By Alyssa, DRWHO42, & Mario Wario
Summer will officially start this week and television reflects on our busy seasonal convention schedules, with restrained offerings of course. There are a few hidden gems and a treasure trove of streaming series to dig into.
Paid streaming services offer a variety of events this week. Netflix’s Mr. Iglesias puts a stand-up comedian, Gabe Iglesias, in front of a classroom of smart misfits. Hulu responds with Das Boot, an 8-episode series set in 1942 set inside a Germain submarine. Wig on HBO promises drag queens and glitter. The show centers on New York’s Wigstock festival, which is the largest drag performance event ever staged. Drunk History returns for its 6th season premiere Tuesday night.
Finally, in the over-the-air world (OTA), ABC premiers two shows this week. The first is a lightweight, but action-packed summer popcorn series called Reef Break, which promises scantly clad pretty people, urgent intrigues and crazy scandals. The second ABC show called Grand Hotel is set in Miami, and it centers around the last family-run Grand Hotel in that area. Complete with the spoiled adult children, wealthy guests, upstairs/downstairs intrigue and, of course, mounting debt, this series promises to be interesting to watch. The plotlines for this ongoing series looks tasty.
While we have taken a step back from sports in recent weeks, the U.S. women’s national soccer team is in the World Cup. Of course, we are all in supporting the defending champs. The expectations are high for a good run, especially after the first game resulted in a 13-0 win over Thailand. It was the biggest defeat for any team in World Cup history. The U.S. women’s national team will now face Chile, and many can watch this game on TV at noon Eastern Time today (Sunday) on Fox. The team will also face Sweden on Thursday at 3 p.m ET on Fox.
If any new television show leaves you feeling a little underwhelmed, there’s plenty of good recently released streaming shows to check out. For example, Chernobyl, Handmaids Tale, Jessica Jones, Good Omens, and Catch-22 are all on our shortlists.
The week ahead looks great, but the TV conversation does not end there. Click here to join the chat that’s on the FoCC forum. Happy Father’s Day to all the good dads out there!
New: NOS4A2, Luther, Handsmaid Tale, Designated Survivor
On-going: The 100, iZombie, Killing Eve, Sabrina, Ultraman, Hanna
Binge / Stack: Hawaii 5-0, Elementary, Voltron, Supernatural, iZombie, Lost in Space & Strike Back (finished and re-watching the greatness)
Mario Wario’s picks:
New: Drunk History.
On-going: Krypton, Fear The Walking Dead, Luther, iZombie, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Dragon Ball Super (Dub).
Binge / Stack: The Umbrella Academy, The Tick, The Hot Zone, Good Omens, and Swamp Thing.
Alyssa’s picks for Over-The-Air (OTA), HULU and Amazon Prime:
OTA Watching: Jamestown, Woman’s World Cup Soccer! Go USA Women!
Stream: Handmaid’s Tale, Good Omens.
Editor’s note: all times listed below are Eastern and Nerd/Geek interest are highlighted in PINK.
Sunday, June 16, 2019
NETFLIX Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj [3rd Season Finale]
FOX World Cup Woman’s Soccer: USA vs Chile
PBS Endeavour: Pylon [6th Season Premiere]
SHOWTIME The Chi: The Scorpion And The Frog [2nd Season Finale]
HBO Euphoria: Pilot [Series Premiere]
Following a group of high school students as they navigate love and friendships in a world of drugs, sex, trauma and social media, the series will be executive produced by Drake, along with manager Future the Prince. The ensemble cast includes: actor and singer Zendaya, Maude Apatow (Girls), Angus Cloud, Eric Dane, Alexa Demie, Jacob Elordi, Barbie Ferreira, Nika King, Storm Reid, Hunter Schafer, Algee Smith and Sydney Sweeney (Sharp Objects). Euphoria is an American adaptation of an Israeli show of the same name, and all episodes are written by Sam Levinson (Assassination Nation), who also serves as executive producer. Click here for more info & trailers
PBS Jamestown: Episode One [3rd Season Premiere]
Monday, June 17, 2019
ACORN TV Special: The Poison Tree [Special Presentation]
Emmy nominee Matthew Goode (a discovery of witches, the crown) stars in this “gripping… psychological crime thriller” (Mirror, UK) of deception, seduction, and twisted family ties. Released from prison, convicted murderer Rex returns home to his devoted wife, Karen (Myanna Buring, Ripper Street), who has always maintained his innocence. But Karen is hiding darker secrets than even Rex realizes. Click here for more info & trailers
AMAZON Special: Yardie [Special Presentation]
HULU Das Boot [Complete First Season / Series Premiere]
A story of choices and survival, Das Boot explores the emotional torment of life during World War Two, and the brutal reality of living within a senseless war.
