Summertime is upon us! No matter what activities you enjoy count on HBO to be there to help you wind down. Don’t forget that if you aren’t ready to come inside for the show then you can always catch at your convenience upon the streaming sites or HBO On Demand. Some good content is on tap for July so here is a look at what’s on.
Original Series: The premiere that arrives in July is a returning series coming in with a third season. Returning for its third round starting MONDAY, JULY 01 (10:00-10:30pm) with new episodes airing subsequent Mondays at the same time is the comedy series DIVORCE. It, of course, centers on ex-spouses Frances (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Robert (Thomas Haden Church), who, after more than a decade of marriage and two children, find themselves caught up in the lengthy process of unwinding their relationship. In season three, Frances and Robert are living independent lives, but still, share an emotional and day-to-day connection through their children. With sharp, observant humor, the series mines the awkward moments and intense emotions of two people trying to embrace life’s changes – and move on with their lives – after their divorce. The show also stars Molly Shannon, Talia Balsam, Sterling Jerins, Charlie Kilgore and Becki Newton. We had a teaser now here is our first look at the official trailer:
Frances (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Robert (Thomas Haden Church), having both moved on, discover that their new lives are much more complicated than anticipated. Diane (Molly Shannon) has her first face-to-face with Nick (Tracy Letts). Dallas (Talia Balsam) continues her quest to connect with her resentful son, Cole (Isaac Josephthal). Written by Liz Tuccillo; directed by Ryan Case.
Tensions escalate as Robert (Thomas Haden Church) and Jackie’s (Becki Newton) wedding approaches. Robert admits to pre-wedding jitters and Frances (Sarah Jessica Parker) plans a quick weekend getaway with Henry (James Lesure). After a therapy session gone awry, Dallas (Talia Balsam) considers what’s next for her. Diane’s (Molly Shannon) future looks bright as she snags a big-spender at her new job. Written by Mark Steilen; directed by Shira Piven.
Tom’s (Charlie Kilgore) anti-college college essay causes Frances (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Robert (Thomas Haden Church) to come to blows regarding their co-parenting styles. Robert’s sister Cathy (Amy Sedaris) shows up unannounced, wreaking havoc. Diane (Molly Shannon) bonds with a young woman at the store. Written by Adam Resnick; directed by Ryan Case.
Frances (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Henry (James Lesure) share a meal with Robert (Thomas Haden Church) and Jackie (Becki Newton). Things go from bad to worse and both relationships are strained. Frances has a big day at work. Dallas (Talia Balsam) must deal with yet another troublesome client. Diane (Molly Shannon) catches the attention of an older man. Teleplay by Lisa Albert & Liz Tuccillo; story by Lisa Albert; directed by So Yong Kim.
Robert (Thomas Haden Church) and Frances (Sarah Jessica Parker) are thrown together for a weekend as they chaperone Lila’s (Sterling Jerins) away-game. Robert has his hands full trying to keep rowdy teens in line, while also clocking Frances’ new flirtation. Diane (Molly Shannon) considers a proposition from Gordon (Harris Yulin). Dallas (Talia Balsam) discovers that she and her fellow therapists share a common problem. Written by Adam Resnick; Directed by Rachel Lee Goldenberg
Next up is the new series with continued debut episodes: Based on the groundbreaking Israeli series of the same name, EUPHORIA, continues SUNDAY, JULY 07 (10:00-11:00pm), with other episodes debuting subsequent Sundays at the same time. This provocative, authentic and unforgettable new drama that puts a fresh spin on the coming-of-age narrative. Serving as a guide through the teenage landscape of substance-enhanced parties and anxiety-ridden day-to-day life is 17-year-old Rue Bennett (Zendaya), a drug addict fresh from rehab, who’s struggling to make sense of her future. Her life is changed drastically when she meets Jules Vaughn (Hunter Schafer), a trans girl who recently moved to town following her parents’ divorce, and, like Rue, is searching for where she belongs. Also in Rue’s orbit are classmates Nate Jacobs (Jacob Elordi), a jock whose anger issues mask sexual insecurities; Maddy Perez (Alexa Demie), Nate’s on- and off-again girlfriend; Chris McKay (Algee Smith), a football star who finds the adjustment from high school to college harder than expected; Cassie Howard (Sydney Sweeney), a sweet girl whose sexual history continues to dog her; Lexi Howard (Maude Apatow), Cassie’s younger sister and Rue’s level-headed childhood friend; and Kat Hernandez (Barbie Ferreira), a body-conscious teen exploring her sexuality. Raw and unapologetic, the series provides an up-close-and-personal look at what it’s like to be a young person today in a compelling narrative that’s equal parts shocking and empathetic.
