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Summer Entertainment Guide 2024 by Race Communications

Summertime is when we gather with loved ones, relax, and dive into the latest TV shows and movies. With the kids out of school and longer daylight hours, it’s the perfect time to catch up on the entertainment you’ve been missing.  

Whether you’re planning a cozy movie night, a thrilling series marathon, or looking for something to keep the kids entertained, we’ve got you covered. 

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Below you’ll find our Summer Entertainment Guide 2024. We’ll cover everything from the hottest new TV shows and children’s programs to thrilling live sports events.  

You’ll also find information about where to watch, whether it’s on RaceTV or streaming services like Disney+, Netflix, Apple TV+, Hulu, and more. So, grab your popcorn, settle in, and find out what to watch in summer 2024!  🍿 

🎬 TV Series and Shows

 

The Acolyte 🌟

The Acolyte

Source: Men’s Health

  • Premiere Date: Tuesday, June 4 
  • Streaming Service: Disney+ 

Star Wars fans, get ready for an exciting new adventure with “The Acolyte.” Set in the final days of the High Republic era, this series explores the darker side of the Force. With a fresh perspective, “The Acolyte” delves into a galaxy teetering on the edge of chaos, where emerging dark side powers threaten the balance.  

Created by Leslye Headland, the series promises intense storytelling and rich, complex characters. Follow the journey of a former Padawan reuniting with her Jedi Master to investigate a series of mysterious crimes, leading them into the shadowy depths of the Force.
 

The Boys (Season 4) 🦸‍♂️

The Boys Season 4 Trailer

Source: ScreenRant

  • Premiere Date: Thursday, June 13 
  • Streaming Service: Prime Video 

When Amazon Prime Video introduced “The Boys” in 2019, it turned the superhero genre on its head. Instead of noble heroes and clear-cut villains, “The Boys” presents a world where superpowered individuals, known as supes, are deeply flawed and often corrupt.  

The series quickly gained a massive following for its gritty, darkly comedic take on heroism and power. Now, after more than two years since the explosive third season, “The Boys” returns for Season 4 on June 13.  

Expect more jaw-dropping twists and intense confrontations as the Boys continue their battle against Vought International and the morally bankrupt supes. If you need a refresher, don’t miss the spin-off series “Gen V,” which ties directly into the main storyline.
 

House of the Dragon (Season 2) 🐉 

House of the Dragon Season 2

Source: Vanity Fair

  • Premiere Date: Sunday, June 16 
  • Streaming Service: Max 

In 2022, HBO returned to Westeros with “House of the Dragon,” a prequel that explores the history of the Targaryen dynasty. Set nearly 200 years before the events of “Game of Thrones,” the series explores the Targaryen civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons. 

Season 1 captivated audiences with its rich storytelling and complex characters, revealing the internal conflicts that led to the downfall of one of Westeros’s most powerful families. Now, nearly two years later, “House of the Dragon” Season 2 promises even more drama, dragons, and political intrigue.
 

The Bear (Season 3) 🍽️

The Bear

Source: Robb Report

  • Premiere Date: Thursday, June 27 
  • Streaming Service: Hulu 

Here at Race Communications, “The Bear” is a favorite among many of us. This critically acclaimed series, created by Christopher Storer, dives deep into the chaotic world of the food industry.  

Starring Jeremy Allen White as Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto, the show follows an award-winning chef who returns to Chicago to manage his late brother’s struggling sandwich shop. Season 3 picks up with Carmy and his eclectic kitchen crew as they reopen the restaurant, striving for culinary excellence while grappling with personal and professional challenges. 

With a stellar cast that includes Ayo Edebiri, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, and Abby Elliott, “The Bear” continues to blend intense drama with moments of heartfelt humor. As the team faces new obstacles and ambitions, viewers can expect a gripping exploration of resilience, passion, and the bonds that hold them together.
 

Land of Women 👩‍👩‍👧

Land of Women

Source: Apple

  • Premiere Date: Wednesday, June 26 
  • Streaming Service: Apple TV+ 

Prepare for a captivating blend of comedy, drama, and thriller with “Land of Women.” Inspired by Sandra Barneda’s bestselling novel, this six-episode series stars Eva Longoria as Gala, a New York empty nester whose life is turned upside down by her husband’s financial scandals.  

