May is bringing a whole new slew of dramas and comedies to the small screen. Here are 7 television series premieres to catch this month.
1. Grace and Frankie, May 8
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin will star in the upcoming Netflix 13-episode comedy from Friends creator Marta Kauffman. The series will center on nemeses Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin), whose lives are turned upside down when their husbands announce they are in love with each other and plan to get married. To their dismay, the women find that their lives are permanently intertwined and, to their even bigger surprise, they find they can lean on each other.
2. Sing it On, May 13
Inspired by the popular film Pitch Perfect, Pop TV’s new docu-series will follow the nation’s most elite college a cappella groups as they vie to win at the Varsity Vocals International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. The teams, represented by three colleges, are: AcaBelles (Florida State University), All Night Yahtzee (Florida State University), No Comment (University of Illinois), Nor’easters (Northeastern University), and Pitch, Please! (Northeastern University). Singer John Legend serves as executive producer on the show.
3. Wayward Pines, May 14
Fox’s upcoming 10-episode miniseries stars Matt Dillon as Secret Service agent Ethan Burke, who goes to Wayward Pines, Idaho, in search of two federal agents who have gone missing in the mysterious small town. But when he gets there, he quickly realizes that there’s something dark going on in Wayward Pines and that there’s a chance he may never get out of the town alive. Carla Gugino, Toby Jones, Juliette Lewis, Shannyn Sossamon, Reed Diamond, Terrence Howard, and Melissa Leo co-star in the upcoming mystery drama.
4. Between, May 21
Nickelodeon star Jenette McCurdy will star in Netflix’s six-part survivalist thriller series, created by Canadian writer-director Michael McGowan (Still Mine). It follows the story of a town under siege from a mysterious disease that has wiped out everybody except those 21 and younger.
Among those left alive and scrambling to survive is a pregnant Wiley Day (McCurdy), who has a plan to give up her baby and leave Pretty Lake behind. But when the government puts the town under quarantine, Wiley and best friend Adam (played by Jesse Carere) realize that discovering the cause of the virus may be their only avenue to freedom.
Instead of releasing the full season of Between all at once for binge-watching, the service will release a new episode on a week-by-week basis.
5. Texas Rising, May 25
The upcoming History Channel five-part television miniseries will detail the story of the Texas Revolution against Mexico and chronicle the creation and rise of the legendary Texas Rangers. Two-time Oscar-nominated director Roland Joffé (The Killing Fields, The Mission) helms the series, which features a star-studded ensemble cast. Bill Paxton will star as Sam Houston, the father of Texas, while Brendan Fraser is set to portray Billy Anderson, a Texas Ranger with Comanche Indian ties. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Ray Liotta, Fraser, Olivier Martinez, and Cynthia Addai-Robinson also co-star.
6. Aquarius, May 28
NBC’s upcoming gritty 1960s cop drama stars David Duchovny as Sam Hodiak, a Los Angeles police sergeant who teams with young partner Brian Shafe (Gray Damon) to rack a small-time criminal and budding cult leader seeking out vulnerable women to join his “cause.” Little did they know, the man, Charles Manson, would eventually become one of the most infamous killers of all time; their complicated undercover operation will lead to the highly publicized Tate-LaBianca murders in subsequent seasons. Gethin Anthony, Grey Damon, Emma Dumont, Claire Holt, and Chance Kelly co-star in the 13-episode event series.
7. The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, May 30
Kelli Garner takes on the role of the legendary star Marilyn Monroe in Lifetime’s four-hour event. Based on J. Randy Taraborrelli’s New York Times bestseller of the same name, the miniseries uncovers many closely guarded secrets the blonde bombshell kept from the public. Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon star as Marilyn’s biggest secret of all, her mother Gladys, who was long institutionalized for mental illness. The first part kicks off May 30 at 8 p.m. ET, with the second installment following the next day.