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Starz Releases ‘Power Book III: Raising Kanan’ Trailer (TV News Roundup)

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Starz debuted a trailer for new drama series “Power Book III: Raising Kanan,” which will premiere on July 18 at 8 p.m.

“Raising Kanan” is the third tale of the “Power” franchise and serves as the prequel to the original story. Set in South Jamaica, Queens in 1991, the family drama centers on Kanan Stark’s (Mekai Curtis) coming of age. In the penultimate season of “Power,” Stark died in a hail of gunfire, and “Raising Kanan” flashes back to Stark at just 15-years-old, the child of Raquel “Raq” Thomas (Patina Miller), a growing cocaine distributor. The cast also includes Omar Epps, London Brown, Malcolm Mays, Hailey Kilgore, Joey Bada$$, Toby Sandeman, Shanley Caswell, Lovie Simone and Quincy Brown. It is executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Courtney A. Kemp, Mark Canton, Chris Selak, Danielle De Jesus, Shana Stein and Bart Wenrich. Watch the trailer below.

Also in today’s TV news roundup:

CASTING

HBO comedy series “Somebody Somewhere” officially kicked off production and expanded its cast with series regulars Jeff Hiller, Mary Catherine Garrison, Danny McCarthy and Mike Hagerty and recurring cast members Murray Hill and Jon Hudson Odom. The series stars Bridget Everett as Sam, a Kansan struggling to fit her hometown mold and finds solace in singing, which leads her on a journey to discover herself and a community of outsiders. Everett is an executive producer alongside Hannah Bos, Paul Thureen, Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass, Mel Eslyn, Carolyn Strauss, Patricia Green and Tyler Romary.

Patrick Schwarzenegger has joined the cast of HBO Max’s “The Staircase.” The eight-episode limited series explores the life of Michael Peterson and the suspicious death of his wife, Kathleen Peterson. Schwarzenegger will play Todd Peterson, Michael’s son, starring alongside Colin Firth, Toni Collette, Rosemarie DeWitt, Juliette Binoche, Parker Posey, Odessa Young and Sophie Turner. “The Staircase” is co-produced by Annapurna Television and written and executive produced by showrunners Antonio Campos and Maggie Cohn.

DATES

Never Have I Ever” will return to Netflix with its second season on July 15. From co-creators Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher, the coming-of-age comedy stars Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Devi, an Indian American teenager growing up in Sherman Oaks, Calif. who deals with the everyday pressures of high school and drama at home, while also navigating new romantic relationships. The cast also includes Darren Barnet, Jaren Lewison, Lee Rodriguez, Ramona Young, Poorna Jagannathan, Richa Moorjani and Megan Suri. It is executive produced by 3 Arts Entertainment’s Howard Klein and David Miner. Kaling and the cast will hold a virtual event on June 17 at 8 p.m. PT to debut the new season’s trailer. See below for newly released images from the second season.

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NEVER HAVE I EVER (L to R) DARREN BARNET as PAXTON-HALL YOSHIDA in episode 210 of NEVER HAVE I EVER Cr. ISABELLA B. VOSMIKOVA/NETFLIX © 2021 ISABELLA B. VOSMIKOVA/NETFLIX
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NEVER HAVE I EVER (L to R) RICHA MOORJANI as KAMALA in episode 201 of NEVER HAVE I EVER Cr. ISABELLA B. VOSMIKOVA/NETFLIX © 2021 ISABELLA B. VOSMIKOVA/NETFLIX

Showtime announced Season 5 of “Billions” will return on Sept. 5 at 9 p.m. The season premiere, which aired in May 2020, is currently available on YouTube and Showtime.com. The second half of the season sees the presence of powerful billionaire Mike Prince (Corey Stoll) send ripples through Axe Capital, which gives Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) a potential new weapon in his fight against Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis). “Billions” is executive produced by Brian Koppelman and David Levien. Season 6 will premiere in early 2022.

