‘Power Book III: Raising Kanan’ To Premiere on Starz in July (TV News Roundup)

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Starz announced that “Power Book III: Raising Kanan” will premiere on July 18.

Set in ’90s South Jamaica, Queens and serving as a prequel to the original Power franchise, the series stars Patina Miller, Mekai Curtis, Omar Epps, London Brown, Malcolm Mays, Hailey Kilgore, Joey Bada$$, Tony Sandeman, Shanley Caswell, Lovie Simone and Quincy Brown.

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Creator and showrunner Sascha Penn executive produces alongside Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Courtney A. Kemp, Mark Canton, Chris Selak, Danielle De Jesus, Shana Stein and Bart Wenrich.

Also in today’s TV news roundup:

DATES

ABC announced that the special tribute episode of “General Hospital,” which will celebrate actor John Reilly, will air on May 21. The episode features “General Hospital” fan-favorites Kristina Wagner, John J. York, Finola Hughes, Genie Francis and Jon Lindstrom reprising their respective roles as Felicia Scorpio, Malcolm “Mac” Scorpio, Anna Devane, Laura Collins and Kevin Collins. While mourning the death of World Security Bureau agent Sean Donely (formerly played by Reilly), the characters are pulled into a mystery involving his daughter, Annie, played by the late actor’s daughter Caitlin Reilly. John Reilly, who died in January 2021, played Sean Donely on “General Hospital” from 1984 to 1994 and returned for the show’s 50th anniversary along with one episode of the spin-off series, “General Hospital: Night Shift.”

The History Channel announced that the two-hour documentary “Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre” will premiere on May 30. The documentary, executive produced by Russell Westbrook and directed by Stanley Nelson and Marco Williams, will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, one of the most horrific acts of racial violence in American history. The film also follows the quick rise and fall of Black Wall Street and the current-day grave excavation efforts at Oaklawn Cemetery, where the city has recovered numerous unmarked coffins of victims of the massacre. The History Channel is also joining the Russell Westbrook Why Not? Foundation, WME, RedFlight Innovation and Values Partnerships in an initiative which will provide Tulsa-area students with STEAM kits focused on innovation and entrepreneurship.

FIRST LOOKS

Netfilx released a trailer for “Yasuke,” the upcoming anime series premiering on April 29. Lakeith Stanfield voices Yasuke, the greatest ronin ever known, who takes up his sword to protect a mysterious child amid a war-torn feudal Japan. Starring alongside Stanfield is the newly confirmed voice cast of Takehiro Hira, Maya Tanida, Ming-Na Wen, Paul Nakauchi, Darren Criss, Julie Marcus, William Christopher Stephens, Dia Frampton, Don Donahue, Amy Hill and Noshi Dalal. “Yasuke” is created by LeSean Thomas, who executive produces with Stanfield and directs with animator Takeshi Koike, and produced by revered Japanese animation studio MAPPA. The music is by Flying Lotus.

Netflix released a final season trailer for “Special,” which streams May 20. In the second and final season, Ryan deals with writer’s block until he meets Tanner, a flirty dance instructor who leads him on a complicated journey of self-discovery. Meanwhile, Karen finds newfound independence after her fight with Ryan, and Kim fights to regain control of her finances and personal life as she becomes romantically involved with sensitive tech mogul Harrison. “Special” stars creator Ryan O’Connell, who also writes and executive produces, alongside Jessica Hecht and Punam Patel. Marla Mindelle, Gina Hughes and Patrick Fabian return as guest stars. Jim Parsons, Eric Norsoph, Todd Spiewak and Anna Dokoza executive produce, and Craig Johnson joins to direct four episodes. “Special” is based on O’Connell’s memoir “I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves” and is produced by Warner Bros. Television, That’s Wonderful Productions, Campfire and Stage 13.

LATE NIGHT

Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Roger Daltrey and Moneybagg Yo will appear on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” while Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kyla-Drew and The Flaming Lips will be on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Anthony Mackie and Terry Gross will appear on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”; Anna Kendrick, Phil Donahue and Marlo Thomas will be on “Late Night With Seth Meyers”; “The Late Late Show With James Corden” will feature Pete Buttigieg and Jordan McGraw, and Keke Palmer will be on “A Little Late With Lilly Singh.”

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