The next few weeks will bring shows with Steve Martin, Nicole Kidman, Regina Hall, Martin Short, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Adrien Brody.
As we approach 18 months since the process of creating television fundamentally changed, the final projects before the start of 2020 are starting to see the light of day. This certainly applies to internationally produced shows, which are finally finding their way onto US-based networks and streaming services – a practice that has been in use for months now.
But as the summer of 2021 begins to draw to a close, emissions made in a bubble are starting to become the norm. A few are curious experiments, carried out almost entirely because their history constraints harmonize well with production restrictions. Others are long-term projects that have received the last big push “now or never” due to the looming need for much more original shows.
Another growing trend is that unscripted series are filling some of these gaps. From more traditional documentary series to shows that take a hybrid conversational approach to how they shine a light on a particular person or topic, these also find unexpected ways to sidestep audience expectations and the realities of their origin.
With the fall (and a lot more uncertainties) on the horizon, those TV standards are likely to change again. So far, we’ve got a dozen more baker sets that could potentially grab your attention. And that doesn’t even count all the goodies Netflix August has in store, too.
(As usual, if this collection isn’t enough to fill your viewing schedule, check out our roundups for February, March, and April, May, June, and July.)