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WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: FIRST DAY OF CAMP (Netflix)
It’s been nearly 15 years since the original Wet Hot American Summer opened — and quickly closed — in theaters. In the meantime, the film has become a cult classic and several of its cast members, including Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler, have become major stars. So the timing is perfect for a prequel featuring the now-middle-aged actors playing younger versions of their characters at Camp Firewood in 1981. The ensemble has expanded to include such newcomers as Kristen Wiig, Josh Charles and Mad Men John Slattery and Jon Hamm, who naturally gets into a knife fight with Christopher Meloni’s camp chef. It’s like Meatballs with more meat. And balls.
STATEN ISLAND SUMMER (Hulu)
It’s another summer-set comedy with a slew of SNL vets: This one takes place in the present but channels the hard-R-rated spirit of ‘80s teen comedies like Porky’s. Produced by Lorne Michaels and written by Weekend Update co-anchor Colin Jost (loosely inspired by his own Staten Island roots), it features present and past SNL-ers Bobby Moynihan, Cecily Strong, Kate McKinnon, Will Forte, and Fred Armisen (as a Carl Spackler-esque groundskeeper). It’s like Caddyshack with less caddies. And more balls.
INSPECTOR GEORGE GENTLY: SERIES 7 (Acorn TV)
Based on the popular series of crime novels by Alan Hunter, this BBC-produced drama stars Martin Shaw as the titular inspector. Set in the '60s, the series’ latest season takes place in 1969, and a new episode will stream on Acorn every Monday for four weeks staring August 3 and culminating in August 20’s “Son of a Gun,” in which Gently confronts a gang of bank-robbing skinheads… not so gently. If you recognize Lee Ingelby, who plays sidekick John Bacchus, it might be from his role as Knight Bus driver Stan Shunpike in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
PARK BENCH WITH STEVE BUSCEMI: SEASON 2 (AOL)
Talk about truth in advertising: The ex-Boardwalk Empire gangster sits on park benches around New York City and chats up such celebs as Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Elvis Costello, Sons of Anarchy’s Mark Boone Junior (who costarred in Buscemi’s deliciously dry 1996 big-screen directorial debut Trees Lounge) and — in the latest installment, “Orange is the New Steve” — OITNB author Piper Kiernan. Oh, and Buscemi is joined by his lookalike brother, Michael, better known as God on Nurse Jackie.
Plus-sized models Sophie Sheppard, Stefania Ferrario, Margaret Macpherson, Olivia Langdon and Jessica Vander Leahy talk about — and show off — their curvy bodies in this new Web series. Says Macpherson, an Aussie (no relation to Elle), “Now these days, my mid 20s, I love my body but it’s taken a really long time to get to this stage.“ Funny, it didn’t take us nearly as long.
Currently Senior Articles Editor for Closer Weekly, Bruce Fretts has written for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, Emmy Magazine, Fast Company, and Vulture.com. You can follow him on Twitter @brucefretts.