Summer used to be the stretch of time dedicated to crying over looming cliffhangers, and hiatus-induced depression. However, in recent years, TV studios have started producing more than enough quality content to hold us over until fall.
So, even though we just said goodbye to all of our favorite shows (anyone else still crying over Once Upon A Time?), we don’t have to grieve for too long. The summer TV season is just around the corner, and we’ll soon have a new batch of shows to binge and obsess over.
Where, oh where to start?! Fret not, because we’ve scoured the web for the five absolute best new shows premiering this summer!
1. The Bold Type (premieres June 11)
Freeform’s newest show is sure to delight all of the aspiring writers out there who dream of living and working in NYC.
Based on the real life of Cosmo’s former Chief content editor, Joanna Coles, The Bold Type will follow three friends into the cutthroat world of magazine publishing, as they navigate New York City’s social scene, celebrity interviews, and spicy rendezvous.
Basically, it’s The Devil Wears Prada meets Pretty Little Liars. Sold yet?
Where to watch: Freeform
2. Claws (premieres June 11)
Claws is a dark new comedy that will follow a group of five women who use a nail salon as a front for organized crime. Yeah, that’s right. Money laundering might be a man’s sport but that won’t stop these divas from dipping their toes in the shark – or should we say alligator (they’re based in Florida) – infested waters.
Of all the shows, I’m positive this will probably end up being my favorite show by a long shot. Between the sass, colorful clothes, and witty comebacks, it won’t be short on the laughs or the drama.
Along with veteran actress Niecy Nash, Claws will also star newcomer, Karrueche Tran.
Where to watch: TNT
3. Friends From College (premieres July 14)
No one told them life was gonna be this way. No, seriously. This group of friends are all Harvard grads who once had the world at their fingertips. But that was way back in the ‘90s. (Yes, way back.)
Today? They’re all in their forties, and let’s just say they’ve seen better days. Friends From College will follow the group of friends as they reunite in New York after twenty years.
They’ve experienced a few highs and a lot of lows.
Together again, the group reminisces about the good times, help each other navigate their lowest moments, and experience a few more highs (there may or not be cocaine involved)–together.
Where to watch: Netflix
4. Still Star-Crossed (already on!)
Allow me to preface this by saying Still Crossed Crossed, based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Heather Mitchell, is being brought to life by Shonda Rhimes, who you may know as the creative genius behind Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder, and Grey’s Anatomy. If that isn’t enough to sell you, then keep reading.
We all know the story of Romeo and Juliet, the tragic tale of star-crossed lovers. Still Star-Crossed is a period drama that picks up where Romeo and Juliet’s story ended. It centers around Rosaline Capulet, who ends up betrothed against her will to Benvolio Montague. After the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, Prince Escalus hopes that Rosaline and Benvolio’s union will end the feud between their families.
Whether or not these warring families will ever reach a resolution remains to be seen. In the meantime, there’s sure to be more bloodshed, love triangles, and gorgeous, gorgeous fashion.
Where to watch: ABC
5. The Mist (premieres June 22)
The world was completely enamored by 2013’s Under The Dome. I assume it will be as well with Stephen King’s latest foray into television: The Mist.
Unless you live under a rock, then you know that “The Mist” is one of Stephen King’s most beloved novels, and for good reason.
Once a mysterious mist envelops a quiet Maine town, the citizens are haunted by terrifying otherworldly monsters and other hallucinations. Much of the story focuses on a group of strangers who have barricaded themselves inside of a grocery store. They must band together to survive, and severity of the situation causes some of the people to wander outside into the eerie fog.
What happens next is anyone’s guess… but since it’s Stephen King you can probably make a few educated guesses!
The TV series won’t be a direct adaptation, but it will rely heavily on the source material. Check out the trailer below and see if you can spot the differences between the novel and trailer.
Where to watch: Spike
Summer means vacations, beach days, barbecues, and pools. But let’s be honest, there’s no way you’re totally giving up TV. Check out these series for the next time you get a sunburn or don’t feel like sweating and swatting mosquitoes!