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‘Still Star-Crossed’ (ABC, May 29 at 10 p.m.)

The 1-Sentence Pitch: “It takes place after the beautiful story we know and love, Romeo and Juliet, with the royal family of Verona deciding how to keep the Montagues and Capulets from breaking out into war because of what happened to their children,” explains Lashana Lynch, who plays Rosaline Capulet.

What to Expect: To ensure peace in his city, Prince Escalus (Sterling Sulieman) orders Rosaline, Juliet’s cousin, to marry Benvolio Montague (Wade Briggs), Romeo’s cousin. But “they hate each other,” Lynch says. Adds Briggs, “This is a future he doesn’t want. But there’s a fantastic amount of electricity between these two personalities, and they end up being a lot more to one another than they realized initially.” And complicating the whole plan is the fact that Rosaline and Prince Escalus are in love. “It’s a classic Shondaland love triangle,” Briggs notes.

Modern Love: Though it’s based on Shakespeare, Still Star-Crossed uses contemporary dialogue, and the characters are also updated. “Rosaline is bold and feisty and fierce, like a modern girl in the 16th century,” Lynch says. Of course, Shakespeare’s themes — like “lust and revenge and all of those human desires,” says Lynch — are timeless. — Kelly Woo

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Summer TV Preview: 21 New Shows to Get Excited About

Summer TV used to be rerun city, but this summer you may need to rearrange some vacation plans to fit all the new shows into your schedule.

Both ABC and TNT will go back in time with new Shakespeare-themed period dramas, including Still Star-Crossed from Shondaland and Will, the fictional story of the famous playwright’s roaring 20s in London. Meanwhile, USA premieres eight-episode thriller The Sinner featuring Jessica Biel’s return to the small screen. Your Netflix queue will be full with new binge-worthy offerings like the ladies’ wrestling dramedy GLOW, Marvel’s The Defenders, Gypsy starring Naomi Watts, and the Keegan-Michael Key/Cobie Smulders comedy, Friends From College. And just when you’re missing Dancing With the Stars, J.Lo, Derek Hough, and Ne-Yo will swoop in with NBC’s supersized answer to TV dance competitions, World of Dance, which comes with an unheard-of $1 million prize.

Click through this slideshow to see what’s debuting between now and August.

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