2020 Summer TV Premiere Calendar

This is the permanent home of our TV premiere calendar. Bookmark this page; we'll update it daily throughout the year. Updated July 3

Premiere dates for new and returning shows and specials

New (NEW) and returning shows, TV movies, miniseries, and specials (including streaming exclusives) with announced premiere dates are listed below. All times are both ET/PT unless otherwise indicated. Items available to buy or rent through digital outlets (VOD, Prime Video, iTunes, etc.) are marked with a ($).

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FRI / July 3
The Baby-Sitters Club NEW Trailer Comedy/Drama Netflix
  Alone Wolf MOVIE Trailer Thriller ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
Beneath Us MOVIE Trailer Horror/Thriller ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
  Black Magic for White Boys MOVIE Trailer Comedy ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
  Cable Girls Trailer Foreign/Drama Netflix
  Cut Off MOVIE Trailer Foreign/Thriller ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
Desperados MOVIE Trailer Rom-com Netflix
  The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now in Living Color! A Special Tribute to Carl Reiner SPECIAL Comedy CBS 8p
  Elliott Erwitt, Silence Sounds Good MOVIE Trailer Documentary ($) Virtual theaters
Family Romance, LLC MOVIE Drama MUBI
Partially funded by Werner Herzog's paycheck for appearing in The Mandalorian, the latest from the prolific director is an unusual hybrid which received decent reviews at Cannes last summer. Herzog cast Ishii Yuchii, the real-life founder of a Japanese company called Family Romance LLC, to play himself in scenarios that Herzog has scripted. You may have read about Yuchii's company, which hires out actors to play friends, family members, or other surrogate figures in their clients’ lives. The film will screen for free on MUBI for 24 hours, though after that it will be available only to MUBI subscribers.
Hamilton MOVIE Trailer Musical Disney+
Originally intended to be a theatrical release (in 2021), this filmed stage production of Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit musical is now a Disney+ exclusive. The performance was taped in 2016 with the original Broadway cast led by Miranda, Daveed Diggs, Leslie Odom Jr., and Jonathan Groff.
  Hamilton: In-Depth With Kelley Carter SPECIAL Talk Disney+
Hanna Trailer Drama Prime Video
  Hannibal Buress: Miami Nights SPECIAL Trailer Comedy special YouTube, 9p ET
  iHeartCountry 4th of July BBQ SPECIAL Variety CW 8p
John Lewis: Good Trouble MOVIE Trailer Documentary ($) Rent (Digital)
  Ju-On: Origins NEW Trailer Foreign/Horror Netflix
  One Thousand Stories: The Making of a Mural MOVIE Trailer Documentary ($) Virtual theaters
The Outpost MOVIE Trailer Action/Thriller ($) Buy (Digital)
  Southern Survival NEW Trailer Reality Netflix
SUZI Q MOVIE Trailer Documentary/Music ($) Buy (Digital)
  The Swing of Things MOVIE Comedy ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
The Truth MOVIE Trailer Foreign/Drama ($) Rent (Digital)
For his follow-up to his career-best work Shoplifters, noted Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda leaves his native country (and language) behind for the first time and heads to France to explore the relationship between Fabienne (Catherine Deneuve), a star of French cinema and her daughter, Lumir (Juliette Binoche). Upon the release of Fabienne’s memoir, Lumir and her husband (Ethan Hawke) return from New York to Paris where old resentments bubble up to the surface. Early reviews from the festival circuit last fall suggest that it doesn't reach the heights of the director's previous work, but it's not without merit. It heads straight to home video today after a planned March 20 theatrical release was called off at the last minute for obvious reasons.
SUN / July 4
  A Capital Fourth SPECIAL Trailer Special PBS 8p
John Stamos and Vanessa Williams host the 40th edition of the annual Independence Day broadcast.
  Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular SPECIAL Special NBC 8p
SUN / July 5
  America: Our Defining Moments NEW Reality History, 9p
  Beach Around the World NEW Reality HGTV, 10p
  Desus & Mero Talk Showtime 11p
  Driven to the Edge MOVIE Drama Lifetime, 8p
Outcry MINISERIES Trailer Documentary Showtime 10p
Rescheduled from April 2020.
  Sunday Best Reality competition BET, 8p
  Unearthed: Seven Wonders NEW Reality Science, 8p
MON / July 6
  Black Ink Crew: Cicago Reality VH1, 8p
  Celebrity Game Face SPECIAL Trailer Game show E!, 10p
  Hello America NEW Comedy/Talk Quibi
  Life-Size Toys NEW Reality Quibi
  Love & Listings Reality VH1, 9p
  Masters of Home NEW Reality HGTV, 9p
  Your Daily Horoscope NEW Trailer Animation/Comedy Quibi
