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The 10 Most Anticipated TV Premieres in August
Breaking through in a Peak TV world of more than 500 scripted originals is a challenging task. That's why top showrunners and stars continue to be in high demand as broadcast, cable and streaming platforms look to cut through the cluttered landscape with familiar faces. Spinoffs and reboots are also in high demand, as most come with a pre-existing viewership that reduces costs associated with marketing and promotion.
Here, in a bid to navigate the Peak TV waters, THR picks the 10 most anticipated new and returning shows every month. (Bookmark THR's handy guide for key premiere — and series finale — dates.) Here are some of the can't-miss premieres for August.
The Sinner (USA Network, Aug. 1)
USA Network, you had us at "Carrie Coon." Season two of the anthology from exec producer Jessica Biel returns with Bill Pullman reprising his role as Detective Harry Ambrose, who takes on a new case surrounding a cult led by the mysterious Vera (The Leftovers' Coon).
Better Call Saul (AMC, Aug. 6)
The Breaking Bad prequel is inching closer to the flagship in its upcoming fourth season. The drama from Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould will introduce the character of Lalo (played by Sens8's Tony Dalton), who was referenced in a season two episode of the flagship that introduced the world to Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk). "You are going to meet people who are referenced in Breaking Bad but you've never met," Odenkirk said at Comic-Con.
Insatiable (Netflix, Aug. 10)
No other show on this list has the kind of pre-air controversy surrounding it like Netflix dramedy Insatiable. Originally developed last year at The CW but picked up to series at Netflix, former Disney Channel star Debby Ryan stars as Patty, a chubby high school student who is punched in the face and forced to have her jaw wired shut. After she loses a considerable amount of weight, she decides to seek revenge on those who bullied her. Originally developed for The CW, critics on social media have called the show's premise fatphobic, with a petition (signed by nearly 200,000) calling on Netflix to kill the show. Meanwhile, series creator Lauren Gussis said the series is based on her own experience as a teenager with an eating disorder as other stars, including Ryan and Alyssa Milano, encourage viewers to give the series a chance before they judge it.
Ballers (HBO, Aug. 12)
The Dwayne Johnson football comedy returns for its fourth season on HBO, where it ranks as the premium cable network's most-watched half-hour. In season four, Spencer (Johnson) looks to expand his foothold in the client-management business, possibly buying an extreme-sports L.A. outfit.
Get Shorty (Epix, Aug. 12)
Based on the feature of the same name and Elmore Leonard novel, the dark comedy starring Ray Romano and Chris O'Dowd returns to the premium cable network, which is refining its programming under new exec Michael Wright.
Insecure (HBO, Aug. 12)
Season three of the comedy sees Issa (star Issa Rae) attempt to navigate her complicated relationship with Daniel, a childhood friend and on-again-off-again fling who wants to take his music career to the next level.
Fear the Walking Dead (AMC, Aug. 12)
The Walking Dead spinoff returns for the second half of its rebooted fourth season after its shocking — and controversial — decision to kill off leading lady Madison (star Kim Dickens).
Disenchantment (Netflix, Aug. 17)
The Simpsons and Futurama mastermind Matt Groening makes his streaming debut with the new animated series. The comedy, featuring a voice cast of Abbi Jacobson, Nat Faxon and Eric Andre, takes place in a crumbling medieval kingdom called Dreamland. The series follows the misadventures of hard-drinking young princess Bean, her feisty elf companion Elfo and her personal demon Luci. Along the way, the trio will encounter ogres, sprites, harpies, imps, trolls, walruses and more of what Netflix called "human fools."
Jack Ryan (Amazon, Aug. 31)
Years after getting a series pickup, Amazon officially unspools its take on Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan. The Office grad John Krasinski returns to the small screen as the CIA investigator in the drama, which has already been renewed for a second season at the retailer/streamer.
Ozark (Netflix, Aug. 31)
Netflix's breakout drama Ozark returns for its second season. Janet McTeer joins the cast of the drama about a financial planner (Jason Bateman) and his wife (Laura Linney) and their connections to the mob. McTeer plays an attorney with ties to the cartel who becomes a threat to the Byrdes.