Selena Gomez and Steve Martin’s new Hulu show and other must-see TV
USA TODAY TV Critic Kelly Lawler talks about some of the best TV shows to watch this summer, and how the “new normal” is affecting television.
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As the world begins to slowly reopen, we’re still able to rely on TV shows to offer a distraction (and a reason to stay inside) amid rising temps.
This summer, competitions “Big Brother” and “Bachelor in Paradise” return. Networks and streaming platforms continue to reach to the past for inspiration, and will premiere the “Turner & Hooch” in July and the “Legends of the Hidden Temple” revival in the fall.
Our calendar of major highlights ensures you won’t miss the return of your favorite series or the start of a new show you’ll fall in love with. (All times EDT/PDT.)
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“David Makes Man”: Season 2 (OWN, Tuesdays at 9)
“In the Dark”: Season 3 (CW, Wednesdays at 9)
“The Good Fight”: Season 5 (Paramount+)
“Bosch” (Amazon Prime): The seventh (and final) season of the series based on the bestselling novels, starring Titus Welliver.
“Top Chef: Amateurs” (Bravo, Thursdays at 9): The universe of “Chef” gets even bigger with this spinoff. In each episode, two amateur cooks compete in a short challenge, assisted by one pro “Chef” alum who offers advice as they try their best to cook dishes for the judges, including host Gail Simmons.
“Monsters At Work” (Disney+): This sequel to Pixar’s celebrated 2001 film “Monsters, Inc.” explores what happens after the entire infrastructure of the “Monsters” world was upended at the end of the original film. Although Billy Crystal and John Goodman return as Mike and Sully, the series’ protagonist is Tylor Tuskmon (Ben Feldman), a new monster fresh out of college who no longer has a bright future of scaring ahead of him. His new goal: to make children laugh.
“Love Island” (CBS, Tuesdays through Fridays and Sundays at 9.)
“Animal Kingdom” Season 5 (TNT, Sundays at 9)
“Big Brother” (CBS, Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8)
“The White Lotus” (HBO, Sundays at 9): This six-part limited series focuses on a group of wealthy tourists and employees at The White Lotus, a resort and spa in Hawaii, where someone is going to die mysteriously. Connie Britton, Steve Zahn and Jennifer Coolidge are featured cast members.
“The Beast Must Die” (AMC, Mondays at 10): When Frances Cairnes (Cush Jumbo) learns that police are no longer looking for the person who killed her son in a hit and run, a mother pretends to be a mystery novelist to do some digging of her own.
“American Horror Stories” (Hulu): The “American Horror Story” anthology spin-off focuses on a single scary tale per episode.
“Never Have I Ever” Season 2 (Netflix): Mindy Kaling’s high-school comedy returns.
“Making the Cut”: Season 2 (Amazon Prime)
“McCartney 3,2,1” (Hulu): The six-part docuseries includes a conversation with Paul McCartney and music producer Rick Rubin about his iconic music career.
“Schmigadoon!” (Apple TV+): Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key star in this six-episode spoof of musicals from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Strong and Key play a struggling couple who can’t escape a charming town until they encounter true love.
“Turner & Hooch” (Disney+): Josh Peck stars as US Marshal Scott Turner, whose dad is Detective Scott Turner (from the 1989 film starring Tom Hanks). In the series, the younger Turner inherits a disobedient pooch.
“Serengeti II” (Discovery, Sundays at 8): Actress Lupita Nyong’o narrates the examination of northern Tanzania’s plains in six new episodes.
“Ted Lasso” Season 2: (Apple TV+): Jason Sudeikis stars in this acclaimed comedy about an American who coaches a British soccer team.
“Roswell, New Mexico” (CW, Mondays at 8)
“Turning the Tables with Robin Roberts” (Disney+): “Good Morning America” anchor Roberts sits down with inspirational women including Jamie Lee Curtis, Debbie Allen, Melissa Etheridge.
