‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 and More TV Shows Not to Miss in July
There’s plenty of great television to look forward to over the next month. July will mark both the return of some veteran favorites (here’s looking at you, Game of Thrones) and the debut of several promising new TV shows (including more Netflix originals and the latest drama from HBO). Here are 15 TV premieres you definitely won’t want to miss over the coming weeks.
1. Snowfall, July 5
Hailing from the Oscar-nominated director John Singleton, the upcoming one-hour drama is set against the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic in early 1980’s Los Angeles. It follows various characters on a violent collision course, including Franklin Saint (Damson Idris), a young street entrepreneur on a quest for power; Gustavo Zapata (Sergio Peris-Mencheta), a Mexican wrestler caught up in a crime family power struggle; and Teddy McDonald (Carter Hudson), a CIA operative who begins an off-book operation to fund the Nicaraguan Contras.
Snowfall has been in the works for several years now, initially developed for Showtime before switching to FX. The freshman season, which consists of 10 episodes, will kick off this summer, airing on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. Eastern.
2. Will, July 11
TNT is tackling the (fictional) life of William Shakespeare in Will. The freshman period drama will follow a young version of the literary figure (played by newcomer Laurie Davidson) as as he navigates his early 20s.
Olivia DeJonge, Colm Meaney, Jamie Campbell Bower, and Ewen Bremner round out the ensemble cast. The series will air at 9 p.m. Eastern on Monday nights.
3. Salvation, July 12
This new CBS drama follows an MIT grad student and a tech superstar who approach a low-level Pentagon official with a staggering new discovery: an asteroid is just six months away from colliding with Earth. Together, they must attempt to prevent the impact.
The cast also features Charlie Rowe, Jacqueline Byers, Santiago Cabrera, and Ian Anthony Dale. It airs Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. Eastern.
4. Suits, July 12
Season 7 of USA’s legal drama, starring Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams, will kick off this month. The show follows the personal and professional lives of the employees at the fictional Pearson Specter Litt law firm in Manhattan.
This season (which marks the first since the departure of original star, Gina Torres) will consist of 16 episodes, including the show’s milestone 100th episode. It airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. Eastern.
5. Friends From College, July 14
Netflix’s latest original eight-episode comedy revolves around a group of friends from Harvard who are facing down their 40s and learning to balance adult life with nostalgia for the past. Ethan (Keegan Michael Key), Lisa (Cobie Smulders), Sam (Annie Parisse), Nick (Nat Faxon), Max (Fred Savage) and Marianne (Jae Suh Park) have interwoven and often complicated relationships with each another. The series will follow the group as they reunite and must confront old friendships and former romantic entanglements.
Billy Eichner will serve as a recurring guest star.
6. Game of Thrones, July 16
Winter is coming in July. After a year-long hiatus, Game of Thrones will finally return for its anticipated seventh season this month. The penultimate season will feature fewer episodes and longer runtimes (including a record 81-minute season finale), so fans can expect a truly cinematic experience from the latest run.
In addition to bringing back its usual ensemble, including Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, and Kit Harington, Season 7 will introduce new characters played by Jim Broadbent and Tom Hopper.
The show will air in its regular Sunday night at 9 p.m. Eastern time slot.
7. The Strain, July 16
FX’s vampire thriller series will kick off its fourth and final season this July. The farewell run will bring a conclusion to the veteran fantasy drama, which chronicles a mysterious viral outbreak that plagues the city of New York.
Season 4, which will again be overseen by executive producers Carlton Cuse, Guillermo del Toro, and Chuck Hogan, will consist of 10 episodes.
8. Shooter, July 18
USA’s Shooter, based on Stephen Hunter’s novel Point of Impact and the 2007 film of the same name, will return for Season 2. The drama’s sophomore season will continue the adventures of sniper Bob Lee Swagger (Ryan Phillippe) — this time, moving more of the action to Europe.
The 10-episode second season, executive produced by Mark Wahlberg, will air on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. Eastern.
9. Ozark, July 21
Fans can witness a different side of Jason Bateman in this original Netflix series from rising feature writer Bill Dubuque (The Judge). The actor will take a dramatic turn in the forthcoming show, playing a man who moves from the city to the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri in order to pay off a debt to a dangerous drug lord.
In addition to starring in the show, Bateman also executive produces and directs episodes of the series.
10. Ballers, July 23
HBO’s series, starring Dwayne Johnson as a former NFL player trying to launch a new career as a financial manager to athletes, is back for a third season. This season will follow him as he looks to take his business to new heights and expand beyond Miami.
Steph Curry will appear as a guest star in Season 3, which will air 10 p.m. Eastern on Sunday nights.
11. Insecure, July 23
Issa Rae is back for Season 2 of her semi-autobiographical comedy, following her as she navigates life, love, and friendship in Los Angeles. The 10-episode sophomore season will bring back series regulars Yvonne Orji and Jay Ellis as Issa’s best friend, Molly, and boyfriend Lawrence, respectively.
Insecure airs directly after Ballers at 10:30 p.m. Eastern on Sundays.
12. Midnight, Texas, July 24
If you miss True Blood, you’ll probably want to check out this new NBC series, based on author Charlaine Harris’ novels of the same name. The upcoming supernatural drama revolves around a town that serves as a mysterious safe haven for those who are different — including everyone from vampires and witches, to psychics and hit men.
François Arnaud, Sarah Ramos, Arielle Kebbel, Peter Mensah, Parisa Fitz-Henley, and Dylan Bruce co-star on the show, which will air at 10 p.m. Eastern on Monday nights.
13. Somewhere Between, July 24
Adapted from the Korean mystery TV show God’s Gift: 14 Days, this freshman ABC drama chronicles the story of a mother who tries to change the fate of her daughter’s murder.
Paula Patton stars, while Devon Sawa, J.R. Bourne, and Serge Houde round out the supporting cast. The 10-episode series will air at 10 p.m. Eastern on Monday nights.
14. The Last Tycoon, July 28
Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel of the same name, this new Amazon series takes place in 1936, as the Nazi government attempts to dictate mainstream Hollywood production.The show follows producer Monroe Stahr (Matt Bomer) as he battles his boss Pat Brady (Kelsey Grammer) to defy the Third Reich’s regulations.
Lily Collins, Dominique McElligott, Jessica De Gouw, and Rosemarie Dewitt co-star in the freshman series.
15. Room 104, July 28
Following the end of the comedy-drama Togetherness, brothers Jay and Mark Duplass will return to HBO with this new anthology comedy. Set in a single room of an average American hotel, Room 104 tells the different stories of the various characters who stay in the room.
The Duplass brothers will serve as both executive producers and showrunners.
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