During the Autumn of 1942, in occupied France, U-612 is now ready for its maiden voyage, preparing to head into the increasingly brutal warfare with its young crewmen, including the new captain, Klaus Hoffmann. As the 40 young men take on their first mission, they struggle with the cramped and claustrophobic conditions of life underwater. Their personalities are pushed to the limit as tensions rise and loyalties begin to shatter. Meanwhile, at the port of La Rochelle, the world of Simone Strasser spirals out of control as she is engulfed in a dangerous liaison and forbidden love, torn between her loyalty for Germany and the Resistance, and causing her to question everything. Could all she believed to be true, in fact be a lie? Click here for more info & trailers
SPECTRUM L.a.’s Finest: Armageddon / Bad Girls [1st Season Finale]
NETFLIX The Missing: Baptiste [3rd Season Premiere]
NBC American Ninja Warrior: Seattle / Tacoma City Qualifiers [New Time Slot]
THE CW Penn & Teller: Fool Us: David Copperfield vs. Penn & Teller [6th Season Premiere]
DISNEY Raven’s Home: Friend-Ship [3rd Season Premiere]
MTV 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards [Two-Hour Special Presentation]
THE CW Whose Line is it Anyway?: Chris Hardwick [15th Season Premiere]
PBS POV: Roll Red Roll [32nd Season Premiere]
ABC Grand Hotel: Pilot [Series Premiere]
Eva Longoria executive produces this bold, provocative drama set at the last family-owned hotel in Miami Beach. Charismatic Santiago Mendoza owns the hotel, while his glamorous second wife, Gigi, and their adult children enjoy the spoils of success. The hotel’s loyal staff round out a contemporary fresh take on an upstairs/downstairs story. Wealthy and beautiful guests bask in luxury, but scandals, escalating debt and explosive secrets hide beneath the picture-perfect exterior. The show is based on the Spanish series.
The series stars Demián Bichir as Santiago Mendoza, Roselyn Sánchez as Gigi Mendoza, Denyse Tontz as Alicia Mendoza, Bryan Craig as Javi Mendoza, Wendy Raquel Robinson as Mrs. P, Lincoln Younes as Danny, Shalim Ortiz as Mateo, Anne Winters as Ingrid, Chris Warren as Jason, Feliz Ramirez as Carolina and Justina Adorno as Yoli. Click here for more info & trailers
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
FREEFORM Good Trouble: Percussions [2nd Season Premiere]
COMEDY Drunk History [6th Season Summer Premiere]
HBO Wig [90-Minute Special Presentation]
Spotlighting the art of drag, and centered on the New York staple Wigstock, Wig showcases the personalities and performances that inform the ways we understand queerness, art and identity today.
For almost 20 years, Wigstock was the annual drag festival that glamorously signaled the end of summer for the New York’s gay community Late one night in 1984, Lady Bunny and a few friends drunkenly wandered from the Pyramid Club in the East Village to Tompkins Square Park and staged an impromptu drag show in the bandshell. This would soon become an annual drag bacchanal, which lasted until 2001. In 2018, Lady Bunny resurrected the festival, bringing together legendary queens with some of the new children of drag, creating one of the largest drag performances ever staged. Click here for more info & trailers
TBS The Detour: The Search [4th Season Premiere]
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
NETFLIX The Edge of Democracy [Documentary Film]
NETFLIX Beats [Feature Film Presentation]
DISNEY Just Roll With It: The Birthday War [Series Premiere]
PBS Rivers of Life: Episode 1 [Series Premiere]
Thursday, June 20, 2019
NETFLIX Le Chant Du Loup [Feature Film Presentation]
SUNDANCE NOW Riviera [Complete Second Season Premiere]
FOX World Cup Women’s Soccer: USA vs Sweden
CBS Life in Pieces: Letter Promise Adult Seventy [New Episode – Special Time]
ABC Reef Break: Pilot [Series Premiere]
Reef Break is a sexy, action-packed, one-hour drama, starring Poppy Montgomery as Cat Chambers, a thief-turned-fixer for the governor of a stunning and seductive Pacific Island paradise. Impulsive, reckless, and irresistible, Cat’s less-than-perfect past gives her an instinctive gift for understanding crime and criminals as she becomes enmeshed in fast-paced, high-octane adventures and island intrigue.
Cat’s reappearance also makes waves for old friends, enemies and lovers, including an FBI agent ex-husband, her imprisoned crime boss and a police detective lover who is in over his head. Each episode will be a character-driven cocktail of crime, surf, sex and sunshine, and for Cat, the lines between work and play have never been blurrier. Click here for more info & trailers
Friday, June 21, 2019
SUNDANCE Rosehaven: Episode 1 [3rd Season Premiere]
AMAZON Tokyo Alice [Special Presentation]
HULU The Bravest Knight: Part 1 [Series Premiere]
Follow the story of Cedric, a young pumpkin farmer who wants nothing more than to become a courageous knight. After foiling a dastardly carriage thief, Cedric earns the chance to make his dream come true. When he sets out on his own adventure, Cedric must use his wits to save a prince and princess from a fierce dragon, and choose for himself what his happy ending should be. The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived is a modern fairytale that proves that sometimes the bravest thing you can do is be yourself. Click here for more info & trailers
NETFLIX The Confession Tapes [Complete Second Season Premiere]
NETFLIX Dark [Complete Second Season Premiere]
AMAZON Final Life [Complete First Season / Series Premiere]
NETFLIX Go! Vive A Tu Manera (Go! Live Your Way) [Complete Second Season Premiere]
NETFLIX Mr. Iglesias [Complete First Season / Series Premiere]
Saturday, June 22, 2019
NICK Lego City Adventures: Cubs And Robbers / Billy The Bug [Series Premiere]
DFC My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: Between Dark And Dawn [9th Season Summer Finale]
CARTOON Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu: Wasted True Potential [11th Season Premiere]