“Mr. Corman” (Apple TV+): The comedy series centers on Josh Corman (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), an aspiring but down-on-his-luck musician who earns a living as an elementary school teacher. Josh has recently experienced a broken engagement and now lives with a friend from high school.
“The L Word: Generation Q” (Showtime, Sundays at 10)
“Stargirl” (CW, Tuesdays at 8)
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC, Thursdays at 8): The eighth and final season of the cop comedy brings closure to the precinct – and the show’s fans.
“Modern Love”: Season 2 (Amazon Prime)
“Bachelor in Paradise” (ABC, Mondays at 8)
“Nine Perfect Strangers” (Hulu): Nicole Kidman, Melissa McCarthy and Regina Hall star in this adaptation of “Big Little Lies” author Liane Moriarty’s 2018 novel.
“American Horror Story: Double Feature” (FX, Wednesdays at 10): The series’ 10th season.
“The Chair” (Netflix): Sandra Oh stars in this new comedy as Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim, the first female chair of Pembroke University’s English department, who is also one of just a few people of color employed by the school.
“Only Murders in the Building” (Hulu): Steve Martin and Martin Short bring their considerable talents and longtime comedic partnership to TV with a little help from Selena Gomez. All play loners, residents of a swanky Manhattan apartment building who bond as lovers of true-crime podcasts. When there’s a suspicious death in the building, they band together to solve it (while making their own podcast, of course).
“What We Do in the Shadows”: Season 3 (FX, Thursdays at 10)
“La Casa De Papel (Money Heist)” (Netflix): The global hit series concludes in two installments, with five final episodes due December 3.
“Billions”: Season 5 (Showtime, Sundays at 9)
“Impeachment: American Crime Story” (FX, Tuesdays at 10): The limited series focuses on the scandal and impeachment of President Bill Clinton (Clive Owen), following his affair with former intern Monica Lewinsky (Beanie Feldstein).
“American Rust” (Showtime, Sundays at 10): Jeff Daniels stars as a corrupt Pennsylvania police chief in this series inspired by Philipp Meyer’s 2009 novel. After a murder, the chief is left to figure out how far he’ll go for the son of his lover, played by Maura Tierney.
“The Morning Show”: Season 2 (Apple TV+): The newsroom drama starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon returns.
“Sex Education”: Season 3 (Netflix)
“Muhammad Ali” (PBS, Sept. 19-22 at 8): Ken Burns presents a four-episode docuseries that traces the life of the boxing legend and activist (1942-2016).
“Nancy Drew” (CW, Fridays at 9)
“Legends of the Hidden Temple” (CW, Sundays at 8): The network revives the 90s Nickelodeon game show.
“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” (CW, Wednesdays at 8)
“Batwoman” (CW, Wednesdays at 9)
“All American” (CW, Mondays at 8)
“Walker” (CW, Thursdays at 8)
“The Shrink Next Door” (Apple TV+): Paul Rudd stars as a celebrity psychiatrist who takes advantage of his relationship with a patient (Will Ferrell) in this comedy series.
“The Flash” (CW, Tuesdays at 8)
“Riverdale” (CW, Tuesdays at 9)
Earlier 2021 premieres:
“Top Chef” (Bravo, Thursdays at 8): A new season filmed in Portland, Oregon.
“Manifest” (NBC, Thursdays at 8)
“Law & Order: Organized Crime” (NBC, Thursdays at 10): Christopher Meloni, who originated the role of detective Elliot Stabler on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” returns to the police force in this latest entry in the franchiose following “a devastating personal loss.”
“Made for Love” (HBO Max): Cristin Milioti stars as Hazel Green, a woman in her 30s, trying to flee her stifling marriage when she realizes that her husband (Billy Magnussen) has put a chip in her brain in order to mine “emotional data.”
“United States of Al” (CBS, Thursdays at 8:30): The friendship of Riley (Parker Young), an ex-Marine attempting to adjust to life outside of the service, and Awalmir, aka Al (Adhir Kalyan), his unit’s interpreter from Afghanistan, is at the center of this new sitcom from producer Chuck Lorre.
