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Best TV shows for summer 2018: Top new and returning picks

No “Game of Thrones.” No “Outlander.” They’re not back till 2019 (on HBO and Starz). So TV might seem on-pause this summer. 

Except for “The Fosters,” “Sense8,” “Nashville,” “Girlfriends Guide to Divorce,” “Shades of Blue,” “Young & Hungry” and “Casual.” They all plan to air summer series finales. So they’re on fast-forward. 
Which means this summer offers a prime slot for new shows to make their mark. 

Maybe FX’s ‘80s club scene saga “Pose” will strut to success. Or buzz could build over two hours produced by “UnREAL” bomb-thrower Marti Noxon: AMC’s “Dietland” and HBO’s “Sharp Objects.” It could even be some show that’s not on the radar. 


Pose (June 3 at 9 p.m., FX) Looks
Photo Credit: FX/JoJo Whilden

Pose (June 3 at 9 p.m. on FX) Looks like reality hit “RuPaul’s Drag Race” opened this door: Ryan Murphy (“Glee,” “American Horror Story”) dramatizes the ‘80s glam ballroom/vogue scene, where “freaks” get a chance to find themselves, and family. Murphy has pledged to donate profits to trans/LGBT groups.


Succession (June 3 at 10 p.m., HBO)- Family
Photo Credit: HBO/Craig Blankenhorn

Succession (June 3 at 10 p.m. on HBO) Family feuding fuels this tale of a media conglomerate led by an aging patriarch (Brian Cox), who ignites battles among his offspring (Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin, Sarah Snook, Alan Ruck).


Dietland (June 4 at 9 p.m., AMC)- The
Photo Credit: AMC/Patrick Harbron

Dietland (June 4 at 9 p.m. on AMC, then moves to 10 p.m.) The first of two summer series from Marti Noxon adapts Sarai Walker’s subversive novel at the perfect #MeToo moment. Julianna Margulies headlines her dark comedy as a picture-perfect magazine editor, whose ghostwriter (Joy Nash) takes mad-women matters into her own weapon-wielding hands. One sign it’s primed for big buzz: AMC aftershow “Unapologetic With Aisha Tyler”

'Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger'

*Marvel's Cloak & Dagger (June 7 at 8-10
Photo Credit: Freeform/Alfonso Bresciani

Marvel's Cloak & Dagger (June 7 at 8 p.m. on Freeform) Yes, more from the comic-book company, this time focused on two teens (Olivia Holt, Aubrey Joseph) suddenly coping with mysteriously linked superpowers.


Nashville (June 7 at 9 p.m., CMT) -
Photo Credit: Mark Levine

Nashville (June 7 at 9 p.m. on CMT) The country music soap’s final eight episodes conclude with July 26 series finale.

'American Woman'

American Woman (June 7 at 10 p.m., Paramount)
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American Woman (June 7 at 10 p.m. on Paramount) Alicia Silverstone finds a mind of her own when ‘70s Hollywood wives strike out on their own. With Mena Suvari, Jennifer Bartels.



'Gotti: Godfather & Son'

Gotti: Godfather & Son (June 9-10 at 10
Photo Credit: A&E Network/Bryan Smith

Gotti: Godfather & Son (June 9-10 at 10 p.m. and then 9 p.m. on A&E) Four-hour “Biography” special charts the mob family, with a John Gotti Jr. interview, plus footage from the father and son’s last visit at a medical center for federal prisoners. 

'Love Is ___'

Love Is ___ (June 19 at 10 p.m.,
Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Entertainment / OWN/Michael Desmond

Love Is ___ (June 19 at 10 p.m. on OWN) Mara Brock Akil (“Girlfriends”) and Salim Akil (“Black Lightning”) produce a series with stars Michele Weaver and Will Catlett echoing their lives as a Hollywood power couple.



Yellowstone (June 20 at 9 p.m., Paramount) Kevin
Photo Credit: Paramount Network/Kevin Lynch

Yellowstone (June 20 at 9 p.m. on  Paramount) Kevin Costner stars as a mega-ranch owner juggling challenges from land developers, American Indians, family members and more. With Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, Luke Grimes, Cole Hauser. 

'Take Two'

Take Two (June 21 at 10 p.m., ABC)
Photo Credit: ABC/David Bukach

Take Two (June 21 at 10 p.m. on ABC) Producers from “Castle” try another lighthearted procedural, with Rachel Bilson as a TV cop sprung from rehab to research her comeback with Eddie Cibrian’s private eye.



'Sharp Objects'

Sharp Objects (July 8, HBO) Amy Adams stars
Photo Credit: HBO/Ann Marie Fox

Sharp Objects (July 8 on HBO) Amy Adams stars in a limited series (eight episodes) from the novel by Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”): A reporter’s trip home to cover a grisly murder forces her to face a psychological puzzle. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee (“Big Little Lies”), for showrunner Marti Noxon. 

'Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind'

Robin Williams - from the HBO documentary ROBIN
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Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (July 16 on HBO) On the heels of Dave Itzkoff’s acclaimed biography comes this portrait from director Marina Zenovich and producer Alex Gibney. The comic’s own words speak here, along with comments from intimates like Billy Crystal, David Letterman, Eric Idle and son Zak Williams.



Shark Week

Shark Week (starts July 22, Discovery) The first
Photo Credit: Discovery

Shark Week (Starts July 22 on Discovery) The first promo featured Shaquille O’Neal — who thought he’d signed on for Shaq Week — so anything seems possible this 30th time around.

'Burden of Truth'

*Burden of Truth (July 11, CW) Kristen Kreuk
Photo Credit: Cause One Productions Inc. and Cause One Manitoba Inc./Shauna Townley

Burden of Truth (July 25 on CW) Kristen Kreuk plays a big-city lawyer whose return home involves her in a local fight for justice. From producers of "Rookie Blue."


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