From Executive Producer Jessica Biel (The Sinner), “Cruel Summer” is a psychological thriller that follows two young women; Kate Wallis, the popular girl with a charmed life who one day goes missing, and Jeanette Turner, the nerdy wannabe who is accused of being connected to Kate’s disappearance.
All signs point to Jeanette’s guilt, but is Kate really who she seems to be? Set over three summers and told through shifting points of view, the series challenges perception and follows how one girl can go from being a sweet outlier to the most despised person in America.
The series stars Olivia Holt, Chiara Aurelia, Michael Landes, Froy Gutierrez, Harley Quinn Smith, Allius Barnes, Blake Lee, and Brooklyn Sudano. Recurring guest stars include Sarah Drew and Andrea Anders. “Cruel Summer” comes from studio eOne and executive producers Tia Napolitano, Bert V. Royal, with Iron Ocean Productions’ Jessica Biel and Michelle Purple. Max Winkler directs, and executive produces the pilot.
Freeform’s Cruel Summer premieres Tuesday, April 20th on Freeform, next day on Hulu
The unconventional drama takes place over three summers in the 90s when a beautiful and popular teen goes missing, and a seemingly unrelated girl transforms from a sweet and awkward outlier to the most popular girl in town, eventually becoming the most despised person in America. Each episode is told from alternating POVs.
April 20 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT)– Episode #1001 – “Happy Birthday Jeanette Turner”
Taking place over three summers in the ‘90s when a popular teen goes missing, and a seemingly unrelated girl transforms from a sweet and awkward outlier to the most popular girl in town, eventually becoming the most despised person in America.
April 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT)– Episode #1002 – “A Smashing Good Time”
It’s time for the annual Skylin Garden Club Party! Year after year after year, the residents of Skylin struggle with the truth around what happened to Kate, keeping their secrets buried and maintaining appearances.
April 27 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT) – Episode #1003 – “Off With a Bang
Victim or villain? Jeanette continues to add fuel to the fire as her reckless behavior causes her friends and family to question her even more.