NOW TV: The best of what’s new for August

By Nathaniel Dalby - Mon 25th Jul 2016 Features

August brings with it a host of new shows and classics you might not have seen before to NOW TV. Here’s our guide to the best of what’s new.

 

NOW TV is Sky’s premier streaming platform, allowing you to view Sky programming without signing up for Sky TV. Because NOW TV is linked with Sky, users can experience constantly changing and updating content to stream, with brand new dramas and critically acclaimed series from the US. 

Ballers

Sky has exclusive rights to HBO shows in the UK, which gives NOW TV customers a chance to stream some of the best TV from the US. After being the home of smash-hits such as Game of Thrones and The Sopranos, HBO is currently offering Ballers on NOW TV. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Ballers follows ex football player Spencer Strasmore as he looks to find success as a financial manager of current NFL players.

Created by the same minds as Boardwalk Empire and Entourage, this comedy-drama is a darkly funny and slickly made thrill-ride, giving you a chance to see Dwayne Johnson in a rare non-action roll. If you’re looking for something that’s made with the same care and attention of dark dramas like Game of Thrones but with more of a laid-back edge, Ballers is ideal. 

Wayward Pines

Taking inspiration from David Lynch’s seminal Twin Peaks, Wayward Pines is a mystery thriller set in the heart of the American wilderness. Blending creepy imagery with an oddly unique concept, Wayward Pines sees US Secret Service agent Ethan Burke unravel the fate of two missing agents in the mysterious town of Wayward Pines. 

With the second season of this intriguing series in full swing, now is the perfect time to jump into what looks to be a creepy and atmospheric few episodes. If you’re looking for something that blends sci-fi, mystery and thriller all together and is creepy in all the right ways, Wayward Pines comes highly recommended. 

Ray Donovan

Having just been nominated for 4 Emmy awards, you may just be hearing about Ray Donovan for the first time. This intense drama follows the titular Ray as he solves problems for Hollywood’s rich and famous, all the while running from his dark past. With the fourth season of the show recently wrapping up, there’s never been a better time to jump into the action. With criminal intrigue 
 
Ray Donovan is proving somewhat of a sleeper hit, with many audiences only just realising how good it is. If you’re looking for the next epic crime thriller that’s made in the mould of the hugely popular Breaking Bad, Ray Donovan is something worth watching. NOW TV customers can catch all 4 seasons right now. 

The Wire

The Wire is one of the most legendary US TV shows, with many arguing that it ushered in a golden age of TV. Following drug trafficking in Baltimore from the perspectives of both police and criminals, The Wire has been critically acclaimed for being both dramatically thrilling and a startlingly realistic look at the area. Made with input from real people involved in the scene, The Wire features characters and storylines taken from Baltimore’s history, giving it an extra layer of authenticity. 

The Wire continuities the trend of quality shows from HBO that you can stream through NOW TV. With star turns from Idris Elba, Dominic West and John Doman, this is essential viewing for anyone who hasn’t had the chance to check it out. You can catch all five seasons on NOW TV right now. 

Outcast 

Based on the comic by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Outcast is a horror series that follows Kyle Barnes as he attempts to find out why his family has been plagued with demonic possession all his life. Teaming up with Philip Glenister’s Reverend Anderson, he sets out to save the people in his town from a biblical threat. 

With shows such as The Walking Dead and the recent Preacher taking the TV world by storm, Outcast is something that fans of comics will want to get in on. The first series of Outcast is airing now on FOX, but NOW TV customers can catch up and continue watching the action via their streaming device of choice.