There are plenty of highly awaited TV shows returning this summer (Orange is the New Black, Mr. Robot, Wayward Pines…), but there are also many new releases that you should probably keep an eye on as well. We take a look at some of the most promising summer TV shows to come out in the next few months.
“In the very near future, creatures from ancient mythology must live among humans and battle for survival in a world that wants to silence, exploit and destroy them”.
With 80% indigenous cast, this American-Australian-New Zealand drama series will tackle current matters such as race, border protection and refugees. Fun fact: Clevermans are actually an important part of Australian Aboriginal culture. They are the conduit between The Dreamtime and this world and there are many types of Cleverman. The Hairies in Cleverman are inspired by creatures from stories handed down by Aboriginal Australians over the last 60,000 years.
“A young man searches for answers as to why he’s been suffering from supernatural possessions his entire life”.
A lot of the hype of Outcast is understandable given that it’s an adaptation of the comic book series of the same name created by Robert Kirkman. If you’re expecting something similar to The Walking Dead, you couldn’t be more wrong: Kirkman described Outcast as “an epic horror story”, hoping to give real scares to readers, unlike The Walking Dead style. Outcast was renewed for a second season ahead of its premiere.
Feed the Beast
“Two friends open up a restaurant together.”
No, it’s not Minecraft. And no, you’re not the first one to make a joke about Ross opening up a restaurant either. With that short simple premise, it’s quite strange that the series is labeled under ‘Drama’ and ‘Crime’, so this should be an interesting option.
“The unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, dark secrets and lies.”
Created by Craig Wright and executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and Lionsgate Television, this is yet another show that has already been renewed for a second season.Greenleaf follows the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family with their scandalous secrets and lies, and their sprawling Memphis megachurch with predominantly African-American members. Lynn Whitfield and Oprah Winfrey on your screen… what else do you need?
Queen of the South
“Teresa flees Mexico after her drug-runner boyfriend is murdered. Settling in Spain, she looks to become the country’s reigning drug smuggler and to avenge her lover’s murder.”
USA Network will try to repeat Mr. Robot‘s success with Queen of the South, an adaptation of the successful miniseries La Reina del Sur (which is yet another adaptation of the global best-selling novel by Arturo Pérez-Reverte). Starring Alice Braga, the show tells the exciting story of Teresa Mendoza and the people she has to team up with in order to bring down the leader of the very drug trafficking ring that has her on the run.
The Get Down
“A rag tag group of teenagers run wild in the streets of the Bronx in the late 70’s.”
Created by Baz Luhrmann (who has been developing the concept over ten years) and Shawn Ryan and produced by Sony Pictures Television, this musical series is described as “a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to hip-hop, punk and disco”. The show will be taking in Bronx tenements, the SoHo art scene, CBGB, Studio 54 and the just-built World Trade Center.