8 Returning Summer Shows…

This list was actually harder to create than I thought it would be, considering summer is usually the slow season. There is just too much good TV and I ended up excluding several of my favorite shows.

1. Halt and Catch Fire season two premieres May 31 on AMC, stars Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Davis, Kerry Bishé, Toby Huss, and Aleksa Palladino. The second season jumps ahead to 1985 and focuses on Mutiny, the company started by Cameron and her group of online gamers. The first season of this show was not spectacular, but I am hearing great things about a new season reboot.

2. The Last Ship season two premieres June 21 on TNT, stars Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra, Adam Baldwin, Travis Van Winkle, Marissa Neitling, Christina Elmore, Charles Parnell, Jocko Sims, and John Pyper-Ferguson. At the end of season one, the crew of the USS Nathan James arrived in Baltimore with the cure, only to find that things had changed in ways they never expected. This show is just a lot of fun. What could be better than cute boys (and girls, for those so inclined) in uniforms saving the world from a deadly virus?

3. Suits season five premieres June 24 on USA, stars Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Gina Torres, Meghan Markle, Rick Hoffman, and Sarah Rafferty. Mike and Rachel are engaged. Donna has left Harvey to work for Louis. Jessica is still awesome. And I cannot wait to see what will happen next at Pearson Specter Litt.

4. Rectify season three premieres July 9 on Sundance, stars Aden Young, Abigail Spencer, J. Smith-Cameron, Adelaide Clemens, Clayne Crawford, Jake Austin Walker, Bruce McKinnon, Luke Kirby, Carl Daggett, and Kerwin Whitman. I have to be honest, I still have a few episodes from last season that I still need to watch, so I am not totally sure what is happening on the show this season. What I do know is that this show is beautifully acted and brilliantly written and you should join me in getting caught up before the new season starts!


8 New Summer Shows I Plan to Check Out…

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.