Must-See TV And Movie Picks Burning Up The Screen This Summer

When the hot weather hits, who couldn’t use some quality time in the great indoors?

Carolyn Taylor from Baroness Von Sketch Show.

Carolyn Taylor from Baroness Von Sketch Show. Photo, Matt Barnes.

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Sometimes the best summer day is a lazy one spent inside staring at the tube or hiding in a movie theatre. Thankfully there are a ton of new releases that provide the perfect excuse for a little hot-weather hibernating.

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Ocean’s 8. Photo, Barry Wetcher.

Big screen

Ocean’s 8
Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Rihanna — it’s an all-star league of female talent that makes the Clooney and Pitt version look like a bad Hardy Boys flashback. This time around, the estrogen-enhanced Ocean’s gang sets out to rob the annual Met Gala.
When to watch: June 8

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
For more than 30 years, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was must-see TV for the booster-seat set. This documentary depicts Rogers as a radical, challenging outdated ideas about relationships, race and the power of imagination.
When to watch: June 8

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Part prequel, part sequel, this follow-up to the 2008 screen version of the 1999 musical sensation promises more paternity mysteries and epic singalongs.
When to watch: July 20

BlackkKlansman
Spike Lee’s latest joint (which got a 10-minute ovation at the Cannes Film Festival) tells the true story of a black police detective who in ltrated the KKK in the 1970s.
When to watch: August 10

Crazy Rich Asians
People (read: Twitter) are freaking out about the film adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s blockbuster novel — a movie about love, family and the lifestyles of people so rich it’s, well, crazy.
When to watch: August 17

Dayna Johnson, Nick Offerman, Amy Poehler, Simon Doonan will host and judge the NBC show Making It

Dayna Johnson, Nick Offerman, Amy Poehler, Simon Doonan in Making It. Photo, Chris Haston/Getty Images.

Little screen

Making It
A crafting competition series may sound over-the-top twee, but when it’s hosted by ex-Parks and Rec co-stars Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, well, pass the papier mâché.
Where to watch: NBC, July 31

Dietland
Casting a critical eye on weight loss culture, this series follows ghost writer Plum Kettle and her devilish boss, played by Julianna Margulies. Things take a turn for the crazy when Kettle gets recruited by a feminist cabal.
When to watch: June 5

Suits, Season 8
While technically not a new show, it may as well be given the departure of a certain now- duchess. Katherine Heigl plays Samantha (“don’t call me Sam”) Wheeler, a new lawyer hell-bent on making partner.
When to watch: July

Sharp Objects
A journalist returns to her home town to report on the murders of two young women. Based on a novel by Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl), this is the addictive summer thriller you won’t want to miss.
Where to watch: HBO, July 8

Baroness Von Sketch Show, Season 3
The show will welcome big-name guest stars and take on more absurdities of modern womanhood (lucky for them, the list is endless).
Where to watch: CBC, Sept 18