2019 Summer TV Preview – Streaming (Not Netflix)

 

Catch-22 (Hulu)

Based on Joseph Heller’s seminal novel of the same name, Catch-22 is the story of the incomparable, artful dodger, Yossarian, a US Air Force bombardier in World War II who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy, but rather his own army, which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to avoid his military assignments, he’ll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule which specifies that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers which are real and immediate is the process of a rational mind; a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but a request to be removed from duty is evidence of sanity and therefore makes him ineligible to be relieved from duty.

Starring: Christopher Abbott, Kyle Chandler, Hugh Laurie, George Clooney, Daniel David Stewart, Austin Stowell, Rafi Gavron, Graham Patrick Martin, Jon Rudnitsky, Pico Alexander, Gerran Howell, Lewis Pullman, Grant Heslov, Tessa Ferrer, Jay Paulson, Giancarlo Giannini, Harrison Osterfield

Premieres May 17th

Veronica Mars (Hulu)

Spring breakers are getting murdered in Neptune, thereby decimating the seaside town’s lifeblood tourist industry. After Mars Investigations is hired by the family of one of the victims to find their son’s killer, Veronica is drawn into an epic eight-episode mystery that pits the enclave’s wealthy elites, who would rather put an end to the month-long bacchanalia, against a working class that relies on the cash influx that comes with being the West Coast’s answer to Daytona Beach.

Starring: Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni, Jason Dohring, Percy Daggs III, Francis Capra, Ryan Hansen

Premieres July 26th

Four Weddings and a Funeral (Hulu)

Four American friends reunite for a fabulous London wedding. But after a bombshell at the altar throws their lives into turmoil, they must weather a tumultuous year of romance and heartbreak. Relationships are forged and broken, political scandals exposed, London social life lampooned, love affairs ignited and doused, and of course, there are four weddings… and a funeral.

Starring: Nathalie Emmanuel, Nikesh Patel, Rebecca Rittenhouse, John Paul Reynolds, Brandon Mychal Smith, Zoe Boyle, Sophia La Porta, Harish Patel, Guz Khan, Tom Mison, Ashley Madekwe, Andie McDowell, Tommy Dewey

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Premieres July 31st

Ms Fisher’s MODern Murder Mysteries (Acorn)

In 1964, when the famous aunt she never knew, Phryne Fisher, goes missing over the highlands of New Guinea, the gorgeously reckless Peregrine Fisher inherits a windfall and sets out to become a world-class detective in her own right.

Starring: Geraldine Hakewill, Joel Jackson, Catherine McClements, James Mason, Toby Truslove, Louisa Mignone, Greg Stone, Katie Robertson

Premiered April 29th

My Life is Murder (Acorn)

The series follows the adventures of fearless private investigator Alexa Crowe, who solves the most baffling crimes as well as coping with the frustrations of everyday life.

Starring: Lucy Lawless, Bernard Curry, Ebony Vagulans

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Premieres Summer 2019

Good Omens (Amazon)

The End of the World is coming, which means a fussy Angel and a loose-living Demon who’ve become overly fond of life on Earth are forced to form an unlikely alliance to stop Armageddon. But they have lost the Antichrist, an 11-year-old boy unaware he’s meant to bring upon the end of days, forcing them to embark on an adventure to find him and save the world before it’s too late.

Starring: David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Adria Arjona, Jack Whitehall, Michael McKean, Josie Lawrence, Sam Taylor Buck, Amma Ris, Ilan Galkoff, Alfie Taylor, Jon Hamm, Anna Maxwell Martin, Mirielle Enos, Yusuf Gatewood, Lourdes Faberes, Brian Cox, Nick Offerman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Frances McDormand

Premieres May 31st

Too Old To Die Young (Amazon)

Too Old To Die Young tells of a grieving police officer who, along with the man who shot his partner, finds himself in an underworld filled with working-class hit men, Yakuza soldiers, cartel assassins sent from Mexico, Russian mafia captains and gangs of teen killers.

Starring: Miles Teller, John Hawkes, Jena Malone, Augusto Aguilera, Cristina Rodlo, Nell Tiger Free, Billy Baldwin, Babs Olusanmokun, Callie Hernandez

Premieres June 14th

The Boys (Amazon)

In a world where superheroes embrace the darker side of their massive celebrity and fame, The Boys centers on a group of vigilantes known informally as “the boys,” who set out to take down corrupt superheroes with no more than blue collar grit and a willingness to fight dirty.

Starring: Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Erin Moriarty, Antony Starr, Dominique McElligott, Jessie Usher, Chace Crawford, Elisabeth Shue, Nathan Mitchell, Laz Alonso, Karen Fukuhara, Tomer Kapon

Premieres July 26th

Swamp Thing (DC Universe)

Swamp Thing follows Abby Arcane as she investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana but soon discovers that the swamp holds mystical and terrifying secrets. When unexplainable and chilling horrors emerge from the murky marsh, no one is safe.

Starring: Crystal Reed, Andy Bean, Derek Mears, Maria Sten, Jeryl Prescott, Virginia Madsen, Will Patton, Henderson Wade, Kevin Durand, Jennifer Beals, Ian Ziering, Leonardo Nam

Premieres May 31st

State of the Union (Sundance Now)

State of the Union explores the world of Louise and Tom as they attempt to repair their crumbling marriage through weekly marital therapy sessions. Before each appointment, the couple meets at a pub where they delve into how they came together and, how eventually, their marriage fell into disrepair. Throughout each episode, audiences are provided with an honest and humorous take on contemporary relationships.

Starring: Rosamund Pike, Chris O’Dowd

Premiered May 6th