Though some of the characters may be pretty wild and loose HBO is tight-lipped on the episode details. Below is what we got:
–Episode 4: “Shook Ones Pt. II” Debut date: SUNDAY, JULY 07 (10:00-11:00pm) Written and directed by Sam Levinson.
–Episode 5: “’03 Bonnie and Clyde” Debut date: SUNDAY, JULY 14 (10:00-11:00pm) Written by Sam Levinson; directed by Jennifer Morrison.
–Episode 6: “The Next Episode” Debut date: SUNDAY, JULY 21 (10:00-11:00pm) Written by Sam Levinson; directed by Pippa Bianco.
Wrapping up their seasons in July are the following: HBO’s smash-hit dramaBIG LITTLE LIEScontinues its seven-episode second season SUNDAY, JULY 7 (9:00-10:00 p.m.), with other episodes debuting subsequent Sundays at the same time, leading up to the season finale on July 21. Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Zoё Kravitz reprise their roles, with Meryl Streep joining the cast. On the surface, everything seems the same in the seaside town of Monterey, Cal.: mothers continue to dote, husbands support, children are adorable, houses are beautiful. But the night of the school fundraiser changed all that, leaving the community reeling as the “Monterey Five” bond together to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. Meanwhile, Perry’s grieving mother, Mary Louise Wright, comes to town in search of answers after her son’s death.
Exploring the malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting, this season delivers plenty of twists and surprises, as relationships fray, loyalties erode, and the potential for emotional and bodily injury still looms. Created by Russell T Davies, the six-part limited drama series YEARS AND YEARS continues MONDAY, JULY 1 (9:00-10:00 p.m.), with new episodes airing subsequent Mondays at the same time, leading up to the finale on July 29. This series follows the members of one family as their complex lives converge on one crucial night in 2019 when Britain is rocked by political, economic and technological advances. Rory Kinnear, Russell Tovey, Jessica Hynes, Ruth Madeley and Anne Reid star, along with Emma Thompson, who plays an outspoken celebrity turned political figure whose controversial opinions divide the nation.
We didn’t have all this information last month so we include it here:
–“Episode 1” Debut date: MONDAY, JUNE 24 (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT) Manchester, 2019. As politician Vivienne Rook (Emma Thompson) causes a scandal on live TV, the Lyons family comes together when their youngest sibling, Rosie (Ruth Madeley), goes into labor. At her bedside, brothers Stephen (Rory Kinnear) and Daniel (Russell Tovey), and grandmother, Muriel (Anne Reid), wonder what life will be like for baby Lincoln. Fast-forward five years to 2024 London. Stephen and his wife, Celeste (T’Nia Miller), worry about their socially withdrawn daughter, Bethany (Lydia West), who is contemplating a major life choice. Back in Manchester, Daniel, who’s now married to his boyfriend, Ralph (Dino Fetscher), finds himself falling for Viktor (Maxim Baldry), a Ukrainian refugee. As the family comes together for Muriel’s birthday, a call from their missing-in-action sister, Edith (Jessica Hynes), brings extraordinary news that could change their lives forever. Written by Russell T Davies; directed by Simon Cellan Jones.
