TV June 26 to July 2: Queer as Folk, Westworld, The Chi, Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness, Only Murders in the Building, Baymax, Beauty, The Upshaws, Stranger Things, The Princess, Terminal List

Good day. Might be updates, although this is a pretty commanding list of new TV for a week. Have a thoughtful Canada Day.

Sunday June 26

Queer as Folk (series premiere 8pmCT/9ET Showcase, after June 9 premiere on Peacock in the U.S.) “Based on the groundbreaking British drama series created by Russell T. Davies, “Queer as Folk” is a bold and visionary reimagining for a whole new generation. Created, written and executive produced by Stephen Dunn, this resonant, affirming and authentic new take follows a diverse group of friends in New Orleans as they navigate life, love and relationships in the wake of an unimaginable tragedy that rocks their community.”

Westworld (Season 4 premiere 10pmCT/101ET HBO Crave app) “HBO’s Emmy®-winning drama series WESTWORLD returns for its eight-episode fourth season, Sunday, June 26 at 9 p.m. ET. The one-hour drama is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness, and the birth of a new form of life on Earth. Season 3 took the A.I. uprising out of the robotic theme parks and into the real world, where android Dolores found herself in the crosshairs of Rehoboam, the world’s most advanced A.I., secretly in place to impose order on human affairs by careful manipulation and prediction of the future. Returning cast includes Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Luke Hemsworth, Aaron Paul, and Angela Sarafyan. The series follows a weekly release schedule with new episodes dropping Sundays at 9 p.m. ET”

The Chi (Season 5 premiere 10pmCT/11ET Crave Crave app)

Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness (two-part, two night doc series PBS 8pmCT/9ET) “Follow the journeys of more than 20 young Americans from all over the country and all walks of life, who have struggled with thoughts and feelings that have troubled—and, at times—overwhelmed them. Hiding in Plain Sight presents an unstinting look at both the seemingly insurmountable obstacles faced by those who live with mental disorders and the hope that many have found after that storm.”

Tuesday June 28

Only Murders in the Building (Season 2 premiere Disney+) “Following the shocking death of Arconia Board President Bunny Folger, Charles (Steve Martin, “Father Of The Bride”), Oliver (Martin Short, The Morning Show) & Mabel (Selena Gomez, “The Dead Don’t Die”), race to unmask her killer. However, three (unfortunate) complications ensue – the trio is publicly implicated in Bunny’s homicide, they are now the subjects of a competing podcast, and they have to deal with a bunch of New York neighbors who all think they committed murder.”

Baymax (animated series premiere Disney+) “the all-new series of healthcare capers returns to the fantastical city of San Fransokyo where the affable, inflatable, inimitable healthcare companion robot, Baymax, sets out to do what he was programmed to do: help others. “I thought it would be fun to do a Disney+ series with Baymax interacting with normal folks,” said series creator Don Hall, who helmed 2014’s Oscar®-winning film “Big Hero 6.” “In each of our six episodes, Baymax just wants to help someone—and a lot of times they don’t want to be helped. He sets out to fix a physical issue that he’s identified, and in the process, gets to a deeper, more emotional place and can be almost transformative in that role.””

Wednesday June 29

Beauty (movie premiere Netflix) “A young singer on the brink of a promising career finds herself torn between a domineering family, industry pressures and her love for her girlfriend. Starring:Gracie Marie Bradley, Aleyse Shannon, Niecy Nash.”

The Upshaws (Season 2 premiere Netflix) “A working-class Black family in Indiana strives for a better life and a happy home while juggling everyday struggles in this comedy series. Starring:Mike Epps, Wanda Sykes, Kim Fields. Creators: Regina Y. Hicks, Wanda Sykes.”

Friday July 1

Stranger Things (Season 4.5 premiere Netflix)

The Princess (movie premieres Disney+) “When a beautiful, strong-willed princess refuses to wed the cruel sociopath to whom she is betrothed, she is kidnapped and locked in a remote tower of her father’s castle. With her scorned, vindictive suitor intent on taking her father’s throne, the princess must protect her family and save the kingdom. The film stars Joey King, Dominic Cooper (“Preacher”), Olga Kurylenko (“Black Widow”) and Veronica Ngo (“The Old Guard”). “The Princess” is directed by Le-Van Kiet, written by Ben Lustig (“The Thirst”) & Jake Thornton (“Final Fantasy”) and produced by Neal H. Moritz (the “Fast and Furious” franchise), Toby Jaffe (“Total Recall”) and Derek Kolstad (“John Wick”), with Joey King and Guy Riedel serving as executive producers.”

Terminal List (series premiere Prime Video) “Lt. Commander James Reece turns to vengeance as he investigates the mysterious forces behind the murder of his entire platoon. Free from the military’s command structure, Reece applies the lessons he’s learned from nearly two decades of warfare to hunt down the people responsible. Starring Chris Pratt, Constance Wu, Taylor Kitsch

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Thank you so much for reading this far. So, what is d2tv? Glad you asked. There is so much great TV right now, but too much to easily keep track of. So this blog is me sharing my lifelong habit of tracking TV in general, but premieres in particular — series and seasons and one-offs on Canadian broadcast, cable and streaming. And since I’m doing it for myself, I share it here with you, every Sunday. So thanks, fellow traveller, for stopping by. If you want this sent to your email inbox instead, shoot me an email or join the 50! others who subscribe (free, no strings) by typing your email into the box at the bottom of d2tv.wordpress.com, where it reads: “Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.” Who am I, Denise Duguay? Been writing about TV since 1986 or so at the Winnipeg Sun, then at the Montreal Gazette, currently at the Winnipeg Free Press and of course here, for myself and YOU! You might want to know – no judgement – I hate and mostly ignore “non-scripted” reality programming. (BECAUSE IT’S SO MEAN, THAT’S WHY.)

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