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Your TV Source Roundup: ‘The Girls on the Bus’ Premiere Date, ‘Animal Control’ Renewed, ‘The Terror’ Returning, ‘Department Q’ Adds Cast, ‘Parish’ Trailer, Anne Rice Immortal Universe Updates, and More!

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The Girls on the Bus premieres on Max March 14. 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. 

Fox has renewed comedy series Animal Control for a third season. The renewal comes ahead of its second season premiere March 6. The series follows a group of local Animal Control workers whose lives are complicated by the fact that animals are simple, but humans are not. Joel McHale stars as Frank, an opinionated, eccentric Animal Control officer who may not have gone to college but is still the most well-read person in the room. A former cop, Frank tried to expose corruption in his department, but his efforts got him fired, which may explain why he’s so cynical and curmudgeonly. He has an almost superhuman ability to understand animals. Humans…not so much. 

AMC has ordered a third installment in its horror anthology series The Terror titled The Terror: Devil in Silver. The new season tells the story of Pepper – a working class moving man, who through a combination of bad luck and a bad temper, finds himself wrongfully committed to New Hyde Psychiatric Hospital – an institution filled with the people society would rather forget. There, he must contend with patients who work against him, doctors who harbor grim secrets, and perhaps even the very Devil himself. As Pepper navigates a hellscape where nothing is as it seems, he finds that the only path to freedom is to face down the entity which thrives on the suffering within New Hyde’s walls – but doing so may prove that the worst demons of all live inside him. 

Matthew Goode, Chloe Pirrie, Alexej Manvelov, Kelly Macdonald and Leah Byrne have been cast in Netflix’s upcoming new crime series Department Q. The series is based on the book by Jussi Adler-Olsen. The series revolves around Carl Morck, a former top-rated detective in Edinburgh assigned to a new cold case whilst wracked with guilt following an attack that left his partner paralyzed and another policeman dead. 

Parish premieres March 31 on AMC and AMC+. Giancarlo Esposito stars as Gracian “Gray” Parish, a family man and proud owner of a luxury car service in New Orleans. After his son is violently murdered and his business collapses, an encounter with an old friend from his days as a wheelman resurfaces old habits, sending Gray on a high-stakes collision course with a violent criminal syndicate. 

AMC announced fresh updates for its Anne Rice Immortal Universe. Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire returns for season two May 12 on AMC and AMC+. David Costabile will join as a guest star. Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches has begun production on its new season, set to premiere later this year. Alyssa Jirrels joins as a new series regular with Ted Levine as a recurring guest star and Thora Birch as a guest star. AMC is actively developing a potential third series in the franchise, based on the intriguing secret society, The Talamasca, featured in several of Rice’s iconic novels. 

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries will be rebranded as Hallmark Mystery on March 6. It will feature a fresh, new on-air look, while continuing to provide the captivating, cozy mysteries that audiences know and love. Hallmark Drama will also become Hallmark Family on February 28. The network spotlights timeless storytelling for the whole family centered around faith, love, and community. 

WE tv has ordered the new reality series The Braxtons. Toni, Towanda, Trina, Tamar and Ms. Evelyn will reunite to share new love, success, heartbreak, ongoing family dynamics and so much more. It’s been more than three years since the Braxton family graced the screen with Braxton Family Values. Now, the Braxton family is back with a new series, picking up where they left off: sharing their rollercoaster journey as a family from the last few years to the family’s present triumphs. The series will feature never before seen private moments, from quarantine to the devastating loss of their sister Traci and taking viewers into their lives as they build this new chapter without her. 

Julian Kostov has been cast in the upcoming third season of The White Lotus. He replaces Miloš Biković in the HBO series. 

Production has begun on Paramount+’s Landman starring Billy Bob Thornton. Set in the proverbial boomtowns of West Texas, the series is a modern-day tale of fortune seeking in the world of oil rigs. Based on the notable 11-part podcast “Boomtown,” the series is an upstairs/downstairs story of roughnecks and wildcat billionaires fueling a boom so big, it’s reshaping our climate, our economy and our geopolitics. 

Deb Antney searches for the hottest female MC in ALLBLK’s first competition reality reries, Deb’s House. Armed with 25 years of industry wisdom, Deb Antney is on a mission to uncover and shape the future of female rap talent. After identifying eight up-and-coming artists, the ladies move into Deb’s House, competing to become her next rap protégé. Beyond seeking exceptional lyricism, Ms. Deb is seeking women with unwavering dedication and the willingness to make sacrifices on the road to hip-hop stardom. Completely stripped down to their raw potential, the competition unfolds as a fierce test of sisterhood, resilience, and talent, where only the most tenacious can be crowned as Ms. Deb’s “chosen one.” Who will shoot to the top of the charts and who will crumble under the pressure? The series will premiere this summer. 

Lifetime has ordered a new docuseries chronicling Gypsy Rose Blanchard’s life now as she embarks on the next chapter as a free woman. The untitled series picks up immediately from the days before her release from prison on December 28th of last year. As a victim of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, Gypsy was abused for years by her mother and has lived her entire life in one prison or another… until now. The series follows Gypsy as she experiences life as a free woman, including finally living with her husband Ryan Anderson for the first time.

Acorn TV has ordered a new detective series titled Ellis. The series will follow DCI Ellis, a tenacious cop who is parachuted into failing investigations. Each two-hour episode sees Ellis, accompanied by her right-hand man DS Harper, arrive at a different police station, where she will have to win over the local detectives and immerse herself in the cases she has come to solve. As a black female cop, Ellis is used to being dismissed and overlooked, but she is a first-class murder detective, with a determination for justice and a deep well of compassion for those who need it. 

Mike Epps: Ready to Sell Out premieres February 20 on Netflix. Despite a thriving career, Epps ponders where all of his money has gone, the trials and tribulations of his relationships, and the plethora of street observations that have become synonymous with the comedic mind of Mike Epps.

The Grand Tour: Sand Job premieres February 16. Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May reunite to follow in the footsteps of the legendary Paris-Dakar rally, except they will have to rely on the speed and power of cheap modified sports cars instead of bespoke Dakar racers. Join the three as they travel across the globe on their Grand Tour. A show about adventure, excitement and friendship… as long as you accept that the people you call friends are also the ones you find extremely annoying. Sometimes it’s even a show about cars, reviewing Italian classics, hot hatchbacks, muscle cars, pick-up trucks, luxury vehicles and more. There’s something for everyone (If you like middle-aged men doing things with cars, then this is the show for you!) 

Docuseries A Brief History of the Future premieres April 3 on PBS. The six episode series is about our futures and how we can reimagine them. Hosted by renowned futurist Ari Wallach, the show invites viewers on a journey around the world that is filled with discovery, hope, and possibility about where we find ourselves today and what could come next. 

Barbie and Stacie to the Rescue premieres March 14 on Netflix. Audiences will soar to new heights with Barbie and Stacie as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Confident and adventurous, Stacie finds herself caught in the middle when the Roberts family heads to Wisconsin for a hot air balloon festival where she is too young for adult activities, yet too old to play with the little kids. But, when her older sisters Barbie and Skipper find themselves in trouble, Stacie finds she has the right skills to save the day. 

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

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