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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'Pose' (June 3)

FX
"Darling, the champagne is burned." In his last hurrah of his amazing run on broadcast TV before he takes off to Netflix, Ryan Murphy takes a look at the rise of the New York City drag ball scene in the late 1980s, set in the New York underground immortalized in the classic doc Paris Is Burning. This is where the dance floor creates a home for the city's outcasts – as MJ Rodriguez's legendary mother Blanca puts it, "Balls are a gathering of people who are not welcome together anywhere else." Murphy has assembled a deep cast of LGBTQ performers, many of them never on camera before; James Van Der Beek plays a coked-up tycoon, with Evan Peters and Kate Mara as a white-bread Jersey couple who get drawn into this world. This promises all the gaudy opulence that makes Murphy the Mother of the House of Basic-Cable Melodrama. RS

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