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Summer TV 2018: Must-See New Shows

Check out all the new series coming your way this summer

Kaitlin Thomas
C.B. Strike
1 of 22 Cinemax

C.B. Strike (Cinemax)

Premieres: Friday, June 1 at 10/9c

Based on the novels written by J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, C.B. Strike follows a war veteran-turned-private detective (Tom Burke) who uses his unique insight and background to solve complex crimes that have stumped the police. He's assisted by his protégé Robin Ellacott (Holliday Grainger). The first three episodes adapt The Cuckoo's Calling, the first book in the trilogy. The remaining four episodes of the miniseries tackle the two remaining books, with each covering two one-hour episodes.

2 of 22 JoJo Whilden/FX

Pose (FX)

Premieres: Sunday, June 3 at 9/8c

Set in the 1980s and co-created by Ryan Murphy, Pose is a dance musical that explores ball culture and the rise of the luxury Trump-era world, as well as the downtown social and literary scene. The series -- Murphy's last at FX before moving to Netflix -- makes television history as it features the most transgender actors in series regular roles and the largest recurring cast of LGBTQ actors ever for a scripted series. That cast includes Mj Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore, Hallie Sahar and Angelica Ross. Evan Peters, Kate Mara, James Van Der Beek, Billy Porter and Charlayne Woodard also star.

3 of 22 HBO

Succession (HBO)

Premieres: Sunday, June 3 at 10/9c

Set in New York, Succession explores themes of power, politics, money and family across 10 episodes. Brian Cox stars as Logan Roy, the aging patriarch of a family-controlled media conglomerate. When Logan begins to step back from the company, his family begin to contemplate what the future holds for them. The series also stars Alan Ruck, Matthew Macfadyen, Jeremy Roy, Kieran Culkin, Sarah Snook and Nicholas Braun.

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Dietland (AMC)

Premieres: Monday, June 4 at 9/8c

Based on Sarai Walker's 2015 best-selling novel of the same name, the darkly comedic Dietland comes from Marti Noxon (UnREAL) and stars Joy Nash as Plum Kettle, a ghost writer for the editor (Emmy winner Julianna Margulies) of a fashion magazine. The series follows Plum's struggles with self-image and her journey toward self-acceptance, tackling everything from the patriarchy, misogyny, rape culture and unrealistic beauty standards along the way.

5 of 22 AT&T/DirecTV Audience Network

Condor (AT&T/DirecTV Audience Network)

Premieres: Wednesday, June 6 at 10/9c

Based on the novel Six Day of the Condor by James Grady and the screenplay Three Days of the Condor by Lorenzo Semple Jr. and David Rayfield, this spy thriller follows a young CIA analyst (Max Irons) who stumbles onto a plan that threatens the lives of millions of people across the globe. William Hurt, Brendan Fraser, Mira Sorvino, Leem Lubany, Angel Bonanni, Kristen Hager, and Bob Balaban also star.

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Marvel's Cloak & Dagger (Freeform)

Premieres: Thursday, June 7 at 8/7c

Starring Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph, Cloak & Dagger is Marvel's latest move in its quest for world domination. The series follows two teenagers, Tandy and Tyrone, who come from very different backgrounds but find themselves mysteriously linked to one another by their newly acquired superpowers. Tandy can emit light daggers, and Tyrone has the ability to control the power of darkness. It's a Marvel show, what did you expect?

7 of 22 Paramount

American Woman (Paramount)

Premieres: Thursday, June 7 at 10/9c

Alicia Silverstone, Mena Suvari and Jennifer Bartels star in this half-hour series inspired by the real life of Kyle Richards (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills). Set in the 1970s, the series follows Bonnie (Silverstone), an unconventional mother struggling to raise her two daughters after leaving her husband.

