Apple TV+'s 'Now & Then' Trailer, 'The Chi' Sets Season 5 Return, 'LOTR' New Character And More (S&A News Roundup)
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Apple TV+'s 'Now & Then' Trailer, 'The Chi' Sets Season 5 Return, 'LOTR' New Character And More (S&A News Roundup)

Prime Video's highly-anticipated Lord of The Rings: Rings of Power has unveiled a new character, Showtime's The Chi sets its return for this Summer, Apple TV+ has dropped the trailer for Now & Then and more in today's Shadow and Act news roundup.

Prime Video's 'Rings of Power' reveals new character

Tuesday at Amazon’s Global All Hands meeting, Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power announced a new character from the highly anticipated upcoming series.

The series takes place in a different era from the beloved trilogy of films and will introduce new characters for its epic adventure in Middle Earth.

Here is the first look at the new character, Theo, played by Tyroe Muhafidinis.

Here’s the official description of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power:

Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power brings to screens for the very first time the heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history. This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and one of the greatest villains that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness. Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared reemergence of evil to Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the farthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.

Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power, premieres on Sep. 2nd.

'The Chi' will return in June

Showtime has announced that the fifth season of its hit drama The Chi returns this summer. The new season will premiere on June 24 on streaming and on-demand for all Showtime subscribers before making its on-air debut on  June 26.

Creator Lena Waithe commented on the show’s success and upcoming fifth season. “We’re so honored to be in our fifth season and grateful to the fans that show up for us and make sure people know about THE CHI. We appreciate the fans so much and hope everyone enjoys this upcoming season. Lots of love.”

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The season five cast includes Jacob Latimore, Alex Hibbert, Yolonda Ross, Shamon Brown Jr., Michael V. Epps, Birgundi Baker, Luke James, and Curtiss Cook. This season will also include returning guest stars Kandi Burruss, La La Anthony, Jason Weaver, Iman Shumpert and more.

The series became Showtime’s most-streamed show during its fourth season and the fifth season is currently in production in Chicago. The Chi premieres on June 24 on Streaming and On-Demand for Showtime subscribers with its on-air premiere on June 26.

Trailer released for Apple TV+'s 'Now & Then'

Apple TV+ has released the first trailer for Now & Then, a bilingual eight-episode thriller. The series is set to premiere on  May 20 on Apple TV+, with three episodes and new episodes weekly every Friday through June 24.

Here is the official synopsis of the upcoming series:

Now & Then is a multi-layered thriller that explores the differences between youthful aspirations and the reality of adulthood, when the lives of a group of college best friends are forever changed after a celebratory weekend ends up with one of them dead. Now, 20 years later, the remaining five are reluctantly reunited by a threat that puts their seemingly perfect worlds at risk.

The upcoming series is set in Miami and was shot in both Spanish and English. Stars include cademy Award nominees Marina de Tavira and Rosie Perez, Ariel Award winner José María Yazpik, multi-Goya Award winner Maribel Verdú, Manolo Cardona, Goya Award winner Soledad Villamil, Emmy Award winner Željko Ivanek, Jorge López, Alicia Jaziz, Dario Yazbek Bernal, Alicia Sanz, Jack Duarte and Miranda de la Serna.

The series is produced by Bambú Producciones and creators Ramón Campos, and Gema R. Neira. Campos serves as showrunner with the series.  Teresa Fernández Valdés and Gideon Raff are executive producers of the show with Raff also directing.

The series premieres on May 20th on Apple TV+.

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