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Idris Elba, Laura Linney, Russell Crowe: Summertime is TV's best time for fine drama

Idris Elba, Laura Linney, Russell Crowe: Summertime is TV's best time for fine drama

Idris Elba, Russell Crowe, Emma Thompson, Ben Kingsley, Ruth Wilson and Laura Linney. Even in an era that has rightfully come to be known as a golden age of TV drama, that’s a lot of talent for any new season.

But that’s only part of the lineup for dramas premiering just in June on cable or streamed TV.

June has long been my favorite month of the TV year. For decades, when network TV dominated the medium and critics slavishly acted like nothing could compare with new fall seasons, cable counter-programmed by saving some of its best material for summers. As the broadcast networks went dark in the summer in terms of new programs, cable introduced many of its best and most daring...

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