TUE / July 7
  Battlefield 2025 MOVIETrailer Sci-fi/Horror ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
  Belzebuth MOVIE Horror/Thriller ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
Dale Archdale MOVIE Comedy ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
  Dirty Jobs: Rowe'd Trip NEW Reality Discovery, 9p
Elvis From Outer Space MOVIE Adventure/Sci-fi/Comedy ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
  Gamemaster MOVIETrailer Documentary ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
Homewrecker MOVIE Trailer Horror/Comedy ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo MOVIE Trailer Documentary ($) Rent (Digital)
  Jim Jefferies: Intolerant SPECIAL Trailer Comedy special Netflix
The Medicine MOVIE Trailer Documentary ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
  Mighty Oak MOVIE Drama/Comedy/Music ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
  Secret Weapon MOVIE Trailer Foreign;/Drama ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
Slay the Dragon MOVIE Documentary ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
  What Would You Do? Reality ABC 10p
Sit on the couch, binge Netflix, and eat slightly too much ice cream. Isn't that what everyone's doing?
Where Sleeping Dogs Lie MOVIE Trailer Drama/Comedy ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
WED / July 8
  Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly MOVIE Trailer Documentary ($) Virtual theaters
Mucho Mucho Amor MOVIE Trailer Documentary Netflix
  The Soup Reality/Talk/Comedy E!, 11p
Stateless MINISERIES Trailer Drama Netflix
This six-part Australian series is produced and co-created by actress Cate Blanchett, who stars alongside Yvonne Strahovski, Dominic West, and Jai Courtney. It follows the intersecting stories of four main characters who have very different experiences in Australia's immigration system before and after arriving at a detention center as refugees.
Tough as Nails NEW Reality competition CBS 8p
  Was It Love? NEW Foreign/Drama Netflix
THU / July 9
The Beach House MOVIE Trailer Horror/Thriller Shudder
  Cake Animation/Comedy FXX 10p
Cannonball NEW Reality competition USA, 8p
  Chrisley Knows Best Reality USA, 9p
Close Enough NEW Trailer Animation/Comedy HBO Max
Regular Show creator JG Quintel returns with an adult animated series for the new streaming service HBO Max that centers on an extended family living on the east side of a surreal version of Los Angeles.
Expecting Amy MINISERIES Trailer Reality HBO Max
Three-part docuseries follows comedian Amy Schumer during her recent pregnancy.
  Flipping Across America NEW Reality HGTV, 8p
  Japan Sinks: 2020 NEW Trailer Anime Netflix
  Olympia MOVIE Documentary ($) Virtual premiere
  The Protector Trailer Foreign/Drama Netflix
  World's Smallest Woman: Meet Jyoti SPECIAL Reality TLC, 10p
FRI / July 10
Archive MOVIE Trailer Sci-fi ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets MOVIE Trailer Documentary ($) Buy (Digital)
Filmmakers Bill and Turner Ross (Contemporary Color, Western, Tchoupitoulas, 45365) push the form of the documentary further along with this chronicle of the last night at a Las Vegas bar called the Roaring 20s. This sounds straightforward enough, but in fact the bar is actually in New Orleans, not Vegas, and the patrons have been cast to populate the bar and play versions of themselves. The result impressed critics at the film's debut at Sundance earlier this year.
  Breathe: Into the Shadows NEW Trailer Foreign/Drama Prime Video
  The Claudia Kishi Club MOVIE Documentary short Netflix
  Dating Around: Brazil NEW Foreign/Reality Netflix
  A Deadly Legend MOVIE Trailer Horror/Thriller ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
  Deany Bean Is Dead MOVIE Comedy ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
First Cow MOVIE Drama ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
It's technically one of the best films to play in theaters in 2020, though you didn't actually get to see it; a March 6 limited release date means that screenings were shut down before it had a chance to reach an audience. A24 was hoping to reintroduce Cow to theaters this summer, but with that no longer seeming like a great idea, it is now a home video release. The latest from Meek's Cutoff director Kelly Reichardt finds her returning to the Oregon frontier with a loose adaptation of regular collaborator Jonathan Raymond's novel The Half-Life. Set in 1820, this modest, affecting drama follows a cook (John Magaro) and a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee) who start a successful business thanks to the clandestine milking of a prized cow.
  Disney Channel Summer Sing-Along SPECIAL Music Disney, 8p
