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ANTICIPATION REPORT: Crime & Fantasy Dramas Arrive In August

Jonathan Majors and Jurnee Smollett-Bell in "Lovecraft Country" HBO

There’s much to look forward to this month, starting with the August 16th premiere of Lovecraft Country (No. 1). With the help of producers, Jordan Peele, Misha Green and J.J. Abrams, Matt Ruff’s dark fantasy novel comes to life in HBO’s horror drama. The series follows Atticus Black as he travels across 1950s Jim Crow America to find his missing father, while struggling to survive the racist terrors of White America and otherworldly creatures.

Next, CBS All Access continues to expand the Star Trek franchise with adult comedy, Star Trek: Lower Decks (No. 2). The animated series focuses on crew members of Starfleet’s least important ship, the U.S.S. Cerritos, in the year 2380. Star Trek: Lower Deck arrives on August 6th, while the following day brings the final installment of Guillermo del Toro’s Tales of Arcadia trilogy. In Wizards: Tales of Arcadia (No. 3), the heroes of Arcadia Oaks join forces one last time when their city is on the brink of war between humans, monsters, and aliens. 

Meanwhile, Quibi makes its Anticipation Report debut with action thriller, The Fugitive (No 4). The ‘60s television show and the 1993 film receives a 2020 update as an innocent man on the run tries to prove his innocence after a bomb rips through a Los Angeles subway train. 

Comedy rounds out our new series category with Ted Lasso (No. 5). Jason Sudeikis stars in the Apple TV+ sports comedy about a college football coach who gets recruited to help a struggling English soccer team, despite having no experience. Ted Lasso kicks off on August 14th.

It comes as no surprise that Lucifer lands the No. 1 position for August’s returning series. The stakes are higher than ever in the series’ long-awaited fifth season as secrets are revealed and beloved characters die! Plus, Tom Ellis plays double duty as fans are introduced to Lucifer’s twin brother, Michael. The first-half of Lucifer Season 5 arrives on the 21st. (The second-half will most likely debut in 2021 due to COVID-19.)

Coming in at No. 2 is Danish post-apocalyptic series, The Rain. There’s a lot to clear up in the show’s third and final season as Season 2 left us with Rasmus getting captured by Apollon, the company that began the rain apocalypse. Meanwhile, Brazilian dystopian drama 3% (No. 4) returns for its last season on the 14th with Maralto and Continenten finally coming face to face with each other.

The farewell seasons continue with the end of teen drama Trinkets (No. 3), which drops on the 25th. Trouble lies ahead for Tabitha, Moe, and Elodie as the end of Season 1 left the girls with more shoplifting issues to tackle. Season 2 will sure to be more intense as the series handles the girls’ addiction and potential recovery.

Lastly, Eva teams up with a new British spy in the third season of 1940s mystery High Seas (No. 5). The Spanish series presses on as someone gets a deadly virus and must be stopped from killing millions. High Seas Season 3 comes to fruition on August 7th.

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