TV shows to watch right now
A new season of ‘Queer Eye,’ the return of ‘Claws’ and more to stream
We saw a lot of good stuff and we talked to a lot of well-versed fans at the recent ATX Television Festival. This list of shows to watch right now is brought to you by that research and in honor of the hot weather that makes being indoors pretty desirable.
“Claws”: Niecy Nash (“Reno 911!”) was born to play Desna, the owner of a nail salon in Florida who, along with her crew of besties, is in deep with various arms of the local underworld. Come for the trashy, only-in-Florida shenanigans, stay for the heart and humor. If that’s not enough, a Russian lifestyle guru/crime lord and a “Magic Mike”-inspired side project promise to take our story even more over the top. (Season two is airing Sundays on TNT; stream season one on demand) — Sharon Chapman
“Queer Eye”: Yes! We are here for the second season of this revival, and we have plenty of tissues because you know there will be tears of joy. The Fab Five are lights in the world we need as much as the guys they’re making over and the lives they’re helping to change. (Season two arrives Friday, June 15, on Netflix) — S.C.
“One Day at A Time”: One of the best of the recent crop of rebooted shows. This one is updated to be the story of a single Latina mom (Justina Machado) raising her two kids with the help of her mother (Rita Moreno). The panel for this show at ATX Fest drew one of the biggest crowds of the weekend. (Two seasons now on Netflix; season three coming in 2019) — S.C.
“The Affair”: Season four premieres Sunday night with at least half of our protagonists relocated to the West Coast. Will they stay there? No spoilers, except the theme this year seems to be “forgiveness,” and a new mystery sure to dominate is set up in the first seconds. (8 p.m. Sundays on Showtime, catch up on demand) — S.C.
“Sharp Objects”: This limited series comes with a star-studded pedigree: It’s adapted from the novel by Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”) by Flynn and Marti Noxon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), stars Amy Adams (“Arrival”) and is directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (“Big Little Lies”). Need more reason to watch? In the first episode, Patricia Clarkson swans about in a peignoir and heels, drinking an amaretto sour and helping set the tone for what is going to be our creepy, dark summer obsession. (Premieres July 8 on HBO) — Emily Quigley
“Castle Rock”: This series is based not on a specific Stephen King novel but on his literary canon; co-creators Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason said at ATX Fest that the master of horror has seen first episode and was yelling “Don’t go in there!” at his TV, so that seems like a ringing endorsement. Stars Andre Holland (“Moonlight”), Terry O’Quinn (“Lost”), and two actors who are no strangers to King’s work: Bill Skarsgård (2017’s “IT”) and Sissy Spacek (the original and best “Carrie”). (Premieres July 25 on Hulu) — E.Q.
“American Vandal”: If you haven’t already watched this true crime mockumentary, you don’t know what you’re missing. It’s a satire as well as an homage to the likes of “Making a Murderer” and “Serial,” but also a strangely affecting look at high school life. (Now on Netflix) — E.Q.
“Queen Sugar”: Set in New Orleans and the fictional small town St. Josephine, the story revolves around the Bordelon family and three estranged siblings who are reunited after the death of their father. The adult siblings (Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Rutina Wesley and Kofi Siriboe) struggle to save the family farm and launch a sugar mill in the town, while the show explores themes of race, gender and politics. Ava DuVernay created the series based on the book by Natalie Baszile and early on decided to use only female directors. Austin indie film scene standout Kat Candler is now showrunner. (Now in season three, new episodes premiere at 9 p.m. Wednesdays on OWN) — Deborah Sengupta Stith
“The Bold Type”: I have not yet watched this show about three 20-something friends navigating the publishing world, romance and life in general. But three different people raved about it while we stood in line for various events at the TV fest. One Chicago attendee, who impressed with her insights into “Westworld” and “Killing Eve,” said it’s her favorite right now. (Season two airing now on Freeform, with the first season on demand) —S.C.
Also recommended by TV fans at the fest: “Enlightened” (HBO); “Best Friends Forever” (NBC); “The Thick of It” (BBC); “The Leftovers” (HBO); “Jack Ryan” (Amazon, coming this summer); “The Staircase” (Netflix); and “Halt and Catch Fire” (AMC).
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