10 New TV Shows You Won’t Want to Miss This August
Summer continues to be a big season for television, with August bringing a whole mix of new shows to the small screen. From Netflix’s newest drama Narcos to AMC’s highly anticipated Walking Dead spin-off Fear The Walking Dead to two new NBC sitcoms, you’re guaranteed to find something that suits your taste among the wide range of new titles. Here are 10 series premieres to catch over the coming month.
1. Significant Mother, August 3
The CW’s new comedy stars Josh Zuckerman as Nate, a budding restaurateur who returns from a business trip to find that his recently separated mother, Lydia (Krista Allen), has started dating his best friend and roommate, Jimmy (Nathaniel Buzolic). Things get worse when Nate’s father, Harrison (Jonathan Silverman), becomes interested in Lydia again and is willing to do whatever it takes to win her back, even of it means using his son. As Nate remains stuck in the midst of this family feud, his own love life suffers.
The series nine-episode freshman season kicks off this month. Jerry O’Connell and Denise Richards are both set to guest-star.
2. Difficult People, August 5
Hulu’s upcoming original comedy has been generating buzz for months, in large part because it’s produced by Amy Poehler. The show stars Billy Eichner, the Emmy-nominated host of Billy on the Street, and Julie Klausner, the head writer of Billy on the Street, as a pair of best friends and aspiring comics living in New York City. It follows the duo as their “irreverent behavior lands them in some very awkward situations.
A teaser for the show’s first eight-episode season was released in June, revealing some of the hilariously inappropriate antics the characters will be getting into – like interrupting a funeral to ask where the nearest falafel place is.
3. Mr. Robinson, August 5
NBC’s upcoming sitcom stars comedian Craig Robinson as the titular character, a musician who takes a day job as a substitute teacher in order to pay the bills. He expects to coast through the job, but when he learns that students think his class is an easy A, he decides to use his music as an educational tool. Unfortunately, the school’s rigid principal is not impressed with Craig’s unconventional teaching style.
Peri Gilipin will star Principal Christine Taylor. Meanwhile, Brandon T. Jackson, Ben Koldyke, Amandla Stenberg, Spencer Grammer, and Tim Bagley will also co-star.
4. Kevin From Work
This new ABC Family comedy centers on Kevin, a young man who declares his unrequited love for his coworker Audrey in a letter, believing he’ll never see her again after he accepts a job overseas. But when the opportunity falls through and Kevin is forced to return to his old job, he and Audrey must continue working together, despite that that his feelings are now no longer a secret.
Noah Reid stars as Kevin, while Paige Spara plays love interest, Audrey. Matt Murray, Jordan Hinson, and Punam Patel also co-star.
5. Show Me a Hero, August 16
Based on the 1999 nonfiction book of the same name by Lisa Belkin, HBO’s upcoming miniseries centers on a white middle-class neighborhood’s resistance to a federally mandated public housing development in Yonkers, NY and how these tensions affected the city as a whole.
The six-episode series was written by David Simon and journalist William F. Zorzi (Baltimore Sun, The Wire) and will be directed by Paul Haggis (Crash). It will feature a star-studded ensemble cast, including Oscar Isaac, Carla Quevedo, Jim Belushi, Alfred Molina, Winona Ryder, Jon Bernthal and Catherine Keener.
6. Blunt Talk, August 22
Starz’s new character-driven comedy revolves around Walter Blunt (Patrick Stewart), a British transplant intent on conquering the world of American cable news. Through the platform of his nightly interview show, Blunt is on a mission to impart his wisdom and guidance on how Americans should live, think and behave. The catch? His network bosses, dysfunctional news team, and ex-wives don’t believe him and his only true supporter is an alcoholic manservant he brought with him from the U.K. to Los Angeles.
The series has already been picked up for two seasons, for a total of 20 episodes. Jacki Weaver, Adrian Scarborough, Dolly Wells, Timm Sharp, and Richard Lewis co-star.
7. Fear the Walking Dead, August 23
The highly anticipated spin-off to AMC’s hit series The Walking Dead answers the question: what did the world look like as it was transforming into the horrifying zombie apocalypse we’ve seen on screen? Set in LA, this all new series follows a group of new characters – including a divorced male teacher, a female guidance counselor and her two children – as they face the beginning of the end of the world.
Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, and Alychia Debnam-Carey co-star in the series. The show has already received a two-season commitment. The upcoming first season will consist of six episodes, while the second season will have fifteen episodes set to air in 2016.
8. Public Morals, August 25
TNT’s upcoming police drama takes place in 1967. It centers on New York City’s Public Morals Division, where cops walk the line between morality and criminality as they face temptations that comes from dealing with all kinds of vice. The series is executive produced by Steven Spielberg, with Ed Burns (Saving Private Ryan) writing, directing, producing and starring.
Burns will play Officer Terry Muldoon, who is determined to raise his sons to be honest and hardworking as he deals with the city’s dark underbelly. Michael Rapaport (Justified) and Elizabeth Masucci (The Americans) also star, as Muldoon’s partner, Charlie Bullman, the muscle of the Public Morals Division, and Christine, Muldoon’s wife, respectively.
9. The Carmichael Show, August 26
NBC’s latest sitcom centers on Jerrod Carmichael and a fictional version of his family. The show follows as Jerrod and his therapist-in-training girlfriend Maxine attempt to take things to the next level and move in together, only to be held back by his lovable but outspoken family – including his brother Bobby, stubborn father Joe, and religious mother, Cynthia.
Loretta Devine, David Alan Grier, Tiffany Hadish, and Amber Stevens West co-star in the series, which will air two back-to-back episodes every Wednesday over the course of three weeks.
10. Narcos, August 28
Netfix’s gritty new drama chronicles the real-life stories of the drug kingpins of the late 1980s and the efforts of law enforcement to meet them head on in brutal, bloody conflict. It follows as powerful but conflicting forces – from politicians to police to civilians – clash in an effort to control the influx of cocaine, the drug that’s fast becoming the world’s most powerful commodity.
Brazilian actor Wagner Moura (Elysium) stars as the notorious and wealthy drug lord and cocaine trafficker Pablo Escobar. Meanwhile, Boyd Holbrook (Gone Girl) and Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) play the good guys and real-life DEA agents Steve Murphy and Javier Peña. The entire first 10-episode season of Narcos hits Netflix in late August.