The series finale of Game of Thrones doesn't mean there's nothing left to watch. We don't blame you if the hype surrounding the epic fantasy series' final season sucked up all your attention in April and May, but this summer preview proves that TV can survive without dragons for a bit. Here's a look at 24 shows to get excited about over the next few months, and all of them have nothing to do with the shenanigans happening in the Seven (or Six) Kingdoms.
Premiere date: May 31 Cast: Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, Brad Dourif Why we're excited: It's been 15 years in the making, but the long-rumored movie follow-up to David Milch's critically acclaimed three-season Western series is finally happening, with most of the original cast returning. Hope you like foul-mouthed Shakespearean dialogue! (Watch the trailer)
Good Omens (Amazon Prime)
Premiere date: May 31 Cast: David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Jon Hamm Why we're excited: Neil Gaiman alert! The co-author of the 1990 novel of the same name will serve as showrunner for this six-episode series about angels, demons, and the end of the world. It's set in 2018, which sounds about right. (Watch the trailer)
When They See Us (Netflix)
Premiere date: May 31 Cast: Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo Why we're excited: Ava DuVernay's four-episode miniseries dramatization of the frenzied story of the Central Park Five, five teens from Harlem who were wrongly convicted -- twice -- for the rape of a jogger in Central Park, and spent years in prison for it. (Watch the trailer)
Luther (BBC America)
Premiere date: June 2 Cast: Idris Elba, Ruth Wilson, Wummi Mosaku Why we're excited: After a four-year break, we're getting a four-episode season of the acclaimed detective drama that stars Idris Elba as DCI John Luther. This season, which aired in the UK to high ratings back in January, follows a single storyline throughout the episodes. (Watch the trailer)
Premiere date: June 2 Cast: Ashleigh Cummings, Zachary Quinto, Olafur Darri Olafsson Why we're excited: OK, bear with the title on this one, because it's pronounced "Nosferatu," as in the blood-sucking vampire and lord of the night. Based on Joe Hill's 2013 novel, the series tracks a young artist (Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries' Cummings) as she tries to prevent a vampire (Quinto) from abducting and sucking the life out of children. (Watch the trailer)
The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)
Premiere date: June 5 Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Alexis Bledel, Ann Dowd, Bradley Whitford, Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley Why we're excited: We need to see how the controversial ending of Season 2, with June's surprising decision to pass up the chance to leave Gilead and instead stay to attempt rescuing her daughter, plays out. Chances are, it'll be under his watchful eye. (Watch the trailer)
Black Mirror (Netflix)
Premiere date: June 5 Cast: Miley Cyrus, Andrew Scott, Anthony Mackie Why we're excited: Following the release of last year's choose-your-own-adventure thriller "Bandersnatch," writer Charlie Brooker's tech-obsessed science-fiction anthology series returns with three more episodes that will make you feel bad about how much you stare at your phone. You know the drill. (Watch threedifferenttrailers)
Designated Survivor (Netflix)
Premiere date: June 7 Cast: Kiefer Sutherland, Adan Canto, Italia Ricci, Kal Penn, Maggie Q Why we're excited: When this over-the-top political thriller debuted on ABC back in 2016, it looked like a fun star vehicle for former 24 tough-guy Kiefer Sutherland, who plays former HUD-secretary-turned-President Tom Kirkman. After a turbulent second season that saw the ratings drop off, the show is making the jump to Netflix, where it will attempt to fill the House of Cards shaped hole in your heart. (Watch the trailer)
Premiere date: June 7 Cast: Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Ellen Page, Victor Garber Why we're excited: Long before the days of peak TV, Tales of the City was prestige viewing. The 1993 miniseries adapted Armistead Maupin's series of novels about wide-eyed Mary Ann Singleton (Linney) who moves to San Francisco in 1976 and into a room in 28 Barbary Lane run by the benevolent and eccentric Anna Madrigal (Dukakis). The narrative then swirls around Mary Ann and Anna's interconnected circle of friends and acquaintances, dipping into the LGBT community and the stuffy society corner. This new version, shepherded by Orange Is the New Black writer Lauren Morelli, checks in years later on Mary Ann's daughter, played by Page. (Watch the trailer)