  Down to Earth With Zac Efron NEW Trailer Reality Netflix
  The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants in Space NEW Family Netflix
Greatness Code NEW Trailer Reality/Sports Apple TV+
Greyhound MOVIE Trailer Drama Apple TV+
Originally set for a theatrical release in June before Apple took it off Sony's hands for a reported $70 million, this WWII drama finds Tom Hanks starring as the new commander of a U.S. naval destroyer leading an outgunned Allied convoy through waters patroled by Nazi U-boats. It's the second feature from cinematographer turned director Aaron Schneider (Get Low), and Hanks himself wrote the screenplay, adapting the novel The Good Shepherd by C.S. Foreste. Stephen Graham, Rob Morgan, and Elisabeth Shue also star.
  Hello Ninja Animation/Family Netflix
Little Voice NEW Trailer Drama/Comedy/Musical Apple TV+
Featuring original music by Sara Bareilles—who also produces alongside J.J. Abrams and series creator Jessie Nelson—this 10-episode series follows an apsiring performer (Brittany O'Grady) in New York.
Money Plane MOVIE Trailer Action/Thriller ($) Rent (Digital/VOD)
Adam Copeland, Kelsey Grammer, Denise Richards, and Thomas Jane star in a casino heist movie set on a futuristic airplane in midair and not in an action movie spoof we just made up. (It's real, and it's—well, probably not spectacular.)
  Obsession: Stalked by My Lover MOVIE Drama Lifetime, 8p
The Old Guard MOVIE Trailer Action/Fantasy/Thriller Netflix
Charlize Theron leads a group of immortal mercenaries in an adaptation of the comics by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandez from director Gina Prince-Bythewood (Beyond the Lights). Matthias Schoenaerts, KiKi Layne, and Chiwetel Ejiofor also star.
Palm Springs MOVIE Trailer Rom-com Hulu
A raunchy romantic comedy produced by the Lonely Island and starring Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti broke the record for the biggest sale ever at Sundance (where the film debuted to rave reviews early this year) by a margin of 69 cents—for a total of $17,500,000.69 from Hulu and Neon. (The latter will release the film in some drive-in theaters today alongside the Hulu streaming premiere.) Written by Andia Siara and director Max Barbakow (both making their feature debuts), the film riffs on Groundhog Day, placing both Samberg and Milioti in a time loop at a destination wedding. J.K. Simmons, June Squbb, Tyler Hoechlin, and Peter Gallagher also star.
  Radio Disney Presents ARDYs Summer Playlist SPECIAL Music Disney, 9p
Relic MOVIE Trailer Horror ($) Rent (Digital)
Sometimes Always Never MOVIE Trailer Comedy ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
  The Twelve NEW Foreign/Drama Netflix
Volition MOVIE Trailer Sci-fi/Thriller ($) Buy (Digital)
  The Weekly Newsmagazine FX 10p
  Widow of Silence MOVIE Trailer Foreign/Drama ($) Virtual theaters
SAT / July 11
  Amphibia Animation/Family Disney, 8:20p
  Big City Greens Animation/Family Disney, 8p
  Crikey! It's the Irwins: Life in Lockdown SPECIAL Reality Animal Planet, 9p
  Family or Fiancé Reality OWN, 9p
  Hotel Paranormal NEW Reality Travel, 10p
  Love & Marriage Reality OWN, 8p
  My Cat From Hell: Cat Sh#t Crazy SPECIAL Reality Animal Planet, 10p
  Nickelodeon's Unfiltered SPECIAL Game show Nickelodeon, 8:30p
  Obsession: Escaping My Ex MOVIE Drama Lifetime, 8p
  The Owl House Animation/Family Disney, 8:43p
  Say Yes to the Dress Reality TLC, 8p
  The Unexplained Reality History, 9p
  Unidentified: Inside America's UFO Investigation Reality History, 10p
  Vacation House Rules NEW Reality HGTV, 8p
SUN / July 12
  Obsession: Her Final Vengeance MOVIE Drama Lifetime, 8p
  Paranormal Caught on Camera Reality Travel, 9p
P-Valley NEW Trailer Drama Starz, 8p
Series adaptation of Katori Hall’s play Pussy Valley is set in a strip club in the Mississippi Delta.
  Very Scary People Reality HLN, 9p
MON / July 13
  Celebrity Call Center NEW Reality E!, 10p
  CMA Best of Fest SPECIAL Trailer Music ABC 8p
The Nest NEW Trailer Drama Acorn TV
  The Now NEW Comedy Quibi
TUE / July 14
  The Business of Drugs MOVIE Documentary Netflix
  The Carer MOVIE Trailer Drama ($) Buy (Digital)
  Coven MOVIE Trailer Horror ($) Buy (Digital)
  Dateline-Saigon MOVIE Trailer Documentary ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
Enter the Fat Dragon MOVIE Trailer Foreign/Action/Comedy ($) Buy (Digital)
  Hot Ones: The Game Show Game show truTV, 10p
  I Was a Teenage Felon NEW Reality Vice, 10p
The Runners MOVIE Trailer Action/Thriller ($) Buy (Digital)
  Showbiz Kids MOVIE Trailer Documentary HBO 9p
  Urzila Carlson: Overqualified Loser SPECIAL Comedy special Netflix
  We Are One (On est ensemble) MOVIE Foreign/Documentary Netflix
WED / July 15
Brave New World NEW Trailer Drama/Sci-fi Peacock
