There is so much good TV premiering this summer, it's hard to know where to begin. Lucky for you, we've compiled a concise list of the eight most promising television events of the season. This is, by no means, a comprehensive list, but these shows are ones you definitely shouldn't miss.
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I Love Dick
When and where: Amazon, airing now
Starring: Kevin Bacon and Katherine Hahn
I Love Dick is a strange show, I'll admit. Basically, it's art about art. But it's also about gender politics, the struggle of marriage, desire, creativity and humiliation. It gets pretty heavy, but it's so, so, so good.
Kevin Bacon plays Dick Jarret, cowboy and prolific artist, who runs a fellowship program at the prestigious art museum in Marfa, Texas. Dick quickly becomes the object of desire of one of his students' wives, Chris (Katherine Hahn.) The entire eight episodes is a negotiation of this desire, and works through a lot of stuff about the female gaze and the fragility of masculinity.
It's a little abstract in places, and can read a little academic in others, but overall, it's definitely worth the watch. Jill Soloway, from Transparent, executive produces, and it has her aesthetic all over it.
When and where: May 19, Netflix
Continuing in the success of previous true crime series, Netflix examines the cold case of a murdered nun in Baltimore. The show, riveting in its presentation and cinematography, doesn't just examine the "whodunnit" of the crime, but really digs in on the coverup.
It may technically be about the now deceased Sister Cathy, but the real stars of the series are the Baltimore police department and the detectives that worked the case. Obviously, it's got a lot of plot twists, and you'll be left wondering how in the heck something like this could happen.
When and where: May 21, Showtime
Starring: Kyle MacLachlan, Madchen Amick, Sherilynn Fenn, Laura Dern
This is one of the most anticipated reboots of the year. It picks up 25 years after the murder of Laura Palmer. If you recall from the 1990 original, the show revolved around solving Laura's murder in the weird Pacific Northwest town that shares the series' name.
There's not a lot circulating right now about plot or premise, but it's from the same producer, David Lynch, so you can expect a show that honors its bizarre and beautiful roots. You can catch up on seasons 1 and 2 on Netflix, and showrunners suggest watching the movie, Fire Walk with Me, before the premiere of the new series.
When and where: May 24, ABC
Starring: Abigail Breslin and Colt Prattes
Don't protest this remake on sheer principal. You might like it. Well, probably not, but you definitely don't want to miss out on all that Twitter and water cooler talk. It's essentailly the same movie as the 1987 classic, so it will all seem pretty familiar.
If you recall, the original wasn't breaking cinematic ground, but it became a fan favorite and classic in the romantic-comedy canon. Of course, most of this was directly a result of Patrick Swayze's charisma, and I doubt we get half the chemistry in the new as the old.
However, it's bound to be pretty entertaining, and the internet is sure to be abuzz with lots of opinion. Sometimes its fun to watch things that are a little embarrassing, like when you make your dog wear a Halloween costume. It's not right, but you can't really look away.
When and where: June 23, Netflix
Starring: Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Ellen Wong, Kate Nash
Some of you might not remember the fleeting success of the GLOW league in the 1980s, and I'm very sorry for you. The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling was all-female professional wrestling league that gained notoriety for its sensational storylines, outlandish violence and frankly, the exploitation of its stars.
Alison Brie plays Ruth, an out-of-work actress who is cast for the show before it became popular. The show is about the ladies' rise to fame, and of course, their friendships and romantic entanglements.
This particular corner of popular culture has not been mined to death, and it's really good to see a story told that's about women, by women. And it's always a nifty perk when a show can hit us right in our nostalgia feels.
When and where: July 24, NBC
Starring: Francois Arnaud, Dylan Bruce, Arielle Kebel
Midnight, Texas is from the same author as the True Blood books, so you can expect a lot of campy supernatural stuff, wacky Southern characters, lots of abs and cheekbones, and (probably) so much blood. Critics are calling it a True Blood-light, and it's promising to be summer's biggest monster show.
Midnight is a dusty town in Texas where misfits go to find a place to fit in. There's vampires, psychics and all sorts of supernatural creatures trying to protect their town from outside threats. Although NBC won't have as much latitude with their adaptation as HBO did, it's got real potential.
Bachelor in Paradise
When and where: August 8, ABC
This is always the highlight of the summer guilty pleasure genre. How better to spend the boiling days of August than to watch our favorite Bachelor-franchise alums acting terribly? With all those bikinis and so much booze, Bachelor in Paradise reliably brings us the worst in human behavior.
The exact cast hasn't officially been released, but a look at past seasons will provide as many clues as you need. Look for pot-stirrers and sh*t-talkers, Chad Johnson and Lace Morris.
Marvel's The Defenders
When and where: August 18, Netflix
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Charlie Cox, Finn Jones
In one of the most anticipated crossovers in ... well ... the history of television, Netflix has cornered the market on TV superheroes. The Defenders brings Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil and Iron Fist together to collectively fight their common enemy, The Hand.
This is going to have more fight scenes, car chases, one-liners and interpersonal competition than all of the summer blockbusters put together, and it's going to be awesome. Don't miss this, folks. If you do, you'll probably be the only person in America, with a Netflix subscription, who does.
Which of the new shows are you most looking forward to? Did I leave out a show that has you excited? Leave your answers in the comments below.
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