Big Little Lies (HBO)
Premiere date: June 9 Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep Why we're excited: Meryl Streep is coming to Monterey. That's all you really need to know about Season 2 of Big Little Lies, which demands your attention, even though the initial "limited series" based on the best-selling Liane Moriarty novel wrapped things up pretty nicely. These new episodes are all directed by American Honey auteur Andrea Arnold, and Streep is on board as the mother of Alexander Skarsgård's now-deceased Perry Wright. At some point, Witherspoon reportedly will hurl an ice cream cone at the Iron Lady herself. We can't wait. (Watch the trailer)
Premiere date: June 11 Cast: Mj Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Billy Porter, Indya Moore Why we're excited: After providing an emotionally satisfying ending to Season 1, TV super-producer Ryan Murphy's '80s period-piece about queer ball communities in New York makes a time jump to 1990, this time with 10 episodes as opposed to the first season's smaller order of eight. More Pose is always a good thing. (Watch the trailer)
Los Espookys (HBO)
Premiere date: June 14 Cast: Julio Torres, Ana Fabrega, Bernardo Velasco, Cassandra Ciangherott, Fred Armisen Why we're excited: Executive produced by Portlandia oddball Fred Armisen and SNL head-honcho Lorne Michels, Los Espookys is a mostly Spanish-langugage comedy series set in a super surreal (and very spooky) version of modern-day Mexico City. It stars and was written by Julio Torres, a gifted stand-up and break-out SNL writer, and Ana Fabrega, who has appeared on beloved cult comedy series like The Chris Gethard Show, The Special Without Brett Davis, and At Home with Amy Sedaris. (Watch the trailer)
Cast: Miles Teller, Billy Baldwin Premiere date: June 14 Why we're excited: With Miles Teller and Billy Baldwin leading, can you imagine what the mood on set must have been like? Constant tension boiling over into ego-driven outbursts? Pure speculation. In any case, this Amazon Original from Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) tells the story 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." That's a lot of bad people! (Watch the trailer)
Premiere date: June 14 Cast: Carla Gugino, Giancarlo Esposito, Elena Anaya, Michael Aronov Why we're excited: Any show where Gugino, who was so effective as the troubled family matriarch in Netflix's creepy Haunting of Hill House, plays a "fresh out of prison, world-class thief" is appointment viewing. The show's creator, screenwriter Sebastian Gutierrez, was also a writer on Gugino's cancelled-too-soon Elmore Lenoard adaptation Karen Sisco from the mid-00s, so hopefully this crime noir series has a similar mix of grit and wit. (Watch the trailer)
City on a Hill (Showtime)
Premiere date: June 16 Cast: Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge Why we're excited: Executive producers Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are putting content back in Boston with this fictionalized account of the "Boston Miracle," a turning point in the city's efforts to push back against institutionalized corruption. Bacon's no-good, old-school FBI agent pairs up with Hodge's straight-and-narrow assistant district attorney to work on a case to take down armored car robbers that shakes the city's entire criminal justice system. (Watch the trailer)
Premiere date: June 16 Cast: Zendaya, Hunter Schafer, Jacob Elordi, Algee Smith Why we're excited: HBO isn't exactly known for its teen-friendly shows, but the premium cable giant appears to be expanding its scope a bit with this high-school drama centered around a recovering drug addict (Zendaya) navigating the tricky waters of adolescence. Drake is an executive producer and it was produced by taste-making indie movie distributor A24, so expect it to look stylish and have a hip soundtrack at the very least. (Watch the trailer)