“Wipeout” (TBS, Thursdays at 9): John Cena and Nicole Byer host the revival of the comedic ABC obstacle-course series.
“Hysterical” (FX, Friday at 9): A documentary that explores the lives of female comedians, featuring Margaret Cho, Kathy Griffin, Sherri Shepherd, Fortune Feimster, Nikki Glaser, Lisa Lampanelli and more.
“The Serpent” (Netflix): Serial killer Charles Sobhraj (Tahar Mahim) is the real-life focus of this series about a man who victimized those on South Asia’s “hippie trail” in the 70s.
“Home Economics” (ABC, Wednesdays at 8:30): Topher Grace (“That ’70s Show”) stars as a novelist in this sitcom about three siblings of varying socioeconomic means.
“Kung Fu” (CW, Wednesdays at 8): After a stay at a Chinese monastery, Nicky Shen returns to San Francisco to discover the city is being ravaged by lawlessness in this new drama.
“Queen of the South” (USA, Wednesdays at 10): The fifth and final season of this remake of the Spanish-language series.
“The Wedding Coach” (Netflix): Stand-up Jamie Lee helps six couples plan their weddings.
“Rebel” (ABC, Thursdays at 10): Katey Sagal stars as Annie “Rebel” Bello, in this series inspired by the life of environmental activist Erin Brockovich. Though Bello lacks a law degree, she has compassion and perseverance.
“Them” (Amazon Prime): The dramatic thriller depicts the terror a Black family experiences when settling into its new, all-white neighborhood in the 50s. Their home “becomes ground zero where malevolent forces, next door and otherworldly, threaten to taunt, ravage and destroy them.
“Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN, Saturdays at 9): The eighth and final season this series, which ran for 150 episodes.
“Dad Stop Embarrassing Me!” (Netflix): Jamie Foxx stars as Brian Dixon, a dad raising his teenage daughter, in this new sitcom.
“The Circle”: Season 2 (Netflix)
“Wahl Street” (HBO Max): The six-part docuseries centers on action star Mark Wahlberg’s day-to-day, as he tends to his numerous businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Big Shot” (Disney+): John Stamos stars as Marvyn Korn, a volatile basketball coach benched from a college job following an outburst, who resorts to coaching a woman’s high school team in order to rehabilitate his reputation.
“Confronting a Serial Killer” (Starz, Sundays at 9): In the docuseries, journalist Jillian Lauren connects with notorious serial killer Sam Little.
“Couples Therapy”: Season 2 (Showtime, Sundays at 10)
“Mare of Easttown” (HBO, Sundays at 10): Kate Winslet stars in this limited series as detective Mare Sheehan, who is on a Pennsylvania murder case.
“Cruel Summer” (Freeform, Tuesdays at 10; premiere airs at 9): The thriller series, executive produced by Jessica Biel, focuses on the disappearance of the well-liked Kate and outcast Jeanette, who people suspect played a part in Kate’s vanishing.
“Life in Color with David Attenborough” (Netflix): In this three-part series, David Attenborough travels around the globe to examine how animals use color.
“Ellen’s Next Great Designer” (HBO Max): Actor Scott Foley hosts this six-part furniture design challenge from comedian/talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.
“Generation Hustle” (HBO Max): The 10-episode docuseries portrays the stories of at-all-costs entrepreneurs “who may have gone too far.”
“A Black Lady Sketch Show”: Season 2 (HBO, Fridays at 11)
“Shadow and Bone” (Netflix): The series is inspired by Leigh Bardugo’s novels centering on Alina Starkov, who possesses a remarkable superpower. Jessie Mei Li, Ben Barnes and Archie Renaux star.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu, Wednesdays)
“Pet Stars” (Netflix): The reality TV show centers Pets on Q, a talent agency for animal influencers.
“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” (CW, Sundays at 8)
“The Girlfriend Experience” (Starz, Sundays at 8): Julia Goldani Telles (“The Affair”) stars in the new season of the anthology series.
“Pose” (FX, Sundays at 10): Third and final season set in 1980s drag-ball culture.