8 of 22 Ken Sax/CBS

Strange Angel (CBS All Access)

Premieres: Thursday, June 14

Created by Mark Heyman (Black Swan) and based on George Pendle's book of the same name, Strange Angel is inspired by the real story of Jack Parsons and explores the intersection between genius and madness, science and science-fiction. The series stars Jack Reynor, Bella Heathcote, Rupert Friend, Peter Mark Kendall, Michael Gaston, and Greg Wise among others.

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Deep State (Epix)

Premieres: Sunday, June 17 at 9/8c

Deep State stars Mark Strong as Max Easton, an ex-spy whose past comes back to haunt him when he's summoned by the the head of a covert MI6/CIA team (Alistair Petrie) to avenge the death of his estranged son (Game of Thrones' Joe Dempsie). Of course, there's more to it than that: Max soon finds himself embroiled in a widespread intelligence conspiracy set to profit from the spread of chaos in the Middle East. No biggie!

10 of 22 Michael Desmond Photography/OWN

<i>Love Is ​</i> (OWN)

Premieres: Tuesday, June 19 at 10/9c

Inspired by the real-life relationship of creators Mara Brock Akil (Girlfriends, Being Mary Jane) and Salim Akil (Black Lightning), Love Is ___ is set against the backdrop of Black Hollywood in the 1990s and follows Nuri (Michele Weaver) and Yasir (Will Catlett), a couple from seemingly opposite worlds, as they follow their hearts and dreams in LA. Told from the perspective of their older selves, the series revisits social issues and black culture, reflecting on how it aligned and shaped who they would become.

11 of 22 Paramount

Yellowstone (Paramount)

Premieres: Wednesday, June 20 at 9/8c

Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water), Yellowstone stars Kevin Costner and follows the Dutton family, which controls the largest contiguous cattle ranch in America. The ranch is constantly in conflict with its neighbors, which include America's first national park, an expanding town, and a Native American reservation. A study of the modern West, the series details a violent world that is far from the prying eyes of the media.

12 of 22 David Bukach/ABC

Take Two (ABC)

Premieres: Thursday, June 21 at 10/9c

Take Two stars Rachel Bilson (Hart of Dixie) as the former star of a hit cop series who was forced to go to rehab after an epic meltdown was broadcast wide to the viewing public. Anxious to restart her career, she shadows a private investigator played by Eddie Cibrian as research for a potential comeback, and wouldn't you know it, she proves to be an valuable asset! If any of this sounds familiar or like a rip-off of Castle, you can blame the creators, who also created Castle.

13 of 22 Sophie Mutevelian/BBC/Blueprint Television Ltd

A Very English Scandal (Amazon)

Premieres: Friday, June 29

This three-part miniseries from Russell T. Davies (Doctor Who) is based on John Preston's book of the same name and is a dramatization of the real life Jeremy Thorpe scandal that rocked Britain in the 1970s. If you don't know who Jeremy Thorpe is, he was a member of Parliament who was tried and acquitted of conspiring to murder her former lover, Norman Scott. Hugh Grant portrays Thorpe, while Ben Whishaw takes on the role of Scott.

14 of 22 HBO

Sharp Objects (HBO)

Premieres: Sunday, July 8 at 9/8c

Based on Gillian Flynn's best-selling novel of the same name, Sharp Objects stars Amy Adams as a reporter who returns to her hometown to cover the murder of a young girl and the mysterious disappearance of another. As she tries to put together a puzzle from her own past, she will also find herself identifying with the victims just a bit too closely. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, the eight-episode limited series was developed for TV by Marti Noxon. Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Eliza Scanlen, Elizabeth Perkins, Matt Craven and Henry Czerny also star.

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The Outpost (The CW)

Premieres: Tuesday, July 10 at 8/7c

One of two acquisitions airing on The CW this summer, The Outpost is a new 10-episode fantasy series. It follows Talon (Jessica Green, Ash vs Evil Dead), the lone survivor of a race called Blackbloods, as she tracks down the mercenaries who murdered her entire village. The series finds her traveling to a fortress on the edge of the civilized world. Along the way she discovers she has supernatural powers that she'll have to learn to control if she wants to save herself and defeat a religious dictator.

