Summer TV used to be a wasteland, a place formerly relegated to re-runs and the occasional series intended to be burned off as the mercury rises, when viewers were more likely to be outside than planning how to deal with a DVR backlog or deciding which streaming service’s offerings held the greatest binge-watch potential. Nowadays, TV is a yearlong commitment. If you’re not watching the latest buzz-worthy show as it airs, you’re scrambling to catch up – if for nothing else than to know what your friends are talking about when they unleash righteous hot takes via social media. With so many new shows premiering all the time, it can be a challenge to know when the next big thing is around the corner or when a returning favorite is set to show the upstarts how it’s done.
So let’s make things a little easier by putting all (well, almost all) the upcoming TV premiere dates – networks, cable, premium channels, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon – in one place so you know what’s on the horizon and what you’ll definitely be missing when you choose lame outdoor summertime activities over sitting on the couch.
Friday, May 12
I Love Dick (Amazon)
Master of None Season 2 (Netflix)
Anne With and E Series Premiere (Netflix)
Wednesday, May 17
Downward Dog Series Premiere (ABC)
Friday, May 19
12 Monkeys Season 3 (Syfy)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 3 (Netflix)
Saturday, May 20
The Wizard of Lies (HBO)
Sunday, May 21
Dark Angel (PBS)
Twin Peaks (Showtime)
Call it a very late season 3 or call it a series revival. Either way Twin Peaks on Showtime boils down to one thing: New directorial work from David Lynch. The filmmaker has a very devoted legion of fans appreciative of his surrealistic efforts and enigmatic storytelling sensibilities. And his return to television – along with the freedoms afforded premium cable – brings with it the promise of television that’s sure to be unlike anything else… on Showtime or otherwise.
Tuesday, May 23
Casual Season 3 (Hulu)
Wednesday, May 24
Dirty Dancing (ABC)
Friday, May 26
War Machine (Netflix)
Saturday, May 27
Bloodline Final Season (Netflix)
It’s the beginning of the end. Netflix announced not long ago that its Florida-set noir thriller from the creators of Damages would wrap its story of the Rayburn clan and the bad thing they did (and continue to do) with season 3. While a series going three-and-out is increasingly rare these days – especially on Netflix – bringing this particular tale full circle now will probably be the best thing for the show. The walls are closing in on Kyle Chandler and his fictional siblings, and given how season 2 came to an end, with yet another Rayburn putting someone in an early grave, it’s almost certain that the troubled family is headed to catastrophic ruin.
Tuesday, May 30
House of Cards Season 5 (Netflix)
Animal Kingdom Season 2 (TNT)
Wednesday, May 31