Re-runs, do you remember re-runs? Summer used to be the season of re-runs, but re-runs are no more, and fresh new content is always in demand. What is worth paying attention to this summer? Well, if you are of a similar mind to us, then we have you covered. With that said, TVEnthusiast is proud to present our Summer US TV preview for 2015. Our full list of release dates can be found here.
Thursday, May 21st, 2015
Between – Netflix
This Canadian series makes its way south thanks to Netflix. In the series, everyone over the age of 21 in the small town of Pretty Lake has been killed off by a mysterious disease.
Thursday. May 28th, 2014
Aquarius – NBC
David Duchovny takes center stage in this period story. As a Los Angeles Police Sergeant, Duchovny unknowingly finds himself deeply involved in what will one day be the case that defined the era, an investigation into the charismatic cult leader, Charles Manson.
Sunday, May 31st, 2014
Halt and Catch Fire – AMC
This under appreciated series debuted last year on AMC. Thankfully, despite its meager ratings, AMC has seen fit to give the series a second chance. You can read our review of the first season of this 1980s computer industry drama series here.
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015
Royal Pains – USA
Season 7 of USA’s The Hamptons set concierge medicine dramedy debuts this June. Season 6 involved brothers Hank and Evan discovering they had a sister they didn’t know about. Season 7’s first conflict was established in the season 6 finale when Rafa surprised Divya with his intention to seek full custody of their child.
Thursday, June 4th, 2015
Hannibal – NBC
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever expect a Bryan Fuller series to make it to 3 seasons. Thankfully, Fuller’s brilliant take on the iconic character is surviving, despite a criminal lack of attention and sub-par ratings. For me, personally, Hannibal was the best show on TV last year, impressively toppling HBO’s giants Game of Thrones and True Detective. You can read our review of season 1 of Hannibal here. In the meantime, both seasons 1 and 2 are available to stream on Amazon Prime Instant Video.
Friday, June 5th, 2015
Sense8 – Netflix
The first series from Andy and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix) alongside J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) focuses on 8 strangers who suddenly become mentally and emotionally linked after a tragic event. Filmed in 8 countries (9 cities), Sense8 is an ambitious project to keep an eye on.
Friday, June 12th, 2015
Orange is the New Black – Netflix
“The animals, the animals. Trapped, trapped, trapped ’til the cage is full.” That’s right, season 3 of Netflix’s female prison dramedy series is coming this summer. What events will be stirred up in prison this year? It wont take long to find out.
Defiance – SyFy
SyFy’s MMORPG/TV show hybrid returns for its 3rd season, as SyFy finally begins to put a strong foot forward with more science fiction content.
Dark Matter – SyFy
Speaking of SyFy, the network returns to space adventures with this comic book adaptation about amnesiacs coming out of stasis in deep space. With no idea who they are, or why they are on a spaceship, the newly awakened have only 2 clues, a large cache of weapons, and a mining colony destination. The show comes to us from Stargate writers Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie.
Thursday, June 13th, 2015
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell – BBCAmerica
This mini-series, based on the novel of the same name is an alternate history of the Napoleonic Wars featuring the introduction of real magic to warfare. The book was a bit slow and meandering for my taste, but the story itself was compelling, and the mini series looks interesting.
Tuesday, June 16th, 2015
Tyrant – FX
This timely fictionalization of power dynasties in the middle east paints a picture remarkably similar to the life of the real life western educated president of Syria, Bashar al-Assad. The idea here, is that power corrupts, and even those that come to it with benevolent idealism are bound to be corrupted by the machinations in play. Season 1 had mixed reactions, hopefully season 2 will show a marked improvement.
Friday, June 19th, 2015
Killjoys – SyFy
More SyFy Science Fiction in space? Impossible, but true. This Canadian/American co-production follows a rag-tag band of interplanetary bounty hunters. Samus and Boba are about to get some competition.
Sunday, June 21st, 2015
True Detective – HBO
Season 2 of True Detective trended as a meme on Twitter for quite a long time. The real thing is almost here. Season 2 brings us Vince Vaughn as a gangster, Colin Farrell as a corrupt cop, and California as backdrop.
The Brink – HBO
This dark comedy series starring Jack Black and Tim Robins features seasonal stories which each focus on an international political crisis handled by a seemingly inept team that carries over from season to season.
Ballers – HBO
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson leads the cast in this HBO series about the off-field lives of Football Players.
The Last Ship – TNT
Season 2 of this series about a naval ship trying to cure a global pandemic while dealing with the chaotic decline of humanity in desperation is coming to TNT this June.
Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
Mr. Robot – USA
USA is putting a lot of resources behind this new hacker drama which features Christian Slater in the titular (though not the protagonist) role. USA is releasing the pilot episode nearly a month before the series premiere through a myriad of streaming digital stores, including iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Playstation, and XBox. The pilot episode will be available on May 27th.
Suits – USA
The high power legal drama continues on USA
Sunday, June 28th, 2015
Falling Skies – TNT
Stephen Spielberg’s alien invasion series comes to an end with the debut of its fifth and final season.
Monday, June 29th, 2015
Teen Wolf – MTV
The serious horror adaptation of the iconic Micheal J. Fox comedy begins its 5th season. As their high school days begin to come to a close, the group must face a new villain that combines science and magic.
Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
Scream – MTV
With the success of Teen Wolf, MTV has doubled down by ordering this adaptation of the popular Wes Craven satirical horror movie.
Zoo – CBS
This adaption of a James Patterson book of the same name, follows the events of a global phenomena involving violent animal attacks on humans.
Humans – AMC
AMC is bringing this British remake of the Swedish series Real Humans to America. The series is set in a world in which realistic synthetic human servants are the new hot tech product.
Sunday, July 12th, 2015
Masters of Sex – Showtime
Season 3 of the Masters and Johnson biographical drama series.
Thursday, July 16th, 2015
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll – FX
Dennis Leary returns to FX with this new Dramedy about a washed up rock star trying to get his band back together, 25 years after his self destructive behavior brought it to an end.
Friday, July 17th, 2015
Wet Hot American Summer – Netflix
The long awaited prequel (in series form) to the hit, and in hindsight star-studded, 2001 cult classic comedy movie Wet Hot American Summer hits Netflix this summer. Nearly the entire cast is returning for the Netflix series.
Sunday, July 19th, 2015
Welcome to Sweden – NBC
This comedy series from Greg Poehler (brother to Parks and Recreations Amy Poehler) slipped under the radar last year, as a low priority space filler series for NBC. A shame, considering how funny the multicultural humor was in this series based on real events from Greg Poehler’s life. Thankfully, a second season is on its way.
Tut – Spike
This 6 hour mini-series starring Sir Ben Kingsley, is essentially step 1 in Spike’s movement towards original scritped content. As you have no doubt guessed, the series follows the life of the legendary Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun (King Tut). This take on the young monarch’s life focuses on political intrigue and danger in an ancient setting, like Game of Thrones, but real.
Friday, July 31st, 2015
Strikeback – Cinemax
Cinemax brings us the final season of British import action series Strikeback this summer. Think of Strikeback like 24 meets Call of Duty, but with a lot of fun and gratuitous sex.
Rectify – Sundance
Season 3 of this under-watched, amazingly layered, and glacially paced series is on its way. Rectify explores the life of a man who has spent most of his life in jail, awaiting execution, before being released when new evidence sheds doubt on his original conviction. What does it mean to leave the cell behind after waiting for death in it for 20 years? How do you return to the small town you come from, where everybody knows who you are? Those are the questions that Rectify prioritizes over the more simplistic question of guilt or innocence.
Wednesday, August 5th, 2015
Mr. Robinson – NBC
Craig Robinson leads this NBC comedy as the titular character, a middle school music teacher.
Sunday, August 23rd, 2015
Vicious – PBS
Sir Ian McKellen leads the hilarious cast in this sitcom about an elderly gay couple, their friends, and their young neighbor (played by Iwan Rheon, who you might recognize as Game of Thrones’ penis amputating bastard, Ramsey Bolton). The name of the game in Vicious is quick sharp and spiteful verbal jabs lobbed between people who deeply care about each other.
Fear The Walking Dead – AMC
This horridly named spin-off to cable’s biggest series debuts this summer with a Los Angeles setting and an entirely new cast of characters. Since we are supposed to fear them, will the after-show be called The Talking Dread?
Blunt Talk – Starz
While Magneto trades verbal jabs with his gay lover, Professor X moves from Britain to California, in order to host a self righteous political talk show. #Itsallconnected.
The Strain – FX
Season 2 of Guilermo Del Toro and Carlton Cuse’s apocalyptic vampire (not the pretty sparkles in the sun type) series hopes to top the horror, intrigue, and desperation of its first season.
As more shows are dated, this article will be updated. In the meantime, tell us what shows you are excited about in the upcoming summer TV season. Drop a comment or post in our forums, and stay tuned to TVEnthusiast for more coverage of all of your favorite shows.