Long summer days will soon be here and so will some of TV’s most popular series and a few intriguing new dramas.
From the anticipated seventh season of “Game of Thrones” to the premiere of the new British period drama “Dark Angel,” there is plenty of exciting and new television to look forward to in the upcoming months. TV lovers, grab some popcorn and a comfy seat and make sure to tune into these upcoming small screen extravaganzas.
“Master of None” Season 2 May 12 on Netflix
After an extended hiatus spent eating his way through Italy and making amazing music videos for Kanye West, Aziz Ansari is back with a second helping of his warm, witty series “Master of None.” Ansari plays Dev Shah, a commercial actor whose bestknown work was a Go-Gurt commercial. Given the semi-autobiographical nature of the show, it comes as no surprise to see Ansari calling upon his friends and family again for season two. Real-life best friend Eric Wareheim is on hand as Dev’s best friend Arnold, and Shoukath and Fatima Ansari (his real-life parents) are back to deliver some more adorably dry performances. On top of this, Lena Waithe, one of Ansari’s friends, is returning as his lesbian confidante Denise. Season 2 of “Master of None” will hopefully continue the show’s sense of fearlessness by taking sidetrips away from Dev’s life and into the world of characters we have barely gotten to know in the first season.
“King Charles III” May 14 on PBS
Adapted by Mike Bartlett from his Tony-nominated stage play of the same name, “King Charles III” depicts a fictional king navigating royal politics and family drama, crafting an interesting examination of contemporary Britain. Upon inheriting the throne, King Charles (Tim Pigott-Smith) finds himself at odds with his conscience, burdened by the weight of a threatened monarchy and a deteriorating family. As the king struggles to understand his own identity, he begins to doubt the significance of the British monarchy in the 21st century. Retaining the play’s original text, Bartlett’s television adaptation visually captures the grandeur and ambition that the original production sought to reveal onstage. As an intriguing, alternative history lesson, “King Charles III” may be the perfect choice for those searching for a British political drama tinged with deep reflections on morality.
“Dark Angel” May 21 on PBS
After capturing people’s hearts as the lovable lady’s maid Anna in “Downton Abbey,” Joanne Froggatt is taking on a darker role as Britain’s first female serial killer in the new period drama “Dark Angel.” The two-part series is based on the true life of Mary Ann Cotton, a troubled woman who develops an insatiable taste for murder. Upon discovering the sinister joys of mixing arsenic with tea, the notorious killer tries her hand at claiming the lives of various friends and family members while her disturbing identity goes unnoticed. Directed by Brian Percival (“Downton Abbey”) and written by Gwyneth Hughes (“The Girls”), “Dark Angel” should please lovers of British drama with its unexpectedly ominous plotline and strong leading cast.
“House of Cards” Season 5 May 30 on Netflix
In the new trailer for the fifth season of “House of Cards,” it seems that all President Frank Underwood can talk about is the continuation of his career, as he shares his frightening vision of holding office for another six terms. The trailer begins with President Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey, stating, “The American people don’t know what’s best for them,” and this remark establishes a notably dark tone. The intensity is amplified by dramatic scenes involving him and his running mate and wife, Claire (Robin Wright), navigating the testy waters of American politics. With eerie parallels to our current political system, the new season of “House of Cards” will satisfy both political geeks and fans of the series. If President Underwood feels that the American people need help “crafting their own fears,” then he can feel assured that Netflix has done the job for him.
“Game of Thrones” Season 7 July 16 on HBO
Summer is coming and so is Jon Snow, apparently. That’s at least what the “Game of Thrones” seventh season teaser trailer revealed, and it seems fans have more to look forward to besides Kit Harington’s kingly role. The trailer shows rivals for the Iron Throne preparing for war in Westeros, offering several interesting clips of some of the show’s main characters. Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) is seen in the Red Keep, while Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) appears in what may be Dragonstone’s throne room. Jon Snow is depicted in what looks like the Great Hall of Winterfell. Considering the icy tone established by the short teaser trailer, fans can be assured that the seventh season should be as captivating as the rest.