TV Critic’s Corner

What’s coming to TV this summer? Plenty.

Ben Whishaw (left) and Hugh Grant star in “A Very English Scandal.”
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Ben Whishaw (left) and Hugh Grant star in “A Very English Scandal.”

Summertime, and the binge-ing is easy. Here are a few things set to arrive between now and the end of August.


Season 2 of Billy Bob Thornton’s fine legal drama, with Morris Chestnut and Mark Duplass on board. Amazon, June 15

“The Affair”

The fourth season begins, with each of the main characters in a new relationship and trying to move on. Meanwhile, fans try to move on from a disappointing third season. Showtime, June 17



A contemporary western series in which land owner Kevin Costner fights off land developers and — holy wolf-dancing — clashes with Native American reservation leaders. Paramount Network, June 20

“Take Two”

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From the creators of “Castle,” a light detective series starring Rachel Bilson as the former star of a hit cop series who talks her way into shadowing Eddie Cibrian’s private investigator. ABC, June 21

“Cooking on High”

Ho-hum, just another cooking competition show. But wait, the food is weed-infused, so you can get the munchies and solve the munchies at the very same time. Netflix, June 22

“Big Brother”

The 20th season begins with . . . aw, who cares. It’s the 20th season of “Big Brother.” Twenty rounds of nothingness. George Orwell, we apologize. CBS, June 27


The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling contend with their newfound fame in the second season of this likable series. Netflix, June 29

“A Very English Scandal”


Written by Russell T. Davis and directed by Stephen Frears, this three-parter stars Hugh Grant as a closeted gay British politician in the 1960s. Ben Whishaw costars as his very inconvenient lover. Amazon, June 29

“Sharp Objects”

Will it be the summer’s mystery obsession? This eight-part drama is based on Gillian Flynn’s novel, and it’s directed by Jean-Marc Vallee of “Big Little Lies.” Amy Adams stars as an emotionally unstable reporter covering a murder. HBO, July 8

“Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind”

From Marina Zenovich, this documentary looks at the life of Williams, from his childhood to his films, including previously unseen footage and interviews with Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, and David Letterman. HBO, July 16

“Castle Rock”

The Stephen King-themed miniseries will double as a trivia contest for King fans, as it borrows elements from the likes of “It,” “Dolores Claiborne,” and “Salem’s Lot.” The cast includes André Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Sissy Spacek, Terry O’Quinn, and Scott Glenn. Hulu, July 25

“Orange Is the New Black”

Season 6 arrives, after the slow and often silly season 5, with the characters being moved to a maximum-security prison after that whole riot thing. Netflix, July 27

“Making It”


A six-episode competition series about . . . crafting? Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman — Leslie and Ron together again — cohost this series about people who make stuff with their hands. NBC, July 29

“The Sinner”

Executive produced by Jessica Biel, who won’t appear this time around, the show starts a new story line, as Bill Pullman’s detective works on a case in which an 11-year-old boy has murdered his parents. Carrie Coon stars. USA, Aug. 1

“Better Call Saul”

The fourth season arrives, as the characters deal with the reverberations of, well, no spoilers, but, you know. AMC, Aug. 6

“Lodge 49”

Wyatt Russell stars as an ex-surfer in Long Beach who’s drifting after the death of his father and joins a rundown fraternal lodge. AMC, Aug. 6


This 10-episode adult animated series, created by Matt Groening, is set in a medieval kingdom and follows the misadventures of a hard-drinking young princess named Bean. Netflix, Aug. 17

“The Innocents”

Will this supernatural young-adult series become the next “Stranger Things”? Two teens with special gifts run away. Netflix, Aug. 24

“Jack Ryan”

John Krasinski is back in action — and back on TV — in this Tom Clancy-inspired series. Wendell Pierce and Abbie Cornish costar. Amazon, Aug. 31

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