Summer TV Preview: The Best New & Returning Series

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Full summer premiere calendar

New and returning shows with announced premiere dates are listed below. Last updated 6/27.

Show Network Type Time
Sunday / May 6
Sherlock PBS Drama 9p
SEE PREVIOUS PAGE. Season two of the acclaimed modern-day take on Sherlock Holmes.
Monday / May 7
24/7 Wild NEW Nat Geo Wild Reality 9p
Tanisha Gets Married NEW Oxygen Reality 10p
Bad Girls Club spinoff.
House Crashers DIY Reality 11p
Tuesday / May 8
The Devils Ride NEW Discovery Reality 10p
A look at San Diego's Laffing Devils motorcycle club.
United Stats of America NEW History Reality 10p
A humorous look at odd facts about America, hosted by comedian brothers Randy and Jason Sklar.
Undercover Stings NEW Spike Reality 10:30p
The producers of the long-running Cops return with a look at undercover police work.
Wednesday / May 9
Around the World in 80 Plates NEW Bravo Reality competition 10p
Top Chef producers offer a new cooking competition taking place across 10 countries; Curtis Stone and Cat Cora host.
White Heat NEW Trailer BBC America Drama 10p
The lives of seven friends play out over a period stretching from 1965 to the present day, in just 6 episodes.
Friday / May 11
Tyler Perry's House of Payne TBS Comedy 9p
Most weeks will feature a second new episode at 9:30p.
Common Law NEW Trailer USA Drama 10p
Two dysfunctional homicide cops turn to couples therapy to save their careers after they are put on probation for failing to get along with each other as partners. Michael Ealy, Warren Kole, Jack McGee, and Sonya Walger star.
DC Cupcakes TLC Reality 10p
The Half Hour NEW Comedy Central Comedy 11p
Back-to-back episodes of this new stand-up comedy showcase will air each Friday.
Saturday / May 12
Mom Caves NEW HGTV Reality 8:30p
Fish Tank Kings NEW Nat Geo Wild Reality 10p
Sunday / May 13
The Next Food Network Star Food Reality competition 9p
Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, and Alton Brown host/judge.
Sister Wives TLC Reality 9p
Tracy Morgan: Black and Blue NEW Comedy Central Stand-up special 10p
Monday / May 14
America's Got Talent NBC Reality competition 8p
New judge Howard Stern joins returnees Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne; a second weekly episode airs Tuesdays at 9p.
The Bachelorette ABC Reality competition 8p
Episodes are two hours long.
The Weight of the Nation NEW HBO Documentary miniseries 8p
A four-part look at the obesity epidemic. Two episodes air tonight; another two air tomorrow (May 15). A four-part companion series, The Great Cafeteria Takeover, begins Wednesday, May 16 at 7p.
Invention Hunters NEW Food Reality competition 9p
Amateur inventors with ideas for the next great kitchen gadget compete for a prize.
Johnny Carson: King of Late Night NEW PBS Documentary movie 9p
SEE PREVIOUS PAGE. American Masters documentary looks at the late talk show host.
Kurt Sutter's Outlaw Empires NEW Discovery Reality 10p
The Sons of Anarchy creator profiles famous American crime dynasties.
Tuesday / May 15
Pregnant in Heels Bravo Reality 10p
Friday / May 18
Tron: Uprising NEW Disney Animation/sci-fi 9:30p
SEE PREVIOUS PAGE. Animated series takes place between the two Tron movies; special premiere tonight, with subsequent episodes airing on Disney XD on Thursdays at 9p beginning June 7th.
Sunday / May 20
American Ninja Warrior G4 Reality competition 9p
New episodes also air Mondays at 9p on NBC.
Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt NEW CBS Movie 9p
Eighth made-for-TV movie starring Tom Selleck as the titular police chief.
Keeping Up with the Kardashians E! Reality 9p
Mrs. Eastwood & Company NEW E! Reality 10p
Clint Eastwood's wife Dina, her daughters, and the vocal band she manages are the subjects of a reality series.
