The past few months have been stellar for TV lovers, be it the powerful, hard-hitting drama in The Handmaid’s Tale, a perfect recreation of an old gem in MST3K’s revival, the visual artistry of American Gods, an eccentric return for David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, or the endless skewering of Silicon Valley. Beyond that, we’d a poignant end to The Leftovers, a darker chapter in Better Call Saul, and an in-form sophomore run for Master of None.
As we head into the second-half of this year, there’s a lot more TV to look forward to, including the return of the most awaited one: Game of Thrones. But that’s far from the only series that will be clamouring for your attention during the summer months, so buckle in.
When: July 7
Inspired by the three-decade-old video game series, and written by comic book writer Warren Ellis, Castlevania is about the last surviving member of the Belmont clan as he’s tasked with saving Eastern Europe from the Dracula. Executive produced by Kevin Kolde, Fred Seibert, Adi Shankar, and Ellis, the dark fantasy tale is being compared to Game of Thrones, with Shankar claiming the four-part first season will break the video game adaptation curse.
When: July 12
A sci-fi thriller from Craig Shapiro and Liz Kruger (Necessary Roughness), and executive produced by Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, The Mummy), Salvation follows a secret government task force as it deals with a troubling discovery: an asteroid that will hit planet Earth in six months’ time. Now it must figure out a way to prevent the impact and save humanity. The pilot of the 13-episode first season has been directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later).
When: July 12
Where: USA / Colors Infinity
Suits’ popularity has continued to wane as it goes ever deeper into its run, though its core fandom for Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) and his protégé Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) is stronger than ever. That’s because the two are back together at the fictional Pearson Specter Litt law firm in Manhattan in the upcoming seventh season, after prison trouble last year. Gina Torres’ Jessica Pearson is unfortunately no longer part of the cast, but Rick Hoffman, Meghan Markle, and Sarah Rafferty are sticking around.
Friends From College
When: July 14
Created by husband-and-wife Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Neighbors) and Francesca Delbanco, Friends From College is a new Netflix comedy about – you guessed it – college friends, who are now in their 40s and live in New York. Starring Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother), Fred Savage (The Grinder), Nat Faxon (Married), and Annie Parisse (Vinyl) with a recurring role for Billy Eichner (Billy on the Street), all eight episodes of the first season have been directed by Stoller himself.