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Your TV Source Roundup: ‘Outer Range’ Premiere Date, New ‘Power’ Prequel Series In The Works, ‘Franklin’ Trailer, ‘Renegade Nell’ Trailer, ‘Saturday Night Live’ Hosts Announced, Crunchyroll Sets Spring Lineup, and More!

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Season two of Outer Range premieres May 16 on Prime Video. The series centers on Royal Abbott, a rancher fighting for his land and family, who discovers an unfathomable phenomenon at the edge of Wyoming’s wilderness, in the form of a dark void. The mystery surrounding the enigmatic void on the west pasture of the Abbott family ranch deepens in Season Two, as Royal and his wife Cecelia struggle to keep their family together in the aftermath of their granddaughter’s sudden disappearance. The stakes have never been higher for the Abbotts, who now face threats on multiple fronts. The second season propels its characters deeper into the void with profound and unforeseen circumstances that could shake the very foundations of time itself. Star Josh Brolin will make his directorial debut with Season Two’s penultimate episode. 

Starz is developing a new Power prequel series titled Origins. The new series would follow the origin story of fan-favorite characters Ghost and Tommy. This would mark the fourth spinoff of the hugely popular Power series, preceded by Power Book II: Ghost which will debut its fourth season in 2024, Power Book III: Raising Kanan, which is currently filming its fourth season in New York and Power Book IV: Force which is currently filming its third season in Chicago.

Limited series Franklin premieres April 12 on Apple TV+. Based on Stacy Schiff’s book, “A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America,” and starring Michael Douglas, the series explores the thrilling story of the greatest gamble of Benjamin Franklin’s career. In December 1776, Franklin is world famous for his electrical experiments, but his passion and power are put to the test when – as the fate of American independence hangs in the balance – he embarks on a secret mission to France. At age 70, without any diplomatic training, Franklin convinced an absolute monarchy to underwriteAmerica’s experiment in democracy. By virtue of his fame, charisma and ingenuity, Franklin outmaneuvered British spies, French informers and hostile colleagues to engineer the Franco-American alliance of 1778 and the peace treaty with Great Britain in 1783. The eight-year French mission stands as Franklin’s most vital service to his country. Diplomats and historians still regard it as the greatest single tour of duty by an ambassador in our nation’s history, as without French aid, America could not have won the Revolution. 

Renegade Nell premieres March 29 on Disney+. Nell Jackson, a quick-witted and courageous young woman, finds herself framed for murder and unexpectedly becomes the most notorious outlaw in 18th-century England. But when a magical spirit called Billy Blind appears, Nell realizes her destiny is bigger than she ever imagined. 

Saturday Night Live returns March 30 on NBC with three weeks of new episodes. Hosting March 30 is Ramy Youssef with musical guest Travis Scott. Kristen Wiig returns as host April 6 for the fifth time with musical guest Raye. Hosting April 13 will be Ryan Gosling with musical guest Chris Stapleton 

Crunchyroll has announced the lineup for its Spring anime season. The lineup includes the new series Kaiju No. 8, and Viral Hit, returning series Black Butler -Public School Arc-,and KONOSUBA -God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! 3, and continuing episodes of One Piece. Select series will be dubbed in English as well. Additional series will be added to the lineup in the coming days. 

Netflix has ordered a new limited series titled Untamed. The six episode drama series starring Eric Bana is a character-driven mystery-thriller that follows Eric Inman, a special agent for the National Parks Service who works to enforce human law in nature’s vast wilderness. The investigation of a brutal death sends Inman on a collision course with the dark secrets within the park, and in his own past. 

Anime romance series Whisper Me a Love Song is set to stream on HIDIVE in April. After performing a song at her school’s opening ceremony, musician Yori Asanagi receives an apparent love confession from freshman Himari Kino. But just as Yori decides she wants to return Himari’s feelings, Himari reveals that she did not “love” her, but “admires” her! But you can’t unring a bell once struck, and Yori is determined to make Himari fall for her, not just her music. Will their hearts ever beat as one, or will their love fall out of tune?

