From Kevin Hart’s new reality gig to Hulu’s 18th century London drama, THR highlights the must-see new and returning shows.
In a landscape littered with more than 500 scripted originals and another 700 reality and docuseries, figuring out what to watch is no easy task.
Here, in a bid to navigate the Peak TV waters, The Hollywood Reporter picks the most anticipated new and returning shows on broadcast, cable and streaming. Bookmark THR‘s handy guide for key premiere — and series finale — dates.) That said, here’s what to watch for the week of July 9-14 as the summer programming lull takes hold.
On broadcast …
On the scripted side, The CW’s Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals resumes its run to the end and returns after a brief hiatus for the first of its final four episodes. On the unscripted side, CBS launches its new summer reality competition series TKO: Total Knock Out.The 10-episode obstacle course series is hosted by Kevin Hart and produced by reality kingpin Mark Burnett (Survivor).
Airs: Wednesday, July 11 at 9 p.m. (both)
On cable …
After three seasons on VH1, scripted drama Hit the Floor moves to corporate sibling BET for its fourth season. The scripted drama follows the cheerleaders for a fictional Los Angeles basketball team and arrives as BET is doubling down on scripted programming under programming president Scott M. Mills as part of Viacom’s efforts to revitalize its cable networks. Mills previously told THRthat he anticipated either Hit the Floor or rookie drama In Contempt to return in 2019, when BET hopes to have six scripted series on its air. Hit the Floor last aired in March 2016.
Airs: Tuesday, July 10 at 10 p.m. on BET
On streaming …
Hulu launches the second season of its critically praised drama Harlots, the 18th century-set series about London sex workers starring Samantha Morton, Lesley Manville and Jessica Brown Findlay. Season one has a 95 percent rating among critics on RottenTomatoes.com.
Streams: Wednesday, July 11
And in case you missed it …
Jerry Seinfeld’s first season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee on Netflix launched Friday and is now streaming.