Hannibal Buress: Animal Furnace NEW Comedy Central Stand-up special 11p
The Eric Andre Show NEW Adult Swim Comedy/talk 12:30a
SEE PREVIOUS PAGE. Bizarre talk show hosted by comedians Eric Andre and Hannibal Buress.
Monday / May 21
VH1 Storytellers VH1 Music 11p
Tuesday / May 22
Hollywood Treasure Syfy Reality 10p
Hip Hop Squares NEW MTV2 Game show 11p
Like Hollywood Squares, but less geriatric and more urban.
Thursday / May 24
Duets NEW ABC Reality competition 8p
Singing competition pairs amateur contestants with the show's judges, including Kelly Clarkson and John Legend.
So You Think You Can Dance Fox Reality competition 8p
Each episode is two hours; subsequent episodes will air on Wednesdays at 8p (beginning May 30)
On the Fly NEW TLC Reality 9p
A behind-the-scenes look at Southwest Airlines employees. (Not to be confused with previous shows that offered a behind-the-scenes look at Southwest Airlines employees.)
Men at Work NEW Trailer TBS Comedy 10p
Danny Masterson (That '70s Show) heads the cast of this workplace sitcom (created by Breckin Meyer) centering on a group of magazine employees.
Rookie Blue ABC Drama 10p
William Shatner guests on the premiere.
Tattoo School NEW TLC Reality 10p
Friday / May 25
Insane or Inspired? NEW Syfy Reality 10p
Yet another recap of the web's best viral videos with commentary from various comedians.
Mystery Diners NEW Food Reality 10p
Secret shoppers visit restaurants with suspect employees.
Saturday / May 26
How to Be a Gentleman CBS Comedy 8p
CBS will burn off the remaining unaired episodes of fall's quickly canceled comedy on Saturdays.
Sunday / May 27
Mermaids: The Body Found NEW Animal Planet Special 9p
Monday / May 28
Animal Underworld NEW Nat Geo Wild Reality 8p
The Annoying Orange NEW Cartoon Animation/comedy 8:30p
A weekly 15-minute series based on the YouTube hit.
Cake Boss TLC Reality 9p
Gene Simmons Family Jewels A&E Reality 9p
Hatfields & McCoys NEW History Miniseries 9p
SEE PREVIOUS PAGE. Kevin Costner-starring miniseries kicks off on Memorial Day.
Hemingway & Gellhorn NEW HBO Movie 9p
SEE PREVIOUS PAGE. Made-for-HBO movie stars Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman.
Single Ladies VH1 Drama 9p
Sky Soldier: A Vietnam Story in 3D NEW 3net Special 9p
Memorial Day special narrated by Bill Paxton.
Extreme Couponing TLC Reality 10p
Monster In-Laws A&E Reality 10p
Tuesday / May 29
The Catalina NEW The CW Reality 8p
Reality series follows the employees and guests of a "rocking" South Beach hotel in Miami.
HGTV Design Star HGTV Reality competition 9p
The Real Queen: By Her Own Royal Family with Katie Couric NEW ABC Special 9p
Roadtrip with G Garvin NEW Cooking Reality/travel 9p
The celebrity chef tours the South.
What Not to Wear TLC Reality 9p
Big Brooklyn Style NEW TLC Reality 10p
Plus-size fashion designer Lisa Dolan is the subject of a reality series.
Tosh.0 Comedy Central Comedy 10p
Workaholics Comedy Central Comedy 10:30p
Wednesday / May 30
Dogs in the City NEW CBS Reality 8p
New York "dog guru" Justin Silver helps solve relationship problems (between canines and their owners).
Melissa & Joey ABC Family Comedy 8p
BBQ Pitmasters Dest. America Reality 9p
Coming Home Lifetime Reality 9p
Thursday / May 31
Breaking Pointe NEW The CW Reality 8p
The Ballet West company in Salt Lake City, Utah is the subject of this reality series produced by the BBC.
LA Hair NEW WE Reality 10p
Mountain Men NEW History Reality 10p
Friday / June 1
A.N.T. Farm Disney Comedy 8p
A second new episode airs at 8:30p.
Whale Wars Animal Planet Reality 9p
The Culinary Adventures of Baron Ambrosia NEW Cooking Reality/travel 10p
The "self-proclaimed Culinary Ambassador to the Bronx" tours the East Coast.
