Game Of Thrones
Possibly the most highly anticipated show each year, we are finally at the point where a new season is about to hit our screens! Like the previous season, the storylines go beyond the books of George R. R. Martin so everything will be a pleasant, and probably bloody, surprise. This season will see tensions between the Targaryens and Lannisters reach fever pitch as preview clips have shown Daenerys’ army charging at the gate of the Lannisters. It also looks like we can expect a new villain to rival the evils of Joffrey Baratheon and Ramsay Bolton, with the character Euron Greyjoy. He appeared in season six, usurping and killing his brother Balon but it looks like that was just the slightest hint of what is to come. Starting on Sky Atlantic on 17th July, this is the must-watch of the summer.
We may be used to seeing Jason Bateman trying to keep the Bluth family together in Arrested Development but Ozark is an opportunity to see a whole different side to him. This new show on Netflix centres on the Byrde family which forced to relocate from suburban Chicago to a resort community in order to repay a debt to a Mexican crime lord. It is promised to be an incredibly dark crime-thriller incorporating money, death, booze and sex. Also starring Laura Linney and written by Bill Dubuque (The Accountant), Ozark looks as though it could be Netflix’s next big drama. Check it out on 21st July.
Ray Donovan is back for a fifth season this month on Sky Atlantic and this time it looks as though Ray is turning his attention back to fixing the problems of Hollywood celebrities. However, it looks as though he will have his work cut out for him as his new client Samantha Winslow (played by the eminently talented Susan Sarandon) proves to be a woman with secrets to hide. We’ll also get to see Ray’s dad Mickey (Jon Voight) swear off his criminal ways as he is finally welcomed into Ray’s home.
Fresh off of the back of the release of Baywatch, the charismatic Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is back for a third season of Ballers on Sky Atlantic this month. Based on the lives and loves of American football players, we last saw Strasmore (Johnson) seeking help to address the hip issue that had beleaguered him all season. This time around, he’s back and better than ever with his business enterprise reaching new heights as it goes international. As per usual, there are plenty of beautiful women and flash cars, as well as some exciting cameos from real-life American football stars.
Friends From College
There’s another new Netflix showing on 14th July from Nick Stoller – the man that brought us the hilarious comedies Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him To The Greek. Friends From College is an eight-episode series based around a group of old college friends as they all face turning 40. There’s quite the impressive cast for this show, including Cobie Smulders(How I Met Your Mother), Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele) and Fred Savage (The Wonder Years). We will see them as they struggle with old grievances and interpersonal relationships. With such a writer at the helm and an immensely funny cast, hopefully this will be a very promising new comedy to binge on.
The Last Tycoon
The Last Tycoon is a new show to Amazon prime, premiering on 28th July. This nine-episode series is based on an unfinished novel from the author of The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald. Inspired by the live of Irving Thalberg, a 1930s film producer, this stars Matt Bomer as our protagonist Monroe Stahr who comes into conflict with the esteemed head of the studio, Pat Brady (based on Louis B. Mayer and played by Frasier’s Kelsey Grammar). Also starring Lily Collins as Brady’s daughter who wishes to work behind the camera, this show promises drama, nepotism, sexism and of course, flapper-style fashion. With a cast such as this and based on writings from one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers, this is guaranteed to be a mightily impressive show.
Article by: Sarah Lafferty
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