Summer 2018 TV | Your Exciting & New TV Obsession is Here!
This might be a little late in coming considering many of the summer TV shows have already aired their pilot episodes. Nonetheless, summer TV (or let’s face it, any new TV season) is one of my favorites so this list is written in the stars. At least in the style of Finding Wonderland’s ‘stars’ it is.
As I look at the slate of upcoming TV, the ones that most excite me are TV shows that have no U.S. premiere date and are instead making a splash in Canada or Australia. That said, of course, TV addict that I am, there are some shows I’m eager to give a chance with stars I’m excited to see return to our TV screens.
Below you’ll seen mostly new 2018 offerings with a couple of returning shows throw into the mix – because they’re that good.
Summer 2018 TV | Your Exciting & New TV Obsession is Here!
(listed by premiere date)
Network: NBC | Premiered May 30 | When: Wednesdays
Already familiar to summer TV addicts, Sarah Shahi headlines this one. It’s about a former hostage negotiator who solves murders with the help of virtual reality. It’s so excited to see Sarah in another summer TV show after the cancellation of Fairly Legal and pass on her modern-day Nancy Drew pilot. Though I’m not sure what I think of the sci-fi angle of this one, I like that the lead is a hostage negotiator thanks to one of my favorite novels by Dee Henderson, The Negotiator. This one is also giving me Stitchers vibes!
2: Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger
Network: Freeform | Premiered June 7 | When: Thursdays
Recently I saw the headline toting this as Freeform’s biggest “launch” in two years. That’s pretty impressive though I suspect much of this has to do with Marvel in its title. I’ve not watched this one either (same goes for Reverie), but it’s one I’m curious about just because Marvel! The story follows two teens, who discover their superpowers work best together – all while falling in love.
3: Take Two
Network: ABC | Premieres June 21 | When: Thursdays
From the creators of Castle, this one looks really (really) fun. While its upside is that it looks like the perfect frothy summertime vendor, the downside is, it’s likely a little too similar to Castle. Don’t mistake me, I don’t mind this, but I’m worried it might not earn the ratings because of this. It’s about an actress (Rachel Bilson) looking to partner with a cop (Eddie Cibrian) to study the profession for an upcoming role.
4: Anne with an E, Season Two
Where: Netflix | When: July 6
Though if ever I do watch this, this will be new to me, I realize this is also a show with a season already to its name. I’ve not binged season one as of yet, but have read conflicting thoughts, and opinions on this one. Tell me, have you seen this more contemporary approach to the classic L.M. Montgomery novels?
5: The Outpost
Where: CW | Premieres July 10 | When: Tuesdays
Newcomer Jessica Green stars as a woman out for revenge on those who murdered her family. The show is given a sci-fi treatment that is sure to look and feel at home on this network. The only question is if the story too will appeal.
6: Burden of Truth
Network: CW | Premieres July 25 | When: Wednesdays
Kristin Kreuk returns to TV in this legal drama. Previously starring in Smallville and Beauty and the Beast, Kristin is sure to feel right at home with this return to her network. Burden of Truth is a Canadian drama about a young lawyer who returns to her hometown to help a group of girl’s suffering from an unknown illness.
7: Endeavour, Season Five
Network: PBS | Returns August 1 | When: Sundays
Ok, so this is the second “returning TV” rather than new show, but it’s so good, it deserves a special shout out. For anyone unfamiliar with this one, it’s a drama set in the 1960s about a cop named Endeavour Morse. The supporting cast and its lead Shaun Evans are superb! I watched the fifth season with my parents last month and found it captivating – and the romance in this show? It’s like a slow burn at its most subtle, but also at its finest.
8: Chesapeake Shores, Season Three
Network: Hallmark Channel | Returns August 5 | When: Sundays
9: The Innocents
Where: Netflix | When: August 24
Another YA spun Netflix original, this one takes the main idea of Romeo & Juliet star-crossed lovers and tosses in some sci-fi. Specifically of the shapeshifter variety of sci-fi. To me, it appears a little too intense for the kind of TV I’m seeking out, but it’ll find an audience.
10: Jack Ryan
Where: Amazon Prime | When: August 31
Based on the novels of the same name written by Tom Clancy, this time John Krasinski steps into the titular role of CIA agent Jack Ryan. Presumably some influences of the earlier big-screen film adaptations will creep in, but I’m eager to see how Amazon produces an actioner! Abbie Cornish and Wendell Pierce co-star.
Returning TV | Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix, May 1); Younger (TV Land, June 5); Poldark (BBC1, June 9); The Bold Type (Freeform, June 12); Shades of Blue (NBC, June 17); Young and Hungry (Freeform, June 20); Shooter (USA Network, June 21); Queen of the South (USA Network, June 21); Endeavour (PBS, June 24); Salvation (CBS, June 25); Anne with an E (Netflix, July 6); Suits (USA Network, July 18); Wynonna Earp (ScyFy, July 20); The Sinner (USA Network, August 1).
That’s a wrap on our Summer 2018 TV Preview! Tell me, which of these are you planning to give a chance? Have you tuned in to any that have already aired that inaugural episode? Tell me all of your thoughts down below. I’d love to chat with you.
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