Forced to flee to a picturesque wine town in Spain with her aging mother (played by Carmen Maura) and teenage daughter (Victoria Bazúa), Gala hopes to escape the chaos. However, small-town gossip quickly unravels their secrets, leading to unexpected twists and heartfelt moments. Shot in both English and Spanish, “Land of Women” promises to deliver a rich, multicultural storytelling experience.

Umbrella Academy Season 4 (Final Season) ☂️

The Umbrella Academy

Source: Netflix

  • Premiere Date: Thursday, August 8 
  • Streaming Service: Netflix 

“The Umbrella Academy” returns for its highly anticipated fourth and final season on August 8, 2024. This beloved Netflix series, created by Steve Blackman, follows the superpowered Hargreeves family as they navigate complex timelines and apocalyptic threats. After the cliffhanger ending of Season 3, the Hargreeves find themselves in a new universe where they have lost their powers.  

With only six episodes to wrap up their epic journey, fans can expect intense character development and high-stakes drama. The season promises to explore deeper family dynamics, with returning stars Tom Hopper, Elliot Page, and David Castañeda, alongside new cast members Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, and David Cross.  

🧸 Children’s Shows to Watch in Summer 2024 

 

Yo Gabba GabbaLand! 🎵

Yo Gabba GabbaLand

Source: Apple

  • Premiere Date: Friday, August 9 
  • Streaming Service: Apple TV+ 
  • Ages: Preschool (2-5 years) 

Get ready to dance, sing, and learn with the highly anticipated reboot, “Yo Gabba GabbaLand!” This beloved children’s series, originally a cultural phenomenon, returns with a fresh reimagining that promises to captivate a new generation.  

Co-creators Christian Jacobs and Scott Schultz, along with the original crew, bring back familiar friends Muno, Foofa, Plex, Brobee, and Toodee, and introduce a new character, Kammy Kam the magician.  

Each episode is designed to engage young minds through music, dance, and creativity, making learning fun for both kids and parents.  

Bluey 🐾

Bluey

Source: The New Yorker

  • Streaming Service: Disney+ 
  • Ages: Preschool and up (3+ years) 

“Bluey,” the Australian sensation that has won hearts worldwide, continues to charm with its imaginative storytelling and heartfelt lessons. The show follows Bluey, a spirited six-year-old Blue Heeler dog, who transforms everyday family life into extraordinary adventures.  

With over 20 billion streaming minutes on Disney+, “Bluey” has become a staple in households around the globe. Season 3 wrapped up with emotional episodes, leaving fans eager for more.  

Executive producer Daley Pearson assures us that there are plenty more adventures in store for Bluey and her family. While the timeline for Season 4 remains under wraps, fans can continue to enjoy the delightful antics of Bluey, her sister Bingo, and their parents, Bandit and Chilli. 

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood 🐯

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

Source: IMDb

Streaming Service: PBS Kids via RaceTV, Amazon Prime Video 

Ages: Preschool (2-5 years) 

A successor to “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” this animated series follows Daniel Tiger and his friends as they explore their neighborhood and learn important social-emotional skills.  

Through songs and stories, Daniel helps preschoolers understand and manage their feelings, promoting empathy and kindness. 

Bread Barbershop 🥯

Bread Barbershop

Source: Book and Film Globe

Streaming Service: Netflix 

Ages: Preschool and up (3+ years) 

“Bread Barbershop” is set in a whimsical world where baked goods come to life. Bread Barbershop follows Bread, a genius cake decorator, who runs a barbershop for pastries. 

 Each episode features Bread helping his pastry clients with creative and sometimes zany solutions, teaching lessons about creativity, problem-solving, and friendship. 

Bear in the Big Blue House 🐻

Bear in the Big Blue House

Source: Country Living Magazine

Streaming Service: Disney+ 

Ages: Preschool (2-5 years) 

This beloved series features Bear, a gentle and friendly bear who lives in the Big Blue House. Along with his friends Tutter, Ojo, Pip, Pop, and Treelo, Bear explores various topics like emotions, friendship, and basic life skills. The show is known for its comforting tone and engaging songs. 

Dinosaur Train 🦕

Dinosaur Train

Source: Henson

Streaming Service: PBS Kids via RaceTV, Amazon Prime Video 

Ages: Preschool (3-6 years) 

Created by Craig Bartlett, this educational series takes children on a journey through prehistoric times. The show follows Buddy, a young Tyrannosaurus Rex, and his adoptive Pteranodon family as they travel on the Dinosaur Train to meet different species of dinosaurs. Each episode blends adventure with scientific facts about dinosaurs and natural history. 

