“Get Shorty” (August 13, Epix)
The last time TV audiences got a visual taste of an Elmore Leonard short story, “Justified” became one of the sharpest dramas on the air. This time around, shifting from Kentucky to Hollywood, Chris O’Dowd and Ray Romano star in this new, looser adaptation of the novel that led to the 1995 film of the same name.
“Marlon” (August 16, NBC)
When NBC closes a Carmichael door, it reopens a Wayans window. The last of the network’s new premieres before the fall onslaught arrives, this latest sitcom from TV vet Marlon Wayans premieres just days after his new film “Naked” debuts on Netflix.
“Marvel’s The Defenders” (August 18, Netflix)
Speaking of Netflix! It’s a team-up years in the making. While audiences will get fewer episodes of Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil, and Iron Fist together than in their respective series, all four crimefighters (and Scott Glenn, too, apparently!) are set to take on evils great and small in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen.
“There’s…Johnny!” (August 24, Seeso)
Comedy history is always interesting ground for a show. “I’m Dying Up Here” may have fallen short in the minds of viewers and comedy fans, but this new show is approaching a slightly different chapter with a slightly different approach. From EPs Paul Reiser, David Gordon Green, and Tony Danza (who also stars in the series), this show will give a specific look at comedy in the ’70s, specifically through the lens of Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show.”
“The Tick” (August 25, Amazon)
Peter Serafinowicz becomes the latest actor to don the antennae as one of the most unconventional superheroes ever put on TV. Bringing a bit of goofiness to the genre, The Tick’s big-city superhero exploits promise to be the most self-aware of the bunch and a big curveball from Amazon’s comedy slate.
“Disjointed” (August 25, Netflix)
Kathy Bates has never been the star of a TV comedy, but we’re looking forward to seeing her get the chance. As the owner of a marijuana dispensary, she’ll have plenty of chances to take part in a pot joke extravaganza, delivered in a familiar multi-cam style (Chuck Lorre is on-board as an executive producer).