LOS ANGELES: In the era of peak TV, there are so many outlets and shows clamoring for your summertime attention that it can be as daunting as choosing between a mojito and a frozen daiquiri. That said, the summer should include enough crime to send chills down your spine – temperature notwithstanding – along with a slice of history and some upbeat options.
‘Love Is_’The romantic drama from married producers Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil is inspired by their relationship. The series toggles between the 1990s Hollywood scene and present day as it follows the intertwined lives and careers of Nuri (Michele Weaver) and Yasir (Will Catlett) and how they reflect back on it all.
‘Sharp Objects’Amy Adams stars in this eight-episode adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel about a reporter who’s immersed in murder and her dark hometown past. The Oscar nominee is in good company, playing opposite Patricia Clarkson and Chris Messina and directed by Jean-Marc Vallee in scripts from Flynn and Marti Noxon.
‘The Pacific War in Color’The eight-part documentary series combines rare color film from the World War II Pacific theater and homefront with firsthand accounts.
The footage includes dogfights and beachfront invasions and Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s home movies of postwar Japan.
‘Hidden’If you forgot to book a trip to scenic Wales, get an eyeful combined with a murder mystery in this eight-part drama. Sian Reese-Williams stars as a police detective who returns to her Welsh hometown to care for her father and ends up on the job, confronting death.
‘Get Shorty’Chris O’Dowd and Ray Romano are back for season two of the dark comedy based on Elmore Leonard’s novel about a career criminal (O’Dowd) and his foray into Hollywood filmmaking. Raymond Cruz joins the cast as a prison gang leader, and Felicity Huffman and Steven Weber are among the guest stars.‘Ozark’The danger builds for Marty Bryde and those close to him in the drama’s sophomore season. Jason Bateman stars as the Chicago financial adviser who’s resettled his family in the Missouri Ozarks after a serious misstep with a drug cartel.
Laura Linney plays Marty’s wife, with newcomer Janet McTeer as an attorney to be feared.
‘Castle Rock’This new drama has a pedigree to brag about, with J.J. Abrams and Stephen King as executive producers and Andre Holland, Sissy Spacek and Bill Skarsgard in the cast.
Other than describing it as a psychological-horror series that combines the hallmarks of the King’s “best-loved works,” Hulu is mum.
‘The Incredible Dr. Pol’A reality series set in rural Michigan and featuring a veterinarian in his mid-70s is far from standard TV fare. The intrepid Dr. Jan Pol is so popular that the show is in its eighth year. Among the new challenges facing Pol and his colleagues: a piglet in serious trouble and a dehydrated dachshund.‘TKO: Total Knock Out’ Kevin Hart is in charge as host of this competition series from “Survivor” producer Mark Burnett. Contestants navigate an obstacle course as rivals try hard to thwart their progress. Cash awaits the winner.