–“Episode 2” Debut date: MONDAY, JULY 01 (9:00-10:00pm) With the world still reeling from the events of Hong Sha, Edith (Jessica Hynes) returns home for good, but harbors a secret about what really happened when she was abroad. Daniel (Russell Tovey) tries to build a new life with Viktor (Maxim Baldry), despite the risks. Rosie (Ruth Madeley) and Edith are amazed by Viv Rook’s (Emma Thompson) power and passion at a political rally for her MP campaign. Celeste (T’Nia Miller) remains disturbed by Bethany’s (Lydia West) fascination with technology, but a series of urgent texts make Celeste and Stephen (Rory Kinnear) realize their entire life is about to come crashing down. Written by Russell T Davies; directed by Simon Cellan Jones.
— “Episode 3” Debut date: MONDAY, JULY 08 (9:00-10:00pm) As Stephen (Rory Kinnear) and Celeste (T’Nia Miller) try to rebuild their shattered lives, Daniel’s (Russell Tovey) world turns upside down when Viktor (Maxim Baldry) is forced to flee Kiev. Edith’s (Jessica Hynes) former life as an activist calls her back into action. Rosie (Ruth Madeley) loses her job to fully-automated food service. The Lyons children face hard truths after a tragic event. Back at home, Celeste is left alone to cope with Bethany’s (Lydia West) obsessions, which lead her into terrible danger. The general election sees Viv Rook’s (Emma Thompson) surprising rise to power. Written by Russell T Davies; directed by Simon Cellan Jones.
–“Episode 4” Debut date: MONDAY, JULY 15 (9:00-10:00pm) As events heat up across Europe, Daniel (Russell Tovey) embarks on a quest to bring Viktor (Maxim Baldry) home, with help from Edith (Jessica Hynes). Rosie (Ruth Madeley) sets up her own business with new boyfriend Jonjo (George Bukhari). Her suspicions confirmed, Celeste (T’Nia Miller) exposes Stephen’s (Rory Kinnear) secret life to the family. Meanwhile, Viv Rook (Emma Thompson) sets her sights on the ultimate prize: No. 10 Downing Street. Written by Russell T Davies; directed by Simon Cellan Jones
From Julio Torres and Ana Fabrega – two of the freshest voices in comedy – alongside Fred Armisen and Lorne Michaels of “Saturday Night Live,” comes the primarily Spanish-language comedy series LOS ESPOOKYS, continuing its six-episode season FRIDAY, JULY 5 (11:00-11:30 p.m.), with other episodes debuting subsequent Fridays at the same time leading up to the season finale July 19. This unconventional half-hour series follows a group of friends who turn their love for horror into a peculiar business: providing horror to those who need it. Set in a fictional, dreamy Latin American country, where the strange and eerie are just part of daily life, the show stars Ana Fabrega, Julio Torres, Cassandra Ciangherotti and Bernardo Velasco as The Espookys with José Pablo Minor and recurring guest star Fred Armisen.
–Episode 4: “El espejo maldito (The Cursed Mirror)” Debut date: FRIDAY, JULY 05 (11:00-11:30pm ET/PT) Los Espookys agree to help U.S. ambassador Gibbons (Greta Titelman) fake her own abduction in exchange for the visas they need to work with legendary director Bianca Nova (Carol Kane). Staring down a payment deadline, Tati (Ana Fabrega) and Úrsula (Cassandra Ciangherotti) struggle to make their Herbalife sales target. Andrés’ (Julio Torres) parents force him into a corner as he continues to ponder his past and his future. In L.A., Bianca turns to Tico (Fred Armisen) to help her write her latest horror film. Written by Julio Torres & Ana Fabrega; directed by Fernando Frias.
–Episode 5: “El laboratorio alienigena (The Alien Lab)” Debut date: FRIDAY, JULY 12 (11:00-11:30pm ET/PT) Los Espookys take on a new gig with a high-maintenance researcher who tasks them with creating alien lab subjects for her government presentation. Úrsula (Cassandra Ciangherotti) and Tati (Ana Fabrega) get a threatening visit from Herbalife CEO Mark Stevens (John Early). Tico (Fred Armisen) tries to reassure Bianca (Carol Kane) while Renaldo (Bernardo Velasco), Úrsula and Andrés (Julio Torres) have differing opinions on her latest screenplay. Written by Julio Torres & Ana Fabrega; Directed by Fernando Frias.