After a lengthy journey to the small screen that saw the property change networks twice (it was previously intended for Syfy and then USA), this series adaptation of Aldous Huxley's classic 1932 novel set in a theoretically utopian (but in actuality more dystopian) future London is the highest-profile original show available on the public launch day for Comcast's new streaming service. (As with other Peacock originals, you'll need to be a "Premium" member to watch it, though Comcast and Cox cable subscribers will get a free premium subscription.) Harry Lloyd, Jessica Brown Findlay, and Alden Ehrenreich head a cast that also includes Demi Moore, Kylie Bunbury, and Hannah John-Kamen. The adaptation, a co-production with the UK's Sky, comes from David Wiener, who previously wrote for Homecoming and The Killing.
The Capture NEW Trailer Drama Peacock
Callum Turner, Holliday Grainger, Ron Perlman, and Famke Janssen head the cast of this British conspiracy thriller focusing on the UK's intelligence-gathering services (though don't confuse it with Intelligence, which takes a far more comedic approach to similar subject matter and also debuts today on Peacock).
  Dark Desire NEW Foreign/Drama Netflix
  Foreged in Fire Reality competition History, 9p
In Deep With Ryan Lochte NEW Trailer Reality/Sports Peacock
Intelligence NEW Trailer Comedy Peacock
Like most of Peacock's launch lineup, it's a British series, though this one's a comedy with a cast led by an American (David Schwimmer). In fact, it's a workplace comedy, set inside the very bureaucratic, cybercrime-fighting Government Communications Headquarters, where Schwimmer plays a visiting NSA agent who embeds with his UK counterparts (including Nick Mohammed, who created the series). Intelligence already aired earlier this year in the UK on Sky One, and critics there didn't love it.
Lost Speedways NEW Trailer Reality/Sports Peacock
  Married at First Sight Reality Lifetime, 8p
  The Players (Gli Infedeli) MOVIE Foreign/Comedy Netflix
Psych 2: Lassie Come Home MOVIE First 4 minutes Trailer Comedy/Drama Peacock
The second movie sequel to the USA series Psych is a Peacock exclusive. Returning stars James Roday and Dulé Hill are joined by Timothy Omundson (who was unable to appear in the previous Psych film) and guests Joel McHale and Sarah Chalke.
  Skin Decision: Before and After NEW Reality Netflix
  Snapped: Betty Broderick SPECIAL Reality Oxygen, 8p
United We Fall NEW Trailer Comedy ABC 8p
Originally ordered for the 2019-20 season, ABC's latest family sitcom follows a married couple played by Will Sasso and Christina Vidal as they navigate parenthood and their highly judgemental families, including a mother(-in-law) who lives with them, played by Jane Curtin. The multi-camera comedy comes from Julius Sharpe, who previously created the Fox time-travel comedy Making History and served as a writer on nearly every Seth MacFarlane series to date. Back-to-back new episodes air tonight.
THU / July 16
  30 Rock Upfront Special SPECIAL Comedy-ish NBC 8p
Much like Parks and Recreation before it, fellow beloved and departed NBC comedy 30 Rock is returning for a one-off, home-recorded new episode that reunites the entire cast. Weirdly, while the Parks & Rec reunion was a fundraiser, the 30 Rock revival is intended to serve as NBC's upfront presentation and thus will include promotions for the network's 2020-21 lineup and upcoming new shows. (So, in some sense, it is a fundraiser—just for NBC and not for charity.)
  Conjoined Twins: Inseparable SPECIAL Reality TLC, 10p
Fatal Affair MOVIE Trailer Drama/Thriller Netflix
The House of Ho NEW Reality HBO Max
  Indian Matchmaking NEW Reality Netflix
Killer Camp NEW Reality competition CW 8p
  MILF MOVIE Foreign/Comedy Netflix
  The Secrets She Keeps NEW Trailer Drama Sundance Now
FRI / July 17
Absentia Trailer Drama Prime Video
Cursed NEW Trailer Drama Netflix
Katherine Langford stars in a gritty take on the Aurthurian legend told from the perspective of Nimue, the Lady of the Lake.
Dirt Music MOVIE Trailer Drama ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
Critics at last year's TIFF failed to see the appeal of this adaptation of Tim Winton's novel from Ned Kelly director Gregor Jordan and screenwriter Jack Thorne. The Western Australia-set melodrama finds Kelly Macdonald playing Georgie, a woman stuck in a loveless relationship with a fisherman (David Wenham) who begins an affair with a loner (Garrett Hedlund). Things take a turn for the worse from there.
  Father Soldier Son MOVIE Trailer Documentary Netflix
Ghosts of War MOVIE Trailer Horror/Thriller ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
  Into the Dark: The Current Occupant Trailer Horror Hulu
  Kissing Game NEW Foreign/Drama Netflix
  Law MOVIE Foreign/Drama Prime Video
