Soap Alum’s Primetime Noir Thriller, Scandalous Teens, Reboot Surprise
Former daytime actor turns superhero, season 2 premieres, and new streaming shows.
Soaps.com readers enjoyed the soapy streaming and primetime series premiering in October, but now we have news on shows prepping for big things in 2020. TV series on new and familiar streaming services will debut along with season premieres of shows we’re already grown to love. Many of those series feature soap opera alums from All My Children, As the World Turns, The Bold and the Beautiful, General Hospital, One Life to Live and The Young and the Restless.
Lost in Space
If you’re looking for holiday plans, bingeing the second season of Lost in Space might be an option. All 10 episodes drop on Netflix on December 24. The new season will pick up as the Robinsons find themselves stranded on a strange ocean-filled planet while the youngest family member, Will, searches for the missing Robot. JJ Field (New Amsterdam) will join the cast as Ben Adler, chief of advanced systems and artificial intelligence. Lost in Space stars soap opera alums Ignacio Serricchio (Alex Chavez, The Young and the Restless; Diego Alcazar, General Hospital) and Parker Posey (Tess Shelby, As the World Turns).
Roswell, New Mexico
Season 2 of the rebooted sci-fi show won’t air until midseason on The CW, but it will have a fun twist. Jason Behr of the original Roswell who played Max Evans, now played by Nathan Parsons (Ethan Lovett, General Hospital), is joining the cast. Per a statement from the show’s executive producer Carina Adly MacKenzie, he will play a “top secret” character with “deep ties to Roswell” in a multi-episode arc. Notable directors for season 2 include Shiri Appleby, who played original Roswell character Liz Parker, and recurring General Hospital actress Kimberly McCullough (Robin Scorpio Drake). Season 2 has added Gaius Charles (Friday Night Lights) as a local farmer who “sees the good in people and aliens.” Roswell, New Mexico also stars Trevor St. John (Todd Manning/Victor Lord Jr, One Life to Live) as Jesse Manes.
A new trailer for one of Hulu’s latest offerings, Reprisal, has dropped. The “hyper-noir” thriller follows a woman, played by Abigail Spencer (Becca Tyree, All My Children), who is chained and dragged from a car by her brother and his friends. They leave her for dead, but she is very much alive and very much set on revenge. Premiering on December 6, the series also stars Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy), Rodrigo Santoro (Westworld,) Mena Massoud (Aladdin), Madison Davenport (Sharp Objects) and Rhys Wakefield (True Detective).
In case you didn’t have enough TV viewing choices, a new streaming channel is coming your way. WarnerMedia is bringing us HBO Max, available in 2020. The service will offer classic series such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Friends. It will also produce original soapy sounding shows such as The Flight Attendant starring Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory). She stars as the titular character who wakes up next to a dead body in her hotel room with no memory of what happened the night before. In addition, Search Party, which originally aired on TBS, is moving to the streaming service for season 3. The dark comedy starring Meredith Hagner (Liberty Ciccone, As the World Turns) will pick up as two of the main characters are tried for the murder of a private investigator one of them was involved with.
Netflix’s Spanish language teen soap opera Elite is returning for season 3 in 2020. That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise considering season 2 was just released on the streamer last month and they’ve already finished shooting all the new episodes. However, actress Ester Expósito (Carla) confirmed it in a video while also announcing two new students played by Leïti Sène and Sergio Momo will join the addictive series about love, friendship, class, sexual identity, murder, and incest (They’re half siblings!).
A new trailer for season 5 was released at the recent New York Comic-Con. In it, the time-traveling characters contemplate returning to the future as the Revolutionary War looms. Based on The Outlander Series’ The Fiery Cross, season 5 will pick up after Roger finally reunited with Brianna and their son , and Jamie was ordered to hunt down his godfather Murtagh (who had died by this point in the books), who began a romance with Jamie’s Aunt Jocasta before fleeing. Look for the series to return on February 16, 2020 on STARZ.
Apple TV, which launches on November 1, is adapting Stephen King’s novel Lisey’s Story. Julianne Moore (Frannie/Sabrina Hughes, As the World Turns) will star as a widow who starts to remember things about her husband she had long ago repressed. Clive Owen (The Knick) will play her husband. King, Moore, J.J. Abrams, and Ben Stephenson will serve as producers. A premiere date has not yet been announced.
The 3rd season of The CW’s superhero series has already begun, but it will be adding a soap opera alum to its roster of powered characters. Wayne Brady (Reese Buckingham, The Bold and the Beautiful) will play Tyson Sykes, a.k.a. Gravedigger. The character was a member of the U.S. military during WWII where a secret experiment gave him powers of strength, agility, tactical genius and hand-to-hand combat expertise. Instead of returning home after the war, Sykes went to Markovia to create a sovereign land for metahumans. Brady’s first appearance in the recurring role will be in 2020.
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