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When your Orange is the New Black binge is over (so, probably three days ago) there’s a long wait for new stuff on Netflix (unless you’re a fan of Marco Polo…). But the wait should be worth it. Animated cult favorite Bojack Horseman is set to return July 22, with Will Arnett’s washed-up anthropomorphic horse character considering his legacy amid a turbulent Oscar campaign. In August, Baz Luhrman’s latest project, the ’70s-era musical drama The Get Down, about the rise of hip hop in the Bronx, will debut its first six episodes on August 12.
Tired of internet streaming being all about TV? Good – you’re on the same page as Netflix, which is positioning itself to bulk up its film library this summer with some new deals. It’s already acquired the original Jurassic Park trilogy and Oscar-winner Spotlight. The summer will see the addition of the Back to the Future trilogy (July 1) and The Big Short (July 6), among many others. And in September, Netflix’s exclusive partnership with Disney will begin, bringing all the latest films produced by the company — now including Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars movies — to the service.
Hulu’s bread-and-butter is still next-day streaming of what’s on TV during the regular season, so the best recommendation for the summer months is just to catch up on all the things you’ve missed while watching your other streaming services. Our picks would be Broad City, the last (and admittedly least) season of The Good Wife, the no-longer-final season of Nashville and ABC’s full slate of family comedies that are way better than Modern Family (i.e., Fresh Off the Boat, The Real O’Neals, Black-ish), but follow your instincts.
That said, Hulu’s original content arm is making a big play. It’s already dropped a new season of Casual, the comedy it casually (see what I did there?) launched last October about a newly divorced mother living with her brother and teenage daughter. In July, it’ll add a new season of Difficult People, the hilarious, offbeat comedy starring Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner as struggling and jaded comedians (July 12), and East Los High, the teen drama set in east LA now in its fourth season.
Summertime is Amazon pilots time, but grownups only have two options to vote on this season (the rest are for kids’ shows). Which of the two you’re more drawn to may depend more on which facet of Peak TV you’re more irritated by. If you’re done with aggressively gorgeous period dramas, check out The Interestings, which follows a group of ambitious friends who meet at an arts camp in the ‘70s, are chasing their dreams in the ‘80s and have for better or worse settled into adulthood in the ‘90s, featuring Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) as the primary friend alongside Jessica Paré (Mad Men) and David Krumholtz (Numb3rs). On the other hand, if you want something that isn’t trying to be drama and comedy simultaneously, try The Last Tycoon, a Matt Bomer-driven depiction of 1930s Hollywood, inspired by an unfinished F. Scott Fitzgerald work.
Amazon Prime has also snagged the first season of one of summer’s hottest shows: Mr. Robot, only a few weeks away from its July 13 season two premiere on USA Network. The drama follows Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek), a hacker with social anxiety disorder and depression who is recruited to join anarchist “Mr. Robot” and his team of hacktivists.
True Detective may be dead in the water, but HBO isn’t willing to give up on gritty, enigmatic crime miniseries so soon. July 10 marks the premiere of their new venture: The Night Of, an eight-part series that follows the investigation of a murder in New York City. Originally, the show was a passion project of the late James Gandolfini, who loosely adapted it from British show Criminal Justice and planned to star as the central attorney. John Turturro will now play the role, chasing the answer to whether or not a young Pakistani man (Riz Ahmed) murdered a female stranger on the Upper West Side.
This summer’s also marking the premiere of HBO’s new series Any Given Wednesday, a talk show helmed by ousted Grantland editor-in-chief Bill Simmons. Like that ESPN-hosted longform journalism site, the new show (now with a few episodes already in the bank online) will feature interviews and discussions about pop culture and technology as well as Simmons’ core focus on sports.