Summer TV Preview 2018: Spies, Sinners, 'Sharp Objects' and Sex Magick

From dark crime procedurals to black-magic dramas, teen superheroes to Stephen King horror – your complete summer viewing guide

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'C.B. Strike' (June 1)

J.K. Rowling wrote the Cormoran Strike detective novels under the pen name Robert Galbraith, following the adventures of a rumpled London private eye with a prosthetic leg and a few nasty habits. (He's also got a rock & roll lineage – his mom was a Blue Oyster Cult groupie.) The BBC adaptation comes to Cinemax this summer, after becoming a U.K. hit last year, with seven episodes based on Rowling's three noir-inspired Strike novels: The Cuckoo's Calling, The Silkworm and Career of Evil. Tom Burke is Strike, a former military cop haunted by the violence in his past. As one slick suspect asks him, "Are you attracted to troubled women? Or do they become troubled because of you?" Holliday Grainger is his spunky new sidekick Robin, a decidedly non-street-smart rookie who yearns to walk on the wild side. Bring on the Scully-and-Mulder-style rapport. RS

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