6 shows to gear you up for the summer TV lineup
There’s no denying it; the realm of television is entering a new golden era. New distribution formats, such as Netflix, provides fresh outlets to original and re-booted classic content. On top of that, better access to cheaper visual effects have allowed TV networks to create more epic and grandiose programming than ever before — see: “The Flash,” “Legends of Tomorrow,” etc.
While the Spring TV season is drawing to a close, some fantastic and diverse programming is gearing up for the summer.
1. “True Detective” Season 2 – Premieres June 21
The first season of HBO’s “True Detective” was a masterful example of how far television has come in recent years. The next season changes both story and location with the setting in California, and the replacement of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson with Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn. If this new season can come anywhere close to the technical and artistic ambition of the first, “True Detective” will solidify itself as a modern classic.
2. “Rick and Morty” Season 2 – Premieres July 26
“Rick and Morty” could be successful just by virtue of being an Adult Swim knockoff of the dynamic of “Back to the Future” duo, Doc Brown and Marty McFly. Thankfully, it chooses not to rest on those laurels and instead provides a smart parody of a variety of classic films, such as “Inception,” and hilariously depraved sci-fi scenarios.
3. “Sense8” – Premieres June 5
Netflix continues their hot streak of original programming (“House of Cards” and “Daredevil”) with the upcoming “Sense8.” The show is about eight people whose minds suddenly become linked to one another. By accessing each other’s minds, these people gain access to the memories, talents, and secrets of the other seven. This unique show is unlike anything television has broadcasted before, so consider jumping onboard.
4. “Bojack Horseman” Season 2 – Premieres July 17
Another Netflix Original, “Bojack Horseman,” is an animated sitcom that explores the life of an aging, alcoholic celebrity horse in a world where humans and anthropomorphic animals live side by side. It also features numerous celebrity stars, such as Will Arnett, Alison Brie, and Aaron Paul. Still interested? Equal parts to “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Louie,” “Bojack Horseman” makes darkly humorous observations about topics like regret, narcissism, and friendship.
5. “Aquarius” – Premieres May 28
David Duchovny stars in an upcoming NBC crime drama about a police officer in the 1960s trying to hunt down the notorious Charles Manson against the backdrop of the summer of love. While there are obviously numerous police dramas to choose from these days, the concept of the story revolving around the real hunt for Charles Manson gives it a riveting edge. Not to mention, we all want to see Duchovny channel his inner Fox Mulder again.
6. “The Brink” – Premieres June 21
“The Brink” stars a bumbling foreign service operative (Jack Black) and the U.S. Secretary of State (Tim Robbins) amid an a growing international crisis. The trailer for the HBO series takes shots at both American ignorance and arrogance when it comes to the geopolitical landscape.
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