–Episode 6: “El sueño falso (The Fake Dream)” Debut date: FRIDAY, JULY 19 (11:00-11:30pm ET/PT) With Renaldo (Bernardo Velasco) in L.A., Andrés (Julio Torres) and Úrsula (Cassandra Ciangherotti) are left to plan a fake dream to help a doctor’s insomnia patient fall asleep. Renaldo’s skills as a makeup artist are put to the test on Bianca’s (Carol Kane) film set. As his wedding day approaches, Andrés discovers the answers to his mysterious parentage, and Tati (Ana Fabrega) stumbles into a solution to her debt problem. Written by Ana Fabrega & Julio Torres; Directed by Fernando Frias.
Presenting a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events, as well as addressing broader issues, the Emmy-winningLAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER resumes its sixth season with a break observed on SUNDAY, JULY 28 (11:00-11:30pm), exclusively on HBO. Taped in New York a few hours before it debuts on HBO, the show is the only weekly news-oriented comedy series to be presented on Sunday night. In June he had something to say about the tragedy that is Mount Everest tourism, the Equal Rights Amendment, UK’s next prime minister and impeachment. VICE NEWS TONIGHT, the half-hour nightly newscast from VICE Media and HBO, debuts a new edition TUESDAY, JULY 02 (7:30-8:00pm), followed by other new editions subsequent weeknights Tuesday through Friday, with a hiatus July 4 and 5. Social, cultural and political news from here & abroad is its focus and VICE has examined, for example, such issues as the LGBTQ’s stance on the 2020 elections and the latest in the Israel-Palestine conflict in June. REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER is on hiatus the entire month of July and will return on Friday nights beginning on August 2. He is a bit from him to tide us over.
Movies: You can settle in for some good movies after a day of duties or fun. We think you’ll like what July has to offer: BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD, FIRST MAN and WIDOWS. Am I right?
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, debuting SATURDAY, JULY 06 (8:00-10:15pm), tells the story behind the music of Queen and their lead singer, Freddie Mercury. The Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee stars Oscar and Golden Globe winner Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander and Mike Myers. Directed by Bryan Singer; screenplay by Anthony McCarten; story by Anthony McCarten and Peter Morgan. FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD, debuting SATURDAY, JULY 13 (8:00-10:15pm, continues the “Fantastic Beasts” series with the story of Magizoologist Newt Scamander. The ensemble cast includes Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Jude Law and Johnny Depp. FIRST MAN, the story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, debuts SATURDAY, JULY 20 (8:00-10:25pm). Ryan Gosling stars as Neil Armstrong alongside Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, Ciarán Hinds, Christopher Abbott, Patrick Fugit and Lukas Haas. When four thieves die in an armed robbery attempt, their widows come together to pull off the heist their husbands were planning inWIDOWS, debuting SATURDAY, JULY 27 (7:45-10:00pm). The film stars Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Daniel Kaluuya, Jackie Weaver with Robert Duvall and Liam Neeson. Directed by Steven McQueen; screenplay by Gillian Flynn & Steve McQueen; based on “Widows,” by Lynda La Plante.