“Selena: The Series”: Part 2 (Netflix)
“Star Wars: The Bad Batch” (Disney+): The new animated series, debuting on Star Wars Day, focuses on clones from the Bad Batch attempting to “find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War.”
“The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness” (Netflix): Journalist Maury Terry was dead-set on proving David Berkowitz had not been alone in committing the serial killings of the 1970s in New York City.
“Girls5eva” (Peacock): Sara Bareilles, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Busy Philipps and Paula Pell star as a girl singing group, a one-hit wonder whichwho had one popular song decades ago, in the 90s. When their tune is featured on a rapper’s track, the women come together to chase success once more. Tina Fey is among the producers. (The entire eight-episode season releases at once.)
“That Damn Michael Che” (HBO Max): The six-part series conveys Michael Che‘s thoughts on topics like racial profiling, unemployment and love. Che, co-anchor of “Weekend Update” on “Saturday Night Live,” will be joined by some of his “SNL” co-stars, including Cecily Strong and Colin Jost.
“Legendary” Season 2 (HBO Max)
“Million Dollar Listing New York” (Bravo, Thursdays at 9)
“Dynasty” (CW, Fridays at 9)
“Shrill” (Hulu): The third and final season of the comedy starring Aidy Bryant (“Saturday Night Live”).
“The Boy From Medellín” (Amazon Prime): The documentary focuses on singer J Balvin’s preparation for a show in his birthplace of Medellín, Colombia.
“Ziwe” (Showtime, Sundays at 11): A variety show from comedian Ziwe Fumudoh that aims to “challenge America’s discomfort with race, politics, and other cultural issues.”
“The Crime of the Century” (HBO, Monday and Tuesday at 9): The two-part documentary examines the transgressions of Big Pharma and the opioid crisis.
“Siesta Key” (MTV, Wednesdays at 8)
“The Hills: New Beginnings” (MTV, Wednesdays at 9)
“The Upshaws” (Netflix): Mike Epps stars as Bennie Upshaw, the patriarch of an Indiana family. Kim Fields and Wanda Sykes also star.
“Hacks” (HBO Max): Jean Smart stars as a has-been Las Vegas comedian forced to team with a struggling (and reluctant) young writer (Hannah Einbinder) to punch up her routine in this new comedy series.
“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” Season 2 (Disney+)
“Pride” (FX, Fridays at 8): The six-part docuseries, airing on two consecutive Fridays, traces the fight for LGBTQ+ rights, beginning in 1950s.
“The Underground Railroad” (Amazon Prime): The 10-part limited series follows the quest of Cora Randall (Thuso Mbedu) for freedom after fleeing Georgia, which leads her to “an actual railroad full of engineers and conductors, and a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil.”
“Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K.” (Hulu): Patton Oswalt stars in this mature animated series asM.O.D.O.K. (Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing), who faces challenges in his personal life, including a troubled marriage.
“P!nk: All I Know So Far” (Amazon Prime): The documentary follows P!nk on her 2019 “Beautiful Trauma” world tour.
“Solos” (Amazon Prime): Featuring actors like Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Anne Hathaway, Anthony Mackie and Uzo Aduba, the seven-episode anthology series tells stories of humanity.
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“The Chi” (Showtime, Sundays at 9)
“In Treatment” (HBO, Sundays at 9): The 2008-10 series about a therapist and his patients returns, with Uzo Aduba (“Orange is the New Black”) replacing Gabriel Byrne in the lead role.
“Black Monday” (Showtime, Sundays at 10)
“Flatbush Misdemeanors” (Showtime, Sundays at 10:30): The slice-of-life comedy centers on good friends Dan and Kevin, who live in the Brooklyn neighborhood.
“Master of None” (Netflix): Lena Waithe’s Denise steps into the spotlight for the series’ third season, which follows Denise’s relationship with Alicia (Naomi Ackie).
