Most anticipated TV shows for summer 2020
Not so long ago, autumn reigned over all other seasons when it came to new and returning TV shows airing on network channels like ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox to premium cable channels like HBO and Showtime. The rise of streaming services—most notably Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime—has allowed showrunners to debut their shows whenever they choose, whether on a holiday or a random Wednesday in June.
COVID-19 lockdowns are lifting, but the uncertainty of the virus’ spread is likely to cause many people to spend more time at home this summer. Yet after months of isolation, audiences might already feel they’ve simply run out of shows to binge. Stacker manually researched and compiled a list of 25 hotly anticipated shows and limited series arriving this summer. The pandemic did affect TV production in some cases, but there is no shortage of old favorites and new series this summer. The fall schedule for network TV, on the other hand, looks a bit bare in terms of new shows, according to IndieWire.
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet. This summer, viewers can look forward to multiple titles from TV and film legends Jordan Peele (“Get Out,” “Us”) and J.J. Abrams (“Lost,” “Star Trek,” “Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens,” and “Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker”), shows from the DC and Marvel universes, and several docuseries. The final seasons of a few series will also spice up the summer, including German Netflix’s last season of the twisted, time-traveling thriller “Dark” and HBO’s sometimes darkly funny, sometimes sci-fi anthology series “Room 104.”
From brand new series to final seasons and more, read on for a look at 25 of the most anticipated TV shows you’ll be watching this summer.
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Brave New World
USA Network’s “Brave New World” is adapted from Aldous Huxley’s 1932 futuristic, dystopian novel of the same name in which the author conceptualizes the scientifically and technologically advanced New London—a seemingly utopian society driven by instant gratification but void of all meaning. The stacked cast includes Jessica Brown Findlay (“Downton Abbey”), Alden Ehrenreich (“Solo: A Star Wars Story”), Harry Lloyd (“Game of Thrones”), Kylie Bunbury (“When They See Us”), and Hollywood veteran Demi Moore. The first season of “Brave New World” is available to stream on NBCUniversal Peacock service on July 15.
From J.G. Quintel, the creator behind the Emmy-award winning “Regular Show,” “Close Enough” is a surreal, animated comedy about a group of roommates in Los Angeles: a millennial married couple, their 5-year-old child, and their divorced best friends. Prepare for time-traveling snails, killer mannequins, and stripper clowns alongside more relatable storylines about managing work and family. HBO Max debuts “Close Enough” on July 9.
“Crossing Swords” is a stop-motion series from John Harvatine IV and Tom Root—Emmy-award winners for their work on “Robot Chicken”—who first devised the idea of peg toys (akin to Fisher-Price Little People figures) in grown-up scenarios back in 2011. Reviewers suggest this medieval-themed series, now available to stream on Hulu, is geared toward viewers who appreciate more crass, even vulgar humor.
The third and final 10-episode season of the suspenseful, mind- and time-bending series “Dark” hits Netflix on June 27. Fans of Netflix’s first German original, which has been a massive hit with international viewers, can watch with either dubbed-over English or subtitles. Showrunners Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar reveal the show’s final season “will offer answers to the questions that our viewers have been asking and help untangle the story through time."
Streaming service DC Universe premiered the first season of “Doom Patrol,” based on DC Comics’ team of superhuman misfits led by a mad scientist, back in February 2019. For the second season, the series moves to HBO Max, with the streaming service releasing the first three episodes of season two on June 25 and adding remaining episodes weekly.
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Three-part docuseries “Expecting Amy” takes audiences backstage throughout comedian Amy Schumer’s extremely challenging pregnancy, which coincided with the 42-city tour for her 2019 Netflix stand-up special titled “Amy Schumer Growing”. The series, debuting on HBO Max on July 9, is directed and edited by Alexander Hammer, who previously edited “Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé.”
From Apple TV+, “Greatness Code” explores what makes greatest-of-all-time athletes just that, from Olympic Gold medalist Alex Morgan and the NBA’s LeBron James to NFL quarterback Tom Brady and track star Usain Bolt, considered the fastest man alive. Learn the stories and defining moments behind the careers of these and other illustrious athletes when the seven-episode docuseries drops on July 10.
Adapted from the 2011 action-thriller film about a teenage assassin, season two of “Hanna” returns to Amazon Prime Video on July 3. Newcomers Dermot Mulroney, Anthony Welsh, and Cherrelle Skeete join the cast this season, which is expected to divert from the movie’s plot after the first season followed it more closely.
Arriving July 10 on Apple TV+, “Little Voice” is a romantic comedy-drama that follows Bess King (Brittany O’Grady), a talented musician in her early 20s living and working toward her dreams in New York City while managing family issues, love, and rejection. J.J. Abrams, Jessie Nelson (“Stepmom,” “I Am Sam”), Ben Stephenson (“Westworld”), and Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles are at the helm of this new series as executive producers, and Bareilles also contributes original music for this “love letter to the diverse musicality of New York.”
On the heels of the 2018 film “Love, Simon,” “Love, Victor” centers on a teenager (Michael Cimino) as he grapples with his sexuality, while also adapting to life in a new city and handling challenging family issues. Originally scheduled for release on June 19, Hulu changed the premiere date to June 17 out of respect for Juneteenth, which commemorates the abolishment of slavery in the United States in 1865.
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