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The Tale

 The 30 Hottest TV Shows of Summer 2018

Premiere: May 26th on HBO

Arguably the most anticipated film to emerge from the 2018 Sundance Film Festival is one that didn’t land with either a major studio, like Disney, or a smaller darling, like A24. Instead, The Tale — the first narrative feature from documentarian Jennifer Fox, here serving as both writer and director — walked away holding hands with the folks at Home Box Office. Based on Fox’s own experiences, The Tale centers on a documentarian named Jennifer Fox (Laura Dern), whose mother (Ellen Burstyn) finds a story Jennifer wrote at age 13. It’s a story that prompts Jennifer to reexamine her own memories of her earliest sexual experiences. Fox’s film, deeply personal in its nature, uses narrative and formal daring to get closer and closer to the truth of her own past, and in doing so, looks at the stories we tell ourselves to survive. There are flashier titles on this list, but The Tale seems the likeliest to dominate conversation — artistically, culturally, personally, politically, socially. It may not be an easy watch, but it’s sure to be an important one. Consider this not to be missed. –Allison Shoemaker

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The Break with Michelle Wolf

Michelle Wolf

Premiere: May 27th on Netflix

Fresh off of her hilarious and pointed set at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, comedian Michelle Wolf will be taking on the news and everything else in her new half-hour Netflix series. Branded as more variety and sketch than talk show or pointed political satire, The Break with Michelle Wolf will be released weekly on Sundays, with Netflix promising viewers a break from the serious news and events dominating much of the late-night comedy scene. Given Wolf’s background on The Daily Show and Late Night with Seth Meyers and the buzz around her WHCD set, political commentary will likely sneak in, but it will be exciting to see what other comedic avenues Wolf chooses to explore. –Kate Kulzick

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C.B. Strike

CB Strike

Premiere: June 1st on Cinemax

Based on J. K. Rowling’s Cormoran Strike novels and originally aired in the UK in 2017, C.B. Strike follows private detective Cormoran Strike, a former Special Investigation Branch Investigator (British military police officer) now working as a PI in London. Over the course of its seven episodes, the series adapts the three novels currently available (The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm, and Career of Evil) and it’s unclear whether future seasons will be forthcoming or whether the producers plan to wait for Rowling’s next novel before continuing. Either way, fans of Rowling’s dive into gritty noir detective storytelling can look forward to a faithful adaptation, with leads Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger receiving particular praise for their performances in the critical response to the series’ initial BBC One airing. –Kate Kulzick

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Pose

Pose

Premiere: June 3rd on FX

“It’s television as advocacy,” Ryan Murphy recently said of Pose, the latest addition to what feels like an infinite stable of shows from the American Horror Story creator. It’s a chance, Murphy told The New Yorker, to “put my money where my mouth is,” and he certainly seems to be doing that: more than 100 members of the cast and crew are trans, while over 30 characters are LGBTQ, and Murphy is “giving his profits to pro-trans causes.” But to dismiss Pose, an eight-episode drama set in the world of New York’s ball scene in the 1980s, as well-meaning and nothing more would be a mistake. The early trailers have promised many of the things one might expect from a Murphy joint — eye-popping design, charismatic performers, dialogue with edges as sharp as the fragments of a shattered mirror ball — but it also seems steeped in compassion and affection for the history of this world and the players, both real and imagined, who bring it to you ev’ry ball. –Allison Shoemaker

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Succession

 The 30 Hottest TV Shows of Summer 2018

Premiere: June 3rd on HBO

HBO’s no stranger to slick, dark comedies about corporate intrigue (Silicon Valley, Ballers), and its latest, Succession, fits squarely in that particular brief. Set among the high-powered hoi polloi of the Roy family, the head of a global media and entertainment conglomerate, Succession concerns the impending retirement of patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox) and the scheming of the rest of his family (including Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin, Alan Ruck, and Sarah Snook) to figure out who’s next in line for the proverbial throne. The show’s a Will Ferrell/Adam McKay co-production, with McKay directing the pilot – if his Oscar nod for The Big Short is any indicator, he knows how to navigate the ecosystem of the insanely rich with an appealingly stylish, acerbic eye. In short, another winner for HBO. –Clint Worthington

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