Yes, there isn’t a moment to breathe between the ending of the spring television season and the beginning of the summer one. Welcome to year-round programming!
Summer used to be a time when fans could catch up on shows they missed via reruns, but we have streaming-TV services for that.
It also used to be a time when networks aired shows that wouldn’t have a chance during the proper fall/spring schedules, but now summer shows like USA’s “Mr. Robot” are getting Emmys.
From the premiere of “BrainDead” to the return of “Wayward Pines,” these are the coolest picks for those hot months.
Here are the 22 new and returning summer shows we’re most excited about:
“Chelsea” (Netflix), streams new episodes on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays
Netflix has said that these 30-minute episodes will mirror the documentary series Chelsea Handler did last year. We loved those documentaries and Handler always surprises us with her hilarious, pointed takes on the world.
“Preacher” (AMC), premieres Sunday, May 22 at 10 p.m.
From executive producers Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin, “Preacher” sounds like a hell of a good time. It’s creating word of mouth with positive early reviews. Going from serious to campy at any moment, the show follows a deeply troubled preacher who finds himself taken over by something really powerful and ends up surrounded by some truly heavenly, hellish, and everywhere-in-between characters.
“Wayward Pines” season 2 (Fox), premieres Wednesday, May 25 at 9 p.m.
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M. Night Shyamalan has burned us enough with his movies, so we prepared ourselves for ultimate annoyance with “Wayward Pines” during its first season. To our surprise, the series was a fun ride through a social experiment that didn’t make you feel ridiculous for watching. We’re absolutely looking forward to its continuation, this time with Jason Patric in the lead role.
“Roots” (History, Lifetime, A&E), Monday, May 30 at 9 p.m.
- Casey Crafford/History Channel
History Channel hopes that history repeats itself with its remake of classic miniseries “Roots.” In 1977, nearly 40 million people watched the original miniseries’ eight parts. History Channel will air the epic family story of American slavery spanning the pre-Revolutionary war years to the Civil War with two-hour episodes over four nights.
With a stellar cast and the original producers behind it, we’ll have to see if the “reimagined” miniseries makes a similar cultural imprint.
“Maya and Marty” (NBC), premieres Tuesday, May 31 at 10 p.m.
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NBC has already tricked us into tuning in for its variety-show fail, Neil Patrick Harris’ “Best Show Ever,” so why are we looking forward to “Maya and Marty”? What can we say, we’re gluttons for punishment. In this case, “Saturday Night Live” grads Maya Rudolph and Martin Short inspire more confidence. But if the premiere is horrible, we’re ready to cancel that series on our DVR.
“Cleverman” (Sundance TV), premieres Wednesday, June 1 at 10 p.m.
- Sundance TV
On this new sci-fi drama, humans have been trying to put down a new “subhuman” that threatens their place at the top. But one man, dubbed the “Cleverman,” will lead these new people in a revolt against humans. In the end, it could lead to peace or the extinction of one of the races.
“Feed the Beast” (AMC), premieres Sunday, June 5 at 10 p.m.
Two best friends, played by David Schwimmer and Jim Sturgess, are trying to open an upscale restaurant in their Bronx neighborhood. In addition to the high failure rate for new restaurants in general, they have to deal with their own personality flaws, the local mafia boss, quirky customers, and the pressure that this may be their last chance at success.
“UnReal” season 2 (Lifetime), premieres Monday, June 6 at 10 p.m.
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“UnReal,” a fictionalized look at the behind-the-scenes events of a “Bachelor”-type show, was a surprise hit last summer with viewers and critics. This season the show goes where ABC hasn’t with a black bachelor, played by B.J. Britt.
“Casual” season 2 (Hulu), premieres Tuesday, June 7
One of the last “woe is me” indie-style comedies we allowed into our lives last year, “Casual” will find the terribly codependent sister-brother-niece trio try to find happiness separately. But we expect that it’s only a matter of time until they’ll be thrown back together, probably in the most embarrassing way.
“OJ: Made In America” (ABC), premieres Saturday, June 11 at 9 p.m.
