Say ahoy to ‘Stranger Things” retro Season 3 teaser — and a summer 2019 premiere (yes, it’d miss next year’s Emmys)

Ahoy! Here’s some good and bad news to start your week: There is a new, totally tubular teaser for “Stranger Things” Season 3. Trust us, it’s great. Now the bad news: Season 3 likely won’t drop until next summer. Yup, that means “Stranger Things” would sit out next year’s Emmys.

The retro clip is in the style of a local ad for Starcourt Mall, the brand spankin’ new mall in Hawkins, Indiana, which boasts some of your favorite stores of yesteryear: Sam Goody, Claire’s and Waldenbooks (remember bookstores?). Oh, and guess who’s working in the Scoops Ahoy ice cream parlor? Your favorite babysitter Steve (Joe Keery), serving up ice cream in a sailor outfit alongside Hawkins newbie “alternative girl” Robin (Maya Hawke). Honestly, the only thing this is missing is Robin Scherbatsky and her robot.

It’s all ’80s fun until you notice the fine print in the final shot: Starcourt Mall is “coming next summer!” That basically confirms we won’t be back in the Upside Down until then. Season 1 dropped July 15, 2016, and Season 2 was released Oct. 27, 2017. Season 3 started production in April. For comparison, Season 2 started production in November 2016 and wrapped in June 2017.

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Unless Netflix drops the season by the annual May 31 deadline, “Stranger Things”‘ delayed premiere opens up a third spot in the Emmy Best Drama Series lineup next year. Its fellow nominees this year, “The Americans” and “Westworld,” will also be out — the former because it’s ended and the latter because Season 3 won’t begin production until June 2019, Ed Harris told the Huffington Post last month. With former nominees “Better Call Saul” and “House of Cards” eligible next year, they could reclaim their spots, leaving one vacant spot for… a new show? “Big Little Lies”? Or will all three slots be filled by new shows? Stranger things have happened.

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