Years ago, the summer months used to be the doldrums of television; with reruns and half-baked television shows as far as the eye could see. But thankfully we no longer live in these dark times. Instead, thanks to online streaming and OTA television, we’ve got a jam-packed month of returning shows and television premieres.
Here’s a look at some of the shows the month of May has in store for us:
Lucifer – Fox
Being bad never looked so good in this interesting take on the Prince of Darkness himself, Lucifer, also known as the Devil. After growing bored with his life in Hell, Lucifer relocates to the next best thing: Los Angeles.
After a chance encounter elicits strange emotions in him, such as compassion and empathy, Lucifer slowly starts to wonder if maybe, just maybe, he can be something more. Season Two starts back up on May 1, which is a good jumping in point for anyone that’s missed out so far.
Downward Dog – ABC
Downward Dog is the story of a woman and her dog living in Pittsburgh. What makes this show stand out from the stand fare that is network television is the fact that the show is narrated by the dog and is more or less told from his point of view.
The show itself was inspired from a web series (with the same name) that never quite got off the ground, but don’t let that turn you away. The show stars the Emmy-nominated actress Allison Tolman, who won critical acclaim as Deputy Solverson in the show Fargo.
Downward Dog is set to premiere on ABC on May 23rd, but you can catch a special sneak preview of the first episode on May 17.
The F Word with Gordon Ramsay – Fox
Do you like cooking shows? Do you like grumpy chefs? Do you like grumpy chefs with British accents? If so, then you’re in luck because The F Word with Gordon Ramsay is set to premiere on Fox on May 31.
Filmed live, the premise of the show is awfully simple: Families, restaurant owners, and celebrities are invited to Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant to prepare a meal for 50 customers. The recipes are designed to be easy enough for everyone to make, and who walks away as the “winner” is determined by the customers themselves.
Batman & Bill – Hulu
This captivating documentary is about the untold story of Batman and it’s unsung creator.
While many credit Bob Kane as the creator of Batman, this documentary looks at Bill Finger, a collaborator of Kane’s that was responsible for many of the iconic elements of the Batman mythology; such as the name Gotham City and the character Robin (AKA Dick Grayson).
Batman & Bill is set to premiere on Hulu on May 6.
Twin Peaks – Showtime
The owls may not be what they seem, but one thing is for sure: Twin Peaks is back. After 25 years of waiting in the Black Lodge, fans of the iconic David Lynch series get to take a trip back to everyone’s favorite sleepy Washington town for a little bit of coffee, a little bit of pie, and a little bit of paranormal murder.
Most of the original cast will be returning, along with some new faces: such as Michael Cera, Amanda Seyfried, and Naomit Watts. The first episode is set to premiere on May 21 on Showtime.
House of Cards – Netflix
Returning for its fifth season is the smash-hit Netflix original House of Cards. A little more than a year ago, this show seemed outlandishly dramatic and unrealistic. If the last year has taught us anything, it’s that reality is sometimes stranger than fiction.
Even for those who aren’t die-hard fans, the question on everyone’s mind is how will the show change to match the times? Will Kevin Space get a spray tan? Only time will tell. House of Cards is set to premiere on May 30.
Couldn’t find anything you like? Here’s a more comprehensive look at what’s set to premiere in the month of May for shows that are streaming or OTA.
Which show are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments below or sound off on social media!
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