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Limited series The Big Cigar premieres May 17 on Apple TV+. Based on the magazine article of the same name by Joshuah Bearman, the series tells the incredible true story of Hollywood revolution meeting social revolution. It’s a wild caper about Black Panther founder Huey P. Newton escaping from the FBI to Cuba with the assistance of famed producer Bert Schneider in an impossibly elaborate plan – involving a fake movie production – that goes wrong every way it possibly can. 

Black Twitter: A People’s History premieres May 9 on hulu. Based on Jason Parham’s WIRED article “A People’s History of Black Twitter,” this three-part docuseries charts the rise, the movements, the voices and the memes that made Black Twitter an influential and dominant force in nearly every aspect of American political and cultural life. 

Steve Carell will star in Netflix’s The Four Seasons alongside Tina Fey. The series is based on the 1981 feature film of the same name that was written and directed by Alan Alda and starred Alda and Carol Burnett. Production will begin later this year. 

More cast have been added to Outlander: Blood of My Blood. Joining the cast in a role “Outlander” fans will recognize from early seasons is Sally Messham as “Mrs. Fitz,” Ellen’s maid at Castle Leoch and Murtagh’s aunt. Terence Rae will be playing another role familiar to fans of the flagship series, “Arch Bug,” who’s working as a bodyguard to Clan Grant; Sadhbh Malin will be playing another fan-favorite character, “Jocasta Cameron,” the feisty youngest child of the MacKenzie clan; and Ailsa Davidson will be playing her sister “Janet MacKenzie,” the fifth (and final) MacKenzie sibling. Meanwhile, in the 20th century, Annabelle Dowler joins the cast as “Lizbeth,” Julia’s boss at the War Department; and Harry Eaton as “Private Charlton,” Henry Beauchamp’s fellow soldier and friend. The series will explore the lives and relationship of Claire’s parents, Julia Moriston and Henry Beauchamp and Jamie’s parents, Ellen MacKenzie and Brian Fraser. The series will center on these two parallel love stories set in two different time periods, with Jamie’s parents in the early 18th century Scottish Highlands and Claire’s parents in WWI England. Production on the 10-episode season is underway in Scotland. 

Roku has ordered Tracee Travels hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross. A champion of solo travel, Tracee invites viewers on her journey, as she meticulously, laboriously, and sometimes ridiculously prepares for and travels solo to spectacular locations. Tracee charts her own path, as she explores the intersection of beauty, fashion, design, food, and culture at each stop of her trip. The docu-series will shoot later this year and debut exclusively on The Roku Channel in 2025. The first season’s locations will be announced at a later date. 

Animated preschool series Dora has been renewed for a second season. The series follows everyone’s favorite bilingual explorer, Dora, and her best monkey friend, Boots as they embark on epic adventures in a fantastical rainforest. Guided by trustworthy Map, Dora and her friends must work together to overcome many obstacles while being challenged by the sneakiest fox, Swiper . Kathleen Herles, the original voice of Dora the Explorer, voices Mami. 

Colin Donnell will guest star in the final two episodes of FBI: International. The casting comes as original star Luke Kleintank will be leaving after three seasons on the CBS series

Limited series Presumed Innocent will now premiere on Apple TV+ June 12. The limited series was originally set to premiere June 14. 

Néstor Carbonell, Santiago Segura, Ash Santos, Jessica Rothe and Arturo Del Puerto have been cast in Netflix’s upcoming series Pulse. They join Willa Fitzgerald, Justina Machado, Colin Woodell, Jack Bannon, Jessie T. Usher, Chelsea Muirhead, Daniela Nieves and Jessy Yates in the medical drama series.  

My Lady Jane premieres June 27 on Prime Video. Inspired by the best-selling book, the series is a radical retelling of English royal history, in which King Henry VIII’s son Edward does not die of tuberculosis, Lady Jane Grey is not beheaded, and neither is her rascal of a husband Guildford. At the center of this rollicking new series is the brilliant and headstrong Jane who is unexpectedly crowned queen overnight and finds herself the target of nefarious villains coming for the crown (and her head)… My Lady Jane is an epic tale of true love and high adventure, where the damsel in distress saves herself, her true love, and then the Kingdom. 

The 2024 Video Music Awards will air on MTV September 10. The ceremony will air kuve from UBS Arena in New York. 

Marlon Wayans: Good Grief premieres June 4 on Prime Video. The special showcases Wayans’ unique brand of comedy, blending physical humor and hilarious commentary, with a surprising amount of heart. Taped at the iconic Apollo Theater in Harlem, comedy meets therapy as Wayans works through his grief after recently losing both of his parents. He shares how his father taught him to be a man, the requirements to join the “Dead Mama Club,” the surprises you encounter when changing your aging parents’ diapers, and who is the funniest Wayans. 

The Atypical Family premieres May 4 on Netflix. Once blessed with unique superpowers, a family loses their abilities due to modern day problems – until a mysterious woman changes everything.

Docuseries Fallen Idols: Nick and Aaron Carter premieres May 27 on ID. The four part series delves into the lives of Nick and Aaron Carter. From their outsized fame in the late 1990s and early 2000s to their headline-making struggles in recent years, the docuseries pulls back the curtain on the fraught dynamic of the Carter family and the dark side of such an abrupt rise to fame. At its core, the series explores the accusations of sexual assault against Nick Carter by three women, while also diving into his brother, Aaron Carter’s, struggles with mental health and substance abuse – and the rift that occurred after Aaron decided to support his brother’s accusers. 

Thank You, Next premieres May 9 on Netflix. After a painful breakup, a young lawyer dives head first into the confusing world of modern dating, with the unwavering support of her best friends. These days, relationships are no piece of cake. 

Call Me Country: Beyonce & Nashville’s Renaissance premieres April 26 on Max. Examine the impact of how high-profile artists like Beyoncé are challenging the country music status quo. 

New episodes of Tryouts air Wednesdays on ESPN+. The series delves into the heart of America’s most intense and high-stakes tryouts, competitions, and auditions, offering viewers a front row seat into the make-or-break moments of real-life hopefuls who are putting everything at stake to secure a coveted spot with the team, group, or organization of their dreams.

HAIKYU!! The Dumpster Battle will be in theaters May 31 in Japanese with English subtitles and dubbed in English. Shoyo Hinata joins Karasuno High’s volleyball club to be like his idol, a former Karasuno player known as the “Little Giant.” But, Hinata soon finds that he must team up with his middle school nemesis, Tobio Kageyama. Their clashing styles turn into a surprising weapon, but can they beat their rival Nekoma High in the highly anticipated “Dumpster Battle,” the long awaited ultimate showdown between two opposing underdog teams?

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

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