HBOFilms/Miniseries: Based on Pippa Bianco’s Cannes Film Festival award-winning short of the same name, the feature-length drama HBO Films: SHARE debuts SATURDAY, JULY 27 (10:00-11:30pm). The film stars Rhianne Barreto as a 16-year-old who discovers a disturbing video from a night she doesn’t remember and must try to figure out what happened and how to navigate the escalating fallout. The film also stars Charlie Plummer, Poorna Jagannathan, J.C. MacKenzie, Nicholas Galitzine, Lovie Simone and Danny Mastrogiorgio. Here is our first look at this work:
HBO Documentary Films: Every Crime Has a Story, HBO’s trilogy of two-part documentaries, begins with Erin Lee Carr’s (HBO’s AT THE HEART OF GOLD: INSIDE THE USA GYMNASTIC SCANDAL, “MOMMY DEAD AND DEAREST) timely, two-part documentaryI LOVE YOU, NOW DIE explores troubling questions of how we communicate in the digital age by diving into the ethical morass of the case of Michelle Carter, who was charged with coercing her boyfriend into suicide via text. Part one debuts TUESDAY, JULY 09 (8:00-9:05pm), with part two airing the following evening at the same time. BEHIND CLOSED DOORS examines the mystery behind the double murder of a teenage girl and her family’s household servant in Noida, India – a case that sparked a media frenzy and has captivated an entire nation for over a decade. The riveting two-part documentary debuts TUESDAY, JULY 16 (8:00-9:20pm), with part two airing the following evening at the same time. WHO KILLED GARRETT PHILLIPS?, a captivating two-part documentary from acclaimed director Liz Garbus (HBO’s NOTHING LEFT UNSAID: GLORIA VANDERBILT & ANDERSON COOPER) looks at the trial of Nick Hillary for the 2011 murder of 12-year-old Garrett Phillips, a case that raised questions of racial bias in a small-town community, debuts TUESDAY, JULY 23 (8:00-9:30pm), with Part 2 airing the following evening at the same time. UNMASKING JIHADI JOHN: ANATOMY OF A TERRORIST, debuting WEDNESDAY, JULY 31 (8:00-9:40pm), recounts the global hunt for Mohammed Emwazi “Jihadi John,” a man who was raised in the UK and grew to become a brutal ISIS terrorist. The film details the experiences of the hostages held by Emwazi and highlights the journey of family members trying to get justice for their relatives who were killed by the terrorist. This work provides a detailed account of the hunt for Emwazi by CIA, Pentagon and British intelligence operatives who have never spoken publicly about the operation until now. Here is a look at the Carter case –
HBO Kids: SESAME STREET continues its 49th season SATURDAY, JULY 06 (9:00-9:30am), with the season finale airing July 13. Episode 4934 is “Slimey at the Car Race”. He is Oscar the Grouch’s pet worm for those who don’t know. And the season finale is Episode 4935 – “Cookie Monster’s Museum Mystery.” Next season is the B-I-G 5-0!
HBO Sports:REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL goes behind the box scores and statistics to tackle timely subjects in the world of contemporary sports. Featuring a top lineup of contributors, the next monthly edition debuts TUESDAY, JULY 30 (10:00-11:00pm). In the show’s latest airing they addressed the following: “Don Nelson.” Following a storied basketball career spanning nearly 50 years, Don Nelson now lives a quieter life. Since retiring from the NBA in 2010, the Boston Celtics forward and legendary head coach spends his days growing and smoking marijuana, playing high-stakes poker with celebrity friends, including musician Willie Nelson, and nurturing a deeper relationship with a daughter learned about long after her birth. Bryant Gumbel conducted a candid sit-down interview with the Hall of Famer. “Colin Cook.“ More than three years ago, Colin Cook (pictured) ventured to one of his favorite surfing spots in Oahu. But an ordinary morning turned tragic when a shark bit off his left leg and his surfing days were seemingly over. Although doctors and prosthetists told him he’d never stand on a board again, Cook designed a surfing-specific prosthetic for himself, and now dominates adaptive surfing competitions across the country. Mary Carillo explored Cook’s road to recovery, the unique bond he shares with girlfriend, Sydney Corcoran, a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing, and his recent surfing successes. “Barstool Sports.” Spearheaded by founder Dave Portnoy, Barstool Sports has built a cult-like following and a profitable business model. Soledad O’Brien interviews Portnoy and CEO Erika Nardini.
