New and Returning Summer TV Series

Highlights include Amy Adams in "Sharp Objects," "Queer Eye," "GLOW," "Better Call Saul" and "The Sinner"

Jun 19, 2018 at 1:32 pm
click to enlarge Amy Adams in HBO's "Sharp Objects" - PHOTO: Anne Marie Fox/HBO
PHOTO: Anne Marie Fox/HBO
Amy Adams in HBO's "Sharp Objects"

Summertime, and the livin’s easy. What better time to Netflix and chill? Here are some new and returning series to tune into during your summer vacay.

Queer Eye (Season Premiere, Friday, Netflix) – Another installment with the feel-good Fab Five just months after its Netflix debut! Can you believe? While creator David Collins has expressed interest in filming a season in his hometown of Cincinnati, Season 2 brings Jonathan, Tan, Antoni, Karamo and Bobby back to Georgia for another eight episodes (which makes me wonder if they filmed both seasons concurrently). The guys are currently filming in the rural Australian town of Yass, New South Wales — making them Yass queens — which could make for an interesting international third season, considering the country voted to make same-sex marriage legal just last year. For now, look forward to the guys working to better the lives of folks in the American South, including a straight woman and a trans man.

Luke Cage (Season Premiere, June 22, Netflix) – Harlem’s hoodie-donning hero is out of prison and openly in the spotlight in Season 2 of this Marvel drama. With last season’s baddies Cottonmouth and Diamondback dead and M.I.A., respectively, a new villain arises in Bushmaster (Mustafa Shakir), who proves to be quite the match for the “bulletproof black man.” If you missed out on Netflix’s The Defenders — the 2017 companion series that unites Cage with Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist — beware that some action has gone down that will impact this season.

GLOW (Season Premiere, June 29, Netflix) – The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling are a hit — both on Netflix and as an ’80s late-night cable show — and the women must navigate a new type of fame. This time around, Debbie hopes to become a producer, only to be confronted by a boys’ club situation (relevant); Ruth falls for a camera guy; one character gets injured; another experiences a sexual revelation; and one woman copes with being sexually harassed (relevant!).

Sharp Objects (Series Premiere, 9 p.m. July 8, HBO) – Based on the psychological thriller by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, this miniseries stars Amy Adams as a reporter recently released from a psychiatric hospital who returns to her hometown to cover the murder of two girls while confronting her past and personal struggles. Directed by Big Little Lies Jean-Marc Vallée, this dark eight-parter’s cast also includes Patricia Clarkson, Elizabeth Perkins and Chris Messina.

The Sinner (Season Premiere, 10 p.m. Aug. 1, USA) – Surprise! Last year’s surprisingly compelling (and supposedly standalone) “whydunnit” miniseries featuring Jessica Biel’s major comeback is getting a second season after all. Underrated powerhouse Carrie Coon (The Leftovers, Fargo) takes over as the lead, with Bill Pullman reprising his role as Detective Harry Ambrose, who investigates why a child in rural New York murdered his parents.

Better Call Saul (Season Premiere, 9 p.m. Aug. 6, AMC) – This Breaking Bad prequel spin-off has quickly proven itself to be an outstanding drama in its own right. Still, it’s fascinating to watch Jimmy McGill’s journey unfold, bringing him closer and closer to the Saul Goodman we know from the original series. It’s now clear that Season 3’s heartbreaking ending was the catalyst for Jimmy’s transformation into Saul, and this season we find him taking a more criminal approach, putting his law career and relationship with Kim at risk.

Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Cleveland Browns (Season Premiere, 10 p.m. Aug. 7, HBO) – Offering an intriguing look into the NFL’s version of summer camp, this HBO doc heads north to cover the Browns for five weeks leading to the start of the season. The underdogs were reportedly the series’ top pick to feature this season.

Insecure (Season Premiere, Aug. 12, HBO) – The last season of Issa Rae’s A+ comedy left off with Issa moving in with Daniel after finally finding closure in her breakup with Lawrence, while Molly continues her relationship with a married friend amid dealing with some utter workplace bullshit. Few details are out about Season 3, but Rae has said she hopes to explore themes of toxic masculinity and its effect on black women… it’s a hilarious show, I swear.

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