Blaze and the Monster Machines 🏎️

Blaze and the Monster Machines

Source: Prime Video

Streaming Service: Nickelodeon via Race TV, Amazon Prime Video 

Ages: Preschool and early elementary (3-7 years) 

This CGI-animated series is about Blaze, a red monster truck, and his eight-year-old driver, AJ. Together, they embark on adventures that teach STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) concepts. The show combines exciting races and challenges with educational content, making learning fun and engaging for young viewers. 

Animated Movies for Families & Kids (Theaters)

 

Inside Out 2 😊

Inside Out 2

Source: Disney Movies

  • Release Date: Friday, June 14, 2024 

Get ready for an emotional rollercoaster with “Inside Out 2,” the highly anticipated sequel to Pixar’s Oscar-winning hit. This family-friendly movie dives back into the vibrant, inner world of Riley, now navigating the tumultuous waters of adolescence.  

Nearly a decade has passed since we last saw Riley and her emotions—Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust—working together to help her through the challenges of growing up. In “Inside Out 2,” Riley is now a teenager facing even more complex feelings and situations.   

As she deals with new experiences and relationships, her emotions must adapt and learn to work together in new ways. Expect to meet new characters representing Riley’s new emotions. 

Despicable Me 4 🍌

Despicable Me 4

Source: ABC News

  • Release Date: Wednesday, July 3, 2024 

The mischievous Minions and their lovable leader, Gru, are back in “Despicable Me 4.”  This latest installment in the beloved franchise promises more hilarious antics, heartwarming moments, and over-the-top villainy that fans of all ages have come to adore. Directed by Chris Renaud and produced by Chris Meledandri, the movie reunites the original voice cast, including Steve Carell as Gru, Kristen Wiig, and Miranda Cosgrove. 

Fans can look forward to new challenges and comical escapades as Gru balances his life as a reformed supervillain and a devoted family man. The movie will also introduce new characters and villains, adding fresh dynamics and humor to the story. 

🏅  Live Sports Events 

 

X Games Ventura 2024  🛹

X Games Ventura 2024

Source: X Games

  • Event Dates: Fri, June 28 – Sun, June 30 
  • Location: Ventura, California, USA 
  • Where to Watch: Available on ESPN via RaceTV 

Get ready for an adrenaline-packed weekend with X Games Ventura 2024! At the end of June, the Ventura County Fairgrounds and Event Center will host some of the world’s top action sports athletes, competing in thrilling events that push the limits of human performance.  

Tune in to watch high-octane competitions across various disciplines. Key events include Women’s Skateboard Park Elimination, Women’s Skateboard Street Elimination, Men’s Skateboard Park Elimination, and Men’s Skateboard Street Elimination. Whether you’re a die-hard action sports fan or new to the X Games, this event promises to deliver edge-of-your-seat entertainment. By streaming the events live via RaceTV, you can be part of this iconic sports event from the comfort of your home. 

Wimbledon 2024 🎾

Wimbledon

Source: Tennis Tours

Event Dates: Mon, July 1 – Sun July 14 

Location: All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, UK 

Where to Watch: Available on ESPN via RaceTV 

Wimbledon, the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, returns this summer. With its iconic grass courts and traditional all-white dress code, Wimbledon is a must-watch for tennis fans. Look forward to thrilling matches from top players as they compete for the coveted Wimbledon titles. 

Formula 1 – British Grand Prix 🏎️

F1 Grand Prix Great Britain 2024

Source: F1

Event Date: Sun, July 7 

Location: Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, UK 

Where to Watch: Available on ESPN via RaceTV 

The British Grand Prix at Silverstone is one of the highlights of the Formula 1 calendar. This historic race attracts fans from around the world to witness high-speed action and fierce competition among the best drivers.  

Tour de France 2024 🚲

Tour De France 2024

Source: Olympics

Event Dates: June 29 – July 21, 2024 

Location: Starting in Florence, Italy, and finishing in Nice, France 

Where to Watch: Available on NBC Sports via RaceTV 

Get ready for the 111th edition of the Tour de France, the world’s most prestigious cycling race. The race will start in Florence, Italy, marking the first time in its history that the Grand Départ is held in Italy. Over the course of three weeks, riders will traverse a challenging 3,492-kilometer route that includes seven mountain stages and four summit finishes, concluding in Nice, France. 

For the first time ever, the race will end outside Paris, due to preparations for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Instead, the grand finale will take place on the French Riviera, adding a new and exciting dynamic to the race’s conclusion. 

