The Lazy Fanatic’s Mega Summer TV Preview!
For most people, the Summer is spent going on vacation, going to barbecues, or at the very least walking outside of your house from time to time. But for the rest of us, most of your time will be spent in front of a TV or computer screen. There has always been a negative perception of the quality of television available in the Summer with many believing there isn’t any. Luckily, the quality of programming has improved over the past couple of years and there are plenty of shows coming out to keep you occupied until September!
Side Note: These aren’t all the shows coming out, but the bulk of shows I felt would bring the most interest.
Unreal – June 1 – Lifetime
Created by Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, UnReal is a black comedy that takes a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a fictional reality television series. The new Lifetime show stars Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer.
The Whispers – June 1 – ABC
Based on Ray Bradbury’s Zero Hour, and executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, The Whispers is a new science-fiction/mystery drama following the journey of a paranormal force that’s begun haunting earth through its most vulnerable residents: children. The series stars Lily Rabe and Milo Ventimiglia.
Pretty Little Liars – June 2 – ABC Family
After escaping from Charles’ compound — with or without Mona — the girls are more determined than ever to unmask “A,” while simultaneously being pressured to finalize their post-high school plans. This sets the stage for a game-changing time jump halfway through the season.
Royal Pains – June 2 – USA Network
With a short-order seventh season consisting of eight episodes, the USA medical drama returns this month for an all-new round of high jinks with stars Mark Feurstein and Paulo Costanzo. The series is created by Andrew Lenchewski and John P. Rogers.
Stitchers – June 2 – ABC Family
A promising college student with a rare neurological disorder is recruited by a top-secret government agency to enter the minds of deceased victims — and, in some cases, deceased criminals — in order to solve classified cases.
Hannibal – June 4 – NBC
Following a shocking ending to last season that left the show covered in blood, Hannibal returns to NBC for its third season in a new summer timeslot. Starring Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen, Hannibal is created by Bryan Fuller.
SENSE8 – June 5th – Netflix
Co-created and directed by the Wachoswkis in their first transition into television, Sesne8 is a new science-fiction series that follows the lives of eight strangers who suddenly find themselves connected in the aftermath of a tragic death. The series is co-created with Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski and stars Brian J. Smith, Tuppece Middleton, and Aml Ameen.
Power – June 6 – Starz
Executive-produced by 50 Cent, Power returns to Starz for a second season starring Omari Hardwick as nightclub owner/drug kingpin James “Ghost” St. Patrick. The show is created by Courtney Kemp Agboh.
Orange is the new black – June 12 – Netflix
Based on the book of the same name by Piper Kerman about life within the confines of a female prison,Orange Is the New Black returns for its third season on Netflix this summer. Created by Jenji Kohan, the series stars Taylor Schilling and Kate Mulgrew.
Defiance – June 12 – SyFy
Starring Grant Bowler and Julie Benz, Defiance follows the lives of a devastated future earth where aliens roam openly and humanity is merely just another species among the crowd. The series is created by Rockne S. O’Bannon, Kevin Murphy, and Michael Taylor.
Proof – June 16 -TNT
Starring Jennifer Beals and created by Rob Bragin, Proof is a new supernatural drama following the adventures of Carolyn Tyler, a doctor persuaded by tech inventor Ivan Turing to investigate cases of reincarnation and haunting (among others) to determine if death is indeed the final step in the journey of life itself.
Killjoys – June 19th – SyFy
A new Canadian-American co-production from the producers of Orphan Black, Killjoys stars Aaron Ashmore, Hannah John-Kamen, and Luke Macfarlane as a trio of bounty hunters who chase down deadly warrants throughout a galaxy known as the Quad. The series is created by Michelle Lovretta.
Ballers – June 21st – HBO
Created by Steve Levinson and starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Ballers follows the life of Spencer Strasmore, a retired athlete looking to shift his focus to reinventing himself and his life. The series also stars Rob Corddry and Omar Benson Miller.
True Detective – June 21 – HBO
Returning with an all-new cast and story following its critically acclaimed debut season, True Detectiveseason two takes the series to Los Angeles for an occult-free story with a cast that includes the likes of Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, and Rachel McAdams. The show will now feature a variety of directors including Justin Lin and Janus Metz. The series is created by Nic Pizzolatto.
The Brink – June 21st – HBO
A new comedy from HBO, The Brink stars Tim Robbins, Jack Black, and Aasif Mandvi as a trio of characters dealing with a geopolitical crisis in Pakistan. If renewed, every season of the show is intended to follow the same characters in a new crisis involving a different part of the world. The series is created by Roberto and Kim Benabib.
Mr.Robot – June 24th – USA
A cyber-security engineer by day/vigilante hacker by night (Rami Malek, 24) finds himself at a crossroads when the mysterious leader (Christian Slater) of an underground hacker group recruits him to destroy the very firm he is paid to protect.