Other Movies and Shows: A wide range of movies appear across the main channel of all sorts and at various times. Check HBO’s Schedule module to pinpoint exact times, but there are plenty of opportunities to watch JUSTICE LEAGUE, THE HATE U GIVE and BEACHES. HBO FIRST LOOK gives us a peek at Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw.
Other HBO Platforms: This is frustrating for I just keep throwing the same titles at you. the freshest content is always on HBO Latino; that is why I always lead off with it. HBO Latino:The second season of El JARDÍN DE BRONCE continues MONDAY, JULY 01 (8:00-9:00pm). The first season told the story of the mysterious disappearance of a couple’s four-year-old daughter and now, in the second season, the girl’s parents, Fabián and Lila, conduct a desperate hunt for their child. Also, short films YO SOY TAINO (I Am Taino) which takes place in Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria; MY NAME IS MARIA DE JESUS about an Americanized Mexican woman and El ASTRONAUTA (The Astronaut) about a demented man asking his son to take him to the moon to say goodbye to his late wife, all air in July. The fur flies in the animated comedy from Brazil called LINO, UNA AVENTURA DE SIETE VIDAS. It is about a kids’ party entertainer who is tired of being made fun of for wearing a cat costume. But when he goes to a wizard to change his life, he’s accidentally turned into an actual giant feline! Also, there is a whimsical fable of a quirky little boy who finds a guitar and magically writes a song that has a profound effect on the world. It is called A BOY CALLED SAILBOAT. A more adult movies debuting is MIRIAM MEINTE (Miriam Lies); in which a shy, bi-racial teenager wants to invite a boy she met online to her quinceanera but she fears telling her mother that he’s black. One more new movie, NATACHA, and it is about an eight-year-old Natacha and her best friend who launch a love-letter service to raise money to help a stray dog. HBO Family: How about I CAN BE PRESIDENT showing youngsters how they could be eligible in the future to run for the office.? Why not, everyone else is. Or how about SGT. STUBBY: AN AMERICAN HERO. He is also a canine hero. HBO Signature:You ever hear of TANNER HALL or THE CLOSER YOU GET? That first one has a studious young woman entering her senior year at a prestigious New England boarding school that has her world changed by the arrival of a trouble-making childhood friend. Rooney Mara, Georgia King, Brie Larson & Amy Ferguson star. The other title offers a randy bunch of lads in a small Irish town. And you can still find RAMPAGE.HBO Comedy:Seek the comedy of Katt Williams and/or 2 Dope Queens. Two sisters who have only one thing in common–their shoe size–have a falling out that leads both in surprising new directions in Curtis Hanson’s IN HER SHOES starring Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette. HBO Zone:I’m getting lazy. If you’ve got this channel then you’ve got the chance to watch SPHERE, YOUNG ADAM, TAG, THE LADYKILLERS, VICTOR CROWLEY and SINISTER 2.
HBONow/Go: The big content drop to the streaming sites in July is that The HBO Miniseries: FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON. On Monday, July 15, all 12 digitally remastered episodes will launch on HBO GO, HBO NOW and HBO On Demand. On Saturday, July 20, the 50th anniversary of the Apollo mission moon landing, HBO2 will air a marathon of all 12 episodes, starting at 8:45am (ET/PT). More details forthcoming in a stand-alone posting.
That title alone is worth the subscription price. And while you there and after you’ve taken in this award-winning 1998 HBO classic you can check out other content. Other miniseries to be enjoyed on your schedule include JOHN ADAMS with Paul Giamatti as the title Founding Father and David Simon’s SHOW ME A HERO On the movie front loading up in July will be WHEN WE WERE KINGS, NOTTING HILL, MEET THE FOCKERS and more.