Key stages to watch include the high-altitude climbs in the Alps and Pyrenees, with notable ascents such as the Col de Vars and the Col de Turini. The inclusion of gravel roads and several challenging mountain passes will test the riders’ endurance and skill, making this year’s race one of the toughest yet. 

Summer Olympics 2024 🏅 

Paris 2024 Olympic Games

Source: Olympics

Event Dates: Fri, Jul 26, 2024 – Sun, Aug 11 

Location: Paris, France 

Where to Watch: Available on NBC on RaceTV and Peacock 

The excitement is building as we approach the Summer Olympics 2024, where more than 10,000 athletes from 206 nations will compete in 329 medal events across 32 sports, making this one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year. This year, the Olympics aim to be more inclusive than ever before, with women athletes comprising 50% of the participants 

Traditional favorites like swimming, artistic gymnastics, and track and field will share the spotlight with newer sports such as sport climbing, skateboarding, and surfing. Additionally, breaking (breakdancing) will make its Olympic debut, adding a fresh and exciting element to the Games.  

Paris has gone above and beyond to prepare for this monumental event, with 45 sporting events spread across 35 venues in Paris and its neighboring cities. Notable locations include the newly constructed Port de La Chapelle Area and the Aquatics Centre in Saint-Denis. The 2024 Paris Olympic Village, a sustainable development, will house the athletes and later be converted into residential living spaces for locals. 

Paralympic Games 2024 🏆

  • Event Dates: Tue, August 28 – Sun, September 8 
  • Location: Paris, France 
  • Where to Watch: Available on NBC on RaceTV and Peacock 

Following the Olympics, Paris will host the Paralympic Games, showcasing the incredible talents of athletes with disabilities. Over 4,400 athletes from around the world will compete in 22 sports, demonstrating their remarkable skills and inspiring stories of perseverance and excellence. Tune in on RaceTV to watch these outstanding athletes strive for gold. 

Cricket MEAC/SWAC Challenge Kick-Off 🏏

  • Event Date: Sat, August 24 
  • Location: Center Parc Credit Union Stadium, Atlanta, GA 
  • Teams: Florida A&M vs. Norfolk State 
  • Where to Watch: ESPN via RaceTV 

Kicking off the college football season, the MEAC/SWAC Challenge features a thrilling matchup between Florida A&M and Norfolk State. This event not only celebrates the start of the football season but also highlights the rich history and rivalry of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). 

US Open 2024 🎾

US Open 2024 Trophy

Source: Pinehurst

  • Event Dates: Mon, August 26 – Sun, September 8 
  • Location: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, New York, USA 
  • Where to Watch: Available on ESPN via RaceTV 

Two weeks of unparalleled tennis excitement – that’s the US Open 2024! Key events include the men’s and women’s singles, where reigning champions and rising stars will compete for the prestigious titles.  

Look out for thrilling clashes between tennis giants like Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Iga Swiatek, and Emma Raducanu. If you can’t make it to New York, RaceTV has you covered.  

Vegas Kickoff Classic 🏈

  • Event Date: Sun, September 1 
  • Location: Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, NV 
  • Teams: USC vs. LSU 
  • Where to Watch: ABC via RaceTV 

The Vegas Kickoff Classic is set to deliver an electrifying start to the college football season with a marquee matchup between USC and LSU. This game promises high-stakes action and is a must-watch for college football fans.  

FCS Kickoff 🏈

  • Event Date: Sun, September 1 
  • Location: Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, AL 
  • Teams: Matchup TBA 
  • Where to Watch: ESPN via RaceTV 

The FCS Kickoff game marks the beginning of the college football season for the Football Championship Subdivision. Featuring top teams from the FCS, this game sets the tone for an exciting season ahead. Watch live on ESPN via RaceTV to see which teams will face off in this season opener. 

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📺 Other RaceTV Highlights

RaceTV offers an extensive selection of channels to ensure there’s something for everyone in your household. Whether you’re a sports enthusiast, a news junkie, or a fan of lifestyle programming, RaceTV has you covered with almost 200 channels, including the nation’s leading networks.  

Here are some of the highlights. 

Sports Channels

For those who love the thrill of live sports, RaceTV provides access to a wide range of sports channels. Tune in to catch all the action from your favorite games and events. 

  • ESPN: Comprehensive sports coverage, including major leagues and college sports. 
  • NFL Network: Exclusive NFL games, analysis, and highlights. 
  • FOX Sports 1: Wide-ranging sports coverage, including NASCAR, MLB, and more. 
  • Golf Channel: Dedicated to golf tournaments and related programming. 
  • CBS Sports Network: College sports and original programming. 

Entertainment Channels

If entertainment is what you’re after, RaceTV offers a diverse lineup of channels to keep you entertained with movies, series, and special programs. 

  • Nickelodeon West: Fun and educational shows for kids. 
  • Hallmark Channel West: Heartwarming movies and series perfect for family viewing. 
  • FX West: Critically acclaimed series and blockbuster movies. 
  • TNT West: Popular dramas, movies, and sports events. 
  • Comedy Central West: Stand-up comedy, original series, and more. 

News Channels 

Stay informed with up-to-the-minute news from around the world with RaceTV’s selection of top news channels. 

  • CNN: Global news coverage and in-depth analysis. 
  • Fox News Channel: Comprehensive news and political commentary. 
  • MSNBC: Breaking news, in-depth analysis, and political coverage. 
  • CNBC: Business news and financial market updates. 
  • HLN: Headlines, legal news, and true crime stories. 

Lifestyle and Family Channels

For lifestyle enthusiasts and family-friendly programming, RaceTV offers channels that cater to a wide range of interests. 

  • HGTV West: Home improvement, design, and real estate shows. 
  • Food Network West: Cooking shows, culinary competitions, and recipes. 
  • Disney Channel West: Kid-friendly shows and movies. 
  • Animal Planet West: Wildlife documentaries and animal-related programming. 
  • Travel Channel West: Travel documentaries and adventure shows. 

With RaceTV, you can stream your favorite shows without the hassle of boxes and wires. Simply tune in on your Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, or any Android-based smart TV. 

☀️ Tips for Summer Viewing

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Maximize your summer entertainment experience with these handy tips. Whether you’re hosting a movie night, catching up on your favorite series, or tuning into live sports events, these suggestions will help you make the most of your RaceTV subscription. 

Create a Cozy Viewing Space 🛋️

Turn your living room or outdoor area into the ultimate viewing zone. Add comfortable seating, soft lighting, and a few cozy blankets to make the space inviting. If you’re watching outside, consider setting up a projector and screen for a fun backyard movie night. 

Plan Themed Movie Nights 🎥

Make your movie nights more exciting by planning themed events. For example, host a superhero night with “The Boys” and other superhero films, or a fantasy night featuring “House of the Dragon.” Prepare snacks and decorations that match the theme to enhance the experience. 

Set Up a Viewing Schedule 📅

With so many great shows and live sports events happening this summer, it can be easy to miss out. Create a viewing schedule to keep track of premiere dates and event times. Use a calendar app to set reminders, so you never miss a moment of the action. 

Invite Friends and Family 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

Summer viewing is more fun when shared with friends and family. Invite them over for a big game, movie marathon, or a binge-watching session of the latest series. Sharing the experience can make it more enjoyable and memorable.  

Don’t forget to put guests on a guest network instead of your main Wi-Fi. This helps protect your network security and makes it easier to manage who has access. For convenience, learn how to share your Wi-Fi password with guests. 

Take Advantage of DVR and On-Demand 📼

Don’t worry if you can’t watch a live event or a premiere. Use RaceTV’s DVR and on-demand features to record shows and watch them at your convenience. This way, you can enjoy your summer activities without missing out on your favorite programs. 

Use Multiple Devices 📱

With RaceTV, you can stream your favorite content on multiple devices, including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Android-based smart TVs. Take advantage of this flexibility to watch shows in different rooms or even on the go.  

If you have fiber internet, multiple people can stream simultaneously without any slowdown, everyone can enjoy their preferred content at the same time. 

Discover Hidden Gems 💎

Spend some time exploring the lesser-known channels and shows available on RaceTV. You might find a new favorite series or movie that you hadn’t considered before. Channels like Sundance West, IFC West, and Discovery Family offer a variety of unique programming. 

🌴 Summer Entertainment Guide: Final Thoughts

That’s a wrap on our summer entertainment guide! From thrilling live sports events and captivating series to family-friendly movies and children’s shows, we’ve covered all the exciting content you can enjoy this season. 

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RaceTV offers something for everyone. With almost 200 channels to choose from, including the nation’s leading news and sports channels, captivating entertainment is always at your fingertips. Stream your favorite shows without the hassle of boxes and wires. Simply tune in on your Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, or any Android-based smart TV. 

Order today to get started and make the most of your summer with RaceTV.