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Your TV Source Roundup: ‘Wild Cards’ Renewed, ‘Dexter: Original Sin’ Cast Announced, ‘Fantasmas’ Premiere Date, ‘Trixie Motel: Drag Me Home’ Trailer, ‘The Great Food Truck Race: Games on the Gulf’ Premiere Date, ‘High School’ Canceled, and More!

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The CW has renewed Wild Cards for a second season. The series is a crime-solving procedural with a comedic twist that follows the unlikely duo of a by-the-book, sardonic cop Cole Ellis, and a spirited, clever con woman Max Mitchell. They are partnered together, and each uses their unique skills to solve crimes. For Ellis, that means hard-boiled shoe leather police work; for Max, it means accents, disguises, schemes and generally befriending everyone in sight, while driving Ellis absolutely nuts. Season 1’s cliffhanger found Ellis about to arrest Max for her heist of a 33 million dollar jewel, but his feelings of betrayal are sidelined by a bombshell revelation from Max; she’s learned the identity of his brother’s murderer. Season 2 raises the stakes for our duo both in terms of the cases they’re tasked to solve in each episode and their feelings for each other. 

Paramount+ with Showtime announced the cast of Dexter: Original Sin (fka Dexter: Origins). Patrick Gibson will play the titular role of Dexter Morgan, Christian Slater will play Harry Morgan, Dexter’s adoptive father and homicide detective, and Molly Brown will play Dexter’s younger sister, Debra Morgan. Set in 1991 Miami, the series follows Dexter as he transitions from student to avenging serial killer. When his bloodthirsty urges can’t be ignored any longer, Dexter must learn to channel his inner darkness. With the guidance of his father, Harry, he adopts a Code designed to help him find and kill people who deserve to be eliminated from society without getting on law enforcements’ radar. This is a particular challenge for young Dexter as he begins a forensics internship at the Miami Metro Police Department. 

Fantasmas premieres June 7 on HBO. Julio Torres spins a fantastical six-part tale of when he lost a gold oyster earring. In his search to find the precious object, Julio reflects on the offbeat characters he encounters in introspective, often eerie, and always comedic vignettes set in a dreamy, alternate version of New York City. A kaleidoscope of color and surrealism, the comedy series weaves together stories of people looking for meaning, purpose, and connection in an increasingly isolating world. 

Trixie Motel: Drag Me Home premieres June 1 on Max. Following Trixie and her partner David Silver as they search for and renovate their perfect dreamhouse, the show will bring together the practicality and inventiveness of the “home renovation” genre with the colorful, hilarious and always fabulous world of Trixie Mattel. 

The new season of The Great Food Truck Race titled The Great Food Truck Race: Games on the Gulf premieres June 30 on Food Network. The series returns with an all-new route across the country’s Gulf Coast this summer with a fresh roster of aspiring food truck operators battling to make the best food on wheels to win a life-changing $50,000 grand prize. Host Tyler Florence kicks off the season welcoming nine teams to NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston for the start of the race. Each team must prove their culinary expertise, marketing savvy and selling skills in themed challenges to beat their rivals and stay in the race. In a new twist this season, the teams are divided into “Stars and Stripes” squads and the top sellers each week are awarded gold, silver and bronze medals that come with a cash bonus.

Amazon Freevee has canceled High School after one season. Based on Tegan and Sara Quin’s best-selling memoir, the series is a story about finding your own identity—a journey made even more complicated when you have a twin whose own struggle and self-discovery so closely mimics your own. Told through a backdrop of ‘90s grunge and rave culture, the series weaves between parallel and discordant memories of sisters growing up down the hall from one another.

Netflix has renewed Barbecue Showdown for a third season, set to premiere July 4. The competition is bigger, and blazing hot! Nine of the best barbecuers from across the country will have to master the flame in an open fire playground, and create mouth-watering, boundary-pushing barbecue, for a $50,000 prize. Michelle Buteau serves as host, and joins world-class BBQ judges Melissa Cookston and Kevin Bludso to crown the next great pitmaster. 

Production has begun on the second season of Lioness. Inspired by an actual U.S. Military program, the series follows the life of Joe while she attempts to balance her personal and professional life as the tip of the CIA’s spear in the war on terror. 