  Love After Lockup Reality WE, 9p
  A Nice Girl Like You MOVIE Rom-com ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
The Painted Bird MOVIE Trailer Foreign/Drama ($) Buy (Digital)
The second WWII-set drama from Václav Marhoul (Tobruk) is a nearly three-hour, black-and-white adaptation of Jerzy Kosinski's 1965 Holocaust novel about the episodic journey of a young Jewish boy (newcomer Petr Kotlár) through Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe during the war. (Dialogue is mostly in an invented Interslavic language.) Harvey Keitel, Stellan Skarsgård, Barry Pepper, Julian Sands, and Udo Kier also star. Filled with cruelty and graphic violence against humans and animals, it's not exactly an enjoyable, or even tolerable, watch. But some critics who stuck through it during its festival debut last fall felt it was a must-see.
The Sunlit Night MOVIE Drama ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
  Two Ways to Go West MOVIE Trailer Drama ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
  The Wrong Wedding Planner MOVIE Drama LMN, 8p
SAT / July 18
  Murder in the Vineyard MOVIE Drama Lifetime, 8p
SUN / July 19
The Alienist: Angel of Darkness Trailer Drama TNT, 9p
The second season of TNT's late-19th century crime drama is based on Caleb Carr's Alienist sequel novel, The Angel of Darkness. Returning cast members include Daniel Brühl, Dakota Fanning, Luke Evans, Douglas Smith, Matthew Shear, and Robert Ray Wisdom. Two episodes air back-to-back each week.
  Coins for Love MOVIE Trailer Drama TV One, 9p
  Forever My Girl MOVIE Drama UP, 7p
  Mile High Escorts MOVIE Drama Lifetime, 8p
  United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell Reality CNN, 10p
  World's Biggest Tiger Shark? SPECIAL Reality Nat Geo, 8p
MON / July 20
  12oz Mouse Animation/Comedy Adult Swim, midnight
  All-Star Best Thing I Ever Ate NEW Reality Food, 9p
  The Andy Cohen Diaries NEW Animation Quibi
  Ashley Garcia: Genius in Love SPECIAL Family Netflix
  Die Hart NEW Comedy Quibi
  Mount Pleasant Drama/Comedy Acorn TV
  Sharks vs. Dolphins: Blood Battle SPECIAL Reality Nat Geo, 10p
  When Sharks Attack Reality Nat Geo, 9p
TUE / July 21
  Attraction 2: Invasion MOVIE Trailer Foreign/Sci-fi/Action ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
  The Grand Unified Theory of Howard Bloom MOVIE Trailer Documentary ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
  Guest Artist MOVIE Drama ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
  How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) Trailer Foreign/Drama Netflix
The Room (2020) MOVIE Trailer Drama/Thriller ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
  Sharkcano SPECIAL Reality Nat Geo, 10p
  Street Food: Latin America NEW Reality Netflix
The Wild Goose Lake MOVIE Trailer Foreign/Drama ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
Writer-director Yinan Diao’s Black Coal, Thin Ice won the Golden Bear at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival. This follow-up premiered five years later at last year’s Cannes Film Festival to even better reviews and set box office records in China upon its release. Diao’s neon-soaked noir follows a gang leader with a bounty on his head as he gets entangled with a mysterious woman while hiding out in Wuhan (yes, the one you're thinking of). After receiving an interrupted theatrical release in March, the film heads to digital outlets (and disc) today.
WED / July 22
  Build Me Up NEW Reality HGTV, 9p
Corporate Trailer Comedy Comedy Central 10:30p
  Fear City: New York vs The Mafia NEW Reality Netflix
  Happily Ever Altered SPECIAL Reality Lifetime, 10p
  Love on the Spectrum NEW Reality Netflix
  Norsemen Foreign/Comedy Netflix
  Secrets of the Bull Shark SPECIAL Reality Nat Geo, 10p
  Signs NEW Foreign/Drama Netflix
THU / July 23
  Bringing Up Bates Reality UP, 9p
  The Larva Island Movie MOVIE Animation/Family Netflix
Lost Resort NEW Trailer Reality TBS, 10p
  Most Wanted Sharks SPECIAL Reality Nat Geo, 10p
  My Pregnant Husband SPECIAL Reality TLC, 10p
  Tacoma FD Comedy truTV, 10p
Tig n' Seek NEW Animation/Family HBO Max
FRI / July 24
  50 Shades of Sharks SPECIAL Reality Nat Geo, 10p
Amulet MOVIE Trailer Horror/Thriller ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
Animal Crackers MOVIE Animation/Family Netflix
  Days of the Whale MOVIE Foreign/Drama ($) Virtual theaters
  Dragons: Rescue Riders: Secrets of the Songwing SPECIAL Animation/Family Netflix
  French Biryani MOVIE Foreign/Drama Prime Video
Jim Gaffigan: The Pale Tourist SPECIAL Comedy special Prime Video
The Kissing Booth 2 MOVIE Rom-com Netflix
  Offering to the Storm (Ofrenda a la tormenta) MOVIE Foreign/Thriller Netflix
Radioactive MOVIE Drama Prime Video
