LOS ANGELES – Summer travel packing list: swimsuit, sunblock, television.
In this portable TV era, there’s no reason to leave small-screen entertainment at home when cable channels, streaming services and networks are eager to keep you connected online with top-notch fare from, among others, Oscar-owning filmmakers.
So hit the road with your smartphone, laptop or tablet – or, heck, stay put in front of an actual TV set – and check out this steamy-weather menu of hot picks (all times MST).
“BrainDead,” CBS, 8 p.m. Monday. A different political show from “The Good Wife” creators Robert and Michelle King, with Washington beset by brain-eating bugs and a bipartisan coalition out to stop them. Tony Shalhoub and Broadway and TV “Grease” heartthrob Aaron Tveit are among the comic thriller’s stars.“Animal Kingdom,” TNT, 7 p.m. Monday. A teenager (Finn Cole) loses his mother to a heroin overdose and gains a violent family that includes a tough matriarch (Ellen Barkin) and her offspring in the drama series based on the Australian movie of the same name. “Raised by Wolves,” Acorn TV streaming service, June 20. A bluntly funny take on the lives of an unconventional single mother and her six home-schooled kids from writers Caitlin and Caroline Moran, sisters who lived a version of the comedy series.“Queen of the South,” USA, 8 p.m. June 23. Drawn from the best-selling novel “La Reina Del Sur,” which already spawned a hit telenovela, the drama stars Alice Braga (“I Am Legend”) as a woman on the run in the U.S. from a drug trafficking ring after her boyfriend’s murder.“Dancing On the Edge,” PBS, 6 p.m. June 26. An eight-part drama about a black jazz band that finds success and tragedy in 1930s London. Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years A Slave”) and Matthew Goode (aka Lady Mary’s squeeze in “Downton Abbey”) are part of the cast.“Alexander Hamilton,” History Channel, 7 p.m. June 26. Finding tickets to the Broadway hit musical “Hamilton” too pricey? This two-hour documentary detailing his national legacy may leave you singing the founding father’s praises.“Roadies,” Showtime, 8 p.m. June 26. Rock stars ruled in filmmaker Cameron Crowe’s Oscar-winning “Almost Famous,” but it’s the crew members who shine in the comedy series written and directed by Crowe. Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino and Keisha Castle-Hughes are part of the ensemble cast.“Hello World!” Discovery Channel, 6 p.m. July 9. The family friendly series enlists the narration and tunes of Christina Aguilera, Usher, Joan Jett and others to educate us about wild animals and their habitats.“The Night Of,” HBO, 7 p.m. July 10. A start-to-finish murder case as created by one Oscar-winning writer, Steven Zaillian (“Schindler’s List”) and one Oscar-nominated one, Richard Price (“The Color of Money”), with an assist from Peter Moffat, whose original U.K. series it’s adapted from. John Turturro, Riz Ahmed star.“The A Word,” SundanceTV, 8 p.m. July 13. Both autism and adultery figure in this series, described as both thoughtful and humorous, about a 5-year-old boy and his extended family.“The Get Down,” Netflix, Aug. 12. New York circa 1970s is the setting for this music-saturated drama about South Bronx teenagers in a harsh and changing world. Extravagant filmmaker Baz Luhrmann (“Moulin Rouge!”) directed and produced the series with young actors (Justice Smith, Shameik Moore) and veterans (Jimmy Smits, Giancarlo Esposito).