by Julian Spivey
“Hustle” – Netflix – Premieres: Friday, June 3
It’s always nice to see Adam Sandler do something serious. He’s certainly proven he can but seems to prefer his silly side when churning out movies for his production company Happy Madison. Being the massive basketball fan that he is, Sandler has decided to go serious for “Hustle,” in which he portrays a NBA scout attempting to revive his career by recruiting a talented European player with a checkered past. Actual NBA player Juancho Hernangomez, who currently plays for the Utah Jazz, plays Bo Cruz – the European player. The film co-stars Queen Latifah, Ben Foster and Robert Duvall is currently streaming on Netflix.
“Evil” Season 3 – Paramount+ - Sunday, June 12
“Evil” has been one of television’s best dramas over its first two seasons, though I get the impression many folks still haven’t seen it (even though the first season aired on CBS). The horror-science fiction series moved to Paramount+ for its second season and got even wilder in its dealings with religious supernatural. The cast of Katja Herbers, Mike Colters, Michael Emerson and Aasif Mandvi is fantastic, and the writing staff led by Robert and Michelle King among television’s best. Season three premieres Sunday, June 12.
“The Bear” – Hulu – Thursday, June 23
Hulu’s “The Bear” is billed as a half-hour comedy, but after watching its recently dropped trailer I’m going to assume it’s a dramedy – that actually adds to my expectations for the series revolving around a struggling Chicago restaurant. Chef Carmen Berzatto (played by Jeremy Allen White) is given his family restaurant after a death in the family and aspires of keeping it afloat. The cast is full of names and faces I don’t know, but the trailer really looks good. The whole series debuts on streaming on Hulu on Thursday, June 23.
“Loot” – AppleTV+ - Friday, June 24
I will watch anything with Maya Rudolph in it. I’m hoping that AppleTV+ will do for Rudolph what it’s wonderful series “Ted Lasso” has done for her former ‘SNL’ cast mate Jason Sudeikis. Rudolph stars in “Loot,” a comedy series about a divorcee who receives an incredibly large settlement from her billionaire ex-husband and embarks on a journey of self-discovery and giving back to those less fortunate. The series co-stars Michaela Jae Rodriguez, Ron Funches and Nat Faxon and premieres with its first three episodes on AppleTV+ on Friday, June 24.
“Only Murders in the Building” Season 2 – Hulu – Tuesday, June 28
It’s hard to believe it’s already time for season two of Hulu’s terrific true crime podcast inspired comedy series “Only Murders in the Building.” The first season ended less than eight months ago, so the storyline is still fresh in our minds. Three podcast lovers played by Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez band together to try to solve a murder in their ritzy apartment building. Season one ended in a fantastic cliffhanger where the three are thrown into the story themselves as they are being arrested under suspicion of murder. I can’t wait to see where the show takes this storyline. “Only Murders in the Building” season two premieres on Tuesday, June 28 on Hulu.