I know you have all been waiting anxiously for this list, so here are the returning shows that I am mostly looking forward to watching this summer.
1. Animal Kingdom, season two premieres May 30th on TNT, stars Scott Speedman, Finn Cole, Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson, Jake Weary, Molly Gordon, Aamya Deva Keroles, and Ellen Barkin. The Cody family dynamic has flipped in this second season, as the boys start to turn on their mother after a heist goes wrong. Baz, Pope, Craig, and Deran each begin to plan their next moves, while J is stuck in the middle, still trying to figure out where he belongs. I was not sure if I would like this show when it started last summer, but it is dark and gritty, with some humor weaved throughout. It is a fun summer drama.
2. Kingdom, season three premieres May 31st on Audience, stars Matt Lauria, Jonathan Tucker, Nick Jonas, Kiele Sanchez, Joanna Going, Natalie Martinez, Talia Shire, Kirk Acevedo, and Frank Grillo. Alvey and Lisa are still dealing with the loss of their son, while also trying to keep their gym afloat. Nate has finally admitted that he is gay, but is not entirely comfortable in his new relationship. And, as always, Ryan and Jay are sorting through their own demons, with a potential rematch still on the horizon. This show is so fantastic, and I am disappointed that more people are not watching it. The entire cast have continued to blow me away with their performances from episode to episode. As this is, sadly, the final season, I fully expect them to knock us on our asses, and I cannot wait.
3. Orphan Black, season five premieres June 10th on BBC America, stars Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Kristian Bruun, Kevin Hanchard, Ari Millen, Evelyne Brochu, Josh Vokey, Skyler Wexler, and Maria Doyle Kennedy. Another one of my favorite shows is coming to an end this summer, and I am not okay with it. I have been rewatching the entire series to prepare for this final trip, and it gets better and better with each viewing. I continue to be amazed by the cast and, after four seasons, still need to remind myself that Tatiana Maslany plays half of the major roles. I cannot wait to see how they wrap up the story of these sestras, but will be sad to see it go.
4. The Great British Baking Show, season four premieres June 16th on PBS, stars Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, Sue Perkins, and Mel Giedroyc. I have to admit, I was skeptical of this baking show when I first watched it with my mother while home for Christmas a few years ago, but I was hooked after the very first episode. This aired in the United Kingdom last Fall and is the final season with the original hosts. Bring on the crazy technical challenges and baking puns!
5. Preacher, season two premieres June 19th on AMC, stars Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Colletti, Graham McTavish, Pip Torrens, and Julie Ann Emery. Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy are on the road searching for God, who has abandoned His post, and are also running from The Cowboy. I cannot even begin to imagine the craziness that will ensue. The show is a little more violent than I normally like, but it is also funny, incredibly well acted, and so visually fantastic, that I cannot help but love it.
6. Playing House, season three premieres June 23rd on USA, stars Jessica St. Clair, Lennon Parham, Keegan-Michael Key, Zach Woods, Brad Morris, and Jane Kaczmarek. After making me wait for TWO YEARS for new episodes, my favorite best friends are finally coming back to my television, and I am so excited. To be fair, they had a very good reason for taking time off, but knowing the reason did not make the wait any easier. I need more Bosephus in my life. Needless to say, you still have a few weeks to get caught up, if you are not already, so get to it.
7. Younger, season four premieres June 28th on TV Land, stars Sutton Foster, Hilary Duff, Nico Tortorella, Peter Hermann, Molly Bernard, Miriam Shor and Debi Mazar. When season three ended, Liza was telling Kelsey the truth about her age and past life. I am hoping that this new season will pick up right where we left off, so we can see Kelsey’s reaction and response. Will she tell Charles and/or Diana? Will she understand? This show makes me very happy, and each season always feels too short, but I look forward to every single episode. I also remain firmly on Team Josh.
8. Killyjoys, season three premieres June 30th on Syfy, stars Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore, and Luke MacFarlane. The team is split in two, with Johnny on the run with Clara, and Dutch and D’avin searching for Aneela with Fancy Lee. Another crazy cliffhanger at the end of season two has made me very excited for the continued adventures of Lucy’s crew.