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‘Gentefied’ Season 2 to Premiere on Netflix in November (TV News Roundup)

Gentefied Season 2 (L-R). Carlos Santos
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Netflix announced that Season 2 of “Gentefied” will premiere on Nov. 10.

The American Ferrera-produced Latinx dramedy series follows three cousins who unite to keep their grandfather’s popular taco shop open amid rising gentrification in their Boyle Heights neighborhood.

Starring Joaquín Cosío, J.J. Soria, Karrie Martin Lachney and Carlos Santos, Season 2 will see the Morales cousins fight to help their Pop stay in the country, all while dealing with new love, new babies and estranged fathers.

In addition to Ferrera, “Gentefied” is executive produced by Marvin Lemus, Linda Yvette Chávez, Charles D. King, Marta Fernandez of MACRO, Ferrera of Take Fountain, Aaliyah Williams, Kim Roth and Teri Weinberg of Yellow Brick Road.

See some first-look images from Season 2 below.

Gentefied Season 2 (L-R). JJ Soria as Erik, Karrie Martin as Ana, Carlos Santos as Chris, in Gentefied Season 2. COURTESY OF NETFLIX/Netflix © 2021

Gentefied Season 2 (L-R). JJ Soria as Erik, Carlos Santos as Chris, Karrie Martin as Ana. in Gentefied Season 2. COURTESY OF NETFLIX/Netflix © 2021

Gentefied Season 2 (L-R). Manuel Uriza as Ernesto, Carlos Santos as Chris, in Gentefied Season 2. COURTESY OF NETFLIX/Netflix © 2021

Gentefied Season 2. Joaquín Cosío as Casimiro, in Gentefied Season 2. COURTESY OF NETFLIX/Netflix © 2021

Gentefied Season 2 (L-R). Karrie Martin as Ana, JJ Soria as Erik, Joaquín Cosío as Casimiro, Carlos Santos as Chris, Manuel Uriza as Ernesto, in Gentefied Season 2. COURTESY OF NETFLIX/Netflix © 2021

Gentefied Season 2. Julissa Calderon as Yessika. in Gentefied Season 2. COURTESY OF NETFLIX/Netflix © 2021

Gentefied Season 2 (L-R). Carlos Santos as Chris, Ivana Rojas as Sarai, in Gentefied Season 2. COURTESY OF NETFLIX/Netflix © 2021

Gentefied Season 2 (L-R). Carlos Santos as Chris, Felipe Esparza as Dave, JJ Soria as Erik, in Gentefied Season 2. COURTESY OF NETFLIX/Netflix © 2021

Gentefied Season 2 (L-R). Annie Gonzalez as Lidia, JJ Soria as Erik, in Gentefied Season 2. COURTESY OF NETFLIX/Netflix © 2021

Also in today’s TV news roundup:

DATES

Apple TV Plus announced that upcoming drama “Swagger” will premiere on Oct. 29 with its first three episodes. The following seven episodes will debut weekly on Fridays. The series, inspired by the experiences of NBA player Kevin Durant, stars O’Shea Jackson Jr. as Ike, a former star player who has become a youth basketball coach. Isaiah Hill, Shinelle Azoroh, Quvenzhané Wallis, Caleel Harris, James Bingham, Solomon Irama, Ozie Nzeribe, Tessa Ferrer, Tristan Mack Wilds and Jason Rivera also star. Reggie Rock Bythewood serves as creator, writer, director and showrunner, and executive produces alongside Durant, Brian Grazer, Rich Kleiman, Samie Kim Falvey, Francie Calfo and Samantha Corbin-Miller. The series is produced by Thirty Five Ventures, Imagine Television Studios, CBS Studios and Undisputed Cinema. See some first look images below.

HBO Max announced “Ahir Shah: Dots,” a new stand-up comedy special, will premiere on Sept. 23. In the special, which is Shah’s first, Shah discusses Hindu values, British-Indian identity, smoking, planning for his unborn children and more. “Dots” is written by Shah, directed by Peter Orton and produced by Bonnie Philp. Shah, Richard Allen-Turner, Rob Aslett, Julien Matthews and Jon Thoday executive produce.

