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Television outlets ready for their ‘beach book’ season

LOS ANGELES — Summer travel packing list: sunscreen, power bars, television.

The miracle of portable media frees you to roam and still catch a favorite returning series or promising newcomer, and without overloading a DVR. Hold that smart phone or tablet close and play traveler and viewer at the same time.

There’s still a fall TV season ahead, but broadcast, cable and streaming outlets proudly tout their efforts to keep you hooked year-round to screens big or small. Networks lean heavily on game and reality shows but there are stellar dramatic options, including season three of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” out now on Hulu, and HBO’s second iteration of “Big Little Lies” — and with Meryl Streep, no less!

Among the other possibilities to consider:

– “City on a Hill,” Showtime, 9 p.m. Sunday. The 1990s-set drama’s pedigree alone demands attention, with Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge (“Underground”) starring and Tom Fontana (“Oz,” ”Homicide: Life on the Street”) as showrunner and an executive producer. Bacon plays a corrupt FBI veteran who joins with Hodge’s assistant D.A. to fight a Boston crime operation and a subverted criminal justice system.

– “Masterpiece: Endeavour,” PBS, 9 p.m. Sunday. British police detective Endeavour Morse, played by Shaun Evans, is at a crossroads as the prequel to the original “Inspector Morse” series returns. An unwelcome reorganization has broken up the Oxford police team as it confronts a colleague’s unresolved murder. Evans directs the second of the season’s four episodes.

– “Grand Hotel,” ABC, 10:01 p.m. Monday. Produced by Eva Longoria, the drama series stars Damian Bichir as the patriarch of a debt- and scandal-ridden family at risk of losing its luxurious Miami Beach resort. The story unfolds among the well-heeled upstairs and the downstairs staff, with Roselyn Sanchez, Denyse Tontz and Bryan Craig among the cast.

– “Spin the Wheel,” Fox, 9 p.m.

Article source: https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/television-outlets-ready-for-their-beach-book-season,576283

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