16 New And Returning Series to Watch This Summer

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Summer is here! Last Thursday, June 21st, was this year’s summer solstice – the official first day of the summer season. With the start of the summer means the return of some of our favourite television series and the premieres of ones that will soon join that list. Here are 16 New and Returning Series to Watch This Summer.

1. Glow – June 29th

Will Air On: Netflix

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Sydelle Noel, Britney Young and Marc Maron.

Synopsis: In 1980s LA, a crew of misfits reinvent themselves as the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. A comedy by the team behind “Orange is the New Black.” – Netflix.

2. A Very English Scandal – June 29th

Will Air On: Amazon

Genre: Drama

Starring: Hugh Grant, Benwishaw, Monica Dolan, Alice Orr-Ewing, Alex Jennings and Jonathan Hyde.

Synopsis: It is the late 1960s, homosexuality has only just been decriminalised, and Jeremy Thorpe, the leader of the Liberal party, has a secret he is desperate to hide. – BBC One.

3. Power – July 1st

Will Air On: Starz

Genre: Drama

Starring: Omari Hardwick, Michael Rainey Jr., Joseph Sikora, 50 Cent, Lela Loren, Naturi Naughton, Andy Bean, Adam Huss, Kathrine Narducci, Luis Antonio Ramos, Greg Serano, Sinqua Walls, Lucy Walters, Rotimi, David Fumero, Shane Johnson, J.R. Ramirez, Jerry Ferrara, Callan Mulvey, La La Anthony, Matt Cedeño, Sung Kang, William Sadler, Brandon Victor Dixon, Andrea Rachel-Parker and Larenz Tate.

Synopsis: In Season 5 James “Ghost” St. Patrick in a dangerous alliance with his former brother-in-arms Tommy Egan and mortal enemy Kanan. Ghost is blind to new enemies and must remain vigilant toward those wanting to take him down. – Starz.

4. Sharp Objects – July 8th

Will Air On: HBO

Genre: Thriller

Starring: Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Eliza Scanlen, Elizabeth Perkins and Matt Craven

Synopsis: Based on the book of the same name by The New York Times bestselling author Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, Dark Places), this eight-episode series tells the story of reporter Camille Preaker (Adams) who returns to her small hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. Trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, she finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely. – HBO.

5. The Outpost – July 10th

Will Air On: The CW & SyFy

Genre: Fantasy

Starring: Jessica Green, Jake Stormoen, Imogen Waterhouse, Andrew Howard, Anand Desai-Barochia and Robyn Malcolm.

Synopsis: Talon, the lone survivor of the Blackbloods, sets off to track her family’s killers, and discovers her supernatural powers, which she must learn to harness. – IMDB.

6. Harlots – July 11th

Will Air On: Hulu

Genre: Period Drama

Starring: Samantha Morton, Lesley Manville, Jessica Brown Findlay, Dorothy Atkinson, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Rory Fleck Byrne, Kate Fleetwood, Edward Hogg, Richard McCabe, Tim McInnerny, Danny Sapani, Hugh Skinner, Eloise Smyth and Fenella Woolgar.

Synopsis: Margaret Wells struggles to reconcile her roles as brothel owner and mother to daughters Charlotte and Lucy. When her business comes under attack from Lydia Quigley, a rival madam with a ruthless streak, Margaret must fight back even if it means losing her family and possibly her life. – Hulu.

7. Suits – July 18th

Will Air On: USA

Genre: Drama

Starring: Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Rick Hoffman, Meghan Markle, Sarah Rafferty, Gina Torres, Amanda Schull, Dulé Hill and Katherine Heigl.

Synopsis: Suits centers on a fast-paced Manhattan corporate law firm led by legendary lawyer Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), his intelligent but delicate partner, Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman), and secretary-turned-COO Donna Paulsen (Sarah Rafferty). After surviving leadership turmoil and the loss of key partners, the trio continues to tackle top corporate cases with the support of the formidable Alex Williams (Dulé Hill) and the undeniably talented Katrina Bennett (Amanda Schull). After muscling her way into the firm, powerhouse attorney Samantha Wheeler (Katherine Heigl) joins the ranks of Specter Litt and challenges the status quo. Together, these top minds must rely on their knowledge, wit and intuition to keep their clients at bay and their firm afloat. Suits hails from Universal Cable Productions. – USA.

8. Wynonna Earp – July 20th

Will Air On: SyFy

Genre: Dark Fantasy, Drama, Horror Western, Supernatural

Starring: Melanie Scrofano, Shamier Anderson, Tim Rozon and Dominique Provost-Chalkley.

Synopsis: Wynonna Earp follows Wyatt Earp’s great granddaughter as she battles demons and other creatures. With her unique abilities, and a posse of dysfunctional allies, she’s the only thing that can bring the paranormal to justice. – SyFy.