YouTube Originals announced that upcoming competition series “#1 Chicken” will premiere on Sept. 22. YouTuber Brian “Faze Rug” Awadis will host as eight digital creators complete one “Chicken Challenge” per episode to see who can handle different creatures, heights and more. Instead of the loser being eliminated, each challenge’s winner will get to go home, avoiding the future challenges and making the last player standing the “#1 Chicken.” Contestants include beauty and fashion creator Amanda Steele, former college athlete Deestroying, gamer Alexander Prynkiewicz aka Faze Adapt, dance fitness creator Caleb Marshall of The Fitness Marshall, Faze Rug’s best friend and filmer Noah Rojas aka Simplistic, mukbang creator Tasha Proctor of StephAndTasha, vlogger Anthony Jabro of ShermanTheVerman and beauty and comedy creator Quenlin Blackwell. “#1 Chicken” is based on a TV Asahi format and produced by Critical Content, with Jenny Daly, Tom Forman, Jon Beyer and Ian Mallahan serving as executive producers. Lauren Celinski and Ryan Bratton oversee the series for YouTube Originals. Watch a trailer below.

“Red Table Talk,” hosted by Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith and Adrienne Banfield Norris, is returning with new episodes on Facebook Watch starting Sept. 15 at 9 a.m. PT. For the premiere episode, the multigenerational hosts will bring on guests Tiffany Haddish and Yvonne Orji. “Red Table Talk,” which won a Daytime Emmy in June, is produced by Westbrook Studios with Jada Pinkett Smith, Ellen Rakieten, Miguel Melendez and Meghan Hoffman serving as executive producers. Watch a teaser below.

FIRST LOOKS

Variety has obtained an exclusive clip from Showtime’s “Return of the Taliban: A Vice Special Report,” which premieres on Sept. 10. In the one-hour special, Vice correspondents Hind Hassan, Ben Soloman, Seb Walker and Isobel Yeung report from the ground in Afghanistan and surrounding areas about the current Taliban takeover. Exclusive footage and interviews are used to discuss the militant group that seized control of Afghanistan in 11 days, following the U.S. military withdrawal. “Return of the Taliban: A Vice Special Report” is produced by Vice News. Beverly Chase serves as showrunner on behalf of Vice, Craig Thomson is co-executive producer and Subrata De is the senior executive producer for the series and executive of Vice News. See the clip below.

WarnerMedia Kids & Family and DC released a trailer for “Aquaman: King of Atlantis,” streaming on HBO Max on Oct. 14. Featuring the voices of Cooper Andrews, Gillian Jacobs, Thomas Lennon and Dana Snyder, the animated series presents a playful reimagining of the iconic, titular DC superhero. Victor Courtright and Marly Halpern-Graser serve as showrunners, while James Wan, Sam Register and Atomic Monster’s Michael Clear and Rob Hackett executive produce. Watch the trailer below.

PROGRAMMING

Apple TV has become the new home for all things “Yo Gabba Gabba!,” including a brand-new original series. Produced in partnership with WildBrain and Yo Gabba Gabba LLC, the new kids and family series will comprise 20 half-hour episodes. Blending music, live-action characters and animation, “Yo Gabba Gabba!” is created by Christian Jacobs and Scott Schultz.

GREENLIGHTS

Complex Networks ordered “Complex Comedy Night,” which will be taped live at Los Angeles’ historic Comedy Store. Curated by the Lucas Brothers, the event will feature a handpicked group of comedians who will make up the first iteration of “Complex Comedians.” For Complex Networks, Justin Killion, Nick Wang, Donnie Kwak and Maurice Peebles executive produce and Alec Friedman co-produces, while Brandon Carroll and Matthew Goldberg executive produce for Film 45.

DEALS

ReachTV and the National Football League have formed a multi-year licensing rights agreement. ReachTV will have exclusive rights to air NFL games in airports beginning with the 2021 season kickoff on Sept. 9. The network owns and operates screens in over 85 airports throughout the country.

INITIATIVES

The Writers’ Access Support Staff Training Program announced the graduates of its inaugural class are Alex Cheng, Luna Vasquez, Omar Nava, Daniela Labi, Mae Murray, Gia King, Emily Corpuz, Ashlea Archer, Alan Niku, Atif Myers, Eric Pou, Tiffany Barker, Scout Comm, Lynn Maleh, Donald Jolly, Angela M. Sanchez, Spike Morales-Westlake, Catherine Oyster, Aaron Braxton, Rachel Christian, Kanisha Williams, Aline Mayagoitia, Morgan Webber-Ottey and Luna De La Rosa. The program, which launched in March by TV writers/producers Tanya Saracho, Mike Royce and Liz Hsiao Lan Alper in partnership with the Writers Guild Foundation, aims to provide tools and education to writers who are BIPOC, LGBTQIA-plus, living with disabilities and/or over the age of 50, ultimately resulting in employment opportunities.

LATE NIGHT

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