New and Returning TV Show Releases Coming This May

*Warning this article contains season two spoilers of the Hulu series “The Great.”

At the start of every month, keeping track of all the new and returning TV shows on various streaming platforms is overwhelming. To get ahead of the upcoming TV show releases, we are flashing forward to May to look at what shows are coming out that you have missed.

Here are six new and returning TV Shows releasing this May:

1.  “White House Plumbers”

Courtesy of HBO Max.

One of the most famous political scandals is again coming to light in a new limited series called “White House Plumbers.” 

This five-part show will tell the behind-the-scenes story of the Watergate scandal masterminds, E. Howard Hunt (Woody Harrelson) and G. Gordon Liddy (Justin Theroux). The series will focus on how they accidentally brought down the presidency that the Nixon administration was trying to protect by showcasing events before, during and after the scandal.

Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux portray E. Howard and G. Gordon in the series. Alongside Harrelson and Theroux, “Game of Thrones” alum Lena Headey and “Reboot” star Judy Greer will play the wives of Hunt and Liddy. The series’ official trailer teased that stars Ike Barinholtz, Kiernan Shipka and David Krumholtz will make an appearance in the show as well. 

The series will be on HBO Max on May 1.

2.  “Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story”

Courtesy of Netflix.

The beloved Netflix series “Bridgerton” is getting a prequel spin-off with the new show “Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story.”

The series will focus on the young Queen Charlotte’s (India Ria Amarteifio) marriage to King George (Corey Mylchreest) and how Charlotte adapted to being a Royal. The show will also tell the stories of young Violet Bridgerton (Connie Jenkins-Greig) and Lady Danbury (Arsema Thomas).

“Bridgerton” cast members Golda Rosheuvel, Adjoa Andoh and Ruth Gemmell are reprising their roles in this spin-off series. Fans can also expect to see new faces such as India Ria Amarteifio, who will play the young Queen Charlotte, Corey Mylchreest as King George, Connie Jenkins-Greig as Young Violet Ledger before she becomes a Bridgerton and Arsema Thomas as Lady Danbury.

The six-episode show will premiere on May 4. In the meantime, seasons one and two of “Bridgerton” are available to watch on Netflix.

3.  “Muppet Mayhem”

Courtesy of Disney Plus.

After a nine-year hiatus, the Muppets are back on screen! But this time, the Muppet house band Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem are in the spotlight for a new Disney series.

The show follows Electric Mayhem as they go on a musical adventure to record their first studio album. The six-piece band, which consists of Dr. Teeth (Bill Barretta), Animal (Eric Jacobson), Floyd Pepper (Matt Vogel), Janice (David Rudman), Zoot (Dave Goelz) and Lips (Peter Linz), get together with a young music executive Nora Singh (Lilly Singh) who plans to make them a global success.

Alongside the band members of Electric Mayhem, there will be guest appearances from Tahj Mowry and YouTube star Lilly Singh in the series. Disney+ has yet to confirm if more guests will be added to the show, such as other Muppet characters. 

“Muppet Mayhem” will be available on May 10 on Disney+.

4.  “The Great”

Courtesy of Hulu.

Hulu’s original series “The Great” is returning for season three this May. The show ended with Vekementov leading troops to arrest several Russian nobles who had plotted to kill Catherine (Elle Fanning) and reinstate Peter (Nicholas Hoult). The series finale also consisted of Catherine admitting her feelings for Peter during her wedding preparation to Maxim (Miles Jupp). However, her feelings turn sour when she discovers that Peter slept with her mother, leaving her heartbroken. The finale was certainly drama-filled and the show promised to pick up right where it left off, with season three revolving around more court machinations, complicated relationships and coup attempts. Hulu has yet to confirm further information about the new season’s plotline. 

While we wait for season three to release on May 12, fans can catch up on the series on Hulu.

5.  “XO, Kitty”

Courtesy of Netflix.

If you’ve recently been missing the characters from “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” have no worries because Netflix is releasing a spin-off series of the film franchise. However, this time the story will follow Kitty (Anna Cathcart), Lara Jean Covey’s (Lana Condor) younger sister.

The show will be about the teenage matchmaker Kitty who moves halfway across the world to Korea to reunite with her long-distance boyfriend. When she arrives, Kitty finds that a relationship is much more complex when her feelings are on the line.

The series will have both new and returning cast members. Netflix confirmed that Kitty’s father, Dan Covey (John Corbett), and his now wife Trina Rothschild (Sarayu Rao) will return for the series. New characters will also be added to the show, such as Choi Min-Yeong who will replace Ho-Young Jeon’s role as Kitty’s long-distance boyfriend. This is in addition to Gia Kim, Sang Heon Lee, Anthony Keyvan and Regan Aliyah, who will play Kitty’s classmates.

“XO, Kitty” will premiere on May 18 on Netflix.  

6.  “American Born Chinese”

Courtesy of Disney Plus.

Disney announced earlier this year that Disney+ is releasing a new series called “American Born Chinese.” Now the show’s release is soon approaching.

The series is based on the genre-hopping graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang, “American Born Chinese,” which focuses on Jin Wang (Ben Wang), an average teenager juggling high school with his home life. On the first day of the new school year, Jin meets a new foreign exchange student named Wei-Chen (Jim Liu), which causes Jin to be pulled into a battle among the Gods of Chinese mythology.

This show has a star-studded cast. According to the Disney+ website, the main cast includes Ben Wang, Yeo Yann Yann, Chin Han, Ke Huy Quan, Jimmy Liu, Sydney Taylor, Daniel Wu and Michelle Yeoh. Viewers can also anticipate seeing Oscar-nominated Stephanie Hsu, who was shown in the teaser trailer. Her character will be a deity in Chinese folk religion and Taoism. 

“American Born Chinese” will be available on May 24 on Disney+. 

By Destiny Esparza

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