“Mental Samurai” (Fox, Tuesday at 8, then moves to 9)
“Crime Scene Kitchen” (Fox, Wednesdays at 9): Comedian Joel McHale hosts the culinary competition in which contestants attempt to decipher the recipe of a dessert from crumbs and clues. Then they have to remake the dish.
“The Bold Type” (Freeform, Wednesdays at 10): Fifth and final season.
“Friends: The Reunion” (HBO Max): The cast of the NBC comedy (1994-2004) – Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer will gather on the series soundstage. Several A-listers like David Beckham, Justin Bieber, BTS, Lady Gaga and Reese Witherspoon will also appear.
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“The Kominsky Method” (Netflix): The final season. Kathleen Turner joins Michael Douglas in the cast.
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“American Ninja Warrior” (NBC, Mondays at 8)
“Hell’s Kitchen: Young Guns” (Fox, Mondays at 8)
“Housebroken” (Fox, Mondays at 9): Lisa Kudrow, Tony Hale and Will Forte appear in the new, animated series centering on “a group of neighborhood pets and stray animals as they work through their issues inside and outside their therapy group.”
“Duncanville” (Fox, Mondays at 9:30 following May 23 preview)
“The Parisian Agency: Exclusive Properties” (Netflix): The reality show focuses on the Kretz family, who live in Paris and operate a high-end real estate company.
“America’s Got Talent” (NBC, Tuesdays at 8)
“Lego Masters” (Fox, Tuesdays at 8)
“Masterchef: Legends” (Fox, Wednesdays at 8)
“Beat Shazam” (Fox, Thursdays at 8)
“Making It” (NBC, Thursdays at 8)
“Jersey Shore Family Vacation” (MTV, Thursdays at 8)
“We Are Lady Parts” (Peacock): The series follows an amateur British punk rock band called Lady Parts, whose members are all women of Muslim faith, kicking off with the band’s search for a lead guitarist.
“Sweet Tooth” (Netflix): The series is set in a world where some babies are born part animals. The mysterious beings are dubbed hybrids and hunted by concerned humans. Gus (Christian Convery), who is part deer, partners with drifter Jepperd (Nonso Anozie).
“Lisey’s Story” (Apple TV+): Stephen King adapts his 2006 novel about marriage, imagination and literature for Apple in a slow burn series starring Julianne Moore stars as Lisey, the widow of famous author Scott Landon (Clive Owen). Two years after his death, Lisey is still piecing together who Scott really was and the mystical mystery of his success.
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“Celebrity Family Feud” (ABC, Sundays at 8)
“The Chase” (ABC, Sundays at 9)
“To Tell the Truth” (ABC, Sundays at 10)
“The Bachelorette” (ABC, Mondays at 8): Katie’s season marks the first without host Chris Harrison.
“Loki” (Disney+): Tom Hiddleston reprises his role of Loki in the new show that follows the action of Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame.” //date updated//
“Press Your Luck” (ABC, Wednesdays at 8)
“The $100,000 Pyramid” (ABC, Wednesdays at 9)
“Card Sharks” (ABC, Wednesdays at 10)
“Love, Victor” (Hulu)
“Blindspotting” (Starz, Sundays at 9): Created by Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, the new series is a sequel to the duo’s critically acclaimed 2018 film. While the film focused on Diggs’ Collin and Casal’s Miles, the series centers on Miles’ girlfriend, Ashley (Jasmine Cephas Jones), who is enjoying her (almost) financially secure life in Oakland until Miles is arrested.
“Tuca and Bertie” (Adult Swim, Sundays at 11:30): The adult animated comedy starring Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong is resurrected on Adult Swim after it was canceled on Netflix.
“The Celebrity Dating Game” (ABC, Mondays at 10): Actress Zooey Deschanel and singer Michael Bolton host the series, which each episode, gives two stars the chance to make a romantic connection with three strangers. The identities of the celebs will be kept a mystery from their potential mates.
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“Dave” (FX, Wednesdays at 10)
“Holey Moley 3D in 2D” (ABC, Thursdays at 9)
“The Hustler” (ABC, Thursdays at 10)
Contributing: Kelly Lawler and Nicholas Wu