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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'Sharp Objects' (July 8)

HBO
Fresh off his run on the smash first season of Big Little Lies, director Jean-Marc Vallée brings his woozy, dizzying style to this adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestseller about a reporter (Amy Adams) with a drinking problem, a traumatic past and an apprehension to covering a murder in her old hometown. But return to those stomping grounds she does, digging up a lot more than she bargained for. Mindy Project hunk Chris Messina is a detective on the case; Patricia Clarkson is sloshed Southern matriarch; It girl (no, literally, she was in It) Sophia Lillis plays Adams' character as a teenager. Why, yes, this probably will be your dark-procedural Prestige TV pleasure of the season. DF

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