Top 5 new shows to watch this summer

Not sure what to watch on TV this summer? Besides fan favorites such as “Orange is the New Black,” “Preacher,” or “UnReal,” there are also plenty of new shows premiering this summer. Check out our five picks!

List compiled by ChinLin Pan

“Houdini & Doyle”

Premiere date: May 2 on Fox

Summary: Based on the real-life friendship of Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the crime drama centers on the duo in 1900 where the men become involved in investigations of mysterious deaths. Houdini is the skeptic and Doyle is the believer of the supernatural. The 10-episode first season was ordered by Fox in the U.S., ITV in the U.K., and Global in Canada.


Premiere date: May 6 on Netflix

Summary: If you love political dramas such as “Scandal” or “House of Cards,” check out Netflix’s newest series, “Marseille,” starring French actor and filmmaker Gérard Depardieu, who stars as Robert Taro, mayor of Marseille, who faces a new rival: his former protégé Lucas Barres. “Marseille” will also mark as Netflix’s first French-language series.

“Lady Dynamite”

Premiere date: May 20 on Netflix

Summary: Comedian Maria Bamford stars in this mockumentary comedy as a fictionalized version of herself, a woman “who loses–and then finds–her shit,” according to Netflix’s YouTube channel.

“Maya and Marty in Manhattan”

Premiere date: May 31 on NBC

Summary: Comedians Maya Rudolph and Martin Short team up for their new variety show that will feature comedy sketches, musical numbers, and celebrity guests. The show will air live from New York City.

“Animal Kingdom”

Premiere date: June 7 on TNT

Summary: Inspired by the 2010 Australian film “Animal Kingdom,” TNT will debut an American adaptation developed by Johnathan Lisco. The show centers on a 17-year-old boy, who, after the death of his mother, moves in with the Cody’s, a family of criminals. Ellen Barkin will star as the matriarch Smurf Cody.

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