Series to Watch: July 2023

Series to Watch: July 2023

June 29, 2023

Ones to Watch

DQ checks out the upcoming schedules to pick 10 new series to watch this July, from Queenie author Candice Carty-William’s debut series and an Australian mystery to a star-studded military thriller and a drama set in the world of elite tennis.

From: UK
Original broadcasters: BBC (UK), Netflix
Producers: Balloon Entertainment, New Pictures
Starring: Déja J Bowens, Malcolm Kamulete, Ray BLK, Nadine Marshall, Ray Fearon, Jo Martin, Kerim Hassan, Adeyinka Akinrinade, Tom Forbes, Genesis Lynea, Karl Collins, Francis Lovehall, Corey Weekes and Rachel Adedeji
Launch date: July 1 (BBC)
The first TV series from Queenie author Candice Carty-Williams, this love letter to black British music opens when rap sensation Bosco Champion returns home from prison, ready to dominate the music industry once more. But when Bosco’s dutiful younger sister Vita’s own talent is discovered by his rival, she steps out of her brother’s shadow to become a performer in her own right, setting the Champion siblings against one another and tearing apart the whole family in the process.
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From: Denmark
Original broadcaster: TV2
Producer: Zentropa
Distributor: Trust Nordisk
Starring: Esben Smed, Selma Sol Í Dali Pape, Julie Agnete Vang, Mathilde Arcel, Ulrich Thomsen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Nukâka Coster-Waldau, Dar Salim, Sidse Babett Knudsen, David Dencik and more
Launch date: July 2 (TV2 Play), July 9 (TV2)
A comedy series about Joe, a 35-year-old entertainment agent who is constantly trying to keep his head above water as he looks after the needs of his clients – many of whom are real stars playing ‘themselves’ – while trying to keep his personal life under control and caring for his 10-year-old daughter.
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Poquita Fe
From: Spain
Original broadcaster: Movistar+
Producer: Buendia Estudios
Distributor: Movistar+ International
Starring: Raúl Cimas, Esperanza Pedreño, Julia de Castro, Chani Martín, Marta Fernández-Muro, Pilar Gómez, María Jesús Hoyos, Juan Lombardero, Enrique Martínez and Blas Ortiz
Launch date: July 4
The latest project from collaborators Pepón Montero and Juan Maidagán, this shortform comedy has 12 episodes that run to 15 minutes each. It centres on Berta and Jose Ramón, who try to live their lives to the best of their ability but their emotions, hopes and passions are muted by the noise of everyday life – ever-present in-laws, Berta’s sister, José’s exhausting mother, their despicable neighbour, their co-workers… A lot of noise. Too much. If only they could turn it off…
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Full Circle
From: US
Original broadcaster: Max
Starring: Zazie Beetz, Claire Danes, Jim Gaffigan, Jharrel Jerome, Timothy Olyphant, CCH Pounder, Phaldut Sharma, Adia, Sheyi Cole, Gerald Jones, Suzanne Savoy, Ethan Stoddard, Lucian Zanes and Dennis Quaid
Launch date: July 13
From director Steven Soderbergh and writer Ed Solomon, this series focuses on an investigation into a botched kidnapping that uncovers long-held secrets connecting multiple characters and cultures in present-day New York City.
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Bay of Fires
From: Australia
Original broadcaster: ABC
Producers: Archipelago Productions, Fremantle
Distributor: Fremantle
Starring: Marta Dusseldorp, Kerry Fox, Toby Leonard Moore, Imi Mbedla, Ava Caryofyllis, Rachel House, Yael Stone, Pamela Rabe, Ilai Swindells, Roz Hammond, Tony Barry, Bob Franklin, Stephen Curry, Nicholas Bell, Matt Nable, Nikolai Nikolaeff and Mitchem Everett
Launch date: July 16
In this ‘Tassie-noir thriller,’ Anika Van Cleef (Dusseldorp), the queen of her family’s business empire, is forced to relocate to a remote community in the wilds of western Tasmania after multiple attempts on her life. In a nightmare blur, a stranger who claims to be on her side provides her with a new name she hates (Stella Heikkinen) and a house of sorts, and she and her two kids are whisked off to Mystery Bay — a town so remote it eludes any mention on GPS. Mystery Bay is unlike anything life has prepared them for – a place where locals hide more secrets than they do, and outsiders are viewed with suspicion bordering on the murderous.
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Justified: City Primeval
From: US
