TV Eye Takes a Little Break

please_stand_byIt’s not too often that this column takes a break but it will be doing so this month for a couple of weeks.

It comes at a time when summer TV frankly isn’t that stellar anyway. But there are a few things coming that you should keep an eye out for in the coming days, starting with a new batch of “Black Mirror” (Netflix, streaming) on June 5 alongside the third season of “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu, streaming).

Armistead Maupin’s novel gets a third adaptation with Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney returning to their roles in “Tales of the City” (Netflix, Friday), which they also played in the 1993 and 1998 versions.

The most hype seems to be around the second season of “Big Little Lies” (HBO, Sunday), but they spend most their time talking about what happened in season one. Aside from the amusing addition of Meryl Streep, there’s little motivation to hang around with these unpleasant women.

Further on, one of my favorite shows, “Baskets” (FX, June 13), returns for a new season, and there’s a premiere of Fred Armisen’s Spanish language (but subtitled) comedy “Los Espookys” (HBO, June 14), a charming series about some friends who start a business in which they install special effects that scare people on demand.

I’ve heard a lot of people who are excited about the rebooted old game shows “Card Sharks” and “Press Your Luck” (both ABC, June 12). But when I get back, I’ll be most excited to see “Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese” (Netflix, June 12).

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