August TV Premieres: 13 New Shows to Look Out for This Month

The next few weeks will brings shows with Steve Martin, Nicole Kidman, Regina Hall, Martin Short, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Adrien Brody.
Only Murders In The Building -- Episode 101 --  From the minds of Steve Martin, Dan Fogelman and John Hoffman comes a comedic murder-mystery series for the ages. “Only Murders In The Building” follows three strangers (Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez) who share an obsession with true crime and suddenly find themselves wrapped up in one. When a grisly death occurs inside their exclusive Upper West Side apartment building, the trio suspects murder and employs their precise knowledge of true crime to investigate the truth. As they record a podcast of their own to document the case, the three unravel the complex secrets of the building which stretch back years. Perhaps even more explosive are the lies they tell one another. Soon, the endangered trio comes to realize a killer might be living amongst them as they race to decipher the mounting clues before it’s too late. Charles (Steve Martin), shown. (Photo by: Craig Blankenhorn/Hulu)
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As we approach 18 months since the process of making TV fundamentally changed, the last projects from pre-early 2020 are starting to trickle out. That’s certainly applied to shows produced internationally, which are now finally finding a home on US-based networks and streaming services — a practice that’s been utilized for months now.

But as Summer 2021 starts to wind down, shows made in a bubble are starting to become the norm. A few are curious experiments, made almost entirely because their story constraints meshed nicely with production restrictions. Others are long-gestating projects that got the last big “now or never” push due to the impending need for a lot more original shows.

Another growing trend is having unscripted series fill in some of those gaps. From more traditional documentary series to shows that take a hybrid conversation approach to how they illuminate a particular person or topic, those too find unexpected ways to work around audience expectations and the realities of how they came to exist in the first place.

With fall (and plenty more uncertainty) on the horizon, these TV norms will probably shift again. Until then, we’ve got a baker’s dozen more series that might just potentially catch your eye. And that’s not even counting all the Netflix goodies August has in store, too.

(As usual, if this collection is somehow not enough to fill your viewing calendar, check out our roundups from February, March and April, May, June, and July.)


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