Posted June 08, 2018 at 06:03 PM | Updated June 08, 2018 at 06:03 PM
Some of the fierce females in “GLOW.” (Photo: Erica Parise/Netflix)
By Kristi Turnquist | The Oregonian/OregonLive
Thanks to technology, TV fans can take their screens with them, whether they’re watching on a smart phone, an iPad or some other gizmo of choice. Which may be one of the reasons why TV doesn’t take a summer vacation anymore. Networks don’t risk losing viewers to reruns, not when you can stream a new show while soaking your feet in a river, having a picnic by the lake or just hanging out by the pool.
This summer, you can choose from returning favorites (TNT’s “Claws” and Netflix’s “GLOW”), true-crime docuseries (“Wrong Man”); new shows from bestselling authors (Gillian Flynn’s “Sharp Objects” on HBO and Stephen King’s “Castle Rock” on Hulu); an animated series from Portland’s own “The Simpsons” creator, Matt Groening (Netflix’s “Disenchantment”); a new take on an old-style western (“Yellowstone”), just to name a few.
So grab the sunscreen, your viewing screen and let us guide you to some of 2018 summer TV’s best bets. Some (“Pose,” “Dietland,” “Succession” and “Wrong Man”) have already premiered. But there’s still time to catch up on those shows, and get ready for the hot series still to come.
Indya Moore as Angel in “Pose.” (Photo: FX)
The prolific producer Ryan Murphy (“American Horror Story,” “American Crime Story”) and partners offer “Pose,” a new dance musical series that features what FX publicity claims is the largest cast of transgender actors in a TV series. Set in 1980s New York, the series looks at how the ball culture world, “the luxury-era Trump universe” and “the downtown social and literary scene” were all part of the city fabric. (Premiered June 3; Sundays at 9 p.m. FX)
A new six-part docuseries from Joe Berlinger (“Paradise Lost” trilogy), “Wrong Man” re-investigates three cases of inmates who claim they’re innocent. The convicts are Evaristo Salas, who was 16 when convicted or murder and sentenced to 33 years in Washington state prison; Christopher Tapp, who confessed to assaulting ans killing an 18-year-old girl in Idaho; and Curtis Flowers, who is on death row and has been tried six times by a Mississippi District Attorney for a quadruple murder Flowers claims he wasn’t involved in. (Premiered June 3; Sundays at 9 p.m. Starz)
Brian Cox stars in “Succession” as Logan Roy, head of a family that controls a global media conglomerate in this drama about what his grown children and business associates do when it comes time to think about who will take the reins once Rupert Murdoch – er, Logan Roy – steps away from the business. Adam McKay (“The Big Short”) directs. (Premiered June 3; Sundays at 10 p.m HBO)
Joy Nash and Julianna Margulies star in “Dietland,” a satirical series from Marti Noxon (“UnReal”), about a ghost-writer who works for a New York fashion magazine editor. The series as described as “equal parts revenge fantasy and heartfelt journey to self-acceptance,” which also takes on such issues as “patriarchy, misogyny, rape culture and unrealistic beauty standards.” (Premiered June 4; Mondays at 9 p.m. AMC)