The TV season used to be a lot like the school year. Everyone would show up in early September and work their butts off until May (with a nice little break in the middle for the holidays). Then the glorious summer months, filled with fireworks, fireflies and bonfires, left everyone to enjoy themselves with other activities. Few new shows would air, and those that did were considered second-tier options unlikely to last as long as the latest heat wave.
But that was before peak TV. Now we live in a world where new shows are constantly creeping up. Everyone is fighting for a position at your dinner table, and they don’t care if you’d rather go enjoy the long days and warm nights — there’s TV to watch. Take your tablet to the picnic, and shut up.
Fret not, dear readers. Indiewire is here to sort through the summer trash and find the few gems you need to keep an eye on. After all, there are rainy days and summer sicknesses — perfectly valid excuses to remain indoors with your Roku and the A/C blasting. So take a listen to the above Very Good TV Podcast to hear what Indiewire TV Editor Liz Shannon Miller and TV Critic Ben Travers pick as their most anticipated new series of the summer. Hint: They are a diverse bunch.
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A trailer for just one of the shows mentioned above…