1. Preacher, premieres May 22nd on AMC, stars Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Lucy Griffiths, Derek Wilson, Ian Colletti, W. Earl Brown, Anatol Yusef, and Tom Brooke. Based on the DC Comics series of the same name, Preacher follows a West Texas preacher named Jesse Custer, who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that causes him to develop a highly unusual power. While I am sad that we will not longer see Dominic Cooper as the hilarious Howard Stark on Agent Carter, I am excited to see him in this new role. This show just looks like it will be a lot of fun.
2. Roots, premieres May 30 on A&E, History and Lifetime, stars Malachi Kirby, Anika Noni Rose, Forest Whitaker, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Rege-Jean Page, Anna Paquin, Tip “TI” Harris, Laurence Fishburne, Chad L. Coleman, Erica Tazel, Lane Garrison, Mekhi Phifer, Matthew Goode, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Sedale Threatt Jr., James Purefoy, Derek Luke, and G. Hannelius. This remake of the 1977 ABC mini-series is based on Alex Haley’s novel, “Roots: The Saga of an American Family.” It tells the story of Kunta Kinte, an 18th-century African who was captured and sold into slavery in the United States, and follows his life and the life of his descendants. I have never watched the original mini-series, but this reboot looks fantastic.
3. Feed the Beast, premieres June 5th on AMC, stars David Schwimmer, Jim Sturgess, Michael Gladis, Christine Adams, Lorenza Izzo, Elijah Jacob, and John Doman. Two best friends follow their dream of opening an upscale restaurant in the Bronx, while dealing with the New York restaurant world, which includes petty criminals, corrupt officials, and violent mobsters. I have not read very much about this show, and AMC seems to be promoting Preacher a little more, but it looks interesting and I like the cast, so I will check it out.
4. Animal Kingdom, premieres June 14th on TNT, stars Scott Speedman, Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson, Jake Weary, Finn Cole, and Ellen Barkin. Based on the movie of the same name, this series is about a Southern California crime family, and the detective investigating them. I am, and will forever be, Team Ben, so watching a new Scott Speedman show is a no-brainer for me. Then you add Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson *and* Ellen Barkin, and I am all in.