This four-part documentary series from ESPN Films was lost in the shuffle a bit amid talk surrounding FX’s “American Crime Story,” but this series is a must-see. It tracks O.J. Simpson’s rise and fall, from celebrated football champion to today’s prison inmate. We’ve heard nothing but glowing reviews of the series. It premieres on ABC first, and then will air on ESPN on June 14.
“Ride with Norman Reedus” (AMC), premieres Sunday, June 12 at 9 p.m.
“The Walking Dead’s” breakout star Norman Reedus doesn’t have to do anything for fans to tune in. So the fact that his new reality show will take us to a new destination every episode alongside Reedus is just icing on the cake.
“BrainDead” (CBS), premieres Monday, June 13 at 10 p.m.
It’s too soon to forgive the creators of “The Good Wife” for that problematic series finale. But we’re going to get over it enough to tune into their next show, “BrainDead.” It takes place in DC, where a terrible epidemic of bugs is eating people’s brains. That explains a lot.
“Wrecked” (TBS), premieres June 14 at 10 p.m.
With “Happy Endings” and “Community” producer Moses Port as show runner, big things are expected from this comedy about strangers stranded on an island together. Think if “Lost” were a comedy.
“Orange Is the New Black” season 4 (Netflix), premieres Friday, June 17
There’s never a doubt that “Orange Is the New Black” will offer something new, surprising, and entertaining each season. From the trailer, season four is looking like a prison war about to erupt. We’ll be there for every moment.
“Odd Mom Out” (Bravo) season 2, premieres Monday, June 20 at 10 p.m.
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You don’t have to be a mom or even a lady who lunches to appreciate Bravo’s “Odd Mom Out.” Jill Karger plays a woman who’s confused by the ways of upscale New York life. She’s hilarious in her discomfort among the social circles she married into, and ludicrously smart about how she deals with them.
“BattleBots” season 2 (ABC), premieres Thursday, June 23 at 8 p.m.
- ABC/David Moir
The ultimate geeky pleasure is back. “BattleBots” pits homemade robots against each other in a tournament that leaves just one robot standing. From meeting the inventors to watching the dangerous creations literally destroy each other, the show is sheer enjoyment.
“Roadies” (Showtime), premieres Sunday, June 26 at 10 p.m.
Executive produced by Cameron Crowe (“Almost Famous”), “Roadies” focuses on the people behind live concerts. It takes a certain amount of dedication and love for a band to do the grueling work of backstage crews, and this show certainly captures that romance between them and the music.
“Mr. Robot” season 2 (USA Network), premieres Wednesday, July 13 at 10 p.m.
Winner of two Golden Globes, “Mr. Robot” was the biggest hit to come out of last summer. Season two is an equally good bet as we find out what arises out of the destruction from last season.
“Stranger Things” (Netflix), premieres Friday, July 15
Winona Ryder stars in this ’80s-set supernatural drama revolving around a young boy who suddenly vanishes. In the search for answers, the characters will be “drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces, and one very strange little girl,” Netflix said. A pretty stellar cast and the lack of information make this one of the most anticipated shows of the summer.
“Vice Principals” (HBO), premieres Sunday, July 17 at 10:30 p.m.
While we can’t say the same for its dramas, HBO is dominating in the comedy department. We expect as much from this comedy about warring vice principals. It stars “Eastbound & Down” star Danny McBride and Walton Goggins of “Justified,” whose characters go to outrageous lengths to be the next principal, who, by the way, is played by Bill Murray.
“The Profit” season 4 (CNBC), premieres Tuesday, August 23 at 10 p.m.
Investor Marcus Lemonis returns to save struggling businesses. He doesn’t just write a check and leave some lessons, but actually rolls up his sleeves and immerses himself in the business and with the entrepreneurs. The best part is that just by watching, we’re learning, too.
“Halt and Catch Fire” (AMC) season 3, premieres in August TBA
“Halt and Catch Fire,” like computers, gets better with time. Yes, season one didn’t feel sorted out and was like a season-long “let’s get a gang together.” Apparently, that was all setup for this past summer’s second season. The characters, especially the women, came into their own. The early internet made an appearance and the whole feel of the show became more urgent and alive. We’re excited to see how the momentum continues on season three.
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