Summer TV Preview

Get ready for some serious show-binging this summer — new and returning series include Outcast, O.J.: Made in America, Ride with Norman Reedus, Mr. Robot and many others.

May 25, 2016 at 11:48 am
click to enlarge Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson in Mr. Robot
Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson in Mr. Robot

Outcast (Series Premiere, 10 p.m. June 3, Cinemax) – Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman adapts another one of his graphic novels for television with this horror-drama starring Patrick Fugit. Kyle Barnes (Fugit) has faced demonic possession his whole life. After joining forces with a reverend who has demons of his own, the two search for answers for Kyle, but what they find has far greater implications.

O.J.: Made in America (Miniseries Premiere, 9 p.m. June 11, ABC) – America has O.J. fever once again, thanks in part to the wildly popular miniseries American Crime Story’s take on the infamous murder trial. This buzzed-about ESPN doc examines Simpson in terms of race and celebrity. The almost 8-hour film airs in five parts beginning June 11 on ABC and ESPN and continues June 14-18 on ESPN.

Ride with Norman Reedus (Series Premiere, 10 p.m. June 12, AMC) – The Walking Dead’s resident biker has a real-life passion for motorcycles, so Reedus is hitting the road between seasons of the zombie hit to take in the culture at custom bike shops, tattoo parlors, warehouses and more across the country.

Uncle Buck (Series Premiere, 9 p.m. June 14, ABC) – The classic John Hughes comedy starring John Candy as the scheming but lovable titular character got the TV treatment back in 1990 on CBS, but was canceled during the first season. Now, ABC is giving it a shot with an African-American cast starring Mike Epps. Unfortunately, I just don’t see the handsome Epps filling those very big shoes.

Mr. Robot (Season 2 Premiere, 10 p.m. July 13, USA) – This Golden Globe-winning psychological thriller about a programmer-turned-hacker struggling with mental illness and drug addiction returns for another trippy ride. And just because Elliot learned the truth about Mr. Robot doesn’t mean he’s going away.

Vice Principals (Series Premiere, 10:30 p.m. July 17,  HBO) – Danny McBride returns to HBO Sunday nights as yet another character who shouldn’t work at a school! As vice principal of discipline, Neal Gamby (McBride) is paired with vice principal of curriculum Lee Russell (Justified’s Walton Goggins) to basically run a high school.


The Path (Season Finale, Hulu) – With his doubts made public, Eddie faces the reality of losing everyone he knows. Cal reveals the final three rungs to the congregation; Sarah discovers a disturbing secret about The Movement; Eddie seeks truth in Peru. One of the best new shows to debut in 2016 so far, The Path’s Season 2 is a go.


Game of Thrones (9 p.m., HBO) – Sam and Gilly arrive in Oldtown, where Gilly gets a heavy dose of “meet the parents”; as Margaery prepares for her walk of atonement, Jaime takes a stand against the High Sparrow; Arya contemplates a tough decision; and an “old foe” returns.


Roots (Miniseries Premiere, 9 p.m., A&E/History/Lifetime) – This remake of the iconic 1977 ABC miniseries (which is based on Alex Haley’s 1976 novel, Roots: The Saga of an American Family;) stars Laurence Fishburne, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anna Paquin, Mekhi Phifer, Forest Whitaker and newcomer Malachi Kirby as Kunta Kinte, a Gambian man kidnapped from his West African home and sold to British slave traders and shipped to 18th-century America. Airs in four parts nightly through Thursday.

Scream (Season Premiere, 11 p.m., MTV) – Killers gon’ kill.


Maya & Marty (Series Premiere, 10 p.m., NBC) – Maya Rudolph and Martin Short host this new variety show produced by Saturday Night Live’s Lorne Michaels.

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