The Best New TV Releases – July 2017

Game of Thrones Season 7

Mon 17 July

Sky Atlantic

Game of Thrones

The seventh season of George R. R. Martin’s sweeping fantasy epic is here, and the ominous words of House Stark are about to come true – ‘Winter Is Coming’. This season will consist of only seven episodes, though Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) has said producers have invested more in these episodes. The battle for Westeros and the Iron Throne rages on, but “There is only one war that matters – The Great War. And it is here.” The penultimate season will follow the outline of Martin’s presently-unpublished novels, building towards an immense battle which, according to trailers and images released by HBO, promises to be on a grander scale than anything the show has produced before.

Friends from College

Fri 14 July

Netflix

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Have you ever wanted to go back and party like you did back in the day? In Netflix’s newest comedy, one group of [Friends from College] do just that – with hilarious consequences. Well versed in the genre, husband and wife team Francesca Delbanco and Nicholas Stoller (directors of [Bad Neighbours] and [Forgetting Sarah Marshall]) join forces once again to present an exploration of friendship and adult life in this nostalgia-laced series. Starring Cobie Smulders, Annie Parisse and Keegan-Michael Key, the eight-episode show follows a group of ex-Harvard students approaching their forties and trying to recapture their youth. With ever-complicated relationships and absurd situations, [Friends from College] is set to be a relatable and energetic series that’s sure to leave you laughing.

Midnight, Texas

Thurs 27 July

Syfy UK

MIDNIGHT TEXAS -- "Pilot" -- Pictured: (l-r) Shannon Lorance as Aubrey, Francois Arnaud as Manfred -- (Photo by: NBC)

MIDNIGHT TEXAS — “Pilot” — Pictured: (l-r) Shannon Lorance as Aubrey, Francois Arnaud as Manfred — (Photo by: NBC)

Based on the books from [True Blood] author Charlaine Harris, Syfy presents a new American supernatural thriller, [Midnight, Texas]. In a town sitting on the brink between the living and hell, a place where your neighbour may be a vampire or a witch and the only thing that’s normal is to be strange. Midnight is a safe haven for outsiders – that is, until the prophecy of a man who can bridge the veil between the living and the dead comes true, and a war to close the gap begins. This series is set to be packed full of supernatural drama, fights and romance and is a must watch for any [True Blood] or [Twilight] fans out there.

The Last Tycoon

Fri 28 July

Amazon Prime

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Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final book, [The Last Tycoon] will take you back to the 1930s and the decadence of Hollywood’s early days. Seen in 2016’s pilot episode, the grandeur of the movie studios is impressive and the upcoming first series promises great things. Set against a world darkened by The Great Depression and the growing influence of Hitler’s Germany, the ideals offered by the movies and the American Dream seem like an escape from reality too great to resist. The show follows Hollywood’s golden boy, Monroe Stahr (Matt Bomer), in his quest to honour his late wife and find cinematic greatness worthy of an Oscar while he still can.

 

 

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