The ten most anticipated shows of July to add to your watchlist
It’s the start of a new month, meaning there’ll be a slew of hot new content hitting the streaming sites and TV networks over the next 31 days. If you too feel a little overwhelmed with all the choice on offer, do not fret – that’s what we’re here for. From Netflix and Hulu to FX and Syfy, we’ve whittled down the ten most anticipated new and returning TV shows out this July so that you know what to add to your watchlist. Without further ado, let’s get stuck in!
Sharp Objects – Season premiere, HBO
Release date: July 8
Marti Noxon has teamed up with director Jean-Marc Vallée and best-selling Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn to helm this riveting prestige pulp drama that’s been likened to such gritty noirs as True Detective and satirical crime dramas as Big Little Lies. Centered on a tortured protagonist (Amy Adams), a murder investigation, and unexpected secrets that unfold in the process, you’d be a fool to miss this series premiere when it hits HBO later this week.
Castle Rock – Season premiere, Hulu
Release date: July 25
A psychological horror thriller? Based on the work of Stephen King? Starring Bill Skarsgård (It)? Yes please! This ten-episode anthology series weaves together characters and themes from exec producer King’s best-loved multiverse while bringing the terror of the titular Maine town to screens later on this month.
Orange Is the New Black – Season 6, Netflix
Release date: July 27
The question remains: Will the OITNB team restore the beloved Netflix show to its former glory following a rather lackluster S5? Find out when Netflix drops S6 on July 27.
Power – Season 5, Starz
Release date: July 1
From exec producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and showrunner Courtney Kemp (The Good Wife), season five of Starz’s wildly popular crime saga which follows the misadventures of a New York nightclub owner / drug kingpin has already started. This season sees Ghost (Omari Hardwick) out of prison and joining Tommy and Kanan as they get ready to take down their mutual enemy Dre. Yikes!
Casual – Season 4, Hulu
Release date: July 31
Get ready to say farewell to the charming sibling dramedy as its fourth and final season is dropping on Hulu at the end of July. Stars Michaela Watkins (Ibiza), Tommy Dewey (17 Again), Tara Lynne Barr (Dawn), and Nyasha Hatendi (Strike Back) will return for the grand finale to wrap up the show, with all eight episodes dropping at once for your bingeing pleasure.
Snowfall – Season two, FX
Release date: July 19
John Singleton’s (Boyz n’ The Hood) 80s-set crime drama centers around the African-American LA suburb of Compton as it’s about to be struck by a wave of violence and death in the form of a crack cocaine epidemic. Season two will turn its focus to the ensemble of characters as they enter 1984 and continue working towards their ultimate goals of money, power, and influence.
Wynonna Earp – Season three, Syfy
Release date: July 20
The female-led cult sci-fi from showrunner Emily Andras returns for a third season later this month. Although it’s not been quite a hit with the ratings, we know by now this is not an accurate measure for a show’s success and fans have been passionately embracing Wynonna Earp for its feminist spin on the Western genre. Season three is expected to be even more expansive as the titular character (Melanie Scrofano) and her team of outmatched outsiders return to face monsters, revenants, and their biggest fears yet. Tune in on July 20!
Harlots – Season 2, Hulu
Release date: July 11
Wear that bouffant high, ladies and gents, because we’re heading back to 18th century Georgian England with the S2 premiere of Harlots. Expect plenty more rivalry & backstabbing as we journey into the cutthroat world of the sex industry, with stars Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread), Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Liv Tyler (Armageddon), and Samantha Morton (Minority Report) making a return.
Trial & Error: Lady, Killer – Season 2, NBC
Release date: July 19
Following on from its parody on Netflix’s The Staircase, the true-crime spoof series will see Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies) replacing season one star John Lithgow (Interstellar) as eccentric heiress Lavinia Peck-Foster whose reputation as the beloved first lady of the town comes crashing down when her husband’s dead body is found in the trunk of her car. Expect more laughs, gasps, and OMG moments.
Sacred Games – Season premiere, Netflix
Release date: July 6
Not long to go until the release of Netflix’s Indian original Sacred Games, one of many contributing to the streaming giant’s efforts to expand its foreign footprint. Pitched as the “next Narcos” and based on the 2006 novel of the same name, this eight-part crime saga follows a Mumbai police officer on the hunt for one of the city’s most notorious crime lords, played by Hindi cinema royalty Nawazuddin Siddiqui.