While the June lineup has just kicked off, HBO is already giving an early look at its July schedule. In addition to the anticipated HBO July 2019 schedule, we’ve got some highlights for Cinemax as well.
Returning for its third season Monday, July 1 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT) with new episodes airing subsequent Mondays at the same time, the comedy series Divorce centers on ex-spouses Frances (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Robert (Thomas Haden Church), who, after more than a decade of marriage and two children, find themselves caught up in the lengthy process of unwinding their relationship. In season three, Frances and Robert are living independent lives, but still share an emotional and day-to-day connection through their children. With sharp, observant humor, the series mines the awkward moments and intense emotions of two people trying to embrace life’s changes – and move on with their lives – after their divorce. The show also stars Molly Shannon, Talia Balsam, Sterling Jerins, Charlie Kilgore and Becki Newton.
Based on the groundbreaking Israeli series of the same name, Euphoria, continues Sunday, July 7 (10:00-11:00 p.m.), with other episodes debuting subsequent Sundays at the same time. This provocative, authentic and unforgettable new drama that puts a fresh spin on the coming-of-age narrative. Serving as a guide through the teenage landscape of substance-enhanced parties and anxiety-ridden day- to-day life is 17-year-old Rue Bennett (Zendaya), a drug addict fresh from rehab, who’s struggling to make sense of her future. Her life is changed drastically when she meets Jules Vaughn (Hunter Schafer), a trans girl who recently moved to town following her parents’ divorce, and, like Rue, is searching for where she belongs.
Also in Rue’s orbit are classmates Nate Jacobs (Jacob Elordi), a jock whose anger issues mask sexual insecurities; Maddy Perez (Alexa Demie), Nate’s on- and off- again girlfriend; Chris McKay (Algee Smith), a football star who finds the adjustment from high school to college harder than expected; Cassie Howard (Sydney Sweeney), a sweet girl whose sexual history continues to dog her; Lexi Howard (Maude Apatow), Cassie’s younger sister and Rue’s level-headed childhood friend; and Kat Hernandez (Barbie Ferreira), a body-conscious teen exploring her sexuality. Raw and unapologetic, the series provides an up-close-and-personal look at what it’s like to be a young person today in a compelling narrative that’s equal parts shocking and empathetic.
HBO’s smash-hit drama Big Little Lies continues its seven-episode second season Sunday, July 7 (9:00-10:00 p.m.), with other episodes debuting subsequent Sundays at the same time, leading up to the season finale on July 21. Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Zoё Kravitz reprise their roles, with Meryl Streep joining the cast. On the surface, everything seems the same in the seaside town of Monterey, Cal.: mothers continue to dote, husbands support, children are adorable, houses are beautiful. But the night of the school fundraiser changed all that, leaving the community reeling as the “Monterey Five” bond together to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. Meanwhile, Perry’s grieving mother, Mary Louise Wright, comes to town in search of answers after her son’s death. Exploring the malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting, this season delivers plenty of twists and surprises, as relationships fray, loyalties erode, and the potential for emotional and bodily injury still looms.
Created by Russell T Davies, The six-part limited drama series Years and Years continues Monday, July 1 (9:00-10:00 p.m.), with new episodes airing subsequent Mondays at the same time, leading up to the finale on July 29. This series follows the members of one family as their complex lives converge on one crucial night in 2019, when Britain is rocked by political, economic and technological advances. Rory Kinnear, Russell Tovey, Jessica Hynes, Ruth Madeley and Anne Reid star, along with Emma Thompson, who plays an outspoken celebrity turned political figure whose controversial opinions divide the nation.
From Julio Torres and Ana Fabrega – two of the freshest voices in comedy – alongside Fred Armisen and Lorne Michaels of Saturday Night Live, comes the primarily Spanish-language comedy series Los Espookys, continuing its six-episode season Friday, July 5 (11:00-11:30 p.m.), with other episodes debuting subsequent Fridays at the same time leading up to the season finale July 19. This unconventional half-hour series follows a group of friends who turn their love for horror into a peculiar business: providing horror to those who need it. Set in a fictional, dreamy Latin American country, where the strange and eerie are just part of daily life, the show stars Ana Fabrega, Julio Torres, Cassandra Ciangherotti and Bernardo Velasco as The Espookys with José Pablo Minor and recurring guest star Fred Armisen.
Sesame Street continues its 49th season Saturday, July 6 (9:00-9:30 a.m.), with the season finale airing July 13.
Based on Pippa Bianco’s Cannes Film Festival award-winning short of the same name, the feature-length drama Share debuts Saturday, July 27 (10:00-11:30 p.m.). The film stars Rhianne Barreto as a 16-year-old who discovers a disturbing video from a night she doesn’t remember, and must try to figure out what happened and how to navigate the escalating fallout. The film also stars Charlie Plummer, Poorna Jagannathan, J.C. MacKenzie, Nicholas Galitzine, Lovie Simone and Danny Mastrogiorgio.
Presenting a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events, as well as addressing broader issues, the Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver resumes its sixth season after a hiatus on Sunday, July 28 (11:00-11:30 p.m.), exclusively on HBO. Taped in New York a few hours before it debuts on HBO, the show is the only weekly news-oriented comedy series to be presented on Sunday night.
Vice News Tonight, the half-hour nightly newscast from VICE Media and HBO, debuts a new edition Tuesday, July 2 (7:30-8:00 p.m.), followed by other new editions subsequent weeknights Tuesday through Friday, with a hiatus July 4 and 5.
