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Your TV Source Roundup: ABC Renews ‘The Conners’ & 7 Unscripted Series, ‘Criminal Minds: Evolution’ Teaser, ‘Mulligan’ Premiere Date, ‘Scavengers Reign’ Canceled, ‘When Calls the Heart’ Renewed, ‘Not Dead Yet’ Canceled, and More!

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ABC has officially renewed The Conners for a seventh and final season. The episode count is reported to be six episodes. The network has also renewed seven unscripted series. American Idol, The Bachelor, Celebrity Jeopardy!, Celebrity Wheel of Fortune, Dancing With the Stars, Shark Tank and What Would You Do? will all return for new seasons. 

Criminal Minds: Evolution premieres June 6 on Paramount+ with the first two episodes. In the wake of last season’s shocking finale, the new season picks up as the FBI’s elite team of profilers investigates the deadly mystery of GOLD STAR. As the conspiracy unfolds, the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) is met with an unexpected complication when serial killer Elias Voit negotiates a deal that transfers him to federal custody in the BAU’s own backyard. The team faces its biggest threat yet and cannot emerge unscathed from the mind-bending consequences. 

Mulligan Part 2 premieres on Netflix May 24. Allegiances are tested when the grim realities of life on an empty, alien-ravaged planet start to sink in for President Mulligan and his rag-tag band of survivors. (No plumbing! No food! Movies are just plays now!) In order to rebuild society they’ll have to overcome feral cub scouts, a cruise ship with a deadly secret, and each other. 

Max has canceled Scavengers Reign after one season. The stunning and captivating animated series will begin streaming on Netflix May 31. Netflix could potentially renew the series after the series makes its debut on the streamer. Hopefully with a wider audience, more people can find this extremely underrated gem. 

Hallmark Channel has renewed When Calls the Heart for a twelfth season. The new season will consist of twelve episodes, with production beginning in July. With more stories to tell in Hope Valley, the series will continue with themes about family, community, and of course romance as we move further into the 1920’s. 

ABC has canceled Not Dead Yet after two seasons. The series followed Nell Serrano, self-described disaster, who writes obituaries at her local newspaper while navigating relationships in her personal and professional life. The twist – she can see the dead people she’s tasked with writing about, and they don’t hesitate to give her life advice.

Fox has renewed Alert: Missing Persons Unit for a third season. The series is a procedural drama set in the Philadelphia Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit (MPU). Each episode features a heart-pounding, life-or-death search for a missing person headed by detectives Jason Grant and Nikki Batista. Together with the MPU team, their job is to find the missing or abducted and reunite them with their loved ones. 

Apple TV+ has canceled Constellation after one season. The series followed an astronaut who returns to Earth after a disaster in space, only to discover that key pieces of her life seem to be missing. The action-packed space adventure is an exploration of the dark edges of human psychology, and one woman’s desperate quest to expose the truth about the hidden history of space travel and recover all that she has lost. 

Frank Grillo has been cast in the upcoming second season of Max’s Peacemaker. He will reprise his role of Rick Flag Sr. which he will voice in the upcoming animated Max series Creature Commandos. 

For has canceled HouseBroken after two seasons. The animated comedy series followed a group of neighborhood pets and stray animals as they work through their issues inside and outside their therapy group. Honey, a standard poodle, opens her living room for the group to come and support each other through the misery, mayhem and majesty that is being a pet. Honey also struggles with her own problems, such as her arranged (by her human) marriage with Chief, a sloppy St. Bernard who enjoys eating socks and licking himself.

Camryn Manheim will not be returning for the upcoming 24th season of Law & Order. Her final episode will air May 16 on NBC. She has been with the series since its revival in its 21st season. 

Hulu has canceled The Other Black Girl after one season. Nella, an editorial assistant, is tired of being the only Black girl at her company, so she’s excited when Hazel is hired. But as Hazel’s star begins to rise, Nella spirals out and discovers something sinister is going on at the company. 

WWE SmackDown will make its move to USA Network September 13. The series currently airs on Fox and was originally set to move in October. Monday Night Raw will air on USA Network through the end of the year. The series will then stream on Netflix. WWE NXT will also depart USA Network in October for The CW. 

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc premieres May 12 on Crunchyroll. The premiere episode will be an extended episode. To the Hashira Training… The members of the Demon Slayer Corps and their highest-ranking swordsmen, the Hashira. In preparation for the forthcoming final battle against Muzan Kibutsuji, the Hashira Training commences. While each carry faith and determination within their hearts, Tanjiro and the Hashira enter a new story.

Tubi has ordered workplace comedy series The Z-Suite. Starring Lauren Graham, the series is set at a boutique New York ad agency where generational divides see the established C-Suite and rising Gen Z employees collide. After a company decision spirals out of control, the agency’s reigning executives are pushed out and the Z-Suite employees are suddenly put in charge, ultimately testing both generations’ skills and patience. Graham plays Monica Frazier, an advertising agency mogul who is fired as CEO and finds herself clawing her way back into the company she helped build. 

