August 3: Significant Mother (The CW) — Significant Mother is The CW’s second comedy this summer. Like last summer’s Backpackers, it was first developed on its digital channel CW Seed. Significant Mother, which might be my least favorite title of the entire summer, is about a restaurateur who returns from a business trip to learn that his best friend/roommate is now dating his mother.
August 5: Mr. Robinson (NBC) — Finally, Craig Robinson gets his own sitcom. He stars as a substitute high school teacher who plays in a funk band at night. It’s very School of Rock, but Robinson can definitely make the premise his own.
August 5: The Carmichael Show (NBC) — And finally, Jerrod Carmichael gets a sitcom. Inspired by his real-life familial and romantic relationships, The Carmichael Show puts Carmichael’s stand-up in sitcom form — and casts David Alan Grier and Loretta Devine as his parents.
August 16: Show Me a Hero (HBO) — David Simon’s (The Wire, Treme) newest project is a six-part, Yonkers-centric miniseries that explores “home, race and community through the lives of elected officials, bureaucrats, activists and ordinary citizens.” Oscar Isaac, Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina, and Winona Ryder round out an all-star cast. Paul Haggis (Crash) directs.
August 20: Documentary Now! (IFC) — One of the most promising comedies of the summer comes from the trio of Bill Hader, Seth Meyers, and Fred Armisen (Lorne Michaels is executive producer). Documentary Now! is a series of half-hour fictional documentaries with subjects ranging from socialites to drug cartels to a documentary about a documentary.
August 22: Blunt Talk (Starz) — With a two-season, 20-episode order, Blunt is already August’s most successful series, before it even airs. British Walter Blunt (Patrick Stewart) attempts to conquer American cable news but clashes with bosses, staff, and ex-wives. Timm Sharp and Richard Lewis also star.
Returning series in August
August 4:Playing House (USA)August 5:America’s Next Top Model (The CW)August 12:Young & Hungry (ABC Family)August 17:Chasing Life (ABC Family)August 22:Survivor’s Remorse (Starz)August 24:Switched At Birth (ABC Family)August 31:AwkwardAugust 31: Faking It