July is bringing a whole mix of new shows to the small screen, encompassing all genres from racy comedies like FX’s Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll and TVLand’s Impastor to historically themed series like Spike’s Tut. Here are 6 television series premieres to watch out for this month.
1. The Spoils Before Dying, July 8
The upcoming IFC comedy miniseries is a follow-up to the miniseries The Spoils of Babylon. The Spoils Before Dying will follow a 1950s jazz pianist-turned-private eye who becomes embroiled in a murder investigation. The series will feature a star-studded ensemble cast, including Will Ferrell, Michael Kenneth Williams, Kristen Wiig, Haley Joel Osment, Val Kilmer, Michael Sheen, Maya Rudolph and Tim Meadows. The miniseries, produced by Funny or Die, will consist of a total of three parts, with the final installment airing on July 10.
2. Impastor, July 15
The upcoming TVLand comedy series stars Michael Rosenbaum as Buddy Dobbs, a gambling addict slacker. In order to escape from a loan shark, Buddy goes on the run and ends up stealing the identity of a gay pastor in a local small-town community. Sara Rue co-stars as a gossip and the assistant to the pastor, Dora. Mircea Monroe, Mike Koskinski, Aimee Garcia and David Rasche are also featured in the show, which kicks off its 10-episode first season this month.
3. Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, July 16
The upcoming FX comedy focuses on “Johnny Rock”, lead singer of The Heathens, an early 1990’s fictional New York band. The Heathens were on the verge of becoming famous, but ended up breaking up the same day the album was released. 25 years later, Johnny is out of work and out of money. Then, Gigi, Johnny’s talented singing daughter, appears, hoping to be famous herself. She decides to bring The Heathers back together – only now, she will be the lead singer, instead of Johnny. Denis Leary, John Corbett and Elizabeth Gilliest star in the series.
4. Tut, July 21
Spike TV’s special event series follows the story of the Egyptian Pharaoh, one of the most renowned leaders in human history. The show chronicles the story of Tut’s rise to power and his struggle to lead Egypt to glory, while his closest advisors, friends and lovers scheme for their own nefarious interests. Sir Ben Kingsley and Avan Jogia star in the series, which also features Nonso Anozie, Sibylla Deen, Kylie Bunbury. Tut will air over three nights starting on July 19.
5. I Am Cait, July 25
As previously announced, the E! network will air an eight-part, one-hour documentary series titled I Am Cait, which will illustrate Caitlyn Jenner (formerly known as Bruce Jenner) living her life as a transgender woman and telling her intimate story as she seeks out her “new normal.” The upcoming series will also explore what Cait’s transition means for all of the people in her life, including her family and friends, and how those relationships are affected.
6. Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, July 31
The upcoming eight-episode original Netflix series is a prequel to David Wain’s 2001 film Wet Hot American Summer. Where the original movie took place on the last day of camp in the summer of 1981, the show will take place on the first day – despite that the actors are now over a decade older. Much of the original star-studded cast, including Elizabeth Banks, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, and Christopher Meloni, are expected to reprise their roles in the upcoming series. Some new characters will also be introduced, with actors Chris Pine, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, and others joining the large ensemble cast.