Rosamund Pike and Sam Riley star as Marie and Pierre Curie in a biopic about the two Nobel Prize-winning scientists that failed to impress critics on the festival circuit last fall. Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) directs the adaptation of Lauren Redniss’s award-winning graphic novel.
  Raven About Bunk'd SPECIAL Comedy Disney, 8p
The Rental MOVIE Trailer Horror/Thriller ($) Rent (Digital/VOD)
Dave Franco makes his directorial debut with a thriller about two couples on an oceanside getaway that takes a turn for the worse. Alison Brie, Dan Stevens, Jeremy Allen White, and Sheila Vand star.
Retaliation MOVIE Trailer Drama/Thriller ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
  Rogue Trip NEW Reality Disney+
Room 104 Trailer Drama/Anthology HBO 11p
The final season of the anthology series from the Duplass brothers features Ron Funches, Erinn Hayes, Jillian Bell, Linda Lavin, Kevin Nealon, Dave Bautista, Melissa Fumero, and more.
  Sing On! Spain NEW Reality competition Netflix
SAT / July 25
  Pit Bulls & Parolees Reality Animal Planet, 9p
  Stalked by My Husband's Ex MOVIE Drama Lifetime, 8p
SUN / July 26
Helter Skelter MINISERIES Reality Epix, 10p
Rescheduled from June 2020.
  Love in Harmony Valley MOVIE Drama UP, 7p
  Raging Bull Shark SPECIAL Reality Nat Geo, 8p
Wynonna Earp Trailer Drama Syfy, 10p
The delayed fourth season of Syfy's supernatural series is finally here—though only in part. Thanks to a pandemic-induced production shutdown, the unfilmed second half of the season won't air for quite some time (likely not until 2021).
MON / July 27
  Bad Ideas With Adam Devine NEW Reality Quibi
  Don't Look Deeper NEW Sci-fi/Drama Quibi
  Into the Unknown NEW Reality Travel, 11p
  Rebecka Martinsson Trailer Foreign/Drama Acorn TV
  Sharks of the Bermuda Triangle SPECIAL Reality Nat Geo, 10p
TUE / July 28
  City Dreamers MOVIE Trailer Documentary ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
  Deep Blue Sea 3 MOVIE Trailer Action/Thriller ($) Buy (Digital)
  Last Chance U: Laney Sports/Reality Netflix
  InstaBand MOVIE Trailer Documentary/Music ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
Legacy of Lies MOVIE Trailer Drama/Thriller ($) Buy (Digital)
Maxxx NEW Comedy Hulu
Rescheduled from June. Six-part British comedy series stars O-T Fagbenle (The Handmaid's Tale) as a former boy band star attempting to revive his music career as an adult, while Christopher Meloni plays his manager. Fagbenle also wrote and co-directed the series. All six episodes stream today.
  Nose to Tail MOVIE Drama ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
  Shark vs. Whale SPECIAL Reality Nat Geo, 10p
  Stockton on My Mind MOVIE Documentary HBO 6p
WED / July 29
  Again Once Again MOVIE Foreign/Drama MUBI
  The Hater MOVIE Foreign/Drama Netflix
  Inside the World's Toughest Prisons Reality Netflix
  The Speed Cubers MOVIE Trailer Documentary short Netflix
  The Weight of Gold MOVIE Documentary/Sports HBO 9p
  What the Shark? SPECIAL Reality Nat Geo, 10p
THU / July 30
The Dog House NEW Reality HBO Max
Frayed NEW Comedy HBO Max
The 1989-set comedy, a British/Australian co-production, makes its U.S. debut on the streaming service.
  Idiomatic Foreign/Drama Sundance Now
In My Skin NEW Comedy Hulu
Rescheduled from June. The acclaimed Welsh coming-of-age comedy, which follows a teen (Gabrielle Creevy) who attempts to live a normal life while hiding her father's alcoholism and mother's mental health issues, makes its USA debut on Hulu after airing in the UK in the spring.
  In Search of Darkness MOVIE Trailer Documentary Shudder
  Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy NEW Anime Netflix
FRI / July 31
  Black Is King SPECIAL Trailer Music Disney+
Beyoncé's new "visual album" features music from her recent Disney soundtrack album The Lion King: The Gift.
  Get Even NEW Drama Netflix
  Latte and the Magic Waterstone MOVIE Animation/Family Netflix
  Locked Up: El Oasis NEW Foreign/Drama Netflix
Muppets Now NEW Trailer Family/Comedy DIsney+
The first new Muppets title for Disney's streaming service is a six-episode, short-form "unscripted" series featuring classic Muppets characters. Non-Muppet guest stars include Aubrey Plaza, RuPaul, Linda Cardellini, and Seth Rogen (who, admittedly, might be part Muppet).
  Seriously Single MOVIE Rom-com Netflix
  Sugar Rush Reality competition Netflix
  Summerland MOVIE Trailer Drama ($) Rent (Digital)
The WWII-set debut film from award-winning playwright and stage director Jessica Swale (Nell Gwynn) stars Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Courtenay, and Penelope Wilton.
The Umbrella Academy Trailer Drama/Sci-fi Netflix
  Upside-Down Magic MOVIE Trailer Adventure/Family Disney, 8p
  The Wrong Stepfather MOVIE Drama LMN, 8p

