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TVLine Items: Hacks Ups 2 to Series Regulars, Survivor 45 Winner Joins Jeff Probst Podcast and More

Hacks fans will be seeing more of Kayla and Jimmy in the future.

Megan Stalter and Paul W. Downs, who’ve appeared as the dynamic duo on the Max comedy since Season 1, have been upgraded to series regulars for Season 3, Variety reports. Downs co-created the show with Lucia Aniello and Jen Statsky, and serves as a co-showrunner, EP, writer and director in addition to acting.

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Production on Season 3 began in December 2022 but then paused in February 2023, as series lead Jean Smart underwent and recovered from an undisclosed heart procedure. Production resumed in mid-March but paused again for the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. As announced back in January, Hacks’ long-awaited third season is officially set to release on Max this spring.

The upcoming episodes will see Deborah (Smart) riding the waves of her successful stand-up special a year after parting while Ava (Hannah Einbinder) looks for new opportunities in Los Angeles.

Ready for some more recent newsy nuggets? Well…

* Survivor 45 winner Dee Valladares is taking over for Rick Devens as co-host of On Fire With Jeff Probst, the show’s official podcast. Its first episode of the season will drop Wednesday, Feb. 28, immediately following the two-hour premiere of Survivor 46 (8/7c on CBS).

*Hulu has released the official trailer for Season 2 of the comedy Extraordinary, which will debut all eight episodes on Wednesday, March 6:

* Hulu’s Vanderpump Villa will premiere with its first three episodes on Monday, April 1. The new unscripted docu-drama follows Lisa Vanderpump’s hand-selected staff as they work, live, and play at an exclusive French estate: Chateau Rosabelle.

* Piper Perabo (Covert Affairs, Yellowstone) has been cast opposite Daniel Dae Kim in Prime Video’s graphic novel adaptation Butterfly, our sister site Variety reports.

* SNL alum Jay Pharoah is set to host Fox’s The Quiz With Balls, which is described as “a high-stakes quiz show with a large-scale physical competition,” in which two families compete for $100,000. As for gameplay specifics, it sounds a bit like Wipeout…? Tune in and find out this summer!

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