Film & TV Media Update for June 2022

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Premiers, finales, new series and movies coming soon, and more TV, Film, and Media updates for June 2022

The Scripps National Spelling Bee airs live tonight, June 2, 17 8/7c on ION and Bounce. The Scripps Network is now the national TV home of the spelling bee.

Hosted by LeVar Burton, the 94th Scripps Spelling Bee Finals will reach the largest audience in competition history.

Today’s Premieres:

Discovery+: The Book of Queer

AMC+: This Is Going To Hurt

Today’s Finales:

WEtv: Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars at 9 pm

In The News:

Toby Emmerich is stepping down as head of Warner Bros. motion picture studio and will be launching his own production company at Warner Bros. He’ll be replaced by Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy, who recently exited the helm of MGM.

The Television Academy is eliminating the Hanging Episode Rule beginning with the 2023 Emmy’s. The rule allows a series, including limited series and anthology series, which premieres current-season episodes after the May 31 eligibility deadline but prior to the start of nomination-round voting, to post those episodes on a platform where Academy members can view them by May 31 for episode eligibility. Beginning with the next year of eligibility, only episodes that premiere on a platform available to a national audience by May 31 will be Emmy-eligible.

Sheryl Sandberg is departing as COO of Meta, formerly known as Facebook, and will continue to serve on the Board of Directors, which of late has been weathering tumultuous times. Javier Olivan, Meta’s Chief Growth Officer will take over as COO after a transition period. Sandberg joined Facebook in 2008 as Zuckerberg’s No. 2 in the line of command.

Presenters announced for 82nd Annual Peabody Awards. Melissa McCarthy, Morgan Freeman, John Legend, Kevin Bacon, H.E.R., Ethan Hawke, Jon Stewart, Hasan Minhaj, Riz Ahmed, LeVar Burton, Jenny Slate, Malcolm Gladwell, and Adam Scott are among the presenters for the 82nd Annual Peabody Awards. The 30 winners will be announced on the Peabody Awards’ social media channels for four days, June 6 – 9, between noon and 1:30 pm each day.

Production & Development News:

FX greenlit comedy pilot “English Teacher,” which follows a gay high school English teacher and his peers at a school in Austin, Tx, as they try to balance the demands of the students and their parents in a world where rules seem to change daily. The series comes from executive producers Brian Jordan Alvarez (“Will & Grace”) and Paul Simms (“What We Do in the Shadows”); Alvarez will write and star in the pilot.

Apple TV+ ordered two more seasons of the Gary Oldman-starring espionage series “Slow Horses.” Seasons 3 and 4 will be adapted from the next two novels in the Mick Herron spy series “Slough House.” The darkly comedic drama follows a dysfunctional team of British intelligence agents who’ve been relegated to a dumping ground department of MI5 led by the brilliant but irascible Jackson Lamb. Season 2 of the series is expected to premiere later this year.

“Our Flag Means Death” renewed for a second season at HBO Max. The comedy series, from creator/showrunner David Jenkins, executive producer, and star Taika Waititi, and executive producer Garrett Basch, is loosely based on the true adventures of 18th-century would-be pirate Stede Bonnet, who traded in the life of a gentleman for one of a swashbuckling buccaneer as captain of the pirate ship Revenge.

Hearst Media Production Group and Curiosity partner for an original, unscripted series on their flagship streaming service Curiosity Stream. “Oddly Satisfying Science” is a 10-episode series that features STEM-focused social influencers and is hosted by Nick Uhas, an accomplished chemist whose TV credits include “Big Brother.”

Taylor Zakhar Perez (“The Kissing Booth” franchise) and Nicholas Galitzine (“Cinderella”) will star in Amazon Prime Video’s romantic comedy “Red, White, & Royal Blue,” based on Casey McQuiston’s novel of the same name. Playwright Matthew Lopez will direct the film, about a Mexican-American who, upon his mother’s election as president, is cast as the American equivalent to a young royal. An army of handlers is called in to do damage control when US-British relations head downhill after tabloids print a photo of his altercation with his royal counterpart and nemesis from across the pond.

Danish Crime Series “The Sommerdahl Murders” has been renewed for a fourth season on the streamer Acorn TV. Based on Anna Grue’s book franchise, the Nordic drama is a co-production between Dynamic Television, ZDF, ndF, Sequoia Global Alliance, and Danish broadcaster TV2. Season 4 began production this May and is expected to premiere in March 2023.

New & Returning Series:

Showtime is launching a half-hour anthology series “Spotlights: A Showtime Short Film Series” on Sunday, June 12. All 5 episodes will be available to stream and watch on-demand for Showtime subscribers and will also air weekly Sundays at 7:30p. Produced by Jax Media, the episodic series features the works of various emerging filmmakers, with each episode comprising two to three short films that vary in timely subject matter and perspective.

A fantastical prehistoric world awaits preschoolers in the new animated series “Kiri and Lou,” premiering for the first time in the US on Monday, June 13, at 6p on Nick Jr. The New Zealand stop-motion series follows the friendship between a feisty little dinosaur and her best friend, a gentle and thoughtful creature, as they explore the world of feelings through laughter, song, and outdoor adventure. Nickelodeon acquired seasons 1 and 2 from Cake, with season 3 (42 x 5-min episodes) premiering on Nick Jr. later this year.

Season 2 of Peacock comedy “Rutherford Falls” debuts Thursday, June 16 with life-long best buds Nathan Rutherford (Ed Helms) and Reagan Wells (Jana Schmieding) back to help each other tackle work, romance, and major changes to their small town and the Native American reservation it borders.

HBO original docuseries “Mind Over Murder,” directed by Nanfu Wang and produced by Vox Media Studios, debuts Monday, June 20 at 10p. Six-ep series chronicles the bizarre and psychologically complex story of six individuals who were convicted for the 1985 murder of a beloved 68- year-old, Helen Wilson, in Beatrice, Nebraska.

WWE is headed back to A&E, with nine weeks of joint content that kicks off Sunday, July 10. The new Sunday night programming block will include the second season of “Biography: WWE Legends” and new series “WWE Rivals” and after-show “WWE Smack Talk” airing back-to-back. A total of 130 hours of new WWE-themed series and specials will air exclusively on A&E platforms and be distributed globally by parent company A+E Networks.

Paramount+ will debut YA comedy “Honor Society” on Friday, July 29. Produced by Awesomeness Films, the coming-of-age film follows an ambitious high school senior whose sole focus is getting into Harvard, if she can secure the coveted recommendation from her guidance counselor.

Owen Wilson superhero comedy “Secret Headquarters” is changing lanes from a theatrical debut to a premiere exclusively on Paramount+ this August in the US and Canada. The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced movie, which follows a teen and his friends who discover the headquarters of the world’s most powerful superhero hidden beneath his home, until recently had a theatrical release date of August 5.

Will Arnett is set to voice the main character Sweet Tooth in Peacock's “Twisted Metal,” the live-action adaptation of the video game… Amanda Peet joined the cast of “Fatal Attraction,” Paramount+’s series that reimagines the ‘80s thriller film… Patrick J. Adams (“Suits”) and Karine Vanasse (“Cardinal”) are in as leads in an English-language adaptation of the time travel drama “Plan B” for Canada’s CBC… Augustus Prew (“The Morning Show”) and Mark Gatiss (“Sherlock”) joined the cast of the ITV drama “Nolly.

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