8 New Summer Shows…

I do not get any screeners ahead of time, and I know that not all of these new series will be winners, but I am interested enough to at least watch the first episode of each.

1. Still Star-Crossed, premieres May 29th on ABC, stars Grant Bowler, Wade Briggs, Torrance Coombs, Dan Hildebrand, Lashana Lynch, Ebonee Noel, Medalion Rahimi, Zuleikha Robinson, Sterling Sulieman, Susan Wooldridge, and Anthony Head. In the wake of Romeo and Juliet’s tragic deaths, the Montague and Capulet rivalry escalates. This has not gotten great reviews, and I have kind of given up on Shondaland shows in general, but I am going to give it a chance.

2. I’m Dying Up Here, premieres June 4th on Showtime, stars Melissa Leo, Ari Graynor, Al Madrigal, Clark Duke, Michael Angarano, RJ Cyler, Andrew Santino, and Erik Griffin. Based on William Knoedelseder’s book of the same name and set in the ’70s, this show is a behind-the-scenes look at a fictional group of stand-up comedians in Los Angeles. It looks fantastic, and I adore Ari Graynor, so I have been waiting for this since it was announced. Let’s hope it lives up to expectations.

3. GLOW, premieres June 23rd on Netflix, stars Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Ellen Wong, Britt Baron, Kimmy Gatewood, Rebekka Johnson, Sunita Mani, Laurie Francene Kinzer, Sydelle Noel, Gayle Rankin, Kia Stevens, Jackie Tohn, Britney Young, and Chris Lowell. Gorgeous. Ladies. Of. Wrestling. Enough said. I am all in.

4. Snowfall, premieres July 5th on FX, stars Damson Idris, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Carter Hudson, and Emily Rios. A look at the early days of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles during the beginning of the 1980s. I do not know much about this cast, or about the show, but I trust the quality of FX Networks shows, and have been intrigued by the promos.

5. The Bold Type, premieres July 11th on Freeform, stars Aisha Dee, Meghann Fahy, Katie Stevens, Melora Hardin, Matt Ward, and Sam Page. Inspired by the life of “Cosmopolitan” editor in chief, Joanna Coles, this show is a glimpse into the outrageous lives of the people working at the women’s magazine, “Scarlet”. Freeform is calling it a “love letter to modern feminism,” and I am ready to be romanced.

6. Salvation, premieres July 12th on CBS, stars Santiago Cabrera, Jennifer Finnigan, Charlie Rowe, Jacqueline Byers, Rachel Drance, Shazi Raja, and Ian Anthony Dale. An enormous asteroid is just six months away from colliding with Earth, and a grad student teams up with a tech billionaire to figure out to save the Earth. This appears to be the serious version of No Tomorrow, minus the “live every day as if it were your last” theme running through it. I am not totally sold, but will check it out.

7. Midnight, Texas, premieres July 25th on NBC, stars François Arnaud, Dylan Bruce, Arielle Kebbel, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Jason Lewis, Peter Mensah, Sarah Ramos, Yul Vazquez. Based on the book series by Charlaine Harris. The town of Midnight sits on a veil between the living and hell, but the townspeople must band together to form an unlikely but strong family. This looks kind of crazy but, I love the cast and think it will be a fun summer show.

8. The Tick August 25th Amazon, stars Peter Serafinowicz, Griffin Newman, Valorie Curry, and Brendan Hines. In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, an accountant with mental health issues and zero powers comes to realize his city is owned by a global super villain long-thought dead. As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero. I never watched the original series, but I enjoyed the pilot (currently available on Amazon) and am interested to see what comes next.

Which summer shows are you most looking forward to? Have I missed anything that you are really excited about?

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