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SUMMER TV 2017
Everything you need to see in June, July and August.
By Bill Frost
After a fall-winter-spring blur of Too Many Shows, you're thinking to yourself, "Summer is finally here—I can take a break from TV. Praise the Lord!" Sorry, your god has abandoned you: Here are 30 new and returning series you're going to have to watch this summer, because Peak TV knows no season.
In the unexpected return of Flaked (Season 2 premiere; Friday, June 2, Netflix), Chip (Will Arnett) heads back to Venice to rehab his ruined Local Hero status, if not his booze problem. Matters are even more dire for the gang on Fear the Walking Dead (Season 3 premiere, Sunday, June 4, AMC), as vigilante Build the Zombie Wall border patrollers won't allow them to cross back over from Mexico. It could be worse; they could be struggling comedians in 1970s Hollywood—which is the setting for I'm Dying Up Here (series debut, Sunday, June 4, Showtime).
Tim Heidecker re-ups for more ultra-violent spy action in Decker: Unclassified (Season 2 premiere, Sunday, June 4, Adult Swim), while Latina heroine(?) Teresa (Alice Braga) continues her quest to rule the drug trade in Queen of the South (Season 2 premiere, Thursday, June 8, USA), and the ladies of Litchfield are still doing time in Orange is the New Black (Season 5 premiere, Friday, June 9, Netflix), hackers be damned.
The ragtag crew of ridiculously good-looking intergalactic criminals remain lost in space in Dark Matter (Season 3 premiere, Friday, June 9, Syfy), and TV's coolest demon hunter is back and gunning for souls in Wynonna Earp (Season 2 premiere, Friday, June 9, Syfy). Meanwhile, the end is near for the Clone Club in the final run of Orphan Black (Season 5 premiere, Saturday, June 10, BBC America), and even nearer for frenemies Billie and Gene in the two-weekend burn-off of Idiotsitter (Season 2 premiere, Saturday, June 10, Comedy Central).
An all-star cast chews scenery and buffs cuticles in new Florida nail-salon dramedy Claws (series debut, Sunday, June 11, TNT), and primetime goes grindhouse with Blood Drive (series debut, Wednesday, June 14, Syfy), about a cross-country death race where the cars run on—what else?—blood. The Mist (series debut, Thursday, June 22, Spike) rolls out more subtle Stephen King-y scares, and the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling finally get their '80s-spandexed due in the Alison Brie-led docu-comedy GLOW (series debut, Friday, June 23, Netflix).
Fiddy Cent's nightclubs 'n' drugs drama Power (Season 4 premiere, Sunday, June 25, Starz) finds kingpin Ghost (Omari Hardwick) caught in the middle of a, yep, power struggle, while Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy finally hit the road looking for God in Preacher (Season 2 premiere, Sunday, June 25, AMC). Liza (Sutton Foster) deals with the fallout of her bestie Kelsey (Hilary Duff) learning her dark, old secret in Younger (Season 4 premiere, Wednesday, June 28, TV Land), and everybody's favorite ragtag trio of ridiculously good-looking interplanetary bounty hunters gear up to fight the good-ish fight in Killjoys (Season 3 premiere, Friday, June 30, Syfy).
John Singleton's Snowfall (series debut, Wednesday, July 5, FX) dramatizes the crack-cocaine epidemic of '80s Los Angeles, while modernized period piece Will (series debut, Monday, July 10, TNT) juices the legend of a young William Shakespeare as he arrives in the, wait for it, "punk-rock theatre scene of 16th century London."
Game of Thrones ... Yeah, nothing more needs to be said here (Season 7 premiere, Sunday, July 16, HBO). In the final stretch of The Strain (Season 4 premiere, Sunday, July 16, FX), nuclear winter is in full effect, the Strigoli vampires have seized the planet, and our heroes are down for the count—but are they, really? Meanwhile, Ballers (Season 3 premiere, Sunday, July 23, HBO) and Insecure (Season 2 premiere, Sunday, July 23, HBO) are paired-up for the most incongruent HBO hour ever, and Midnight, Texas (series debut, Monday, July 24, NBC) takes Charlaine Harris' supernatural novels for a TV spin.
Would you believe ... Sharknado 5 (movie premiere, Sunday, Aug. 6, Syfy)? Marvel's The Defenders (series debut, Friday, Aug. 18, Netflix) finally brings together Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist for a dysfunctional superhero team-up, while the 21st go-round of South Park (Season 21 premiere, Wednesday, Aug. 23, Comedy Central) attempts to find the funny in Trump's America—if he's still in office at this point. Fortunately, Abbi and Illana drop the long-long-long-awaited comeback of Broad City (Season 4 premiere, Wednesday, Aug. 23, Comedy Central), and the new take on The Tick (series debut, Friday, Aug. 25, Amazon Prime) might reunify the country, after all. Spoon!