Tiffany Lonsdale will be multilingual mermaid Tia in the third season of SIREN. According to Deadline, Tia has a “highly evolved knowledge of the human condition“, understands advanced science, and is a trained warrior, which makes her sound like some sort of diplomat sent to negotiate with humans after the events of last season. The third season will air on Freeform sometime next spring.
Lonsdale’s next TV appearance will be as a “mystery woman” in the second season finale of YOU, which stars Penn Badgley as bibliophile Joe Goldberg, whose true vocation is murder. The series is based on Caroline Kepnes‘ novels, and the second season will be an adaptation of the second book,”Hidden Bodies“. It will be set in Los Angeles and will add two new recurring characters: Sunrise (played by Melanie Field), a blogger raising a toddler with her partner Lucy, and Sandy (Magda Apanowicz), a woman from Joe’s past. Netflix says the ten-episode second season of YOU is “coming soon”.
Sibongile Mlambo (Ryn’s sister Donna) will be Tamara in episodes four and five of LOVECRAFT COUNTRY, a series based on the 2016 novel (presented as a collection of short stories) by Matt Ruff. In 1954, Korean War vet Atticus Turner (Jonathan Majors) heads out on a road trip from Chicago to New England to find his missing father. He is accompanied by his Uncle George (played by Courtney B. Vance). George is the publisher of the Safe Negro Travel Guide, and a fan of H.P. Lovecraft. In their travels, they encounter the racist terrors of white America as well as malevolent spirits that might have been dreamed up by Lovecraft himself. The fifth episode will be directed by Cheryl Dunye, who wrote and directed the 1996 film THE WATERMELON WOMAN.
Stuart Kelly, reviewing Ruff’s book for The Guardian, said: “There are plenty of nods to readers who know their Lovecraft – one story is entitled ‘Dreams of the Which House’ – but these are optional extras. During a story within a story (a typical Lovecraft device) one character says: ‘He had this look on his face. Horror. Horror at the universe.’ What’s so affecting is that it has more to do with the Klan than Cthulhu.” The eleven episode series was created by Misha Green and Jordan Peele, and will premiere on HBO later this year.
Garcelle Beauvais (Susan Bishop) will be socialite businesswoman Veronica Garland in the second season of TELL ME A STORY, a dark and twisted anthology series inspired by traditional fairy tales, each season of which has a different cast and storyline. Season Two is set in Nashville, and stars Paul Wesley as struggling novelist Tucker Reed and Carrie-Anne Moss as Rebecca Pruitt, widowed mother of Jackson, Maddie, and Ashley Rose. This year’s twisted myths are “Beauty and the Beast,” “Sleeping Beauty” and “Cinderella.” (Beauvais also appeared as Henrietta the Hexenbiest on GRIMM, another show that featured grimmer-than-usual takes on fairy tales.) A trailer is available on YouTube. The ten-episode second season of TELL ME A STORY will premiere on Thursday, 5 December on CBS All Access, and new episodes will become available each subsequent Thursday.
Sarah-Jane Redmond (Elaine Pownall) is Coach Dot in the Lifetime movie UNDERCOVER CHEERLEADER. Transfer student Autumn (Kayle Wallace) joins her new school’s cheerleading squad after she is persuaded to write an exposé on hazing and other secrets of the team for the school newspaper. After the first article is published, someone begins to viciously attack cheerleaders, and Autumn begins to suspect that her undercover activities are the cause. Written by Lauren Balson Carter, and directed by Danny J. Boyle, UNDERCOVER CHEERLEADER was filmed last spring in and around Vancouver, and is available on Amazon Prime Video and Vudu. YouTube has a short promo video.