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ANTICIPATION REPORT: Escape The August Heat With Fantasy, Crime, And Dramedy

Even in the midst of summer, good television is upon us! Netflix/Amazon/Netflix/Netflix

The dog days of summer are here, but we’re in luck! Good television is coming to keep us indoors! August programming offers escapism galore starting with Amazon Prime’s Carnival Row (No. 1) on August 30th. Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne star in the Victorian fantasy neo-noir, which follows mythical immigrant creatures who are feared by humans and forbidden to live with freedom. The tension between human citizens and immigrants only grows stronger after a string of unsolved murders cause an uproar. Meanwhile, the 30th continues to deliver fantasy & sci-fi with The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (No. 2). The prequel to Jim Henson’s 1982 film, The Dark Crystal, will dive deeper into the world of Thra as it follows three Gelflings who inspire a rebellion against an evil emperor only to discover a terrifying secret that threatens their world.

Next, the first week of August brings new animated series, Infinity Train (No. 3). Cartoon Network’s five-night event introduces us to twelve-year-old, Tulip, and her robot companion, “One-One.” Viewers will travel through a mind-bending adventure as the pair uncover secrets and make their way through an infinity train with limitless possibilities. Will they be able to find their way home with new surprises at every turn? Find out on August 5th!

Coming in at No. 4 is CBS All Access series, Why Women Kill. The dramedy will explore the roles of three different women in three different decades: a housewife in the ‘60s, a socialite in the ‘80s, and a lawyer in 2018. The roles of women may have changed over the years, but they react not-so-differently when it comes to infidelity and betrayal.

Finally, we wrap-up our new series list with a blast from the past: BH90210. The stars of Beverly Hills 90210 are back together -- only this time as heightened versions of the actors themselves. The upcoming six-episode event reunites the original ‘90s gang as they try to get a series revival up and running. However, trying to get a show off the ground may make for more soapy drama than a reboot ever could … 

August’s returning category features comebacks from several beloved Netflix originals starting with the long-awaited second season of Mindhunter (No. 1). On August 16th, David Fincher and Netflix will release eight new episodes of the serial killer series, and although not much has be revealed, we do know that Season 2 will dive into real-life events from 1979-1981 (more specifically, the Atlanta Child Murders), with appearances by “Charles Manson” and series fan-favorite, “Ed Kemper.”

Next, girl power arrives in full-force on the 9th with two new seasons from two Netflix series, Cable Girls and GLOW. The fourth season of Spanish period-drama, Cable Girls (No. 2), is moving forward to the 1930s as the women face a different country and continue to fight for equality and rights on top of a hefty load of personal drama. Meanwhile, GLOW (No. 4) will take fans from 1980s Los Angeles to the bright lights of Vegas in its third season. The “Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling” will perform in a new city with a new entertainment director (played by Geena Davis) as Ruth tries to work double-duty as producer and performer while the other girls try to find their place in the group.

Yet another great Netflix series making its return is Dear White People (No. 3). It’s springtime in Winchester and change is in the air. Sam, host of campus radio show, “Dear White People,” is leaving the station to work on her thesis film while a secret society shakes up campus. Additionally, Season 3 will feature several guest stars: Laverne Cox, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Flavor Flav to name a few. The “spring awakening” arrives on August 2nd.

And last but certainly not least, the final season of Starz crime drama, Power (No. 5), comes to fruition on the 25th. The first ten episodes of the two-part sixth season will pick up with Ghost seeking vengeance following the betrayal that was left in Season 5. For fans upset about the impending final chapter, the Power universe plans to expand with four potential spin-offs in the works, and every episode leading up to the finale will receive an aftershow, Power Confidential.

Fall TV is quickly approaching! With a plethora of returning shows including American Horror Story, Disenchantment, The Good Place, and the final season of How to Get Away with Murder on the horizon, plus, new series like The Politician, Stumptown, and Unbelievable -- It could be anyone’s game! Find out who will make September’s report on August 28th! 

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