Apple TV+ Sets ‘Foundation’ Season Two for Summer 2023, Releases Preview

The Apple TV+ streaming service Jan. 4 released a sneak peek of the second season of the sci-fi series “Foundation,” which it announced would return in the summer of 2023.

Adapted from a book series by Isaac Asimov, “Foundation” chronicles a band of exiles on their journey to rebuild civilization amid the fall of a galactic empire. Crucial individuals transcending space and time are faced with deadly crises, shifting loyalties and complicated relationships that will ultimately determine the fate of humanity.

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The show stars Jared Harris as Dr. Hari Seldon; Lee Pace as Brother Day; Lou Llobell as Gaal Dornick; Leah Harvey as Salvor Hardin; Laura Birn as Demerzel; Terrence Mann as Brother Dusk; and Cassian Bilton as Brother Dawn. New stars joining the season two cast include Isabella Laughland (Brother Constant), Kulvinder Ghir (Poly Verisof), Sandra Yi Sencindiver (Enjoiner Rue), Ella-Rae Smith (Queen Sareth of Cloud Dominion), Dimitri Leonidas (Hober Mallow), Ben Daniels (Bel Roise), Holt McCallany (Warden Jaegger Fount), Rachel House (Tellem Bond) and Nimrat Kaur (Yanna Seldon).

“Foundation” is produced by Skydance Television , with executive producer David S. Goyer serving as showrunner. Robyn Asimov, Alex Graves, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Bill Bost also serve as executive producers.

‘Bernie the Dolphin’ Swims to DVD and Digital Feb. 5 From Lionsgate

The family adventure Bernie the Dolphin arrives on DVD and digital Feb. 5 from Lionsgate.

Lola Sultan and Kevin Sorbo star in the story of two siblings who befriend a dolphin, Bernie, and devise a plan to save the beach and protect sea life. Also starring Patrick Muldoon and Logan Allen, the film is approved by the Dove Foundation for all ages.

The DVD ( $14.98) includes a behind-the-scenes featurette.

The film is currently available on demand.

Cinedigm Acquires Streaming Rights to Canadian Drama ‘Heartland’

Cinedigm Sept. 26 announced the acquisition of Canadian family-friendly drama “Heartland.” The 10-season series will make its Dove Channel debut in October. Rights to the show were acquired from international distributor Kew Media Distribution.

Dove Channel is one of Cinedigm’s nine over-the-top video channels. In addition to Dove, the company operates martial arts network Combat Go; factual network Docurama; fandom lifestyle network CONtv; eSports lifestyle network Wham; Asian music and pop culture network Hallypop; a Chinese entertainment channel; and the family-focused Dove Kids.

Based on Lauren Brooke’s book series of the same name, “Heartland” follows Amy Fleming and her estranged sister Lou, who are suddenly reunited when their mother’s sudden death forces Lou to leave behind her relationship and career in New York City for the rigors of Heartland Ranch. Together, with their grandfather, Jack Bartlett, and loyal ranch hand Ty Borden, Amy and Lou work to adapt to their new circumstances and rebuild their relationship while dealing with the trials and tribulations of life on the ranch.

The series stars Amber Marshall, Michelle Morgan, Graham Wardle, and Shaun Johnston, and features notable guest appearances by “Arrow” star Stephen Amell and Katharine Isabelle (“Hannibal”), as well as Beau Mirchoff (“Awkward”), Keegan Connor Tracy (“Once Upon A Time”), Benjamin Hollingsworth (“Code Black”), and Kari Matchett (“Covert Affairs”), among others. The series is the longest-running 60-minute scripted drama in Canadian television history.

“For more than a decade, ‘Heartland’ has stood as one of Canada’s most popular television series of all time — resonating with viewers for its powerful storylines and realistic characters,” Erick Opeka, EVP of digital networks at Cinedigm, said in a statement.

Dove Channel was launched in 2015 catering to family-friendly content, offering viewers safe programming options and full access to a library of values-based movies, children’s programs, documentaries, and series in the streaming marketplace. Content featured on the Dove Channel is approved by The Dove Foundation and its Faith & Family Dove Seals of Approval.