Is it hot where you live?
It is so hot here in Boston. The kind of oppressive heat where you walk outside and think, “No, I’m good, thanks” and immediately go back inside. This is the time to binge on all the shows you’ve been missing out on (both The Good Fight and Cobra Kai are well worth your money) and there are new and returning shows to give you plenty of excuses for staying indoors. We will be talking about HBO’s Sharp Objects later this week and chatting about Orange Is the New Black when the (former) ladies of Litchfield return to Netflix on July 27. July is also leading up to our TV Super Bowl, otherwise known as the Emmys, so we will be processing the nominations after they are announced on July 12.
Buy some self-tanning spray, crank up that AC and mark your calendars for the five new shows you can’t miss this month.
Executive Producers: Sophie Parizeau, Joanne Forgues, Jean-Marc Cassonova
Stars: Camille Sullivan, Peter Coyote, and Aden Young
Premiere Date: July 12 at on WGN at 10 p.m.
Aden Young, so terrific in Rectify, stars as a father whose 10-year-old son, Anthony (Michael Riendeau), goes missing at his own birthday party. Peter Coyote stars as Anthony’s grandfather, who threw the treasure-hunt themed birthday party where things go awry. The six-episode series follows the search for Anthony and also what family secrets may have led to his disappearance.
Executive Producers: David Steinberg, Kristen Vaurio, and Marina Zenovich
Stars: Billy Crystal, Eric Idle, Whoopi Goldberg, and Pam Dawber
Premiere Date: July 16 at 8 p.m. on HBO
It’s always hard when a beloved celebrity dies. As recent weeks have proven, it’s especially difficult when they take their own life. Robin Williams was a comedic genius. The man behind the stage and screen persona was a mystery to his fans. This HBO documentary features footage of Williams, as well as interviews with his friends and colleagues, including Billy Crystal, Eric Idle, Whoopi Goldberg, David Letterman, Steve Martin, and Pam Dawber. His son Zak Williams is also included. The movie follows Williams from his early days in San Francisco through his breakout role in Mork & Mindy, his Academy Award-winning turn in Good Will Hunting, and the personal tragedy he faced toward the end of his life.
Executive Producers: J.J. Abrams and Stephen King
Stars: Andre Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Sissy Spacek, Bill Skarsgard, Jane Levy, and Scott Glenn
Premiere Date: July 25 on Hulu
Set in the sunny, happy Maine town of Castle Rock… I kid, I kid. This horror series is from Stephen King, whose previous stories set in Maine involve, among other things, possessed pets and murdering mothers. While King has used the fictional town of Castle Rock for many of his previous stories, the stories featured here are original. Hulu will release three episodes on the day the show premieres and then the next seven will debut weekly.
Executive Producers: Ilana Frank, , Adam Pettle, Jocelyn Hamilton, Linda Pope and Kristin Kreuk
Stars: Kristin Kreuk, Peter Mooney, Alex Carter, Star Slade, Benjamin Ayres, Nicola Correia-Damude, Meegwun Fairbrother and Sara Thompson
Premiere Date: July 25 at 8 p.m. on CW
Kristen Kreuk, a familiar face to CW fans for her work on Smallville andBeauty and the Beast, is attorney Joanna Hanley, who returns to her hometown of Millwood to try to understand why all the high school girls in the town are getting sick. While trying to solve the case with the help of her former high school classmate (read, potential love interest) Billy Crawford (Peter Mooney), Joanna also investigates the mystery of why her family abruptly moved from Millwood. The 10-episode Canadian series follows Joanna as she tries to do right by the girls in Millwood while struggling to come to terms with her past.
Executive Producers: Amy Poehler, Brooke Posch, Nicolle Yaron, Nick Offerman, Dave Becky and Anthony Dominici
Stars: Nick Offerman, Amy Poehler, Simon Doonan, Dayna Isom Johnson
Premiere Date: July 31 at 10 p.m.
You had me at Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman. The two former stars of Parks and Recreation reunite for a six-episode competition series all about crafting. Offerman is well known for his wood-working creations, while Poehler admittedly has no crafting skills—but she does have a deep admiration for those who can create. Dayna Isom Johnson, an Etsy trend expert, and Simon Doonan, the creative ambassador for Barney’s, serve as the judges. Each episode will revolve around a theme. There are eight competitors, and the winner takes home a $100,00 prize. Plus, the show may singlehandedly bring overalls back into fashion. The citizens of Pawnee would be so proud.
Amy Amatangelo, the TV Gal®, is a Boston-based freelance writer, a member of the Television Critics Association and the Assistant TV Editor for Paste. She wasn’t allowed to watch much TV as a child and now her parents have to live with this as her career. You can follow her on Twitter (@AmyTVGal) or her blog .