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Summer Arts Preview

Television picks: Anticipating Ben Affleck’s Boston crime series ‘City on a Hill’

Storm Reid and Jharrel Jerome in “When They See Us,” a four-part Netflix miniseries from Ava DuVernay.
Storm Reid and Jharrel Jerome in “When They See Us,” a four-part Netflix miniseries from Ava DuVernay.(Atsushi Nishijima/Netflix)

When They See Us Ava DuVernay co-writes and directs this four-part miniseries retelling of the “Central Park Five.” In the well-known case, five teens — four black, one Hispanic — were wrongly convicted of and jailed for the rape of a 28-year-old white jogger in New York in the late 1980s. A dozen years later, they were exonerated, and they sued New York and settled for $41 million. The cast includes Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, Niecy Nash, John Leguizamo, Blair Underwood, Famke Janssen, Joshua Jackson, and, yes, Felicity Huffman. How will DuVernay deal with Donald Trump’s role in the case? Among other things, he took out full-page ads in the New York papers in 1989 calling for the return of the death penalty for the case. May 31, Netflix

Good Omens This six-episode adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s comedic 1990 fantasy novel is written by Gaiman, who also serves as showrunner. It’s about an alliance between an angel and a demon who seek to prevent the coming Armageddon. The cast is star-studded, with Michael Sheen as the angel and David Tennant as the demon, along with Jon Hamm, Michael McKean, Mireille Enos, Nick Offerman, Miranda Richardson, Derek Jacobi, and a pair of high-profile voices — Frances McDormand as God, and Benedict Cumberbatch as Satan. May 31, Amazon

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Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City Netflix is bringing us back to the cozy San Francisco world Armistead Maupin created. These 10 episodes, written by Lauren Morelli of “Orange Is the New Black,” follow up on the 1993 miniseries that aired on PBS and the 1998 and 2001 sequels that ran on Showtime. It begins with Laura Linney’s Mary Ann Singleton returning to Barbary Lane after many years. Other returning original cast members include Olympia Dukakis, Paul Gross, and Barbara Garrick, and they’ll be joined by newcomers Ellen Page, Murray Bartlett, Charlie Barnett, Zosia Mamet, Victor Garber, and Molly Ringwald. June 7, Netflix

City on a Hill Brace yourself. It’s time for more Boston accents on TV. Ben Affleck and Chuck MacLean created this 1990s-set Boston crime series featuring Kevin Bacon as a corrupt FBI agent in an incendiary case against a family of armored car robbers. The series also includes a fictionalized account of the “Boston Miracle.” The impressive Tom Fontana of “Homicide” and “Oz” is the showrunner, and the cast also includes Sarah Shahi, Kevin Dunn, Mark O’Brien, Jill Hennessy, and a few former local boys including Kevin Chapman, Jimmy Cummings, and Jonathan Tucker. June 16, Showtime

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Euphoria This ensemble high school drama, which HBO says is about “students as they navigate love and friendship in a world of drugs, sex, trauma, and social media,” sounds like it’s a bit more intense and explicit than what you’d find on the CW. Adapted from an Israeli series by writer Sam Levinson, and featuring Drake as one of its executive producers, the show stars Zendaya, Brian Bradley, Maude Apatow, Storm Reid, and Eric Dane. One of the slogans for the Israeli original explains a lot: “17 Is the New 30.” The last time HBO adapted an Israeli series, the results were not too shabby: “In Treatment.” June 16, HBO

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Grand Hotel This one sounds like a contemporary version of the short-lived “Magic City.” Based on a Spanish series, it’s an Eva Longoria-produced nighttime soap set inside a family-owned luxury Miami Beach hotel. Mexican actor Demián Bichir, nominated for an Oscar for “A Better Life” and star of TV’s “The Bridge,” heads the cast as the hotel’s owner, and Roselyn Sanchez from “Without a Trace” and “Devious Maids” plays his wife. The story lines will also revolve around the hotel’s staff and guests. June 17, ABC

The Loudest Voice “Spotlight” director Tom McCarthy adapts Gabriel Sherman’s best-selling book “The Loudest Voice in the Room” for this fictionalized miniseries about the life and times of Fox News head Roger Ailes. Included: The role Ailes and Fox News played in the rise of Donald Trump, and the sexual harassment settlements that led to his downfall. Russell Crowe stars as Ailes, with Naomi Watts as Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, Josh Charles as Carlson’s husband, Sienna Miller as Ailes’s wife, and Seth MacFarlane as Fox’s PR chief. There’s another Ailes project on the way, by the way: a fall film by Jay Roach featuring John Lithgow as Ailes, Nicole Kidman as Carlson, and Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly. June 30, Showtime

What Just Happened??! I love the idea of this comedy series — making fun of a TV trend — and hope it’s good. It’s a spoof of TV “aftershows” such as AMC’s “Talking Dead” and “After Bad” and HBO’s ”After the Thrones.” Fred Savage stars as the host, who is obsessed with a fictional sci-fi series called “The Flare.” Each week, he welcomes a panel of guests and actors from “The Flare” to discuss that week’s episode. June 30, Fox

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Four Weddings and a Funeral Mindy Kaling, famous lover of rom-coms, co-wrote this 10-episode adaptation of the classic movie from 1994. Four friends reunite for a wedding, followed by a year of tumult. The cast includes Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei from “Game of Thrones”), Brandon Mychal Smith, Rebecca Rittenhouse, John Reynolds, and, in a different role from the one she played in the original film, Andie MacDowell. July 31, Hulu

BH90210 In the wake of Luke Perry’s death, this new show may have extra poignancy. The other original cast members of Perry’s 1990s hit “Beverly Hills, 90210” — Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green, and Tori Spelling — reunite for a six-episode reboot in which they play heightened versions of themselves reuniting for a “Beverly Hills, 90210” reboot series. Meta much? Sounds a bit like the “Seinfeld” reunion on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Aug. 7, Fox


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