As the current TV season comes to an end. The spring/summer period is a lull between the crop of summer programming. This summer looks to be as stacked as last fall from returning series to new series. Let’s break down some of this summer’s heavy hitters.
House of Cards
The battle for the White House is heating up in the fifth season. The Underwoods have their back to the wall after scheming their way to the top over the past four seasons. Their grip on America’s safety continues to be tenuous. Also, it’s the first season without Beau Willimon at the helm. New showrunners Melissa James Gibson & Frank Pugliese (who joined in season 3) will be taking control. See it May 30th. (Next Tuesday!)
It’s been a long, winding road for our sestras as Orphan Black heads into it’s fifth and final season. Everything’s gonna come to a crescendo as Sarah/Alison/Helena/Cosima (played by the multifaceted, Emmy-winning Tatiana Maslany) find the answers to the ongoing conspiracy. It’s back on June 10th.
The journey to “Find God” begins in earnest as Preacher returns for it’s sophomore season. Based on the Garth Ennis/Steve Dillon comic series. Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy leave Annville behind as they begin their quest. It’s blend of dark comedy and character drama will be intact. As well as some good music choices seen above. Season 2 airs June 25th.
From the team that brought you Orange is the New Black comes GLOW. A struggling actress in 1980s LA gets thrust into the larger than life world of pro wrestling as part of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling series. It stars Community’s Alison Brie and Marc Maron. Viewers can take it to the mat on June 23rd.
Based on the long-running gothic, vampire-slaying side-scroller by Konami. This animated series geared towards adults follows the last remaining member of the Belmont Clan and his clan’s blood feud with Dracula. It’s written by Warren Ellis (Moon Knight, Karnak, Transmetropolitan) and created by Adi Shankar (Dredd). The jury’s out on if it’ll break the stigma that’s come with video game adaptations. I like it’s chances. Stock up on holy water, stakes and whips on July 7th.
After spending the last six years walking on eggshells because of Mike’s secret. Pearson Spector Litt is in a good place in the upcoming seventh season. Mike Ross is finally practicing law without any secrets, How will things be different in the firm with this weight finally off their shoulders? Tune in on July 12th.
Game of Thrones
The endgame is in sight in the seven kingdoms. HBO’s juggernaut series returns for a 7 episode long seventh season. All roads are heading to King’s Landing. There’s no going back now. Who will take the Iron Throne? Winter arrives July 16th!.
Marvel’s The Defenders
It’s been a long time coming for these four! The culmination of the Marvel/Netflix series finally brings Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist together for this crossover extravaganza. I wanna go into even more detail but that’s gonna be for another post. Take a look at the security footage for when you can see these four wreck shop in the Kitchen.
Rick & Morty
In a move that won April Fool’s Day. Adult Swim pulled a Beyonce and aired the premiere episode of Season 3. It’s out there now but the rest of the season won’t air till sometime this summer. Stay Schwifty.
In the meantime, there’s still a few shows that are currently ongoing to make this wait for the summer rush bearable:
iZombie (Tuesdays on CW, Wednesdays on Netflix Canada)
American Gods (Sundays on Starz)
Twin Peaks (Showtime)
Gotham (Mondays on FOX)
12 Monkeys (S3 On demand, Syfy)