Television

Television

A guide to the summer’s most promising shows

Madchen Amick (left) and Peggy Lipton in “Twin Peaks.”
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Madchen Amick (left) and Peggy Lipton in “Twin Peaks.”

TWIN PEAKS The extraordinarily influential 1990s drama from David Lynch and Mark Frost returns for another round. Will it have the same impact, now that so many other shows have borrowed its surreal flourishes and its intriguing blend of mysterious townsfolk and American quaintness? Will the revival be better than the long-ago second season on ABC, which lost viewers thanks to murky plotting and the resolution of the Laura Palmer murder? May 21, Showtime

LONG STRANGE TRIP This documentary, directed by Amir Bar-Lev and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, attempts to sum up the journey of the groundbreaking Grateful Dead. The four-hour film will include lots of old footage of the original jam band, along with interviews with band members, the crew, the families, and a few famous Deadheads. Will Bar-Lev manage to find new ideas in his look at one of the most analyzed phenomena of the rock era?
June 2, Amazon

I’M DYING UP HERE The world of stand-up comedy — so filled with drama, tragedy, and joy — gets another series, alongside “Crashing” and “Louie.” This one, based on the William Knoedelseder book, is about a group of young comics trying to make it during the 1970s comedy boom in LA’s Sunset Strip. Executive produced by Jim Carrey, the show stars Melissa Leo, Michael Angarano, Ari Graynor, and Al Madrigal.
June 4, Showtime

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MENENDEZ: BLOOD BROTHER There’s really only one reason I’m bothering to mention this movie, which is bound to be a cheap twist on the famous murder case: Courtney Love. She stars as Kitty Menendez, who, along with her husband, Jose, is murdered by their sons. It’s always entertaining watching Love try to act, and remembering who she was before she glammed up. Myko Olivier and Nico Tortorella play the brothers in the movie, which, according to Lifetime, “will also reveal new details about the extreme abuse the brothers endured at their father’s hands, all while their mother looked the other way.” June 11, Lifetime

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GLOW This half-hour comedy series — from Jenji Kohan of “Orange Is the New Black” — revolves around the world of women’s professional wrestling in the 1980s, specifically those affiliated with the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling company, or GLOW. Alison Brie from “Community” stars as an out-of-work actress who creates GLOW, with Marc Maron — of podcast fame — as a washed-up movie director who becomes the GLOW trainer. Get ready for lots of spandex, big hair, and body slams. June 23, Netflix

PRIME SUSPECT: TENNISON No, PBS is not reviving the powerful British detective drama starring Helen Mirren as the tenacious Jane Tennison. This “Masterpiece” three-parter is a prequel set in 1973, introducing us to Mirren’s character when she was but a 22-year-old rookie. Played by Stefanie Martini, the young Jane is surrounded by dismissive men, and she makes a few novice mistakes. Let’s see if Martini can evoke the older Jane — who retired in the 2006 “Prime Suspect” series finale — without aping Mirren, whose performance was unforgettable and brilliant. June 25, WGBH 2

WILL This series tells the fictionalized story of a somewhat important literary figure when he was in his 20s. Perhaps you’ve heard of him? His full name is William Shakespeare, and he wrote some good plays and poetry. British actor Laurie Davidson, a newcomer, will play the bard, who gets caught up in the raw, rock-and-roll-like world of 16th-century theater. The series will set Will’s activities — including his involvement with lovers, of course — to a modern soundtrack.
July 10, TNT

GAME OF THRONES The blockbuster drama returns for its penultimate season with only seven episodes, instead of the usual 10. But if those seven are as good as the season six episodes, it won’t hurt too, too much. (The final season will have only six episodes.) We know that winter, which has been coming for a long time, has finally arrived, we know that Ed Sheeran will have a cameo, and we know that Jim Broadbent is joining the cast. Otherwise, anything can happen, especially now that the story line has exceeded the books. Please let there be more of Lyanna Mormont, the wise and weary young Lady of Bear Island. July 16, HBO

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MIDNIGHT, TEXAS The notable thing about this NBC supernatural drama is that it’s based on a book series by Charlaine Harris. She’s the author of the Sookie Stackhouse books, which led to the HBO series “True Blood.” “Midnight, Texas” is about a remote town that is a safe haven for all kinds of unusual beings, including witches, vampires, psychics, assassins, and a talking cat. François Arnaud stars, along with Jason Lewis, Dylan Bruce, and Arielle Kebbel. July 24, NBC

THE SINNER Jessica Biel stars in this limited series as a mother who impulsively commits an act of violence on a stranger at the beach. Why? She can’t explain it, which makes the investigator, played by Bill Pullman, triply eager to figure it all out. Christopher Abbott, who was Charlie on “Girls,” costars as Biel’s husband. Aug. 2, USA

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.