“Dogs with Extraordinary Jobs” will premiere June 30 at 8 p.m. on the Smithsonian Channel. The five-part series highlights 25 dogs from around the world and shows how dogs do everything from save lives to help us conquer our greatest fears. It is executive produced by Alison Barrat, Caroline Hawkins, Clare Birks, Tria Thalman and Alicia Green and renowned dog expert Victoria Stilwell serves as narrator.

FIRST LOOKS

Netflix released a teaser for “Masters of the Universe: Revelation,” premiering on July 23 with its first five episodes. The action-packed animated series picks up where the iconic “Masters of the Universe” characters left off decades ago. After a battle between He-Man and Skeletor, Eternia is fractured and the Guardians of Grayskull have dispersed, leaving Teela to reunite the broken band of heroes, solve the mystery of the missing Sword of Power and save the universe. An aftershow hosted by showrunner and executive producer Kevin Smith, executive producer and Mattel’s vice president of content creative Rob David and actor Tiffany Smith, will also premiere alongside the first part of the series. “Masters of the Universe: Revelation” is executive produced by Smith, David, Frederic Soulie, Adam Bonnett and Christopher Keenan, produced by Susan Corbin and written by Marc Bernardin, Eric Carrasco, Diya Mishra and Tim Sheridan. Bear McCreary composes, and Mattel produces with Powerhouse Animation as the animation studio. Watch the teaser below.

PARTNERSHIPS

Fox Soul and Black Enterprise launched a partnership for original programming to highlight Black creatives, executives and cultural movers and shakers. The collaboration’s first series is “Economic Equity and Racial Justice Town Hall” and premieres on June 10 at 7 p.m. on Fox Soul with the episode “One Year After George Floyd: Has Corporate America Made Good on Its Economic Equality Pledges?”

AWARDS

The Television Academy has selected LA CityView Media Group as the recipient of the 73rd Los Angeles Area Governors Award for providing essential news coverage, resources and local government access through LA CityView Channel 35. The honor will be presented during the Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards ceremony on July 24. Through its signature weekly series “LA This Week,” LA CityView Channel 35 has covered events including papal visits, World Cup and World Series wins, the birth of city landmarks and more. In 2020, the channel played a critical role in educating Angelenos during the pandemic.

DEVELOPMENT

HBO Max announced ‘FBoy’ Island,” a new reality dating series, will hit the streamer this summer. Hosted by comedian Nikki Glaser, the 10-episode series is set in the Cayman Islands where three young women moved to in the hopes of finding love. The trio are joined by 24 men: 12 self-proclaimed “nice guys” looking for love and 12 self-identifying “FBoys.” As the women navigate the dating pool, the men compete for cash and by the finale, all will be revealed about who has genuine intentions. “FBoy Island” was created by Elan Gale, who executive produces with Glaser, Jason Goldberg, Ben Bitonti and Sam Dean.

EXECUTIVE NEWS

Greg Berlanti and Chandra Wilson have joined the board of trustees of The Actors Fund, which also reelected Brian Stokes Mitchel as chairman. Writer, producer and director Berlanti is best known for his work on “Dawson’s Creek,” “Riverdale” and “You,” while Wilson is a director and actor, known for her Emmy-nominated role on “Grey’s Anatomy.” Mitchell is a Tony-winning actor and singer known for his work on Broadway.

Lifetime promoted Tia Maggini to senior vice president of scripted programming. Prior to joining Lifetime, Maggini served as vice president of television for Josephson Entertainment, consulted as a director of original movies for Disney Channel and developed and managed projects at Marc Platt Productions. In her new role, Maggini will report to Tanya Lopez, executive vice president of scripted programming of Lifetime and LMN.

LATE NIGHT

Bill Clinton, James Patterson, Wiz Khalifa and Jackson Browne will be on “Jimmy Kimmy Live,” while “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” will have on Jason Momoa, Rose Byrne and Clairo. Samantha Power, Maroon 5 and Seth Rogen will appear on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” and “Late Night With Seth Meyers” will have on David Harbour, Josh O’Connor, Garbage and Brendan Buckley.