The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of July 10, 2017

Which TV series will your friends (and the entire internet) be talking about this week? Stay informed — or at least be able to fake it — with SideReel's weekly guide to The Most Important Shows on TV.

 

The Bold Type: S1E1

The Bold Type
(Series Premiere)

Tuesday at 9 p.m. on Freeform

Why: For some reason, the glossy, impeccably tailored world of consumer magazines still holds a lot of appeal for TV and movie writers. But will it attract Freeform's young audience? This drama, inspired in part by the life of former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles, has a lot going for it. A talented trio of actresses (Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, and Meghann Fahy) play young staffers who started together as assistants and are now looking to make their mark at the fictional magazine Scarlet. As their boss, Melora Hardin is a maternal mentor with just a touch of Miranda Priestly. The show is a little like Younger in that it's bright and fun, but with a grounded quality thanks to its cast. And, of course, because this is Freeform, there's a lot of romance. Look for Dee, who was so good on the woefully under-watched Sweet/Vicious, to break out as Kat, the magazine's social media director with an activist's heart.

Prepare to talk about: That "punani" debate; what a good guy Carl is; how that Beyonce moment was just a touch too much.

 

Friends From College: S1E1

Friends From College
(Series Premiere)

Friday at 3 a.m. on Netflix

Why: If you think a toddler screaming the C-word at another kid who's trying to play with his toy is funny, this show might be for you. The first episode delivers a series of laugh-out-loud moments, especially during the first half, which includes a comedic sex scene, a very New York City traffic showdown, and a hilariously awkward photo-op. The show begins with a couple played by Keegan-Michael Key and Cobie Smulders moving back to New York, where the rest of their core group of Harvard pals lives. They're the kind of friends who love each other, but in a pretty complicated and dysfunctional way. As Smulders' character puts it, they have "20 years of grievances built up and ready to explode." Annie Parisse is excellent, as is national treasure Fred Savage. The rest of the cast has less to work with in this first episode, but let's give husband-wife duo Nicholas Stoller and Francesca Delbanco, who created the show, time to flesh them out.

Prepare to talk about: Billy Eichner in a role that is both not him and very him; Keegan-Michael Key's voices; "yours, Ethan."

 

Game of Thrones: S7E1

Game of Thrones
(Season Premiere)

Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO

Why: More than a year after the Season 6 finale left us gasping, Game of Thrones is back for its penultimate season. As usual, the episodes have not been made available early to critics, and the descriptions give nothing away. (For Episode 1: "Jon organizes the defense of the North. Cersei tries to even the odds. Daenerys comes home.") But here's what we can assume based on the two trailers, preview images, and chatty cast members' interviews: Cersei, aware that enemies are on the move from every direction, is very much OK with destroying everyone who threatens her shrinking family; Jon and Sansa struggle to share power; the Stark siblings are likely to reunite; there also appears to be a reunion between Jon and Daenerys; the mother of dragons, having finally set sail for Westeros, gets closer than ever to the Iron Throne; and, of course, there's the minor detail of an army of dead men marching toward the Wall.

Prepare to talk about: Ed Sheeran being among this season's guest stars (why?); whether the fans' love of Brienne and Tormund is a death sentence; what a bummer it is that the season is so short — just seven episodes!

 

T.J. DeGroat is the editor of SideReel. He still doesn't know half of the GoT characters' names. Follow him on Twitter.

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Jul 11, 2017 4:03AM EDT

Adam ruins everything returns this week too. It mixes comedy and useless facts. You can see clips on Youtube.

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Jul 11, 2017 7:49AM EDT

I can't read the article. Is that normal.

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Jul 11, 2017 1:25PM EDT

@titichris, not being able to read an article definitely is not normal. If you have a minute, head over to support.sidereel.com and you should be able to get some troubleshooting assistance.

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Jul 11, 2017 10:26PM EDT

The Bold Type. Hasn't Sex in the City been done already? I'll give it 5 minutes . My guess right now is it's just another show about 3 sassy broads trying to make it in NYC. Done to death.

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