TV News: Hacks season 2, Umbrella Academy season 3, plus the CW’s Gotham Knights casts two LGBTQ+ characters
Mark them in your calendar! Fans of DC, Hacks and Umbrella Academy will not want to miss the following…
The CW’s newest show from DC Comics universe, following the success of Supergirl, Arrow, Naomi, Batwoman, Legends of Tomorrow, and The Flash, is the highly-anticipated Gotham Knights.
Although Gotham Knights shares its name with a video game, the two will have some major differences.
The plot reads, “In the wake of Bruce Wayne’s murder, his rebellious adopted son forges an unlikely alliance with the children of Batman’s enemies when they are all framed for killing the Caped Crusader. And as the city’s most wanted criminals, this renegade band of misfits must fight to clear their names.”
It continues, “But in a Gotham with no Dark Knight to protect it, the city descends into the most dangerous it’s ever been. However, hope comes from the most unexpected of places as this team of mismatched fugitives will become its next generation of saviors known as the Gotham Knights.”
Fallon Smythe (grown-ish) and Tyler DiChiara (The Virgin of Highland Park) have joined the cast of Gotham Knights, playing brother and sister Harper and Cullen Row, reports Variety.
Smythe takes on the role of “blue-haired bisexual” Harper, a gifted engineer and street-smart acerbic. Harper’s bio notes that she can fix anything but what she wants most of all is to repair the broken lives of her and her brother, Cullen, the only person she trusts.
Meanwhile DiChiara play the part of Harper’s brother, Cullen, a transgender teen who finally steps into his truth after hiding his identity from an abusive parent. He is described as “clever and adept at reading human nature” and ready to fight his own battles.
Following the announcement, Smthye celebrated the announcement on Instagram, saying:
“Ahhhh! Absolutely thrilled and honoured to be a part of this Gotham Family & DC Universe. I still feel like I’m dreaming. Let the journey begin.”
Gotham Knights will also star Oscar Morgan (De Son Vivant), Olivia Rose Keegan (High School Musical: The Musical the Series) and Navia Robinson (Raven’s Home).
No premier date as of yet but, whenever it does drop, it will be available on the CW.
Umbrella Academy season 3 is coming!
After almost a two-year hiatus, we finally have a release date for season 3 of Umbrella Academy, which returns to our screens this summer.
The synopsis for S3 reads:
“After putting a stop to 1963’s doomsday, the Umbrella Academy return home to the present, convinced they prevented the initial apocalypse and fixed this godforsaken timeline once and for all. But after a brief moment of celebration, they realize things aren’t exactly (okay, not at all) how they left them.
“Enter the Sparrow Academy. Smart, stylish, and about as warm as a sea of icebergs, the Sparrows immediately clash with the Umbrellas in a violent face-off that turns out to be the least of everyone’s concerns. Navigating challenges, losses, and surprises of their own – and dealing with an unidentified destructive entity wreaking havoc in the universe (something they may have caused).
“Now all they need to do is convince Dad’s new and possibly better family to help them put right what their arrival made wrong. Will they find a way back to their pre-apocalyptic lives? Or is this new world about to reveal more than just a hiccup in the timeline?”
The third run of the hit show will see the return of Elliot Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher and Justin H. Min. The cast also welcomes Euphoria’s Javon Walton, a season three newcomer who we cannot wait to see as part of the line-up.
The Umbrella Academy season 3 comes to Netflix on June 22 and will have 10 episodes. Check out the teaser below:
Hacks season two release date and first look.
Award-winning HBO Max comedy Hacks is also set to make a return in the summer.
According to Entertainment Weekly, season 2 will pickup straight after the events of of the first series, with once-relevant Las Vegas comedy queen Deborah (Jean Smart) taking her stand-up act on the road with the help of her decades-younger writer Ava (Hannah Einbinder), workshopping new material in small clubs across the country.
Speaking to EW, Smart reveals: “It starts out really, really badly”, while Einbinder suggested that the beginning of the season will see Ava “trapped in her own world”, noting that “wherever she is, she is kind of somewhere else.”
Check out the full interview with EW here.
Hacks returns this May on HBO Max. See official season 2 images and season one trailer below: