By Joanne Rosa
Summer is (almost) here and the livin’ is easy! Summer trips are fun and all, but we know that at some point, you’ll need to hold off on your summer activities, and relax with a good TV show or movie. Wendy‘s got you covered! With this guide, you won’t have to sift through all of the reviews and trailers.
The Gospel According to André (May 25)
Fashion maven and friend to the show André Leon Talley‘s documentary The Gospel According to André is without a doubt the movie we are most excited for this summer. André’s documentary details his journey to becoming one of the most influential tastemakers of our time. The road to becoming the André, or “Queen Kong” as haters called him, wasn’t always an easy one. In the movie’s trailer, André shares the appalling moment a group of white men-including the Duke- struck him with stones because he was walking through a college campus. Growing up in the segregated Jim Crow South, André made the best of his situation by viewing Sunday church as a fashion show. “You don’t get up and say, ‘look, I’m black and I’m proud,'” André explained in a clip from his documentary. “You just do it.”
André will be hitting the Wendy couch on Tuesday, May 29!
Claws (June 10 | TNT)
After a successful season one, the fierce ladies from Claws are returning this summer! When you have stars like Niecy Nash, Carrie Preston, Judy Reyes, Karrueche Tran, and Jenn Lyon, it’s no shock that they’re back on the small screen. This season, the Claws crew is badder than ever, and not just because Niecy Nash says, “You’ve been wanting to take the Russians out? That’s exactly what we’re gonna do. But we’re gonna do it my way.”
Catch up with the first season of Claws on Hulu before season two premieres!
Whitney (July 6)
This isn’t the first Whitney Houston documentary the world will see, but it’s the first one that the Whitney Houston estate approves. The documentary, simply titled Whitney, focuses on her talent, stardom, and includes unreleased music and never before seen footage. The documentary conducts an in-depth examination of her life and career as family and friends come forward to discuss Whitney as they knew her, not as the media portrayed her. A Variety review boasted that “the film captures the quality that made Whitney Houston magical, but more than that it puts together the warring sides of her soul.”
Save the date; Whitney is in theaters on June 6.
Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (July 16 | HBO)
People around the world struggled to understand Robin Williams’ death in August 2014. Robin’s humor stirred up joy in all who he entertained over his successful career. HBO’s documentary Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind will celebrate the comedy genius in a way we’ve never seen him before. The documentary will reveal Robin’s creative process through unseen home movies and onstage footage, as well as past interviews with Robin and new interviews with those who adored him such as Billy Crystal, Eric Idle, Whoopi Goldberg, David Letterman, Steve Martin, Pam Dawber and his son, Zak Williams. All of this will help piece together the life Robin lived, and give viewers a glimpse inside the comedy legend’s mind.
Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind premieres Monday July 16th on HBO.
Making It (July 31, NBC)
Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman executive produce and co-host a new competition series Making It. As much as we want to treat this partnership like Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson are here for a Parks and Recreation reunion, that’s not the case. Luckily, their characters aren’t that off from their real life selves. During the show’s six episodes, eight crafters from across the country will take DIY crafts to the next level. Each episode has a central theme, along with a timed round, and a skill round. Not only do we get to watch crafters do their thang, but we also get to watch Amy and Nick crack jokes the whole time.
Making It premieres July 31 on NBC.
Insecure (August 12 | HBO)
We’re hella excited for season three of Insecure! We left season two with – SPOILERS AHEAD – Issa about to move in with Daniel (AKA the guy she cheated on her ex Lawrence with), and Molly sleeping with her married childhood friend who claims he’s in an open marriage.
Issa Rae, thanks for giving us a dose of Insecure to hold us over until the summer. Catch the season three premiere of Insecure August 12 on HBO.