July Television Preview

The year 2017 has already reached its midway point.

I’m sorry, but it’s true. If it makes you feel any better, I haven’t come close to satisfying my new year’s resolution either. When there’s so much good television, how I am I supposed to make time for this whole “go outside and exercise” thing?

Of course, I also don’t necessarily view being at the midway point as a bad thing. Sure, it’s an unfortunate reminder of the swift passage of time, but hey, at least there’s sunshine. Maybe a little too much sunshine if you live in Phoenix, but sunshine nevertheless.

July is a time for baseball, beaches, and barbecue. The outdoor activities are plentiful. But unless you’re Alexander Supertramp, you may not enjoy spending all of your time outside. If that is the case, you might want to know that July is going to features some potentially spectacular television.

Here is a preview of what to expect on television this coming month.

Midnight, Texas

If you love shows about the supernatural, “Midnight, Texas” is tailor made for you. Based on the series of novels by Charlaine Harris, “Texas” is about a psychic who relocates to a small town filled with vampires, witches, and other supernatural beings. The “Texas” book series was written by the author of the “True Blood” series. If NBC has anywhere near the success that HBO had with “Blood,” expect “Texas” to be a mainstay.  

The Last Tycoon

Based on the unfinished novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, this Amazon Prime series about an alternative history where Nazi Germany attempts to infiltrate Hollywood should prove to be a winner for the streaming platform. It features a stellar cast–Matt Bomer, Lily Collins, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Emmy winner Kelsey Grammer–and the premise is certainly intriguing. Amazon has already demonstrated an ability to successfully market shows about alternative history (hello, “The Man in the High Castle”).

Ballers

This decade’s “Entourage” is back for its third season. This season, fans will see how Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne Johnson) handles his relocation from Miami to San Francisco. The setting might be different, but we anticipate that the laughs, the cameos from NFL stars, and the machismo will all be back.

Raven’s Home

You may have noticed the revival/reboot trend in television recently. News of such revivals for “Will & Grace,” “American Idol,” and “Roseanne” made headlines. Those aren’t the only shows coming back though. “Raven’s Home” is a continuation of the hit kid’s show “That’s So Raven.” Many cast members of back, the most important of which being star Raven-Symone.

Shooter

The USA show, about a retired military marksman recruited for one last important objective, is back for a second season. This season will introduce a new character, played by Josh Stewart. The show picked up more popularity week-by-week when its first season aired last year. We’re eager to see how the producers can manage the already high levels of tension and excitement for another go-round.

Ozark

Before “Arrested Development” returns for its fifth season, Jason Bateman fans have a chance to see him in a different role – a *very* different role. In this Netflix original directed by Bateman himself, he will play father trying to protect his family while they’re on the run. Why are they on the run? Because he owes money to the second largest drug cartel in Mexico. Despite being most famous for his turn as Michael on “Development,” Bateman has consistently exhibited his dramatic chops in other projects. The presence of Laura Linney as his wife is an added bonus.

Friends from College

Another Netflix original, this eight episode series is developed by Nick Stoller, the director of modern comedy classics like “Neighbors” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.” The title is pretty on the nose relative to the premise; a group of friends who went to Harvard together reunite later in life. While that premise has been done to death, we can’t ignore a show that has Stoller’s name attached, especially after putting together a cast that includes Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders, and Fred Savage.  

Game of Thrones

The blockbuster show of the decade is back for its seventh season. If you aren’t watching by now, I doubt there’s anything I could write here that would convince you to start. And for those of you who *are* already watching, I again doubt there’s anything I could write here that would heighten your anticipation more than where it already is. Either way, “Thrones” will certainly once again dominate your Facebook feed in just a few short weeks.

Castlevania

I’m not a particularly avid gamer, so I had not heard of the “Castlevania” video game series until recently. So I was surprised to learn it’s one of the most popular franchises in the business. At least it’s popular enough to warrant a new show on Netflix. The show, about a family of vampire hunters, is going to be graphic and violent in the style of “Game of Thrones,” at least according to producer Adi Shankar. If the show is similar in quality as well, Netflix will have a massive hit on their hands.

Candy Crush

Many cultural critics and anthropologists would contend that Facebook represented a transition of the real world to the digital world. Now, the digital world is being translated to the television world. CBS is bringing the game your aunt always sends you requests for to television in the form of a game show hosted by Mario Lopez. To say we’re excited might be a stretch, but we’re definitely curious. But before we get any further, please CBS, no “Farmville.”