The CW has pulled Lovers and Liars from the schedule. An encore episode of Police 24/7 will air in its place on Thursdays. 

Danielle Brooks will host the 2024 Black Girls Rock! Awards. The ceremony celebrates the outstanding contributions of trailblazers, entertainers, icons, community activists, pioneers, business moguls, thought leaders, and rising stars. The show will be taped at the Fox Theatre on June 27 and will air August 1 on Lifetime. 

Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner will return as hosts for The 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. The ceremony airs live on CBS June 7. 

The second season of AMC’s The Walking Dead: Dead City is coming soon. In season two, in the growing war for control of Manhattan, Maggie and Negan find themselves trapped on opposite sides. As their paths intertwine, they come to see that the way out for both is more complicated and harrowing than they ever imagined. 

The English dub of DEAD DEAD DEMONS DEDEDEDE DESTRUCTION will premiere alongside the sub May 23 on Crunchyroll. As the world is threatened by the sudden appearance of a mysterious alien mothership, best friends Koyama Kadode and Nakagawa “Ontan” Oran carry on about their high school life. But as they grow up, they face existential questions, learning adulthood’s complexities and that the true threat may not be from above.

Family Empire: Houston premieres June 28 on OWN. Exploring complex themes of generational wealth and the building of a family legacy, the 8-episode unscripted series follows the Bradens across four generations of Black excellence. ‘Sister cousins’ Nicole, Jermeshia and JaQuita have a collective dream to follow in the footsteps of their beloved grandmother and the Braden family matriarch, Oscarene, a real estate entrepreneur who built the family empire from the ground up and passed down this grit and determination to her children and grandchildren. 

Joko Anwar’s Nightmares and Daydreams premieres June 14 on Netflix. Tales of supernatural sci-fi phenomena unfold in this collection of seven mind-bending stories imagined by writer-director Joko Anwar.

The new season of Hoffman Family Gold premieres June 14 on Discovery Channel. As three generations of Todd Hoffman’s family arrive in Alaska to mine the most promising claim they’ve ever held, tensions rise when Todd’s father, Jack, announces his final season. With winter fast approaching, the Hoffman crew must devise a plan to triple their output and mine 3000 ounces before the ground freezes over, putting their legacy and livelihood on the line. 

Cult Massacre: One Day in Jonestown premieres June 17 on hulu and August 14 on National Geographic. The series tells the story of an idealistic religious organization led by the infamous Jim Jones, who set out to establish a utopian community in Guyana. What began as a peaceful movement seeking social justice ultimately spiraled into a mass casualty that left 918 dead. Told by survivors and eyewitnesses, along with rare footage and rare recordings of Jones, the powerful series takes an immersive look into the final harrowing hours leading up to one of America’s darkest chapters. 

The English dub of the second cour of The Misfit of Demon King Academy season two will premiere May 24 on Crunchyroll. Anos Voldigoad was a tyrannical Demon King that eradicated humans, spirits, and even the gods, but became bored of eternal warfare and reincarnated with dreams of a peaceful world. However, what awaited him in reincarnation after 2000 years were descendants who became too weak after being accustomed to peace, and all sorts of magic that deteriorated to the extreme. Anos enters Demon King Academy that gathers and educates those who are viewed as the reincarnation of the Demon King, but the academy could not see through his true powers and ends up branding him as a misfit.

I Am: Celine Dion premieres June 25 on Prime Video. The film gives us a raw and honest behind-the-scenes look at the iconic superstar’s struggle with a life-altering illness. Serving as a love letter to her fans, this inspirational documentary highlights the music that has guided her life while also showcasing the resilience of the human spirit.

Descendants: The Rise of Red premieres July 12 on Disney+. Former Villain Kid (aka VK) Uma, now Auradon Prep’s newest principal, extends an invite to the school to another VK – Red, the rebellious daughter of the Queen of Hearts from Wonderland. After the Queen of Hearts incites a coup against Auradon, Red and Cinderella’s daughter Chloe travel back in time to undo the traumatic event that set Red’s mother down her villainous path. 

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

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