Cinemax:A press release touts the series in action right now and the movie premieres that hit on Friday nights. For July we’ve got – Created, written, directed and executive produced by Sebastian Gutierrez, JETTcontinues its nine-episode first season FRIDAY, JULY 05 (10:00-11:00pm) with other episodes debuting subsequent Fridays at the same time. This series stars Carla Gugino as Daisy “Jett” Kowalski, a world-class thief just out of prison and trying to stay on the straight and narrow. When powerful crime lord Charlie Baudelaire (Giancarlo Esposito) offers her the proverbial “last job” – a jewel heist in Cuba that will see her reunited with former flame and safecracker extraordinaire Quinn (Mustafa Shakir) – Jett goes back to doing what she does best. Over the course of the nine-episode season, Jett deals with the fallout of this heist, finding herself buffeted from job to job through a series of unpredictable reversals, tethered to a cast of morally ambivalent and eccentric criminals – from budding femme fatales to compromised law enforcers to unscrupulous Russian mobsters – as she deftly navigates shifting loyalties, trying to figure out who double-crossed her and how to protect her daughter.
–Episode #4: “Frank Sweeney”
Debut: FRIDAY, JULY 5 (10:00-11:00pm)
Jett (Carla Gugino) tracks down Frank Sweeney (Stuart Hughes), a brutal gangster she and Blair (Shiloh Fernandez) worked for ten years earlier. Written and directed by Sebastian Gutierrez.
–Episode #5: “Bennie”
Debut: FRIDAY, JULY 12 (10:00-11:00pm)
Bennie (Chris Backus) cleans up a mess; Evans (Gil Bellows) briefs Jett (Carla Gugino) on a new job for Bestic (Greg Bryk). Written and directed by Sebastian Gutierrez.
–-Episode #6: “Josie” Debut: FRIDAY, JULY 19 (10:00-11:00pm)
Reconnecting with McKay (David Damane), a fellow con she met on a diamond heist with Quinn (Mustafa Shakir), Jett (Carla Gugino) orchestrates the heist of a vintage Mercedes from a tony lakeside estate. The plan goes smoothly enough – until a pair of interlopers crash the party. Meanwhile, Josie (Jodie Turner-Smith) tries to break things off with Dillon (Michael Aronov), but ends up being sucked into a dangerous game with Junior (Gentry White) and his henchmen, Taggart (Alex Mallari Jr.) and Hopper (Dwain Murphy). Written and directed by Sebastian Gutierrez.
–Episode #7: “Rosalie” Debut: FRIDAY, JULY 26 (10:00-11:00pm)
Bennie (Chris Backus) finds himself keeping close company with an unhinged Rosalie (Lucy Walters). Dillon (Michael Aronov) gets bad news from Carter (Conrad Coates), and sets his sights on exacting revenge. Jett (Carla Gugino) is forced to overcome a major detour before reuniting with McKay (David Damane) and completing her latest job for Evans (Gil Bellows). Charlie (Giancarlo Esposito) grows increasingly suspicious after a heist goes awry. Written and directed by Sebastian Gutierrez.
Set ten years after the original film in 2035, the sequel PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING, debuting FRIDAY, JULY 12 (8:05-10:00pm), follows former Jaeger pilot Jake Pentecost (John Boyega), who is given the opportunity to live up to his father’s legacy when the world is faced with a new threat. A novice American submarine captain must team up with U.S. Navy SEALS to rescue the Russian president, who has been kidnapped by a rogue general, in HUNTER KILLER, debuting FRIDAY, JULY 19 (7:55-10:00pm). The action thriller stars Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Michael Nyqvist, Common, Linda Cardellini and Toby Stephens. Looking to solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance, Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) embarks on a precarious expedition to the mythical Japanese tomb where he was last seen in the action-filled fantasy TOMB RAIDER, debuting FRIDAY, JULY 26 (8:00-10:00pm).
Next Month’s Tease: If you do not know who Eli, Jesse and Kelvin are you soon will. Last month we tested to see whether you knew that the graphic posted was the logo of Queen featured in BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY airing in July.
Final Clip: In honor of the upcoming 50th anniversary we present the following clip. No, it is not another SESAME STREET mashup, though I’d gladly present it if there was one. It is the trailer for FIRST MAN honoring the landmark lunar landing of 1969.
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