TV summer 2021: what to watch, try and avoid |
Still not quite ready to return to a polite society?
Neither did our senior TV editor, so instead she broke down a summer of TV shows.
Here are a few shows to watch, some to try and some to skip entirely, based on recaps and trailers.
“Physical”, June 18, Apple TV +
“Girls5Eva” brought back the ’90s, so now it’s’ Physique ‘to reverse the time of a decade to the’ 80s, full of big hair and spandex. Rose Byrne stars as a San Diego housewife who finds new meaning and direction as an aerobics instructor. Between the neon trailer and a soundtrack on “Video Killed the Radio Star,” this one seems like an easy win.
“Blindspotting”, June 13, Starz
A lot of people missed Daveed Diggs’ 2018 film “Blindspotting”. At first glance, many should make up for this mistake with the following series, with “Hamilton” star Jasmine Cephas Jones reprising her role as Ashley, who is forced to move with her son into her boyfriend’s mother (showrunner Rafael Casal). house after landing in jail. Through its story and music, “Blindspotting” promises to break not only the justice system, but also Oakland, California, and what it means to survive right now.
“Kevin Can F ** k Himself”, June 20, AMC
Annie Murphy has earned decades of goodwill with her spectacular performance as Alexis on the award-winning sitcom “Schitt’s Creek” and she runs with her in her first post-Rose series as Allison McRoberts, a perfect sitcom wife. , a schlubby husband and all. But then Allison breaks out of her life laughing and realizes what she has become, in what promises to be a sardonic parody of a life of marital inequality.
“Sex / Life”, June 25, Netflix
If “Bridgerton” was the beginning of the conversation about female pleasure, “Sex / Life” seems to be its natural successor, about a suburban housewife (Sarah Shahi) who finds her past as a party girl crushed. in her boring and stable married life. Any show is praised for recognizing that women are meant to play a role in sex – and enjoy it.
“Leverage: Redemption”, July 9, IMDb TV
“Leverage” launched the crime ring in 2008: a thief, a con artist, a hacker, a hitter and their boss, a former insurance investigator. Four of the five are back for the reboot (Timothy Hutton has been MIA since a former actress accused him last year of raping her at age 14), but that should be more than enough for continue the charming band of misadventures of marginalized people. rob the rich.
“Wellington Paranormal”, July 11, The CW
I’m going to watch anything in the “What We Do in the Shadows” universe. A workplace comedy with Colin Robinson? Barbara Lazarro on CSPAN? A “Greek” or “Felicity” college drama about Jenna? Sign me up. “Wellington Paranormal”, a mock documentary about two members of the Wellington Police Paranormal Unit, based on characters from the 2014 film by Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi? Yeah, I’ll watch that too.
“Schmigadoon !,” July 16, Apple TV +
The title alone should be enough to get this show immediately to the top of your watchlist, but if you need more, the cast – Cecily Strong, Keegan-Michael Key, Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth, Aaron Tveit, Fred Armisen, Jaime Camil, Jane Krakowski and Martin Short – should be enough. Add to that, the plot: a couple on a backpacking trip designed to reinvigorate their relationship who discovers a magical town living in a 1940s musical.
“Mr. Corman”, August 6, Apple TV +
If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught parents one thing (I hope it taught you a lot, a lot), it’s that you should be more grateful to your children’s teacher. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, making a return to television after decades on the big screen, writes, directs and acts as a fifth-grade public school teacher in California’s San Fernando Valley. is zero as a person.
“Nine Perfect Strangers”, August 18, Hulu
There’s just something about Nicole Kidman that makes her the perfect actress to play the manager of a health and wellness resort that’s definitely hiding dark secrets. Maybe it’s the voice. Maybe it’s the hair. Add Melissa McCarthy, Michael Shannon, Luke Evans, Bobby Cannavale, Regina Hall, Samara Weaving, Melvin Gregg, Asher Keddie, Grace Van Patten, Tiffany Boone and Manny Jacinto and I’ll take what she suggests, no questions asked.
“Only Murders in the Building”, August 31, Hulu
Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez enter a building and try to solve a murder. No seriously. That’s the whole show. I look forward.
“We Are Lady Parts”, June 3, Peacock
The diverse cast is a plus (someday we’ll stop having to celebrate scarcity) but the plot (a nerdy girl coming out of her shell in a punk band) is a little note. Still, if anyone can get over that, it’s a geek microbiology doctorate. student and her motley team of musicians.
“The Republic of Sarah,” June 14, 9 p.m., The CW
A show about a mid-1920s history professor who sort of ends up running her own country (sorry?) When her small town of New Hampshire declares independence to save herself from a mining company looks promising. It also sounds a lot like “The Society” and “The Wilds” before it.
“Fantasy Island”, August 10, Fox
In the late 1970s, Mr. Roarke and “Fantasy Island” made our wildest dreams come true – for a price. Decades (and several times) later, Fox will attempt to do it again, this time with “Grand Hotel” star Roselyn Sanchez at the helm as Elena Roarke, the descendant of the original Overseer. In 2021, however, this price is a more fascinating question than the dreams themselves. How much does a fantasy cost?
“Heels”, August 15, Starz
Between “GLOW” and “Young Rock,” the dramatized wrestling spends a while on television, but “Heels” is more than just a cultural trend for Stephen Amell, who has appeared in WWE and AEW for years. In “Heels,” he returns to the ring as Jack Spade with his younger brother Ace (Alexander Ludwig) as they grapple with their father’s legacy – sometimes literally.
“Lisey’s Story”, June 4, Apple TV +
This adaptation of Stephen King has all the makings of a successful series: Julianne Moore and Clive Owen, teleplay from King himself and a haunting soundtrack. But the story of a woman gone mad, haunted by the ghost of her late husband, strikes a little too close to home after a year and a half of mental health and death. Plus, “The Stand” was pretty bad.
“The Celebrity Dating Game,” June 14, ABC
You know the old joke about the embarrassment of the violinist at the dinner table after the first few minutes? The only thing more embarrassing than this can be Michael Bolton singing parody songs to suitors before a celebrity chooses them for a date. At least I think that’s the game? And Zooey Deschanel is there too? It is all very confusing. Too confusing for a summer game show, sure.
“Turner & Hooch”, July 16, Disney +
Cheers for the existing IP, but you just don’t have to try and replace Tom Hanks. You shouldn’t be trying to replace Tom Hanks.
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