Bohemian Rhapsody, debuting Saturday, July 6 (8:00-10:15 p.m.), tells the story behind the music of Queen and their lead singer, Freddie Mercury. The Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee stars Oscar and Golden Globe winner Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander and Mike Myers. Directed by Bryan Singer; screenplay by Anthony McCarten; story by Anthony McCarten and Peter Morgan.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, debuting Saturday, July 13 (8:00-10:15 p.m.), continues the Fantastic Beasts series with the story of Magizoologist Newt Scamander. The ensemble cast includes Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Jude Law and Johnny Depp.
First Man, the story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, debuts Saturday, July 20 (8:00-10:25 p.m.). Ryan Gosling stars as Neil Armstrong alongside Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, Ciarán Hinds, Christopher Abbott, Patrick Fugit and Lukas Haas.
When four thieves die in a armed robbery attempt, their widows come together to pull off the heist their husbands were planning in Widows, debuting Saturday, July 27 (7:45-10:00 p.m.). The film stars Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Daniel Kaluuya, Jackie Weaver with Robert Duvall and Liam Neeson. Directed by Steven McQueen from a screenplay by Gillian Flynn & Steve McQueen, the film is based on Widows, by Lynda La Plante.
Every Crime Has a Story, HBO’s trilogy of two-part documentaries, begins with Erin Lee Carr’s timely, two-part documentary I Love You, Now Die explores troubling questions of how we communicate in the digital age by diving into the ethical morass of the case of Michelle Carter, who was charged with coercing her boyfriend into suicide via text. Part one debuts Tuesday, July 9 (8:00-9:05 p.m.), with part two airing the following evening at the same time.
Behind Closed Doors examines the mystery behind the double murder of a teenage girl and her family’s household servant in Noida, India – a case that sparked a media frenzy and has captivated an entire nation for over a decade. The riveting two-part documentary debuts Tuesday, July 16 (8:00-9:20 p.m.), with part two airing the following evening at the same time
Who Killed Garrett Phillips?, a captivating two-part documentary from acclaimed director Liz Garbus looks at the trial of Nick Hillary for the 2011 murder of 12-year-old Garrett Phillips, a case that raised questions of racial bias in a small-town community, debuts Tuesday, July 23 (8:00-9:30 p.m.), with Part 2 airing the following evening at the same time.
Unmasking Jihadi John: Anatomy of a Terrorist, debuting Wednesday, July 31 (8:00-9:40 p.m.), recounts the global hunt for Mohammed Emwazi “Jihadi John,” a man who was raised in the UK and grew to become a brutal ISIS terrorist. The film details the experiences of the hostages held by Emwazi and highlights the journey of family members trying to get justice for their relatives who were killed by the terrorist. Unmasking Jihadi John provides a detailed account of the hunt for Emwazi by CIA, Pentagon and British intelligence operatives who have never spoken publicly about the operation until now.
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel goes behind the box scores and statistics to tackle timely subjects in the world of contemporary sports. Featuring a top lineup of contributors, the next monthly edition debuts Tuesday, July 30 (10:00-11:00 p.m.).
The second season of El Jardín de Bronce continues Monday, July 1 (8:00-9:00 p.m.) on HBO Latino. The first season told the story of the mysterious disappearance of a couple’s four-year-old daughter, who vanished without a trace while on the Buenos Aires metro. In the second season, the girl’s parents, Fabián and Lila,conduct a desperate hunt for their child, embarking on a painful, long, and dangerous search that, over the course of years, will take them to a surprising destination.
The Cinemax July lineup includes original series Jett and exclusive movies such as Pacific Rim: Uprising, Hunter Killer and Tomb Raider.
Created, written, directed and executive produced by Sebastian Gutierrez, Jett continues its nine-episode first season Friday, July 5 (10:00-11:00 p.m.) with other episodes debuting subsequent Fridays at the same time. This series stars Carla Gugino as Daisy “Jett” Kowalski, a world-class thief just out of prison and trying to stay on the straight and narrow. When powerful crime lord Charlie Baudelaire (Giancarlo Esposito) offers her the proverbial “last job” – a jewel heist in Cuba that will see her reunited with former flame and safecracker extraordinaire Quinn (Mustafa Shakir) – Jett goes back to doing what she does best. Over the course of the nine-episode season, Jett deals with the fallout of this heist, finding herself buffeted from job to job through a series of unpredictable reversals, tethered to a cast of morally ambivalent and eccentric criminals – from budding femme fatales to compromised law enforcers to unscrupulous Russian mobsters – as she deftly navigates shifting loyalties, trying to figure out who double- crossed her and how to protect her daughter.
Set ten years after the original film in 2035, the sequel Pacific Rim: Uprising, debuting Friday, July 12 (8:05-10:00 p.m.), follows former Jaeger pilot Jake Pentecost (John Boyega), who is given the opportunity to live up to his father’s legacy when the world is faced with a new threat.
A novice American submarine captain must team up with U.S. Navy SEALS to rescue the Russian president, who has been kidnapped by a rogue general, in Hunter Killer, debuting Friday, July 19 (7:55-10:00 p.m.). The action thriller stars Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Michael Nyqvist, Common, Linda Cardellini and Toby Stephens.
Looking to solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance, Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) embarks on a precarious expedition to the mythical Japanese tomb where he was last seen in the action-filled fantasy Tomb Raider, debuting Friday, July 26 (8:00-10:00 p.m.).