16 of 22 Shauna Townley/The CW

Burden of Truth (The CW)

Premieres: Wednesday, July 11 at 8/7c

A Canadian import that has already aired up north, Burden of Truth stars CW favorite Kristin Kreuk (Smallville, Beauty and the Beast) as a hotshot lawyer who returns to her hometown to take on what she thinks is a simple case but soon finds herself embroiled in something much bigger. Peter Mooney, Alex Carter, Benjamin Ayres, Nicola Correia-Damude, Meegwun Fairbrother and Star Slade also star.

17 of 22 WGN America/CTV

The Disappearance (WGN America)

Premieres: Thursday, July 12 at TBD

The disappearance of a young boy during a treasure hunt organized by his grandfather (Peter Coyote) reveals a deep mystery and threatens to shatter a family and the small community in which they live in this six-part limited series. Aden Young (Rectify) and Camille Sullivan (The Man in the High Castle) star as the young boy's parents.

18 of 22 Hulu

Castle Rock (Hulu)

Premieres: Wednesday, July 25

Set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock is a psychological horror series from co-creators Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason (Manhattan). The series, which is produced by J.J. Abrams, is set in Maine, obviously, and weaves together an "epic saga of darkness and light," according to the short logline Hulu has released. The first season follows Henry (André Holland), a death-row attorney who returns to his hometown after fleeing it years earlier following an accident, of which Henry has no memory, that left his father dead and him the sole suspect. The reason for Henry's return is equally odd: an inmate (Bill Skarsgard) known only as The Kid has been discovered in a cage deep beneath the state penitentiary, and he asks for Henry, and only Henry. What does it mean??? The series also stars Sissy Spacek, Melanie Lynskey, Scott Glenn, Jane Levy, and Terry O'Quinn.

19 of 22 Netflix

All About the Washingtons (Netflix)

Premieres: Friday, Aug. 10 at 12:01 am PT

An autobiographical family sitcom, All About the Washingtons stars Rev Run, aka Joseph Simmons, and his wife Justine Simmons as fictionalized versions of themselves. After Joey retires from a long hip-hop career, Justine decides to pursue a career of her own since Joey is now available to raise the kids, played by Kiana Ledé, Nathan Anderson, Leah Rose Randall and Maceo Smedley.

20 of 22 Netflix

Disenchantment (Netflix)

Premieres: Friday, Aug. 17 at 12:01 am PT

Set within the crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland, Disenchantment follows the misadventures of a hard-drinking young princess named Bean (voiced by Abbi Jacobson), her feisty elf companion Elfo (Nat Faxon), and her personal demon Luci (Eric Andre). Along the way, the trio encounter ogres, sprites, harpies, imps, trolls, walruses, and lots of human fools. Matt Groening and Josh Weinstein (The Simpsons, Futurama) serve as executive producers.

21 of 22 Netflix

The Innocents (Netflix)

Premieres: Friday, Aug. 24 at 12:01am PT

Teenagers and star-crossed lovers Harry (Percelle Ascott) and June (Sorcha Groundsell) run away from their repressive families in this new supernatural Netflix series, but their escape is derailed by the discovery that June is actually a shape-shifter. Whoops! As both teens struggle with this newfound information, a mysterious professor played by Guy Pearce reveals to June that she is not alone. He promises he can cure her and reunite her with the mother who deserted her, but as June's journey becomes more and more dangerous, her relationship with Harry will also be tested to the breaking point.

22 of 22 Amazon

Jack Ryan (Amazon)

Premieres: Friday, Aug. 31

John Krasinski is the latest actor to tackle the role of Jack Ryan, a character created by Tom Clancy. In the new Amazon series, Ryan is a CIA analyst who stumbles upon a suspicious series of bank transfers. His investigation turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse across Europe and the Middle East. Created by Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland, the series also stars Abbie Cornish, Wendell Pierce, Peter Fonda and Timothy Hutton.