TV News Roundup: NBC Announces Date and Programming for Red Nose Day

In today’s roundup, NBC announces the date and programming for this year’s “Red Nose Day Special” and Amazon Prime Video releases a trailer for Season 2 of “Absentia.”


Hollywood stars will come together for a night of fundraising, music and comedy during the “Red Nose Day Special,” which will air on NBC on May 23 at 8 p.m. ET. “The Voice” judges Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton will perform and several comedy sketches will feature “SNL” star Kate McKinnon, new late-night host Lilly SinghJulianne HoughRob Gronkowski and Chrissy Metz. Several short films will show viewers how their donations help children around the world, including one which will follow Milo Ventimiglia as he visits kids in Kenya. Another will reimagine “Four Weddings and a Funeral” as “One Red Nose Day and a Wedding” and will feature feature original cast members Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Rowan Atkinson, as well as Lily James, Alicia Vikander and Sam Smith.


AMC has released a sneak peek of and key art for the season 5 opener of “Fear the Walking Dead,” set to premiere on June 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The clip shows longtime “Walking Dead” character Morgan (Lennie James) give a passionate speech about surviving in the zombie apocalypse to Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey). The new season will see Morgan lead his ragtag group of survivors and help them grow from their past mistakes.

Amazon Prime Video has released the official trailer for Season 2 of “Absentia,” starring Stana Katic and launching on June 14. The series follows Emily Byrne (Katic), an FBI agent who was declared dead after disappearing six years ago, but reappeared barely alive in a cabin with no memory of the years she was missing. In the 10-episode sophomore season, she must rebuild her new life as a mother and survivor as she uncovers secrets of her past.


Bravo Media is expanding its slate of originals series with Spy Games,” an espionage-themed competition reality show. Ten contestants will live together in a compound as they undergo mental and physical challenges created by a team of former CIA, FBI and Secret Service members. One competitor will be eliminated each week, and the winner will walk away with $100,000. Model and martial artist Mia Kang will host the series.

The animated kid’s series “Esme & Roy” will return for a second season in early 2020 on HBO in the U.S. and on Treehouse in Canada. The new season, which is comprised of 26 11-minute episodes and one 22-minute special, will follow the titular monster-sitters as they help younger monsters overcome familiar challenges, like trying new foods and staying brave during thunderstorms.

More TV

  • Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of

    Harry and Meghan Will Give Up Royal Titles, Repay U.K. for House Renovation

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will lose their royal titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex when they step back as senior members of the United Kingdom’s royal family, according to a new statement from Queen Elizabeth and Buckingham Palace. The couple will also repay U.K. taxpayers for renovating their Windsor home, known as Frogmore [...]

  • Grey's Anatomy deaths

    The Top 13 ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Deaths Ranked

    If there’s anyone that knows how to deliver a heart-wrenching death scene, it’s the team behind ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy.” Created by Shonda Rhimes, the broadcast medical drama came out of the gate in 2005 with literal life and death stakes for its characters. Being set in a hospital meant that mortality was a constant theme [...]

  • Jeffrey Epstein

    'Surviving Jeffrey Epstein' Docuseries Gets Greenlight at Lifetime

    Lifetime has officially ordered the four-hour documentary series “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein.” The announcement was made at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Saturday. The series was originally announced as in development last summer and is expected to air this summer on Lifetime. Hailing from Emmy-winner Robert Friedman’s Bungalow Media + Entertainment, Anne Sundberg [...]

  • Lorena Gallo, Lorena Bobbitt. Documentary subject

    Lorena Bobbitt Biopic Greenlit at Lifetime

    Lorena Bobbitt’s story is getting the biopic treatment. Lifetime has greenlit “I Was Lorena Bobbitt,” a feature about the woman who became a household name and made tabloid headlines when she cut off her husband’s penis with a knife in 1993 after years of abuse. Bobbitt was the subject of a Jordan Peele-produced Amazon docuseries [...]

  • jeopardy

    'Jeopardy!' GOAT Ken Jennings on Trebek, Trash Talk and Why He's Hanging Up His Buzzer

    Well, that argument’s settled: Ken Jennings may now be hailed as the best “Jeopardy!” player in history, having earned the coveted GOAT title – and a cool million dollars, to boot – this week after defeating James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter at the show’s “Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time” multi-part tournament. But their spectacular [...]

  • Former US basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Produce Revolutionary War Doc 'Black Patriots' at History Channel

    NBA legend and activist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is teaming up with History on a documentary on the African American experience during the Revolutionary War. Titled “Black Patriots,” the doc tells the story of some of the most significant Black figures from the time period including Crispus Attucks, Peter Salem, Phillis Wheatley and James Armistead Lafayette. History [...]

  • 'Parasite,' 'Jojo Rabbit' Win ACE Eddie

    'Parasite,' 'Jojo Rabbit' Win ACE Eddie Awards for Top Feature Films

    “Parasite” and “Jojo Rabbit” have won the top feature film trophies at the 70th Annual ACE Eddie Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Jinmo Yang won the dramatic feature category for “Parasite” over “Ford v Ferrari,” “Joker,” “The Irishman,” and “Marriage Story.” The victory marks the first time in ACE Eddie Awards history that a [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content