In the era of late-period streaming, the concept of summer TV has mostly been eliminated. A period for reruns, off-season network experiments, and game shows used to be linked with the season; it was an opportunity for schedulers and fans to take their collective breath before fall TV swept in with its dazzling premieres.
Peak TV has knocked the hype cycle off its axis, with highly anticipated series returns and breathlessly marketed new shows popping up at all times of the year on both network and streaming services.
Several highly anticipated series is returning in 2022, including Better Call Saul and Only Murders in the Building, as well as two brand-new shows that have been widely publicized in the years leading up to their debuts (Stranger Things and Better Call Saul’s final season) (Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon and Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power).
It’s safe to say that this summer will be jam-packed, just on the names alone. It’s a blockbuster season in TV Land with the return of returning favorites like For All Mankind, Reservation Dogs, and What We Do in the Shadows and numerous stand-up specials, and a few exciting new Marvel shows. Is it going to be a great show? It’s a resounding no. However, will we be hooked to our monitors to find out for ourselves? Absolutely. Here’s what we’re keeping an eye on.
Borgen Season 4
Power & Glory will make its long-awaited comeback to Netflix for a fourth season after an absence of nearly a decade with the tagline “the thinking woman’s Danish West Wing, but better.”
In 2022, we shall be crushed in new and varied ways as a result of watching a fictional show about the inner workings of a Scandinavian government. What exactly is going on in Greenland? What does it even look like to establish a government coalition of moderates in this day and age?
The Boys Season 3
In the teaser for the upcoming third season of The Boys, the main antagonist appears to be in the midst of an existential crisis, which is entirely logical when you think about it. He is experiencing difficulties in his work. His son despises him very much. She found out that his new girlfriend was a real-life Nazi. And now, the vigilantes fighting against Homelander and the other Seven for the past two seasons have leveled up by ingesting V.
This substance gives superpowers, and they are more potent than ever before. It’s likely that Billy Butcher, played by Karl Urban, won’t make responsible use of his red laser eyes, but were we expecting anything different? It would all have been worth it if Homelander and Butcher engaged in a fight with their luminous gazes.
P Valley Season 2
When the first season of P-Valley came to a close, the story arc established across those eight episodes could have been continued independently: A mysterious woman embarks on a new life, where she meets her “family” in the iconic Pynk strip club. She then lends assistance to the club’s patrons in their struggle against a real estate developer’s plans to gentrify their neighborhood.
Katori Hall’s series returns with its characters battling against problems both professional (COVID-19 lockdowns, ambitious new dancers) and personal. The drama continues in Chucalissa, Mississippi (abusive partners, manipulative parents). The essential question is, Will Mercedes Woodbine, played by Brandee Evans, ever get the chance to do her last dance.
Trixie Mattel, one of the greatest stars in drag, joins the Home-Renovation Programming Universe: Motel Division for an eight-episode series focusing on Trixie’s image — that is, retro-glam, a little kitschy, and so very pink — in the rebuilding of an old Palm Springs motel.
While the stakes (We’ll never finish by the arbitrary opening date we’ve chosen!) and setting will be familiar to fans of remodeling shows, Trixie Motel stands out for its segments that focus on Palm Springs’ established gay community, as well as celebrity guest appearances (Nicole Byer, Orville Peck, Dan Levy, Leslie Jordan, Katya) chosen more for their star power than their construction skills. I like how the show moves. A mural is challenging to paint. Love it! Let’s do some mural painting!).
This show, which Olivier Assayas adapted from his 1996 film, is like a meta lasagna in progress. Maggie Cheung played a version of herself who had traveled to France to perform in an adaptation of Louis Feuillade’s 1915 silent-film series Les Vampires, based on a novel. A Hollywoodized version of Alicia Vikander starring in the show. We’ll find out if Vikander can live up to Cheung and if Assayas can live up to himself in the coming weeks.
As soon as Spider-Man met Iron Man, the adolescent years of Tom Holland and Robert Downey Jr. were finished in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For a change of pace, the Ms. Marvel miniseries on Disney+ appears to be about bullies and crushes and high school guidance counselors’ unpleasant advice, which is a refreshing change of pace! Universe.
Teenage Pakistani-American and Muslim actress Iman Vellani play Kamala Khan, who gains superpowers and becomes linked to Captain Marvel, her hero crush. The six-episode miniseries, which appears to be Disney+’s new miniseries length following Moon Knight and Obi-Wan Kenobi, explores whether her cosmic skills and the new title Ms. Marvel will help her figure out her identity or push her further into fantasyland.
Queer As Folk
Remaking the original British series, which initially appeared on Showtime in a soapy 2000s series about Pittsburgh, the second season transfers the action to New Orleans, with a more varied ensemble of gorgeous young actors than any other series.
There’s also a bit of a den mother role for Kim Cattrall. Unlike its predecessors, this season begins with an actual bar shooting based on the Pulse shooting in Orlando, Florida.
For all Mankind Season 3
The time jump takes place in the middle of the 1990s in the alternate history space series that was formerly known as “Moon Show.” Fans of the TV drama Space Dad, regardless of their gender or whether or not they have children, may now celebrate the return of one of the best and most undervalued television shows.
The “untold story” of Elizabeth I will be revealed in Starz’s newest foray into the Tudor era. Elizabeth I has not been portrayed on screen by Cate Blanchett, Margot Robbie, Helen Mirren, Judi Dench, Glenda Jackson, Anne-Marie Duff, Catherine McCormack, Rachel Skarsten, or Lily Cole, among others.
You may expect to see a lot of fighting with swords, four-poster romping, and women giving speeches like “I may be a woman, but I will not be silenced.”
Evil Season 3
After the conclusion of the second season of Evil, which left viewers with the impression that skeptic forensic psychologist Kristen (Katja Herbers) and newly ordained priest David (Mike Colter) were about to consummate their long-simmering attraction, season three picks right back up with an answer to that will-they-or-won’t-they question.
This is the third season of one of the most deliciously crazy television shows, and it features a lot of scary moments, comedic moments set in a dark setting, and Michael Emerson acting the hell out of his scenes.