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May TV Premieres: 19 New Shows to Look Out for This Month

The next few weeks bring shows starring Sissy Spacek, Jessica Biel, Toni Collette, Tom Hiddleston, Ewan McGregor, Rose Leslie, and Rosie Perez.

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“The Essex Serpent”

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May TV has a long tradition of being a time when people who’ve kept a neat and tidy hold on their show queues suddenly give up and relent under the weight of an impossible amount of new shows flooding people’s options.

Blame it on Emmy eligibility, the push for new subscribers, the timing of production schedules, or some likely combination of all of the above, but there’s an embarrassment of television riches cresting into living rooms everywhere over the next few weeks. There’s the usual batch of series extending existing stories to a new medium, from origins in the US, the UK, and across outer space. This month, we’ve got adaptations of everything from books to billboards.

We would say that the impending summer promises a bit of a respite from all of these overwhelming options, but history points to that not being the case either. In the meantime, as the awards conversation starts to reach its boiling point, here are plenty of series from across the TV landscape that will be vying for attention (or at least simmering carefully in the background).

(If you happened to miss any of our past overviews, you can peruse the premieres of January, February, March, April, or that bygone era of 2021.)

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