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It used to be that summer meant all re-runs, but these days, when you need a break from the sweltering heat outside, you’ll find plenty of programs to keep you entertained indoors.
While Preacher hits the airwaves on AMC just before the official start of summer on May 22, it’s one of the most anticipated premieres of the year. Coming to you from executive producers Seth Rogen and his childhood friend, screenwriter Evan Goldberg, this moody DC Comics adaptation is a must for any fan of the comic series, as well as those who just want to enjoy a dark comedy/drama that’s reported to be as edgy as its print counterpart.
Screen Crush calls it “one hell of a good time,” noting that if the “pilot is any indication, Rogen, Goldberg and Catlin have succeeded in achieving something quite rare, with a dark comedic, visceral tone and a charming cast so pitch-perfect you’ll be happy it took so long for Preacher to finally make it to the small screen.”
One of the most famous mini-series of all time, Roots gets a remake that will premiere on A&E, History and Lifetime on May 30. The new show will star Laurence Fishburne, Forest Whitaker, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anna Paquin, T.I. and Anika Noni Rose.
The original Kunta Kinte, LeVar Burton, is co-executive producing this time around, handing down his career-making role to English actor Malachi Kirby. This show was a game changer nearly four decades ago, and is still just as relevant today.
Like Preacher, Outcast is another comic adaptation starring a man possessed by a demon, premiering on Cinemax June 3. The Telegraph is calling it a “compulsively creepy hit” that is coming from The Walking Dead creator, Robert Kirkman, with Patrick Fugit as Kyle Barnes, the poor possessed guy searching for the reason he’s been suffering from demons his entire life.
Ride with Norman Reedus
Those who are missing Daryl and The Walking Dead will find some relief in Ride with Norman Reedus, which premieres on AMC June 12. Norman, who is an avid motorcyclist, will explore the bike culture on the road, heading to a different city in each of the initial season’s six episodes.
Each episode will also include a special guest. Cinema Blend calls it “pure Daryl Dixon splendor.”
Created by Cameron Crowe, Roadies is the Almost Famous writer-director’s television debut. Premiering June 26 on Showtime, he writes, directs and produces this show with J.J. Abrams that follows the backstage crew at a series of big-budget arena rock concerts, focusing in on roadies played by Imogen Poots, Carla Gugino and Luke Wilson.
When you’re in the mood for laughs, creators Danny McBride and Jody Hill have got you covered with another HBO comedy premiering on July 17. Walton Goggins and Danny “make for the perfect comedic pairing as two vice principals vying for the office of principal when their current superior (a fantastic cameo that should not be spoiled here) retires from their South Carolina school,” writes Screen Crush.
Expect plenty of foul-mouthed laughs, slapstick and cringe-worthy humor. There are also rumored to be cameos from Bill Murray and Will Ferrell.