Home renovation series Going Home with Tyler Cameron premieres April 18 on Prime Video. The series stars reality TV star and former The Bachelorette heartthrob Tyler Cameron as he follows his dream of starting his own construction and home renovation company. After the sudden loss of his mother, Tyler moved back to his hometown, Jupiter, Florida, to reunite with his family and finally achieve his goal of launching his business, Image One. With the help of his team members – house-flipping expert, Robb Ritch, and Miami-based interior designer, Jessica Quintero – Tyler builds his company from the ground up, exceeding his clients’ expectations one home renovation at a time. As the projects get bigger, better and more complex, Tyler navigates the challenges of entrepreneurship, demonstrating his growth and resilience. Leaning on his tight-knit community for support, the series features appearances from familiar faces, including former Bachelor Nation stars Matt James, Rachael Kirkconnell, Jason Tartick, and even The Bachelorette who once captured his heart, Hannah Brown. With each episode ending in the exciting reveal of Image One’s latest stunning remodel, the season culminates in the most important undertaking of them all – turning the house that Tyler’s late mom left behind into the family home that she always dreamed of. 

Comedy special Jimmy Carr: Natural Born Killer premieres April 16 on Netflix. Carr’s new set is his fourth Netflix special, and the first special Jimmy has directed. With lighting design changes to reflect different sections of the show and fancy tracking shots and editing that rhythmically match the material, it’s a game changer.

Busy Philipps is back with a new late night talk show Busy This Week on QVC+. During each half-hour episode, viewers will join Busy on the couch to get an unscripted take on whatever has kept us busy this week. From celebrity guest interviews and laugh-out-loud moments to personal stories and her favorite curated shopping finds, Busy will give her audience a healthy dose of [retail] therapy. The series will premiere on QVC+ May 8 at 10:00 PM EDT as a split season. The first 10 episodes will be released weekly on Wednesdays, and then four holiday-themed episodes will premiere in November and December for a total of 14 episodes.

Nominations for the 2024 CMT Music Awards have been announced. Top nominees Cody Johnson, Jelly Roll, Kelsea Ballerini, Lainey Wilson and Megan Moroney split the lead with three nominations each. CMT is recognizing 14 first-time nominees spanning breakthrough artists to out-of-genre superstars with Amber Riley, Ashley Cooke, Bret Michaels, Chayce Beckham, Hozier, Koe Wetzel, Stephen Wilson Jr., Tyler Childers, Warren Zeiders, Zach Bryan and four 2024 CMT Next Women of Country members Anne Wilson, Ella Langley, The Castellows and Tigirlily Gold (2x), who are all up for their first-ever awards. Hosted by Kelsea Ballerini, country music’s first fan-voted award show airs live from Austin, Texas’ Moody Center April 7 on CBS. 

“Death By A Thousand Cuts” is one of four additional acoustic songs that will stream in Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour (Taylor’s Version). The live concert event will be available to stream March 14 at 6PM PT on Disney+.

Children’s animated series Hop will premiere on Max April 4. The first six episodes will be made available to stream with the remaining twenty episodes to premiere later in the year. 

MAVTV will be home to FIM Speedway GP live coverage in the United States for the next three seasons. Live coverage of the FIM Speedway Grand Prix World Championship series kicks off the 2024 season with the FIM Speedway GP of Croatia on April 27. Additionally, viewers can watch the 2024 FIM Speedway of Nations, the sport’s world team championship live from Manchester, GB, from July 9-13. Luke Becker and the USA team will be competing.

Real Time with Bill Maher has been renewed for two more seasons. The renewal would bring the series through the 2026 season. 

Comedy Central Stand-Up Featuring returns with thirteen new episodes March 13 on Comedy Central’s Stand-Up YouTube Channel. The short-form stand-up series, taped at The Lodge Room in Highland Park Los Angeles, will feature 13 hilarious new comics with short and sweet sets. Season 15 of the digital series will include new weekly episodes, featuring comedy by: Sydney Castillo, Gus Constantellis, Logan Guntzelman, Morgan Jay, Andrea Jin, Papp Johnson, Orion Levine, Kalea McNeill, Sean Patton, Lorena Russi, Amy Silverberg, Madison Sinclair, and Derrick Stroup. 