August premieres

SAT / August 1
  The Go-Go's MOVIE Trailer Documentary/Music Showtime 9p
SUN / August 2
Fridge Wars NEW Reality competition CW 9p
  The Real Housewives of Potomac Reality Bravo, 9p
  Shark vs. Surfer SPECIAL Reality Nat Geo, 8p
Taskmaster NEW Game show CW 8p
TUE / August 4
  Backyard Envy Reality Bravo, 10p
  Extreme Unboxing NEW Trailer Reality A&E, 10p
  The Resistance Fighter MOVIE Foreign/Drama/Thriller ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
  What's It Worth? NEW Trailer Reality A&E, 9p
WED / August 5
Coroner NEW Drama CW 9p
American debut of the first two seasons of the Canadian drama series.
  Marrying Millions Reality Lifetime, 10p
THU / August 6
An American Pickle MOVIE Trailer Comedy HBO Max
A late addition to the streaming service (HBO Max acquired the film from Sony when its theatrical release was delayed due to the coronavirus crisis), this film adaptation of Simon Rich's story stars Seth Rogen as an immigrant factory worker in 1920s America who accidentally falls into a vat of pickles at his job—and remains there, in stasis, for 100 years, eventually awakening in present-day Brooklyn. There, his only surviving relative is a nerdy great-grandson, played by Rogen again.
  Christina on the Coast Reality HGTV, 9p
  The Rain Trailer Foreign/Drama Netflix
Star Trek: Lower Decks NEW Animation/Comedy/Sci-fi CBS All Access
CBS All Access expands its growing Star Trek universe with the first animated series in the franchise in 46 years. Lower Decks comes from Rick and Morty writer Mike McMahan (who also co-created Hulu's just-debuted Solar Opposites) and centers on a group of low-ranking crew members aboard one of Starfleet's least-important ships, the U.S.S. Cerritos. (It's a comedy, in case you were wondering.) The voice cast includes Noel Wells, Jerry O'Connell, Tawny Newsome, Eugene Cordero, Dawnn Lewis, and Jack Quaid. A second season has already been ordered.
Upright NEW Drama Sundance Now
Musician/actor/comic Tim Minchin stars in this acclaimed, 8-episode Australian road-trip drama, which makes its American debut on Sundance's streaming service.
FRI / August 7
Being Reuben NEW Reality CW 9p
  Black Water: Abyss MOVIE Trailer Horror/Thriller ($) Rent (Digital/VOD)
  I Used to Go Here MOVIE Comedy ($) Rent (Digital/VOD)
  Made in Italy MOVIE Trailer Drama ($) Rent (Digital/VOD)
James D'Arcy directs Liam Neeson in a feel-good family drama in which he stars as a father who has absolutely none of his family members taken hostage. Instead, he attempts to reforge a connection with his estranged son (Neeson's real-life son Micheál Richardson) as they rehab an aging villa in Tuscany.
  Max Reload and the Nether Blasters MOVIE Trailer Sci-fi/Comedy ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
  Paydirt MOVIE Trailer Action/Thriller ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
Psychomagic, A Healing Art MOVIE Trailer Documentary ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
  Selling Sunset Reality Netflix
  The Tax Collector MOVIE Trailer Drama/Thriller ($) Rent (Digital/VOD)
David Ayer's crime thriller stars Shia LaBeouf and Bobby Soto.
Waiting for the Barbarians MOVIE Trailer Drama ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
Set in the unnamed frontier colony of an unnamed empire in an unnamed year, when a rumor of an impending attack by the indigenous people (called "barbarians" by the colonists) triggers a state of emergency, the allegorical, English-language debut for Italian director Ciro Guerra (Embrace of the Serpent) stars Johnny Depp, Mark Rylance, and Robert Pattinson. It's an adaptation of J. M. Coetzee's award-winning 1980 novel (scripted by Coetzee himself), and it's not exactly an easy work to translate to the screen—hence no attempts prior to now. Does Guerra pull it off? Not quite, according to critics who screened the film last fall on the festival circuit.
SUN / August 9
  Endeavour Drama PBS 9p
  License to Kill Reality Oxygen, 6p
We Hunt Together NEW Drama Showtime 10p
The six-part, BBC-produced crime thriller makes its American debut.
  YOLO: Crystal Fantasy NEW Trailer Animation/Comedy Adult Swim, midnight
MON / August 10
  10 Things You Don't Know NEW Reality E!, 10p
TUE / August 11
  Gutterbug MOVIE Trailer Drama ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
  Hard Knocks: Los Angeles Sports/Reality HBO 10p
Both the Rams and the Chargers will be featured this season.
I Am Vengeance: Retaliation MOVIE Trailer Action/Thriller ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
  Valley of the Gods MOVIE Drama ($) Buy (Digital)
John Malkovich stars as the world's richest man (opposite Josh Hartnett as his biographer) in this stylized drama from Lech Majewski (The Garden of Earthly Delights).
FRI / August 14
Boys State MOVIE Trailer Documentary Apple TV+
This Sundance-winning documentary from Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss, the team behind 2014’s The Overnighters, follows four out of a thousand 17-year-old boys that gather every year in Austin for Texas Boys State, where they are tasked with building a two-party government from the ground up. Things go about as smoothly for the teenagers as they do for their adult counterparts in our actual government.
  The Great Heist NEW Foreign/Drama Netflix
  The Silencing MOVIE Trailer Thriller ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
Ted Lasso NEW Comedy Apple TV+
Jason Sudeikis stars as a little-known American college football coach who lands a surprising new job—as coach of a professional football (make that soccer) team in England, despite no previous soccer experience—in an Apple comedy series co-created by Sudeikis and Bill Lawrence (Scrubs). It's the same character that Sudeikis first portrayed in a series of NBC Sports promotional videos beginning in 2013.
  World's Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji NEW Trailer Reality competition Prime Video
SUN / August 16
  The Circus News/Talk Showtime 8p
  Darcey & Stacey NEW Reality TLC, 10p
Lovecraft Country NEW Trailer Drama/Horror HBO 9p
Producers Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams join forces for a series adaptation of Matt Ruff's novel of the same name, an allegorical horror tale set in segregated 1950s America where three Black Americans on a road trip to find a missing person must overcome both human racists and Lovecraftian supernatural forces. Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett, Aunjanue Ellis, Jada Harris, Courtney B. Vance, and Michael Kenneth Williams head the cast.
TUE / August 18
Dead Pixels NEW Comedy CW 8p
American debut of UK series. Two episodes air back-to-back.
THU / August 20
  John Was Trying to Contact Aliens MOVIE Documentary short Netflix
FRI / August 21
Chemical Hearts MOVIE Drama Prime Video
Lucifer Drama Netflix
The One and Only Ivan MOVIE Adventure/Animation/Family Disney+
SUN / August 23
  Superman: Man of Tomorrow MOVIE Animation/Action ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
TUE / August 25
  One Night in Bangkok MOVIE Trailer Action/Thriller ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
FRI / August 28
  Centigrade MOVIE Drama/Thriller ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
  Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe MOVIE Animation/Family Disney+
SUN / August 30
  2020 MTV VMAs SPECIAL Music/Live event MTV, tbd
Love Fraud MINISERIES Trailer Reality Showtime 9p
Rescheduled from May 2020.