Premiere date: June 17 Cast: Lizzy Caplan, Vicky Krieps, Vincent Kartheiser, Tom Wlaschiha Why we're excited: Though it might at first sound like a remake of director Wolfgang Petersen's Oscar-nominated submarine epic from 1981, this eight-episode miniseries is actually a sequel to that story, picking up nine months after the ultra-tense events of the original film. For history buffs, the WW2 series should make an ideal companion piece to Hulu's George Clooney-produced Catch-22 miniseries from earlier in the year. (Watch the trailer)
Premiere date: June 21 Cast: Oliver Masucci, Louis Hofmann, Maja Schöne, Karoline Eichhorn Why we're excited: The first season of this genre-bending German-language mystery series was one of the big TV surprises of 2017, captivating viewers with its mix of supernatural storytelling and terrifying visuals. (It earned more than a few comparisons to Stranger Things.) We don't know exactly what co-creators Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese have planned for this season, but prepared for more time-jumps and wormholes. (Watch the teaser)
The Loudest Voice (Showtime)
Premiere date: June 30 Cast: Russell Crowe, Naomi Watts, Seth MacFarlane, Sienna Miller Why we're excited: If you're eagerly anticipating new episodes of HBO's Succession, which follows the trials and tribulations of Murdoch-like media empire, this miniseries about Fox News figurehead Roger Ailles should tide you over. With Russell Crowe as the disgraced behind-the-scenes power broker and Naomi Watts as anchor Gretchen Carlson, The Loudest Voice doesn't look like it will pull any punches, much like the best-selling non-fiction book its based on. (Watch the trailer)
Stranger Things (Netflix)
Premiere date: July 4 Cast: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard Why we're excited: The third installment of the Duffer Brothers' ode to '80s sci-fi returns more than a year and a half after Season 2 hit Netflix. The action moves ahead a year in the show’s timeline to the summer of 1985, which will help explain the core tween cast members' growth spurts but also offer up fresh batches of nostalgia. This season, based on the episode titles, look to be nicely packaged in classic "school's out" summer vibes. While the plot is being kept under wraps, darkness is still looming in Hawkins, Indiana, and even fun in the sun can't keep everybody's favorite AV club nerds safe from the Upside Down. (Watch the trailer)
Premiere date: July 26 Cast: Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni, Jason Dohring Why we're excited:Veronica Mars tried to re-capture the magic that made it a canceled-too-soon cult sensation in the '00s when creator Rob Thomas and star Bell pumped out a Kickstarter-funded movie in 2014. The film was mildly received, but now creator Thomas is getting a real chance to resuscitate his no-longer-a-teen detective. Bell has said that the new episodes will be "a much darker world," but we can only assume there will still be loving banter between Veronica and her dad (Colantoni), and the requisite sparks with Logan (Dohring).
Unscheduled shows expected in 2019
Cast: Sonoya Mizuno, Nick Offerman, Alison Pill, Jin Ha Why we're excited: Alex Garland's movies, like Annihilation and Ex Machina, are chilling sci-fi creations, and now he moves into the world of TV with FX's Devs. Set to star Maniac's Sonoya Mizuno, it follows a young woman who thinks the tech company she works for (run by Offerman) may be somehow involved in the death of her boyfriend.
Cast: Rosa Salazar Why we're excited:BoJack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg is taking his talents to Amazon, where he'll produce Prime's first adult animated series. It's about a woman who, after a car accident, finds she has a "new relationship" with time, which maybe means she can time travel to investigate her father's death. Sounds fun and bleak, kind of like BoJack.
Cast: Regina King, Tim Blake Nelson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jeremy Irons Why we're excited: Damon Lindelof, whose last project for HBO was the brilliantly elegiac The Leftovers, has been tasked with bringing Alan Moore's Watchmen to the small screen. And, boy, is he anxious about it. So anxious that he posted an incredibly long note to Instagram explaining his intentions. He is not adapting the canonical 12 issues, but instead remixing them, he says. And he has enlisted a top-notch cast to help him, including If Beale Street Could Talk's Regina King and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs' Tim Blake Nelson. Hey, whatever happens, at least it won't be the Zack Snyder movie.