Prime Video has ordered drama series Haven starring Sophie Turner, Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, and Archie Madekwe. The series is a contemporary, high-octane thriller about the heist of the century and the ordinary office worker, Zara, who finds herself at the heart of it. A typical work day at a pension fund investment company, Lochmill Capital, is upended when a gang of violent thieves burst in and force Zara and her best mate Luke to execute their demands. But who would steal billions of pounds of ordinary people’s pensions and why? DCI Rhys is determined to find out, but as a recently relapsed gambling addict, Rhys must keep his own money problems at bay while dealing with the secret agendas and competing interests at the center of this far-reaching crime. 

Violent Earth premieres June 2 on CNN, hosted by Liev Schreiber. Increasingly frequent and harrowing climate events including hurricanes, tornadoes, volcano eruptions, tsunamis and wildfires are examined in this jaw-dropping series. Featuring incredible footage of the most intense examples of these weather events and new interviews with the scientists, storm chasers, and survivors who lived through them, the series is an in-depth examination into our natural world and its changing climate. 

Content creator-led talk show Influenced premieres on Prime Video August 1. Hosted by Achieng Agutu, Eyal Booker, Tefi Pessoa, Taryn Delanie Smith, and Cyrus Veyssi, the series is an evolution of the talk show format. It will bridge the gap between social media and TV, led by a panel of top content creators with varying spheres of influence and interest, and featuring subject matter experts whose businesses were built across mediums. It encompasses all things lifestyle from food, fashion, home design, travel, and beauty to entertainment, popular culture, mental health, spirituality, and wellness. 

The BBC has renewed Juice and Such Brave Girls for second seasons. Juice is a surreal comedy that follows Jamma on his quest for attention as he navigates chaotic family dynamics and literally stumbles through love. Such Brave Girls explores life and love in all its ugly chaos. Josie, her sister Billie and their mum, Deb attempt to claw their way towards a better life. Armed only with an ability to see the line and boldly step over it, these very brave girls finally have a chance to explore themselves.

Tony Hawk, Shaun White, Zoey Deutch, Tyler Posey, Retta, Tre Hale, and Rob Riggle are set to join the cast of Roku’s The Real Bros of Simi Valley: High School Reunion. The film is a continuation of the original series The Real Bros of Simi Valley and will premiere July 5 on The Roku Channel. Original cast members Jimmy Tatro, Nick Colletti, Tanner Petulla, Cody Ko, Peter Gilroy, Colleen Donovan, Madeline Whitby, Monica Joy Sherer, Monette Moio, and Christian Pierce, are also set to return. With their 10-year high school reunion around the corner, Xander and his squad embark on a journey to become the dopest versions of themselves in time to flex on all of their old classmates. 

Maya Rudolph hosts Saturday Night Live May 11. Vampire Weekend will serve as musical guest for the late night NBC series. The season finale airs May 18 with host Jake Gyllenhaal and musical guest Sabrina Carpenter. 

Comedy series Tires starring Shane Gillis premieres May 23 on Netflix. Will, the nervous and unqualified heir to an auto repair chain, attempts to turn his father’s business around despite constant torture from his cousin and now employee, Shane. 

Gary “G Thang” Johnson: Sitcho Ass Down will premiere May 30 on ALLBLK. The comedy special was taped in front of a sold-out crowd at the iconic El Portal Theatre in Los Angeles. Known for his quick wit and sharp observations of everyday life, Gary “G Thang” Johnson takes to the stage in his very first standup comedy special as a call to action to embrace adulthood, face the chaos, and always have a plan. Johnson started his stand-up career at The Funny Bones Comedy Club in 1994 and has opened for some of the biggest names in comedy. 

Docuseries Down in the Valley premieres July 5 on Starz. The series will pull back the curtain on the surprising but always intriguing people and places that make the Deep South a place where anything can happen and usually does. Annan, best known as “Uncle Clifford” on Starz’s drama series P-Valley, will be immersed in the people, sensuality, music, culture, and stories of the South. From strip clubs to sex workshops, rap performances, and ancient hoodoo rituals, Annan, as well as the audience, will experience it all. It isn’t afraid to tackle the taboo. The series confronts uncomfortable truths, challenges societal norms, and advocates for a more inclusive and enlightened future. 

Comedy special Franco Escamilla: Ladies’ Man premieres May 23 on Netflix. Franco Escamilla takes the stage to reminisce about his teen love stories. This self-proclaimed ladies’ man will make us laugh with his hilarious adventures about teenage romance gone wrong, featuring painfully long kisses and rockstar cameos with surprising outcomes. 

Secrets & Spies: A Nuclear Game premieres June 2 on CNN. This razor-sharp series examines the tenuousness of global geopolitics during the Cold War through the lens of two notorious double agents: Oleg Gordievsky and Aldrich Ames. As President Ronald Reagan and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher maneuver on the world stage to try to resolve the Cold War, it is in fact their agents that are pulling the strings. Gordievsky, the top KGB double agent for the British, proves invaluable by giving insight into the Soviet mindset. In the West, Aldrich is the head of the Soviet Desk for the CIA when he decides to turn traitor and work for the KGB. As the spy wars heat up in the shadows, they threaten to destabilize diplomatic efforts. The betrayals deepen, lives are lost, and some spies must embark on a daring escape. 

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

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