Next Week in TV 6/30: Stranger Things with a dash of Instinct

By Alyssa, Mario Wario and DRWHO42

This time of the year is traditionally a light week, as we celebrate the birth of our nation; however, there’s one huge drop coming on Independence Day, and it is not fireworks. Yes, Stranger Things returns for season 3 on Thursday, July 4th at 3 a.m. ET on Netflix. Which leads us to pose a question to our loyal readers: binge or boom? Binge season 3 of Stranger Things then watch the local fireworks, or be restrained and only watch one/two episodes before watching the booms? Either way, the blog is sure that there will be will some binging and big boom watching this weekend.

There’s another show returning this week; CBS’ popular procedural series Instinct is back to give us more Alan Cummings and Bojana Novakovic. Their onscreen chemistry has been amazing to watch thus far. We also love the supporting cast, Alan’s husband played by Daniel Ings and the CIA contact played by Naveen Andrews. Overall, Instinct has added the right amount of grounding and humor, but the series’ smart writing has been refreshing to watch! The series itself returns for a second season later today at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

The Rook on Starz is a smart new spy thriller with an interesting/storytelling twist. Myfanwy Thomas, played by Emma Greenwell, wakes at the base of the “Millennium Bridge,” which has dead bodies, she has no recollection of this event. She is being pursued by shadowy paranormal adversaries while grappling with extraordinary abilities of her own. The series promises to resolve her past by the end of the first season. Although we are hearing that the series is a slow starter.

Another series of interest is Netflix’s The Last Czars, which will premiere this Wednesday morning (July 3rd). The new series should appeal to those that like historical dramas. Lastly, the US Soccer Women’s National Team takes on England this Tuesday, July 2nd at 3 p.m. ET on FOX. This is a semifinal match up.

Have something to say about this week’s TV schedule? If you do then head on over to the FoCC Forum to join the conversation. Also don’t forget to look at the new TV listing, as well as our picks, which are located below.

Mario Wario’s picks:
New: Stranger Things.
On-going: Krypton, Legion, 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: Instinct, Jamestown, Woman’s World Cup Soccer!
Stream: Handmaid’s Tale, Good Omens.

DRWHO42’s picks:
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)

Editor’s note: We are looking for an additional writer to assist with this weekly article. Please let us know at [email protected] if interested. All times listed below are Eastern and Nerd/Geek interest are highlighted in PINK.

Sunday, June 30, 2019
8:00 pm
STARZ The Rook: Chapter 1 [Series Premiere]

Unknown power lies in Myfanwy’s past. Can she harness it to save her future?. Myfanwy is the Rook – an important member of Britain’s last truly secret service, the Checquy. At the start of the show, Myfanwy wakes at the base of the Millennium Bridge, surrounded by dead bodies- and void of her memory. The first season of “The Rook” answers the questions swirling around myfanwy’s past, her mysterious power, and the events leading up to the night her memory was erased. Click here for more info & trailers

9:00 pm
CBS Instinct: Stay Gold [2nd Season Premiere]
10:00 pm
SHOWTIME The Loudest Voice: 1995 [Series Premiere]

Roger Ailes, fresh from being fired from his perch atop CNBC, joins forces with media magnate Rupert Murdoch to form Fox News Channel, a conservative leaning cable news outlet. Working feverishly to get ahead of the competition, Roger must do the unthinkable — put an entire network on the air in the space of six months. Limited Series Premiere Click here for more info & trailers

Monday, July 01, 2019
6:10 pm
CARTOON Mao Mao, Heroes of Pure Heart [Series Premiere]
10:00 pm
HBO Divorce: Charred [3rd Season Premiere]

Tuesday, July 02, 2019
9:00 am
DC Young Justice: Outsiders: [3rd Season Summer Premiere]
3:00 pm
FOX Women’s World Cup: Semifinals – USA vs. England

Wednesday, July 03, 2019
3:01 am
AMAZON Special: Peterloo [Special Presentation]
NETFLIX The Last Czars [Complete First Season / Series Premiere]

When social upheaval sweeps Russia in the early 20th century, Czar Nicholas II resists change, sparking a revolution and ending a dynasty. Click here for more info & trailers

NETFLIX Yummy Mummies [Complete Second Season Premiere]
8:00 pm
PBS Rivers Of Life: Episode 3 [1st Season Finale]

Thursday, July 04, 2019
3:01 am
NETFLIX Kakegurui [Complete Third Season Premiere]
NETFLIX Stranger Things [Complete Third Season Premiere]
8:00 pm
NBC Special: Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular [Two-Hour Special Presentation]

Friday, July 05, 2019
3:01 am
AMAZON Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny: Part 2 [1st Season Finale]

Saturday, July 06, 2019
3:01 am
NETFLIX Free Rein [Complete Third Season Premiere]
9:00 pm
BBCA Enchanted Kingdom [Special Presentation]


Alyssa bought her first comic at age 7 and was hooked. She has collected comics most of her life. Recently, she has branched out to comic art and books and the occasional Lego set. She goes to as many cons as she can and enjoys the 'long form' storytelling of the television medium. She is also a foodie and is always up for trying new and different food.

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