Where do you even begin the task of scouting for new TV shows? Streaming platforms and limited series have undoubtedly contributed to this resurgence of quality and gripping TV series. Here are some shows to watch out for in July.
The Umbrella Academy (Season 2, 31st)
The Umbrella Academy burst onto the scene last year, proving that Netflix didn’t need Marvel to produce a compelling superhero drama. You can make an argument that the Umbrella Academy kickstarted this alternative superhero trend that can successfully stand against the powerhouses of Marvel and DC. Centring on the dysfunctional Hargreeves family, the first season of the show concluded with the siblings failing to stop the apocalypse and make the bold decision to travel back to the past to change their future. So, what can we expect from season 2? Honestly, it could be anything and everything. The unpredictability of our characters keeps viewers guessing from the getgo. The fallout of the first season left a lot of unanswered questions and lingering tension, but the core of the show has always been the Hargreeves siblings. They’ve proven that as dysfunctional as they are, they’re stronger together, but the threat Vanya poses still lingers and the ripple effect of time travel veers us into the unknown. Can the Hargreeves truly succeed in stopping the apocalypse? Who knows, but there’ll be plenty of surprises along the way.
There’s always a sense of trepidation when a new Arthurian based adaptation hits the screens. However, they always demand attention and the choice to focus on Nimue’s journey gives this show an edge that separates itself from other adaptations. Nimue’s legend is tied to the fate of the Lady of the Lake, and it’s inevitable that King Arthur has his own part in this tale. The stellar cast already gives this show an edge with rising star Katherine Langford taking the lead and the brilliant Gustaf Skarsgård as the legendary wizard, Merlin. The show is based on the novel of the same name, which will be released a week prior. Cursed is shaping up to be a compelling coming-of-age drama set in the rich world built on the Arthurian legends.
Warrior Nun (2nd)
A society of Warrior Nun’s caught in the middle of a war between good and evil. Sold. This will undoubtedly be a love it or hate it kind of show, but who doesn’t want to follow a group of young adults as they navigate the mundane conflicts of life within their warrior nun persona? Looks like there could be a lot of interesting dynamics to follow and challenges ahead for this group of warriors.
Ju-On: Origins (3rd)
If anyone has seen the Grudge horror film, you’ll know that it messes with your head and will give you nightmares for years to come. The film came at a time when Japanese horror films were subjected to several western remakes, revitalising horror films. However, this show treats us to a refreshing and original take on this infamous horror franchise, takes us back to the very beginning of this tale exploring the horrific events that serve as the catalyst of this notoriously terrifying horror story.