This humidity is meh. But TV never sleeps. Onward.
Thursday June 10
Starstruck (series premiere Crave) “From comedian Rose Matafeo (Baby Done, Horndog), … the romantic comedy follows Jessie (Matafeo), a millennial living in East London, juggling two dead-end jobs, and navigating the awkward morning-after-the-night-before when she discovers the complications of accidentally sleeping with famous movie star Tom (Nikesh Patel). What she thought would become an amusing anecdote soon turns into something more, as the couple realize they can’t keep away from each other. The ensemble cast also includes Sindhu Vee, Emma Sidi, and Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting). The series is co-written by Matafeo and Alice Snedden.”
Moloch (Sundance Now) “In a labyrinthine industrial seaside town in the north of France, random people spontaneously combust for no reason. Suicide? Murder? Supernatural phenomenon? … To investigate this mystery, Louise (Marine Vacth, Jeune et Jolie), an ambitious and troubled young journalist, joins forces with Gabriel (Olivier Gourmet, Le Fils), a respected psychiatrist who carries the grief of his son’s death. Soon, six fiery letters start to turn up as graffiti on the city walls like a signature adjacent to the deaths: “MOLOCH,” the ancient god of sacrifice. Louise and Gabriel must embark on a terrifying journey to the heart of their own personal hell, in order to get to the truth – at the risk of getting burned themselves.”
Friday June 11
Zenimation (Season 2 premiere Disney+) “features moments from over eight decades of acclaimed films – including scenes from Disney’s first feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs all the way through to the Studios’ latest, anticipated animated film, Raya and the Last Dragon.”
Gossip Girl (Seasons 1-6 Crave) Ready for the reboot? “All six seasons of the hit drama series based on the novels of the same name, GOSSIP GIRL, drop on Friday, June 11. GOSSIP GIRL follows the lives of privileged teenagers on the Upper East Side who can hide no secret from the ruthless blogger who is always watching. The series begins as Manhatten prep school teens learn that Serena van der Woodsen, once the Upper East Side’s most notorious party girl, is back in town. The series gave rise to stars including Blake Lively (Serena van der Woodsen), Leighton Meester (Blair Waldorf), Penn Badgley (Dan Humphrey), Chase Crawford (Nate Archibald), and Ed Westwick (Chuck Bass). The original GOSSIP GIRL comes to Crave in advance of the upcoming GOSSIP GIRL reboot from HBO Max, slated to premiere on Crave later this summer.”
Home Before Dark (Season 2 premiere Apple TV+) “is a dramatic mystery series inspired by the reporting of a young investigative journalist, Hilde Lysiak. Directed and executive produced by Jon M. Chu, the series follows a young girl named Hilde (played by Brooklynn Prince) who moves from the city of Brooklyn to the small lakeside town her father left behind. While there, her dogged pursuit of the truth leads her to unearth a cold case that everyone in town, including her own father, tried hard to bury. In season two, when a mysterious explosion hits a local farm, reporter Hilde Lisko begins an investigation that will lead her to fight a powerful and influential corporation – with the health of her family and Erie Harbor in the balance.”
Wish Dragon (animated movie premiere Netflix) ” a working-class college student with big dreams but small means, and Long, a cynical but all-powerful dragon capable of granting wishes, set off on a hilarious adventure through modern day Shanghai in pursuit of Din’s long-lost childhood friend, Lina. Their journey forces them to answer some of life’s biggest questi”
Flacks (Season 2 premiere Amazon Prime Video) “The series picks up right from the season one finale where Robyn’s (Anna Paquin) work and home life collide catastrophically. Season two centers on Robyn and her colleagues as they try to make the best out of a bad situation while also welcoming guest stars Sam Neill (Jurassic Park and Peaky Blinders), Daniel Dae Kim (Lost, Hawaii 5.0), Martha Plimpton (The Good Wife), and Jane Horrocks (Absolutely Fabulous).”
Clarkson’s Farm (series premiere Amazon Prime Video) “Join Jeremy Clarkson on his latest harebrained scheme: owning and managing a farm! The Grand Tour presenter swaps supercars for tractors in what’s sure to be a complete farming success! Or maybe not…”
Betty (Season 2 premiere Crave 10pmCT/11ET, Crave app) “The series follows five young women on journeys of self-discovery against the backdrop of New York City’s male-dominated skateboarding scene. In Season 2, the five protagonists are stepping firmly into womanhood and tackling all the challenges it brings. As they navigate the pressures of adulthood, their male counterparts start to step up, step in, and become true allies, forming a united front for the greater good. Set in the last chapter of 2020, the season captures the late summer and early fall COVID-19 months in New York City, where masks and outside activities are the norm. ”
Lupin (Season 2 premieres on Netflix) If you haven’t already watched the first five-episode season of this French series, you should probably do a few yoga stretches first so you don’t suffer a serious injury kicking yourself later. Omar Sy (Intouchables) stars as Assane Diop, a gentleman thief who wants revenge. One generation of his family has been shredded and another is in peril in Season 2. Go. GO!
Skater Girl (Indian movie premiere Netflix) “When a teen in rural India discovers a life-changing passion for skateboarding, she faces a rough road as she follows her dream to compete.”
Saturday June 12
Hallmark’s Summer Nights series: The Baker’s Son (8pmCT/9ET W Network) You don’t need a story line. There will be flour, there will be love. A perfect confection. You’re welcome.
See you Sunday.