quiz show with a large-scale physical competition, each episode of The Quiz with Balls features two families competing for $100,000 in a “battle of the balls.” Standing on a high platform over a glistening pool, they must all work together as they face a multiple-choice quiz where each answer is allocated to a spot with a giant ball positioned up behind it. If the correct answer is chosen, the ball rolls down and stops just before colliding with the player… if the answer is wrong, the massive ball rapidly descends and mercilessly whacks them into the pool below. The more players each team loses, the harder the questions get. The longer they last, the more money they bank, until one “dry” family member plays the final round for the $100,000 Grand Prize.

Netflix has ordered the dark comedy limited series Sirens. Devon thinks her sister Simone has a really creepy relationship with her new boss, the enigmatic socialite Michaela Kell. Michaela’s cult-ish life of luxury is like a drug to Simone, and Devon has decided it’s time for an intervention. When Devon tracks her sister down to say WTF, she has no idea what a formidable opponent Michaela will be. Told over the course of one explosive weekend at The Kells’ lavish beach estate, the series is an incisive, sexy, and darkly funny exploration of women, power, and class. 

The three part The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion begins February 28 on Bravo. Host Andy Cohen joins Garcelle Beauvais, Erika Jayne, Dorit Kemsley, Crystal Kung Minkoff, Kyle Richards, Sutton Stracke and newcomer Annemarie Wiley as they revisit an emotional season 13 that saw thrilling highs and unexpected lows. Friendly face Kathy Hilton makes a surprise appearance. 

Megan Stalter and Paul W. Downs have been promoted to series regulars for the upcoming third season of Hacks. The two have recurred on the Max series since the first season. 

Season two of Down Home Fab premieres March 21 on HGTV. Husband-and-wife renovation duo Cole and Chelsea DeBoer will double down on the success of their growing renovation business. The eight episode season will follow the DeBoers as they take their Sioux Falls, South Dakota, home transformations to the next level with bigger builds and bolder designs. Throughout the season, Cole, the project manager and jack-of-all-trades, and Chelsea, the designer, will work together to juggle new clients and construction projects, all while raising their four children on a picturesque Midwestern farm. 

Season four of Blown Away premieres March 4 on Netflix. Bigger, bolder, hotter. Ten glassblowers turn up the heat for a grueling competition in North America’s largest hot shop for a chance to win a prize package worth $100,000. Hunter March hosts with Katherine Gray as resident judge. 

Miniseries A Round of Applause premieres February 29 on Netflix. Struggling with existential angst and longing for his past life in an orange, a man navigates his quirky family in this decades-spanning drama.

Shane Gillis hosts Saturday Night Live February 24 on NBC. 21 Savage will serve as musical guest on the late night series. 

Ronja the Robber’s Daughter premieres March 28 on Netflix. The series follows the adventures of a spirited and rebellious girl born into a gang of robbers in a medieval Scandinavian castle. As Ronja grows up, she discovers the magical, but dangerous forest with its strange and mysterious creatures. Yet she feels more at home in the forest than behind the walls of the huge castle. When Ronja meets the young boy Birk from a rival gang, it marks the beginning of a dark family feud and a forbidden friendship emerges, all while a notorious bailiff arrives to rid the forest of robbers once and for all. It is a reimagining of the classic tale by Astrid Lindgren. Part 2 will premiere later in 2024. 

The Program: Cons, Cults and Kidnapping premieres March 5 on Netflix. No talking. No smiling. No going outside. The Academy at Ivy Ridge claimed to use therapy and recreational activities to help troubled teens. Instead, teens suffered mental and physical abuse in a program that operated like a cult. In this gripping investigative docuseries, a filmmaker and other former students recall their horrific experiences attending a disciplinary school and expose the horrors of the troubled teen industry. 

Oprah Winfrey is set to host an intimate conversation with Angela Bassett in an all-new OWN Spotlight special. Oprah meets with the legendary actress at The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures to discuss her recent, well-deserved honorary Academy Award. Oprah and Ms. Bassett look back on her illustrious career, from how she knew acting was her destiny to her blockbuster roles in both TV and film. Oprah reflects on the many highlights from her viral, uplifting acceptance speech and the impact of her legacy on future generations. They discuss the iconic women she’s portrayed through the years and what those characters have given to her. A devoted mother and wife, Ms. Bassett shares moments from her journey of parenting with her husband, actor Courtney B. Vance and the dreams she has for her children. 

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

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