The dog days of August may not be far off, but do not despair. When Hollywood’s movie blockbusters fail to measure up, you can always find a new TV series to keep you company. Here’s a preview of what’s in store for the summer TV season.
June 10, Showtime
The cinema icon recalls his mind-bending LSD “treatments,” which helped him conquer his problems with women. The root of the problem was Grant’s relationship with his mother, Elsie, who was committed — by Grant’s father — to a Bristol, England, looney bin for 20 years.
June 22, ABCMike Myers returns to TV in the guise of “Tommy Maitland,” a British game show host who is reviving the Chuck Barris series which celebrates one-of-a-kind non-talents. A panel of Hollywood stars weighs in on their merits.
June 13, Netflix
Alison Brie (“Mad Men”) stars as Ruth Wilder, an out-of-work actress who joins a group of female wrestlers on a low-budget cable TV show. There’s no business like show business.
June 15, PBS
The early career of one of TV’s most iconic female characters is the subject of this three-part series which will tell us how a 22-year old rookie cop named Jane Tennison became the flinty, uncompromising detective immortalized by Helen Mirren. Stefanie Martini (“Doctor Thorne”) is the young Jane.
June 30, Netflix
Jean Halloway (Naomi Watts), a Manhattan therapist who abandons her professional ethics to take a walk on the wild side, develops scandalous relationships with the people in her patients’ lives.
July 5, FXIn this limited series from John Singleton (“Boyz n the Hood”), LA’s crack epidemic of the early 1980s is dramatized through the eyes of a young dealer named Franklin Saint (Damson Idris).
July 24, NBC
Charlaine Harris struck gold when her Sookie Stackhouse book series became the HBO vampire saga “True Blood.” The enterprising Harris has another franchise, the “Midnight, Texas” series, which concentrates on the denizens of small town where a psychic named Manfred (François Arnaud) communicates with the dead. He is surrounded by cast of Gothic types from central casting.
August 2, USA
A young mother (Jessica Biel), overcome by a fit of rage, commits a startling act of violence and to her horror has no idea why. The investigator assigned to her case (Bill Pullman) digs and digs to uncover her motive.
August 13, Epix
In this remake of the hit John Travolta movie, Miles Daly (Chris O’Dowd) attempts to change professions (crime ring muscle to movie producer) by laundering money through a Hollywood film. Ray Romano plays Rick, a washed-up producer who becomes Miles’ partner.
Netflix, August 18The further adventures of super-heroes Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones).