June, as the old show tune goes, is busting out all over.
There is So. Much. TV. This. Month. The Handmaid’s Tale returns for a third season June 5 on Hulu. The ladies of Big Little Lies are back June 9 on HBO and this time they’re bringing Meryl Streep with them. Black Mirror has another round on Netflix June 5. Pose enters the Madonna “Vogue” era June 11 on FX. And we aren’t even half-way through the month. You are bound to save on sunscreen this summer. There’s no reason to ever go outside.
But, as always, we here at Paste don’t want you to miss anything. So we’ve culled through all the new shows coming your way this month and come up with the five new shows you can’t miss this June.
1. The Weekly
Executive Producers: Mat Skene, Jason Stallman, Sam Dolnick, Stephanie Preiss, Ken Druckerman, Banks Tarver and Mary Robertson
Stars: Journalist of the New York Times
Premiere Date: June 2 at 10 p.m. on FX
Journalism is under attack every day from every angle. This half-hour series follows reporters as they dive deep into a subject. “It’s a really great feel good story, it’s just not reality,” one subject says in the first episode which follows a Louisiana prep school with a great track record of getting kids into the best colleges. But all was not what it seemed. The series deftly shows all that reporters must go through to get to the heart of a story which, in this case, uncovered abuse, doctored transcripts and fraudulent fundraising. Future episodes explore NYC taxi drivers and the plight of a 10-month-old boy separated from his parents at the border. The show is available on Hulu the day after it premieres on FX.
2. Card Sharks
Executive Producers: Scott St. John, Jack Martin and Jennifer Mullin
Stars: Joel McHale
Premiere Date: June 12 at 9 p.m. on ABC
ABC recently had huge success bringing back two iconic comedies from the 1970s. The network goes back into the past again to bring a classic game show from the 70s and 80s to your summer viewing. Sometimes you just need a series that requires no heavy lifting. Joel McHale hosts as two players compete for initially $10,000 and then later for what is described as a “life-changing payday.” ABC is putting all their chips in on game shows this summer. The network will have three nights of it beginning in June and Card Sharks airs between the revival of Press Your Luck and the return of the Alec Baldwin-hosted Match Game.
Executive Producers: Sebastian Gutierrez, Carla Gugino
Stars: Carla Gugino, Giancarlo Esposito, Elena Anaya, Gil Bellows, and Mustafa Shakir
Premiere Date: June 14 at 10 p.m. on Cinemax
Carla Gugino is one of those actresses I want to see with a hit TV series. A go-to guest star (Entourage, Californication, New Girl), Gugino truly shines when she gets to headline her own series (RIP Karen Sisco). Here she stars as recently paroled, former professional thief Daisy Kowalski. But you know the saying—every time Daisy thinks she’s out, they pull her back in. Giancarlo Esposito, who knows how to play bad guys very well, co-stars as crime lord Charlie Baudelaire. First up, Charlie asks Daisy to steal a ring from an Eastern European crime lord living in Cuba. What could possibly go wrong?
4. Years and Years
Executive Producers: Russell T Davies, Nicola Shindler and Michaela Fereday
Stars: Rory Kinnear, Russell Tovey, Jessica Hynes, Ruth Madely, Anne Reid and Emma Thompson
Premiere Date: June 24 at 9 p.m. on HBO
Emma Thompson stars as Vivienne Rook, popular and outspoken businesswoman with controversial political opinions. Sound familiar? Just watching the trailer, where Rook advocates that anyone with a low IQ not be allowed to vote, will make you think of a certain president. The six-episode series begins in 2019 and follows the Lyons family into the future as they navigate romance, family and careers against the backdrop of an increasingly fraught political climate.
5. The Hills: New Beginnings
Executive Producers: Megan Estrada, Jim Fraenkel and Tina Gazzerro
Stars: Audrina Patridge, Brody Jenner, Frankie Delgado, Heidi Pratt, Jason Wahler, Justin “Bobby” Brescia, Spencer Pratt, Stephanie Pratt and Whitney Port, and adds newcomers Brandon Thomas Lee and Mischa Barton
Premiere Date: June 25 at 8 p.m. on MTV
They’re baaaaaack! Nine years after basically admitting in the series finale that The Hills was completely fake, the gang returns for more (staged?) tears, more (staged?) fights, more (staged?) break-ups and well just more, more, more. Joining the gang this time around are Mischa Barton, once and forever Marissa Cooper of The O.C. and Brandon Thomas Lee, the son of Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson. (Fun fact: Their other son’s name is Dylan. I was always convinced they named them after 90210 but I digress). This show is guaranteed to be a major cluster and that’s just the way we like it.
Amy Amatangelo, the TV Gal®, is a Boston-based freelance writer, a member of the Television Critics Association and the Assistant TV Editor for Paste. She wasn’t allowed to watch much TV as a child and now her parents have to live with this as her career. You can follow her on Twitter (@AmyTVGal) or her blog.