Over the past few years, Summer programming has gotten much better. Along with some of my returning favorites (that I will list next week), there are quite a few new shows that look very promising. These are the ones that I am most excited about, listed in chronological order.
1. Undateable premieres May 29 on NBC, stars Chris D’Elia, Ron Funches, Brent Morin, Bianca Kajlich, Rick Glassman, David Fynn and Briga Heelan. This is a new comedy from the creator of Cougar Town and Scrubs and is about a group of friends who need a lot of relationship help.
2. Dominion premieres June 19 on Syfy, stars Christopher Egan, Anthony Stewart Head, Tom Wisdom, Roxanne McKee, Alan Dale, Luke Allen-Gale, Shivani Ghai, Rosalind Halstead and Carl Buekes. Set in the near future, this takes place 25 years after the archangel Gabriel and an army of angels waged war on humankind. The archangel Michael sided with the humans and small cities which protect human survivors still exist. The series focuses on the city of Vega, which is located where Las Vegas used to be.
3. The Last Ship premieres June 22 on TNT, stars Eric Dane, Adam Baldwin, Rhona Mitra, Travis Van Winkle, John Pyper-Ferguson, Marissa Neitling, Charles Parnell, Christina Elmore, Jocko Sims, Kevin Michael Martin and Michael Curran-Dorsano. 80% of the world’s population has been wiped out by an unknown virus and the crew of a naval destroyer must find the cure before all humans become extinct.
4. The Leftovers premieres June 29 on HBO, stars Liv Tyler, Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Carrie Coon, Curtiss Cook, Ann Dowd, Michael Gaston, Chris Zylka, Charlie Carver and Max Carver. Based on the best-selling novel by Tom Perrotta, the story follows police chief Kevin Garvey in his small New York town. 2% of the world’s population has mysteriously disappeared and everyone else is left to figure out what they are supposed to do about it.
5. Reckless premieres June 29 on CBS, stars Cam Gigandet, Michael Gladis, Georgina Haig, Gregory Harrison, Shawn Hatosy, Kim Wayans, Anna Wood and Adam Rodriguez. A legal drama set in Charleston, South Carolina centered around a Yankee litigator and a charming southern City Attorney. They are forced to hide their mutual attraction to each other while battling in and out of the court room and uncovering corruption within the Charleston PD.
6. Rush premieres July 17 on USA, stars Tom Ellis, Odette Annable, Sarah Habel and Rick Gonzalez. Dr. William P. Rush is a “medical fixer” who services the Los Angeles elite. He likes to party hard and does not judge his sometimes shady clients, but often get sucked into their messes.
7. The Strain premieres in July on FX, stars Sean Astin, Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland and Miguel Gomez. Based on the trilogy by Guillermo del Torro and Chuck Hogan, this show tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Center of Disease Control Canary Team in New York. He is called in to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak that appears to cause vampirism. Dr. Goodweather and his team must find a way to stop the virus from spreading.
8. Legends, premieres August 13 on TNT, stars Sean Bean, Ali Larter, Morris Chestnut, Tina Majorino, David Meunier, Roxana Brusso, Necar Zadegan, Mason Cook and Megan Raich. Martin Odum is a deep-cover operative who has the ability to transform himself into a different person for every job. However, he starts to question his own identity when someone suggests that he may not be who he thinks he is.