Comedy special Alex Edelman: Just for Us premieres April 6 on HBO. The special was taped in front of a live audience on August 15 and August 16 at the Hudson Theatre in New York. In the wake of a string of anti-Semitic threats pointed in his direction online, Edelman decides to go straight to the source – specifically, Queens, where he covertly attends a meeting of White Nationalists and comes face-to-face with the people behind the keyboards. What happens next forms the backbone of the shockingly relevant, utterly hilarious, timely, and only moderately perspirant stories.

True Crime Story: It Couldn’t Happen Here returns April 18 on SundanceTV, AMC+ and Sundance Now. Advocate, justice seeker, and actress Hilarie Burton Morgan hosts the powerful and moving documentary series that puts a spotlight on cases from small towns across America, exploring how the crime affects the community as well as how the unique dynamics of the small town affect the investigation. In the six-episode season, Hilarie Burton Morgan travels to Missouri, North Dakota, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, and Maine, and in each episode, meets with family members and local insiders as she explores the twists and turns of each case and uncovers the unique challenges of small-town justice. Burton Morgan lends empathy and advocacy to small-town American crime stories to explore how major crimes impact these tight-knit communities and sheds light on previously adjudicated cases where doubt about the existing verdict lingers. The series’ first season provided crucial awareness to overlooked cases that helped secure freedom for Devonia Inman, who had been wrongfully imprisoned for 23 years. Producers encourage those aware of any cases that were overlooked in small towns to submit their stories to 

Unlocked: A Jail Experiment premieres April 10 on Netflix. The series chronicles Sheriff Eric Higgins’ radical attempt to transform incarceration at his detention facility in Little Rock, Arkansas. In a groundbreaking social experiment, Higgins shocks the system by unlocking the doors of a unit filled with felons, stripping away the usual authority of deputies, and entrusting agency and responsibility to the detainees themselves. Through candid interviews and unprecedented access, Unlocked delves into what happens when inmates are given autonomy rather than being kept under lock and key. With newfound freedom comes a chaotic power struggle between younger and older inmates all jostling for control over how the unit should run. While some choose to maintain order and rebuild their lives with the newfound freedom, others seize the chance to flout authority and indulge in illicit behavior. As tensions escalate and conflicts unfold, the daily struggles and triumphs of both inmates and staff come to light, and Sheriff Higgins is left to decide if his experiment can be implemented into his facility indefinitely. 

Ghost Adventures: House Calls returns April 3 on Discovery Channel. Paranormal investigators Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Billy Tolley and Jay Wasley spring into action to help families desperate for answers to supernatural activity invading their home. Bagans and the team are their last hope in putting a halt to the overwhelming ghostly activity upending their lives. In each episode, Bagans closely examines each family’s haunted account and reviews any evidence they have captured in their home before dispatching Goodwin, Tolley and Wasley on a personal house call to investigate. Once on the property, the team conducts eyewitness interviews and a thorough dusk-to-dawn “lockdown” to get to the bottom of each paranormal emergency. Overseeing the crew from headquarters, Bagans provides unique insight and direction from his vantage point. After reviewing all evidence, he then shares the team’s findings with the homeowners, offering much-needed advice and resolution to help restore peace to their lives. 

Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac – Battle for Sanctuary Part 2 will finally premiere April 1 on Crunchyroll. The final hour is approaching! There are only five hours left until the arrow of the God Killer pierces Athena’s heart. Only the Pope, who sits atop the sanctuary, can save Athena. However, in order for Seiya and the other four Bronze Saints to reach the Pope’s Chamber, they must break through the Twelve Palaces protected by the Golden Saints. There are five more palaces waiting for them to reach the Pope’s Chamber. Can Seiya and his team defeat the powerful enemies that stand in their way and reach the Pope’s Chamber, where the shocking truth is hidden?

Season two of Fright Krewe premieres March 29 on Peacock. The Fright Krewe is back with more scares, monsters and secrets than ever before! With Belial’s powers growing stronger each day, does the Krewe have what it takes to stop his reign of fear?

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

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