In a normal year, summer is the season for beach reads, outdoor concerts and a glut of Hollywood blockbusters. But in the age of COVID-19, most of our seasonal cultural rituals are on hold. That’s not to say pandemic-weary pop culture junkies don’t have promising options. Here’s a month-by-month guide to some of the notable movies, TV shows and books dropping between now and the end of August.
THE REST OF JUNE
“Love, Victor” (June 17 on Hulu)
The writers of “Love, Simon” (2018), the first major Hollywood production to center on a gay teenage romance, created this episodic spinoff about a closeted Texan teenager who transfers to an Atlanta high school and struggles to forge his identity in a new city. The actor Nick Robinson, who played the title character in “Love, Simon,” narrates the series.
“Perry Mason” (June 21 on HBO)
Emmy-winning actor Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”) takes the lead role in this pulpy, decidedly downcast reinvention of the popular CBS legal drama that ran from 1957 to 1966. The eight-part miniseries, set in murky Depression-era Los Angeles, follows Rhys’ shabby private investigator as he gets mixed up in a child kidnapping case and the city’s Christian revival.
“Irresistible” (June 26 on VOD)
Jon Stewart goes behind the camera for a second time in this political satire about a Democratic party guru (Steve Carell) who works on the mayoral campaign of