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‘Foundation’ Trailer Reveals How Apple Will Turn Isaac Asimov’s Book Series Into a TV Show (TV News Roundup)

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Apple TV Plus released a trailer for and some new images from its upcoming adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation.”

Asimov’s stories were first published in the 1940s as short stories and later (in the 1950s) turned into a trilogy. But in 1981 he returned to the world, adding both sequels and prequels. Now, the saga gets a new life as dramatic television, the first season of which premieres on Sept. 24 with its first two (of 10) episodes and then drops a new episode weekly on Fridays up to and including Nov. 19.

The story follows a band of exiles who learn that the only way to save the Galactic Empire from destruction is to defy it. How they know this is because Dr. Hari Seldon (Jared Harris) predicts the fall of the Empire and he and his followers establish the titular Foundation to attempt to provide civilization a future.

The currently ruling Cleons (including Brother Day, played by Lee Pace; Brother Dusk, played by Terrance Mann; and Brother Dawn, played by Cassian Bilton) are enraged by what Dr. Seldon claims he knows will happen, concerned their reign will be weakened and therefore are forced to reckon with losing their powerful legacy. But while they may be able to murder the man, the trailer points out, that may not kill the movement.

Additional cast members include Lou Llobell, Leah Harvey, Laura Birn and Alfred Enoch.

Robyn Asimov, Josh Friedman, Cameron Welsh, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Bill Bost and David S. Goyer, who also serves as showrunner, executive produces the series, which is produced by Skydance Television.

Watch the trailer and see several first look photos below.

Also in today’s TV news roundup:

DATES

Season 2 of “Hightown” will premiere on Oct. 17 at 9 p.m. on Starz and also be available across the network’s digital platforms. The 10-episode season of the crime drama follows Jackie Quinones (Monica Raymund) achieving her dream of becoming a real cop and taking on drug dealer Frankie Cuevas (Amaury Nolasco), who is responsible for the death of her best friend, Junior. The series also stars Luis Guzmán, James Badge Dale, Tonya Glanz, Riley Voelkel, Atkin Estimond and Dohn Norwood. From Jerry Bruckheimer and Lionsgate Television, “Hightown” is created by Rebecca Cutter, who also directs alongside Rachel Morrison, Raymund, Brandon Sonnier, Radium Cheung, Antonio Negret and Eagle Egilsson.

The Circle” Season 3 will premiere Sept. 8 on Netflix, just five months after the second season of the social media competition programed dropped. New episodes will drop in weekly chunks for four weeks, concluding with the finale on Sept. 29. As in previous seasons, the series will welcome eight contestants who enter the titular Circle to compete for $100,000 with some players choosing to enter as themselves and others adopting different identities and therefore being catfish. “The Circle” is produced by Studio Lambert and Motion Content Group. Stephen Lambert and Tim Harcourt, Lauren Hicks, Charlotte Smith, Sarah Fay, Richard Foster and Chet Fenster executive produce. Michelle Buteau hosts.

“Yellowstone” will premiere with two back-to-back episodes on Nov 7 on the Paramount Network, while its spinoffs, “Mayor of Kingstown” and “1883” will premiere Nov. 14 and Dec. 19, respectively, on Paramount Plus. “Yellowstone” stars Kevin Costner as the head of the present-day Dutton family, which controls the largest cattle ranch in the U.S. “Mayor of Kingstown” stars Jeremy Renner as the head of the McLusky family — power brokers in Kingstown, Mich. “1883” is a prequel set in the title year as the Dutton clan back then embark on a journey West through the Great Plains. “1883” stars Sam Elliott, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill and more to be announced.

NBC announced the premiere of “Home Sweet Home,” from creator Ava DuVernay, on Oct. 15. The unscripted series follows 18 families from various backgrounds, with each episode following two sets of families as they swap lives with one another. At the end of each hour-long episode, the families reunite to share their experiences. DuVernay is the series creator and serves as executive producer, along with Paul Garnes of Array Filmworks. “Home Sweet Home” is produced by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon and Array Filmworks.

FIRST LOOKS

Hulu released a trailer for the “Pen15” animated special, launching on Aug. 27. The episode, titled “Jacuzzi,” follows Anna (Anna Konkle) and Maya (Maya Erskine) as they grapple with new insecurities while on vacation with Curtis (Taylor Nichols). From the Awesomeness studio, “Pen15” is created, written and executive produced by Erskine, Konkle and Sam Zvibleman. Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone and Becky Sloviter of The Lonely Island, Marc Provissiero and Brooke Pobjoy from Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment and Debbie Liebling also serve as executive producers. Watch the trailer below.

Netflix released a teaser for “Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission To Space,” premiering on Sept. 6. The docuseries brings viewers behind the scenes of the first all-civilian mission into orbit, with episodes titled “Meet the Crew,” “Prepare for Launch” and “The Return Home.” Viewers can watch the live launch on Netflix’s YouTube channel on Sept. 15, with the feature-length finale debuting just says after the mission is completed. Director Jason Hehir executive produces alongside Connor Schell, Libby Geist, Aaron Cohen, Ian Orefice, Alexa Conway, Rebecca Hitlitz, Ross Martin, Brad Roth and Mark Feldstein. From TIME Studios, Known and Words & Pictures, “Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space” is produced by Jonathan D. Woods and Jake Rogal and centers around crewmates Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arcenaux, Sian Proctor and Chris Sembroski. Watch the teaser below.

Amazon Prime Video announced that “Do, Re & Mi” will premiere on Sept. 17. The new animated series for preschoolers follows three musical birds voiced by Kristen Bell, Jackie Tohn and Luke Youngblood. “Do, Re & Mi” is produced by Amazon Studios and Gaumont. Bell, Tohn, Michael Scharf and Ivan Askwith serve as executive producers along with Nicolas Atlan and Terry Kalagian on behalf of Gaumont. Watch a trailer below.

EVENTS

For the first time ever, WWE will be utilizing Twitter’s Tweet Cam feature during “SummerSlam” on Aug. 21. Fans who are unable to attend the in-person event can access exclusive photos from iconic moments during the show, taking place at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, by tweeting the hashtag #SummerSlamCam at @WWE. The event will feature John Cena vs. Roman Reigns, Goldberg vs. Bobby Lashley and Bianca Belair vs. Sasha Banks.