9. Castle Rock – July 25th

Will Air On: Hulu

Genre: Horror, Supernatural, Thriller

Starring: André Holland, Jane Levy, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Lynskey, Bill Skarsgård, Scott Glenn and Terry O’Quinn.

Synopsis: Based on the stories of Stephen King, the series will intertwine characters and themes from the fictional town of Castle Rock. – IMDB.

10. Orange is the New Black – July 27th

Will Air On: Netflix

Genre: Comedy-drama

Starring: Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Michael Harney, Michelle Hurst, Kate Mulgrew, Jason Biggs, Uzo Aduba, Danielle Brooks, Natasha Lyonne, Taryn Manning, Selenis Leyva, Adrienne C. Moore, Dascha Polanco, Nick Sandow, Yael Stone, Samira Wiley, Jackie Cruz, Lea DeLaria, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Jessica Pimentel.

Synopsis: A privileged New Yorker ends up in a women’s prison when a past crime catches up with her in this Emmy-winning series from the creator of “Weeds.” – Netflix.

11. The Sinner – August 1st

Will Air On: USA

Genre: Crime-drama, Mystery

Starring: Bill Pullman and Carrie Coon.

Synopsis: Season 2 lures Detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) back to his hometown in rural New York to assess an unsettling and heart wrenching crime — parents murdered by their 11-year-old son, with no apparent motive. As Ambrose realises there’s nothing ordinary about the boy or where he came from, the investigation pulls him into the hidden darkness of his hometown. He’s pitted against those who’ll stop at nothing to protect its secrets — and a mysterious woman who proves to be a complicated, enigmatic piece to this haunting puzzle. – Den of Geek.

12. Better Call Saul – August 6th

Will Air On: AMC

Genre: Crime-drama, Black Comedy, Legal-drama

Starring: Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Michael Mando, Michael McKean and Giancarlo Esposito.

Synopsis: In Better Call Saul’s fourth season, Chuck’s death catalyses Jimmy McGill’s (Odenkirk) transformation into Saul Goodman. In the wake of his loss, Jimmy takes steps into the criminal world that will put his future as a lawyer – and his relationship with Kim (Rhea Seehorn) – in jeopardy. Chuck’s (Michael McKean) death deeply affects former colleagues Howard (Patrick Fabian) and Kim as well, putting the two of them once again on opposite sides of a battle sparked by the Brothers McGill.

Meanwhile, Mike Ehrmantraut takes a more active role as Madrigal Electromotive’s newest (and most thorough) security consultant. It’s a volatile time to be in Gus Fring’s employ, as Hector’s collapse sends shock waves throughout the Albuquerque underworld and throws the cartel into chaos — tearing apart both Gus and Nacho’s well-laid plans. While Gus changes course, Nacho finds himself in the crosshairs of deadly forces. – Den of Geek.

13. Insecure – August 12th

Will Air On: HBO

Genre: Comedy-drama

Starring: Issa Rae, Jay Ellis, Yvonne Orji, Lisa Joyce, Natasha Rothwell, Amanda Seales and Y’lan Noel.

Synopsis: Creator Issa Rae (The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl) stars as Issa Dee, who struggles to navigate the tricky professional and personal terrain of Los Angeles along with her best friend Molly (Yvonne Orji). – HBO.

14. Ballers – August 12th

Will Air On: HBO

Genre: Comedy-drama

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Rob Corddry, John David Washington, Omar Miller, Donovan W. Carter, Troy Garity, London Brown, Jazmyn Simon and Arielle Kebbel.

Synopsis: Success hits hard. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars in this series as a retired football superstar trying to reinvent himself as a financial manager for current players in sun-soaked Miami. – HBO.

15. Fear The Walking Dead – August 12th

Will Air On: AMC

Genre: Post-apocalyptic, Horror, Drama

Starring: Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Maggie Grace, Colman Domingo, Danay García, Garret Dillahunt, Lennie James and Jenna Elfman.

Synopsis: In Season 4 of Fear the Walking Dead, fans will see the world of Madison Clark (Kim Dickens) and her family through new eyes — the eyes of Morgan Jones (Lennie James), joining the story from the world of The Walking Dead.

In the new season, the characters’ immediate past mixes with an uncertain present of struggle and discovery as they meet new friends, foes and threats. They fight for each other, against each other and against a legion of the dead, all to somehow build an existence amid the crushing pressure of lives coming apart.

There will be darkness and light; terror and grace; the heroic, mercenary, and craven, all crashing together towards a new reality for Fear the Walking Dead. – AMC.

16. Disenchantment – August 17th

Will Air On: Netflix

Genre: Adult animation, Animated sitcom, Fantasy

Starring: Abbi Jacobson, Nat Faxon, Eric Andre, John DiMaggio, Billy West, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille, David Herman and Lucy Montgomery.

Synopsis: This animated series from Matt Groening follows the misadventures of a hard-drinking princess, her feisty elf companion and her personal demon. – Netflix.

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