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The 10 Most Anticipated Streaming Shows for Summer 2024

The 10 Most Anticipated Streaming Shows for Summer 2024

Summer fun has a reputation for being mindless fun. Think frothy romances in your beach bag, exploding blockbusters at the movies, and mindless teen hits on the radio.

But actor Y’lan Noel, best known for his work on HBO’s hit comedy Insecure , says there’s room for content in the summer, too. He says Apple TV+ Lady in the LakeHis new show tackles tough topics like racism and female ambition in the 1960s, a welcome addition to his traditional summer programming.

“It’s summer, so I know people want to be outside. But this show is so visually beautiful and has so many things going on at once — crime, noir, thriller, sometimes horror — that I think it’s going to make people want to sit inside and stay in their seats,” Noel says.

Natalie Portman plays Maddie Schwartz, a housewife yearning for something more in her life in 1966 Baltimore. She leaves her husband to pursue a career as a journalist, focusing on the disappearance of a young white girl and a black woman, whose stories receive very different levels of media attention.

Noel, who is black, plays a cop who enters into a then-controversial relationship with Portman. The limited series is based on Laura Lippman’s bestselling book of the same name.

Noel says he was drawn to the project by the morals and values ​​he saw in his character, which he admired. He also jumped at the chance to work with Alma Har’el, whose work he had long admired.

To get into character, Noel listened to 1960s music and used a dialect coach to help him imitate the speech patterns of the era. Looking around at 1960s cars, hairstyles and costumes also helped him establish the historical period.

Summer entertainment doesn’t always teach you anything new, but Noel hopes this show will get people thinking.

“Our main characters are two women from completely different backgrounds, but through them pursuing their dreams, we see that they are more similar than they are different,” says Noel. “I want people to think about that when they watch the show—how similar we are, but how different we are.”

The premiere of the film “Woman in the Lake” will take place on July 19

How to watch Lady in the Lake:Apple TV+

Highly anticipated new streaming shows coming in 2024

Here are nine other noteworthy new series coming to streaming platforms in July and August.

1. In the arena: Serena Williams (ESPN+)

Premiere July 1st

It’s a testament to the longevity, dominance, and sheer will of Venus and Serena Williams that 2024 will be the first year since 1996 — nearly three decades — that one of them won’t play at Wimbledon. Serena looks back on her incredible career, including 14 doubles titles with Venus at Wimbledon and a record-breaking 23 Grand Slam titles in the Open era, in this eight-part documentary series from director Gotham Chopra and co-director Lauren Fisher.

How to watch On the arena: Serena Williams: : ESPN+

2. Cobra Kai (Netflix)

Premiere July 18th

A six-season arc featuring warring dojos and personal battles between original Karate Kid foes Daniel (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny (William Zabka), whose social-frenemy relationship will play a major role in this final round. Producers have said that this final season will not have a crossover with the new Karate Kid movie that Macchio is making with Jackie Chan (who starred in the 2010 Kid remake).

How to watch Cobra Kai:Netflix

3. Those who are to die (Peacock)

Premiere July 18th

Gladiator II isn’t the only Roman-themed drama coming in 2024. Peacock’s new series explores the business side of the ancient gladiator tradition, showing the money it took to entertain crowds and shed just the right amount of blood. Anthony Hopkins adds star power to the cast, with Roland Emmerich and Marco Kreuzpaintner serving as co-directors.

How to watch Those who are to die:Peacock

4. Time Bandits (Apple TV+)

Premiere July 24th

Generation X, rejoice, there’s another remake of the groundbreaking, if strange, cult hit from your childhood. Apple TV+ is bringing back Terry Gilliam’s 1981 film about a teenage history buff who teams up with a group of time-jumping bandits to steal the loot of famous leaders. Gilliam has a hand in the remake, along with Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnorak) and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords). The cast also includes Lisa Kudrow.

How to watch Time Bandits:Apple TV+

5. Batman: Caped Crusader (Amazon Prime Video)

Premiere August 1st

When Max canceled the series, Prime Video jumped in to save it. Executive producers JJ Abrams, Matt Reeves and Bruce Timm take on the iconic story of Bruce Wayne in the first year of his transformation into Batman. Hamish Linklater voices the character, who will battle a slew of comic book favorites this season, including Catwoman, Two-Face and Harley Quinn.

How to watch Orderly:Painted Crusader:Main video

6.The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)

Premiere on August 8th

The long-awaited fourth and final season Umbrella Academy heroes try to save the world again. This time, they fight not only villains, but also a reset of the timeline and a terrifying loss of power by part of the group. The final season has only six episodes, four less than the previous ones. David Cross and real-life married couple Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally join the cast in this final episode.

How to watch Umbrella Academy:Netflix

7. Industry (Max.)

Premiere on August 11th

The buzz around the HBO drama series continues to grow as it enters its third season. It has been compared to Succession for its sharp writing and storylines about the internal conflicts among employees at a top London bank. Industry will air eight episodes in its third season as bankers take on ethical investing with a green energy company poised for an IPO.

How to watch Industry:Max

8. Only murders in the building (Hulu-find out more)

Premiere August 27th

Favorite podcasters Mabel (Selena Gomez), Charles (Steve Martin), and Oliver (Martin Short) literally take their show on the road, heading to Hollywood to investigate a deal to turn their popular show into a movie. Of course, someone gets killed, and of course the three best friends have to investigate. Meryl Street will return as Loretta Durkin, a seasoned actress and Oliver’s love interest, along with a new roster of influential guest stars, including Eugene Levy, Melissa McCarthy, Molly Shannon, Zack Galifianakis, Kumail Nanjiani, Eva Longoria, and Richard Kind

How to watch Only murders in the building:Hulu

9. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (Prime Video)

Premiere August 29th

This Lord of the Rings the remake received a mixed response from audiences for season one, but returns with more confidence and a greater sense of urgency for season two. The show’s creators have said they felt they were laying the groundwork for a five-season arc in season one, and that they had read online comments and planned to adjust some things accordingly.

How to watch The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power:Main video