Television doesn’t sleep. The sheer amount of content—455 scripted programs were aired in the year 2016!—can prove overwhelming for even the most dedicated TV buffs. And although Emmy voters must nominate in June and vote in August, their job requires tuning in all year long. Backstage is breaking down, month by month, the buzzy shows and performances that merit attention in the ever-growing landscape of the small screen.
May is a particularly crucial month for programming, as May 31, 2017 is the Television Academy’s cut-off date for Emmy Awards consideration. That being said, a slew of acclaimed series, as well as some new ones, will make it in under the awards wire. Mark your calendar and become a couch potato along with us!
ABCA new show from Shonda Rhimes should be kept on any avid TV viewer’s radar. On May 29, the prolific powerhouse’s newest joint venture with ABC debuts: “Still-Star Crossed” will pick up where Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” leaves off, depicting the ongoing feud between the Montagues and Capulets. The seven-episode script comes from “Scandal” scribe Heather Mitchell, and will feature a cast including Anthony Head, Grant
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