Under the Dome – June 25th – CBS
Adapted from the Stephen King novel of the same name, Under the Dome will make its season-three debut this summer for a new run consisting of 13 episodes. The series is created by Brian K. Vaughan and stars Mike Vogel, Dean Norris, and Alexander Lefevre.
Humans – June 28th – AMC
A British-American co-production set to debut on AMC in the States, Humans stars Colin Morgan, William Hurt, and Katherine Parkinson in a drama set in a world where lifelike robot servants known as “synths” are the must-have new gadget of the time. The series is created by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley.
Falling Skies – June 28th – TNT
With the Espheni’s power core destroyed, the humans are now ready to fight on their terms, even if it means resorting to hand-to-hand combat. As the final season plays out, Tom and the 2nd Mass prepare for an all-out battle to determine the fate of Earth.
Zoo – June 30th – CBS
Adapted from the novel of the same name by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge, Zoo follows the journey of a young scientist trying to uncover the reasons for an increased amount of animal attacks around the globe. The series is created by Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg and stars James Wolk and Nora Arnezeder.
The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail – June 30th – Comedy Central
Returning for a new season of stand-up, The Meltdown takes viewers inside the weekly comedy show held by Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani at the famous Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles, California. Every episode features a variety of performers than can range from the likes of newcomers to headliners including Chris Hardwick and Weird Al.
Why? With Hannibal Buress – July 8th – Comedy Central
A new series starring the Broad City cast member, Why? With Hannibal Buress will follow the comedian as he addresses issues through stand-up bits, man-on-the-street interviews, and filmed segments. The series is currently ordered for eight episodes at Comedy Central.
Ray Donovan – July 12th – Showtime
Created by Ann Biderman, Ray Donovan follows the title character as he roams Los Angeles working as a fixer for the rich and famous. The series stars Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson, and Jon Voight.
Masters of Sex – July 12th – Showtime
Based on the book of the same name, Masters of Sex is a period drama about the research conducted by the infamous Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson at Washington University during the 1950s and 1960s. The series is created by Michelle Ashford and stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan.
The Strain – July 12th – FX
A horror series created by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, The Strain is an adaptation of the novel of the same name (written by del Toro and Hogan) about a secret plot to wipe out humanity at the hands of an ancient evil few have ever been made aware of. The series stars Corey Stoll and David Bradley.
Married – July 16th – FX
Created by Andrew Gurland, Married stars Judy Greer and Nat Faxon as a married couple that, after years together, has lost the spark that brought them together in the first place, and now must work to re-discover what it was.
You’re the Worst – ??? – FX
You’re the Worst is an American single-camera comedy series created by Stephen Falk and is centered on Jimmy, a self-involved writer and Gretchen, a self-destructive Los Angeles PR executive. These two toxic personalities attempt the impossible – a relationship.
I’m not sure when this show is coming back on but I felt the need to make sure people look out for it because the second season is coming sometime this summer.
Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll – July 16th – FX
Featuring Denis Leary’s first return to television since the conclusion of Rescue Me, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll follows a former rock singer trying to get his life back in order after his fame has waned in his later years. The series is created by Leary and co-stars Elizabeth Gillies and John Corbett.
Wet Hot American Summer – July 27th – Netflix
Created by David Wain and Michael Showalter, the show is a prequel to the 2001 cult film and will feature an ensemble cast including Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Janeane Garofalo, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, and more. The series will consist of eight episodes directed by Wain.
Significant Mother – August 3 – CW
A half-hour comedy originally developed for CW Seed, Significant Mother follows Porland restaurateur Nate as his life is turned to chaos when his best friend and roommate, Jimmy, begins dating his mother. Created by Erin Cardillo and Richard Keith, the series stars Josh Zuckerman, Krista Allen, and Jonathan Silverman.
Playing House – Aug 4th – USA Network
Childhood best friends Maggie and Emma continue to navigate the adventures of raising Maggie’s baby in the best way they know how — together. (New episodes will be available On Demand a week prior to their cable debut.)
Mr. Robinson – August 5th – NBC
Created by Owen Ellickson, Mr. Robinson stars comedian Craig Robinson as a “rough-edged” musician adjusting to his new job as middle school music teacher. The series co-stars Peri Gilpin and Brandon T. Jackson.
Documentary Now – August 20th – IFC
Created by Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, and Seth Meyers, Documentary Now! is a new mokumentary series starring Armisen and Hader as they go out and tackle various topics in the comedy format. The first season will consist of six half-hour episodes.
Survivor’s Remorse – August 22th – Starz
Starring Jessie T. Usher, Survivor’s Remorse follows Cam Calloway and his family after Cam signs a pro basketball contract and moves to Atlanta. Created by Mike O’Malley, the series co-stars RonReaco Lee and Erica Ash and is executive-produced by LeBron James.
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