Fall premieres

TUE / September 1
Children of the Sea MOVIE Trailer Animation/Family ($) Buy (Digital)
FRI / September 4
The Boys Drama Prime Video
Three episodes stream today, and one additional new episode will be added each Friday through October 9.
I'm Thinking of Ending Things MOVIE Drama/Thriller Netflix
The first film from writer-director Charlie Kaufman since 2015's Anomalisa is an adaptation of Iain Reid's novel starring Jessie Buckley, Jesse Plemons, Toni Collette, and David Thewlis.
  Measure for Measure MOVIE Drama ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
SUN / September 6
  Undercover Foreign/Drama Netflix
THU / September 10
  NFL Kickoff 2020 (NBC Sunday Night Football) Sports/Live event NBC 8:20p ET
MON / September 14
  Monday Night Football Sports/Live event ESPN, 7:15p ET
WED / September 16
  Academy of Country Music Awards SPECIAL Music/Live event CBS 8p
Rescheduled from April and moved to Nashville. Keith Urban hosts.
SUN / September 20
  72nd Primetime Emmy Awards SPECIAL Live event ABC 8p ET
Will this be the first awards ceremony hosted from Jimmy Kimmel's linen closet? Only time will tell.
FRI / September 25
  Secret Society of Second Born Royals MOVIE Trailer Comedy/Adventure/Family Disney+
SUN / September 27
The Comey Rule MINISERIES Drama Showtime 9p
Jeff Daniels stars as former FBI director James Comey in a two-part, four-hour miniseries that recounts the events preceding and following the 2016 election as recounted in Comey's memoir, A Higher Loyalty. Billy Ray (Shattered Glass) writes and directs a cast that also includes Brendan Gleeson as Donald Trump, Peter Coyote as Robert Mueller, Michael Kelly as Andrew McCabe, Holly Hunter as Sally Yates, William Sadler as Michael Flynn, Jonathan Banks as James Clapper, Joe Lo Truglio as Jeff Sessions, and Scoot McNairy as Rod Rosenstein. Part two airs tomorrow at the same time.
TUE / September 29
  Presidential Debate SPECIAL Live event tbd, 9p ET
The two remaining candidates battle to become the final president of the United States.
SUN / October 4
Britannia Drama/Fantasy Epix, 9p
The historical fantasy series moves from Amazon's Prime Video to Epix for its second season.
The Comedy Store MINISERIES Documentary Showtime 10p
Five-part series examines the history of the famed Los Angeles comedy club.
The Good Lord Bird MINISERIES Trailer Drama Showtime 9p
Reschuled from spring and then summer. Albert Hughes (replacing Anthony Hemingway, who left the project due to scheduling conflicts) directs this delayed eight-episode adaptation of the award-winning novel by James McBride about 19th century abolitionist John Brown, played by Ethan Hawke. Daveed Diggs (playing Frederick Douglass), Lodge 49's Wyatt Russell, David Morse, Steve Zahn, Orlando Jones, and Ellar Coltrane also star.
WED / October 7
  Vice Presidential Debate SPECIAL Live event tbd, 9p ET
WED / October 14
  2020 CMT Music Awards SPECIAL Live event CMT, tbd
Rescheduled from July.
THU / October 15
  Presidential Debate SPECIAL Live event tbd, 9p ET
TUE / October 20
  The Mothman Legacy MOVIE Documentary ($) Rent/Buy (Digital)
THU / October 22
  Presidential Debate SPECIAL Live event tbd, 9p ET
SAT / November 7
  2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony SPECIAL Live event/Music HBO 8p ET
Rescheduled from May.
SUN / November 15
  2020 People's Choice Awards SPECIAL Live event E!, 9p
  The Reagans MINISERIES Documentary Showtime 8p
Matt Tyrnauer (Where's My Roy Cohn?) directs a four-part look at Ronald and Nancy Reagan.
SUN / November 22
  Belushi MOVIE Documentary Showtime 9p

2021 premieres

SUN / January 31, 2021
  63rd Annual Grammy Awards SPECIAL Music/Live event CBS 8p ET
SUN / February 7
  Super Bowl LV SPECIAL Sports/Live event CBS tbd
SUN / February 28
  93rd Annual Golden Globe Awards SPECIAL Live event NBC tbd
SUN / March 7
  2021 Critics Choice Awards SPECIAL Live event CW tbd
Rescheduled from January.
SUN / March 14
  27th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards SPECIAL Live event tbd
Rescheduled from January.
SAT / April 24
  Film Independent Spirit Awards SPECIAL Live event tbd
Rescheduled from February.
SUN / April 25
  93rd Annual Academy Awards SPECIAL Live event ABC tbd
Rescheduled from February.
FRI / July 23
  2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony SPECIAL Live event NBC tbd
Rescheduled from 2020.

2022 premieres

SUN / February 27, 2022
  94th Annual Academy Awards SPECIAL Live event ABC tbd

 

 

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