Original broadcaster: FX
Producers: Sony Pictures Television, FX Productions
Starring: Timothy Olyphant, Aunjanue Ellis and Boyd Holbrook
Launch date: July 18
Eight years after drama series Justified ended, Olyphant returns as Raylan Givens, who left the hollers of Kentucky and is balancing life as a US Marshal with being a part-time father. A chance encounter sends him to Detroit and sets him on a collision course with a violent sociopath and a formidable defence attorney. The series is inspired by City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit, the crime novel by the late author Elmore Leonard, whose novella Fire in the Hole inspired the original series.
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From: UK
Original broadcaster: Prime Video
Producer: World Productions
Distributor: ITV Studios
Starring: Ella Lily Hyland, Aidan Turner, Anna Chancellor, Jess Darrow, Tom Varey, Lorenzo Richelmy, Manon Azem, Elizabeth Berrington, Amar Chadha-Patel, Steffan Rhodri, Maria Almeida and Harmony Rose-Bremner
Launch date: June 21
A provocative new drama set in the world of elite tennis, Fifteen-Love explores the story of Justine Pearce (Hyland), a dynamic young sports prodigy who had a meteoric rise in the world of Grand Slam tennis under maverick coach Glenn Lapthorn (Turner). Five years after injury brutally cuts her career short, Justine makes an explosive allegation against her former coach, and the tennis world is forced to reconsider Justine and Glenn’s past success.
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Special Ops: Lioness
From: US
Original broadcaster: Paramount+
Producers: MTV Entertainment Studios, 101 Studios
Starring: Zoe Saldaña, Nicole Kidman, Michael Kelly, Laysla De Oliveira, Morgan Freeman, Dave Annable, Jill Wagner, LaMonica Garrett, James Jordan, Austin Hébert, Jonah Wharton, Stephanie Nur and Hannah Love Lanier
Launch date: July 23
From producer Taylor Sheridan (Yellowstone), this series is inspired by an actual US Military programme and follows Joe (Saldaña) while she attempts to balance her personal and professional lives as the tip of the CIA’s spear in the war on terror. The Lioness Program, overseen by Kaitlyn Meade (Kidman) and Donald Westfield (Kelly), enlists an aggressive Marine Raider named Cruz (De Oliveira) to operate undercover alongside Joe among the power brokers of state terrorism in the CIA’s efforts to thwart the next 9/11.
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Twisted Metal
From: US
Original broadcaster: Peacock
Producers: Sony Pictures Television, PlayStation Productions, Universal Television
Starring: Anthony Mackie, Stephanie Beatriz and Thomas Haden Church, with Will Arnett and Joe Seanoa
Launch date: July 27
Hot on the heels of fellow video game adaptation The Last of Us, Twisted Metal is a half-hour live-action series based on the classic PlayStation franchise. The high-octane action comedy, based on an original take by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and written by Michael Jonathan Smith, is about a motor-mouthed outsider offered a chance at a better life, but only if he can successfully deliver a mysterious package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland. With the help of a badass axe-wielding car thief, he’ll face savage marauders driving vehicles of destruction and other dangers of the open road, including a deranged clown who drives an all-too-familiar ice cream truck.
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Good Omens S2
From: UK
Original broadcasters: BBC, Prime Video
Producers: Amazon Studios, BBC Studios Productions, The Blank Corporation, Narrativia
Starring: Michael Sheen, David Tennant, Jon Hamm, Doon Mackichan, Gloria Obianyo, Miranda Richardson, Maggie Service, Nina Sosanya, Liz Carr, Quelin Sepulveda and Shelley Conn
Launch date: July 28 (Prime Video)
A continuation of the series based on the novel by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, season two explores storylines that go beyond the original source material to illuminate the uncanny friendship between Aziraphale (Sheen), a fussy angel and rare-book dealer, and fast-living demon Crowley (Tennant). Having been on Earth since The Beginning, and with the Apocalypse thwarted, Aziraphale and Crowley are getting back to easy living among mortals in London’s Soho when an unexpected messenger presents a surprising mystery.
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