‘Hacks’ Releases Official Season 2 Trailer (TV News Roundup)

HBO Max released the official trailer for “Hacks” season 2, which premieres on May 12 with two episodes, followed by two more each week through June 2. Based in Las Vegas, she and young comedian Ava (Hannah Einbinder) travel across the country to attend a workshop on her new act.

Additional cast includes Carl Clemons-Hopkins, Jane Adams, Christopher McDonald, Kaitlin Olson, Paul W. Downs, Poppy Liu, Rose Abdoo, Mark Indelicato, Meg Stalter, Angela E. Gibbs, Luenell, Johnny Sibilly, Joe Mande, Ally Maki and Lorenza Izo. New recurring guest stars for season 2 include Laurie Metcalf, Martha Kelly, Ming-Na Wen, and Susie Essman, as well as guest stars Margaret Cho and Devon Sawa.

“Hacks” is created and hosted by Emmy winners Paul W. Downs, Lucia Aniello and Jen Statsky. Michael Schur is an executive producer through Fremulon, David Miner for 3 Arts Entertainment, and Morgan Sackett. The studio is Universal Television, a division of the Universal Studio Group.

Check out the full trailer below.

Also on today’s news:


A new trailer for the new BET+ original series “Kingdom Business” has been released. The eight-episode drama series stars Yolanda Adams as Denita Jordan, the “Queen of Gospel Music” at First Kingdom Church and Kingdom Records in Atlanta. The scripted series takes viewers behind the scenes into the complex and conflict-ridden world of the gospel music industry. Serayah also stars in the series with recurring guest roles from music icons Kirk Franklin, Tamar Braxton, and Tasha Cobb. All eight episodes of the show will premiere exclusively on Bet+ on May 19. Check out the full trailer below.


To celebrate the final season of “Grace and Frankie,” Netflix released “A Farewell to 7 Seasons,” a new featurette showcasing highlights from the past seven seasons, as well as exclusive interviews with cast and crew. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, as well as showrunners Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris take viewers down memory lane in the 20-minute video. The feature film arrives just three days before the premiere of the show’s final episodes on April 29. The scripted comedy stars Fonda and Tomlin in the lead roles, and they are joined by Martin Sheen, Sam Waterston, Baron Vaughn, Ethan Embry, Brooklyn Decker, June Diane. Raphael, Peter Cambor, Lindsey Kraft, Marsha Mason, Tim Bagley, Peter Gallagher, Millicent Martin, and Christine Woods. It is produced by Skydance Television, and Kauffman and Morris also serve as executive producers alongside Skydance’s Robbie Tollin, Hannah KS Canter, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Marcy Ross, Paula Weinstein and David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Bill Bost. Check out the full report below.


Julian Sergi has joined the cast of Season 3 of “Ramy,” Hulu’s critically acclaimed comedy series. Sergi will play Yuval, a new business partner of the main character (played by series creator Ramy Youssef). Sergi is best known for his supporting role in the films “War Dogs” and “Freaks of Nature” as well as his appearances in the “Key & Peele” sketch comedy series.

Emily Hampshire (“Schitt’s Creek”), Tymika Tafari (“Paw Patrol”), Whitmer Thomas (“Shrill”) and Amar Chadha-Patel (“The Third Day”) have joined the cast of Zoe Lister’s comedy Roku Original jones. series “Slip,” starring Lister-Jones as a woman disenchanted by her own marriage who embarks on a journey through parallel universes. The show is produced by Dakota Johnson’s TeaTime Pictures.

Steven Pasquale (“American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson”), Stephanie Szostak (“A Million Little Things”) and Tony Curran (“Your Honor”) have joined the cast of Peacock’s new original crime series, “ The Missing” as recurring guest stars. Based on the international bestseller “The Missing File,” the series is produced by David E. Kelley, Keshet Studios and Universal Television (a division of Universal Studio Group). Previously announced series regulars include Jeff Wilbusch, Juliana Canfield, Karen Robinson and Michael Mosley. Showrunner Kelley wrote the series and executive produced it alongside Matthew Tinker, Jonathan Shapiro, Keshet Studios’ Peter Traugott, Keshet International’s Alon Shrutzman, Keshet Media Group’s Avi Nir, and Keshet Broadcasting’s Karni Ziv. Other executive producers include series director Barry Levinson and “The Missing File” author Dror A. Mishani.


The Coalition of Asia Pacific in Entertainment (CAPE) has selected the 10th annual class of its New Writers Fellowship, an off-studio professional development program focused on training new writers in Hollywood. The Fellowship, co-founded and co-chaired by Steve Tao and Leo Chu, features the best writers, agents, producers and executives in the industry, and this year’s class will feature only television writers who will participate in two months of virtual masterclasses, workshops, panels, table reads, and one-on-one tutoring sessions.

The 2022 CAPE New Writers Fellowship participants and mentors are as follows:

  • Kirk Damato | Mentored by Rene Gube (Co-Executive Producer, “Superstore”)
  • Sandra Hamada | Mentored by Monica Macer (showrunner/executive producer, “Queen Sugar”)
  • Liz Campos | Mentored by Veena Sud (Viewer/Executive Producer, “The Killing”)
  • Sowmya Ashokkumar | Mentored by Sunil Nayar (Show/Executive Producer, “Revenge”)
  • cat jiang | Mentored by Julie Wong (Supervising Producer, “Grey’s Anatomy”)
  • Kiran Alamelu Subramaniam | Mentored by April Shih (Co-Executive Producer, “Fargo”)
  • Matthew Dekneef | Mentored by Kyle Harimoto (Executive Producer, “NCIS: Los Angeles”)

For more information about the CAPE New Writers Fellowship and the Class of 2022, visit capeusa.org/cnwf.

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