We’re almost two full weeks into June 2021 and with that of course comes a whole slew of exciting television news and announcements, as well as trailers and cast reveals.

The past seven days have been so packed with compelling reports and stunning unveilings, that we’ve packed together the five most prominent stories so you can keep up with the hype train!

Here’s our June 12 TV News Roundup…

Loki’s premiere gets rave reviews

The highly-anticipated Loki made its debut on Disney+ this week - following the success of fellow Marvel Studios original series WandaVision and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier - immediately impressing the likely-millions that tuned in to see Tom Hiddleston return to the titular, villainous role.

We saw as the God of Mischief found a whole slew of Infinity Stones, only to discover that whilst he and they were stuck with the Time Variance Authority (TVA), they held no power whatsoever. In a pretty hilarious court scene, the Trickster was also brought crashing back down to reality when he tried to use his special abilities, only to find out that his powers weren’t useable at the TVA.

Though he’s always been a point of annoyance for the Avengers, fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe can’t help but love Loki. Now that he’s been given the opportunity to truly shine and take a step from villain into the realm of anti-hero, audiences are happier than ever before.

Following the premiere, Loki sits with a whopping score of 96% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, with 85% of audiences agreeing it’s worth the watch. Let’s hope the standard stays high moving through the rest of the series!

Trailer for Nicole Kidman’s Nine Perfect Stranger revealed

Nicole Kidman is stepping into one of the most mysterious roles in her life it would appear, following the release of the first-look trailer for upcoming drama Nine Perfect Strangers, exclusive to Amazon Prime Video in the UK.

Based on the book of the same name, the show will see Kidman step into the role of health-and-wellness resort director Masha; a woman described as being "on a mission to reinvigorate tired minds and bodies”. As she welcomes the titular nine strangers to her resort, what looks to be a pathway to a better way of living soon turns into something much deeper and more complicated than any of them could have imagined.

An all-star cast comes together alongside Kidman, including Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Boone, Luke Evans, Bobby Cannavale, Regina Hall and Michael Shannon.

The series makes its debut on August 20th, 2021.

Netflix announce Far Cry animated series

The official Netflix Geeked Twitter account this week revealed that the streaming platform was working alongside Ubisoft to develop a brand new Far Cry animated series, based on the bestselling, critically-acclaimed video game franchise of the same name.

It appears that the project is in some of its earliest stages, as no further details as to plot, cast or release date were announced, but just this tidbit of information was enough to get gamers excited to potentially see some of their favourite video game characters make their way to the small screen, as well as maybe seeing some new and original stories from the Far Cry universe explored.

Live-action Resident Evil show cast details

Another video game getting the television treatment on Netflix is Resident Evil, following the film series which saw Milla Jovovich battle against the undead across six action-packed movies. Jovovich won’t be returning for the TV show however and so, fans have been wondering just who will be taking the reins for this new venture into the Resident Evil universe.

The official Netflix Geeked Twitter account made the reveal that New Raccoon City and its residents were going to be brought to life by a cast that includes Lance Reddick as the villain Albert Wesker, alongside Ella Balinska, Tamara Smart, Siena Agudong, Adeline Rudolph and Paola Nunez.

There's no news just yet on whether or not production has officially started but, in the wait for the live-action show, we do have animated series Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness hitting Netflix on July 8th, 2021.

Shadow & Bone renewed for second season

Fantasy drama Shadow & Bone will be returning to Netflix for a second outing, it has been revealed. The show must have fared better with audiences than recent superhero Netflix series Jupiter’s Legacy, which has been cancelled by the streaming platform after just one season.

Based on the first two novels in the series Grishaverse by Leigh Bardugo, the story follows a female cartographer who discovers she has the magical ability to summon light, which could change the world as everybody knows it forever. With the help of allies she is tasked with controlling the darkness but, evil forces are out to ensure they keep the upper-hand in any future battles.

Though it was only revealed this week, a second season is no shock to those who saw the series had 1.2 billion viewing minutes according to Nielsen streaming figures, after being on Netflix for just two weeks.

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