Saturday / June 2
Bill Bellamy: Crazy, Sexy, Dirty NEW Showtime Comedy 8p
Stand-up special
Sunday / June 3
Rev. Hulu Comedy n/a
U.S. debut of hit UK sitcom; will air exclusively on Hulu with new episodes each Sunday
Adele: Live in London NEW NBC Special 8p
Animal Superpowers NEW Nat Geo Wild Reality 8p
Patrick Stewart hosts this three-part series about the sensory prowess of various animals.
Secret Millionaire ABC Reality 8p
2012 Miss USA Competition NBC Special 9p
2012 MTV Movie Awards MTV Special 9p
Drop Dead Diva Lifetime Drama 9p
Empire Girls: Julissa & Adrienne NEW Style Reality 9p
Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition ABC Reality 9p
The Glades A&E Drama 9p
Are You Normal, America? NEW OWN Game show 10p
No.
Call of the Wildman Animal Planet Reality 10p
Fast Food Mania NEW Dest. America Reality/travel 10p
Radio host Jon Hein travels the country in search of unusual fast food items.
Longmire NEW Trailer A&E Drama 10p
Robert Taylor (The Matrix), Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), and Lou Diamond Phillips star in an adaptation of the Walt Longmire mystery novels by Craig Johnson, revolving around a Wyoming sheriff.
Teen Wolf MTV Drama 11p
Second-season premiere airs tonight after the Movie Awards; series shifts to Mondays at 10p beginning the following night, June 4th.
Monday / June 4
Spoilers NEW Hulu Talk n/a
Weekly talk show about movies hosted by Kevin Smith
Hell's Kitchen Fox Reality competition 8p
New episodes will air Mondays and Tuesdays.
Masterchef Fox Reality competition 9p
New episodes will air Mondays and Tuesdays.
The Real Housewives of New York City Bravo Reality 9p
Season premiere runs 90 minutes.
Push Girls NEW Sundance Reality 10p
A 14-part look at four Hollywood women who have been paralyzed from the neck or the waist down.
Tuesday / June 5
Pretty Little Liars ABC Family Drama 8p
Concert for The Queen: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration with Katie Couric NEW ABC Special 9p
Dance Moms Lifetime Reality 9p
Jane By Design ABC Family Drama 9p
Rizzoli & Isles TNT Drama 9p
Franklin & Bash TNT Drama 10p
The Glee Project Oxygen Reality competition 10p
Kendra on Top NEW WE Reality 10p
Storage Wars A&E Reality 10p
Wednesday / June 6
Best Sandwich in America NEW Travel Reality/travel 9p
Adam Richman seeks out the country's best sandwich, which is nice work if you can get it.
Cajun Pawn Stars History Reality 9p
Haunted Collector Syfy Reality 9p
Operation Repo TruTV Reality 9p
Royal Pains USA Drama 9p
Fast N' Loud NEW Discovery Reality 10p
Necessary Roughness USA Drama 10p
The Week the Women Went NEW Lifetime Reality 10p
What if you lived in a town without any females? There's no need to wonder about the outcome; Lifetime has actually conducted the experiment.
Thursday / June 7
The Yard Hulu Comedy n/a
U.S. debut of Canadian mockumentary series (described as The Sopranos set at an elementary school)
Take Me Out NEW Fox Reality 8p
George Lopez hosts a dating series featuring 30 single women in search of a date.
The Choice NEW Trailer Fox Reality 9p
Fox's second of two back-to-back dating shows is hosted by Cat Deeley and features "famous" "celebrity" singles (still unnamed) who do not get to see their prospective suitors before choosing one to date based only on spoken responses, using The Voice's spinning-chair gimmick.
Love in the Wild NBC Reality competition 9p
Jenny McCarthy takes over as host for the dating show's second season.
Smoking Gun Presents TruTV Reality 9p
Tron: Uprising NEW Disney XD Animation/sci-fi 9p
SEE PREVIOUS PAGE. Timeslot premiere.
Cajun Justice NEW A&E Reality 10p
Saving Hope NEW NBC Drama 10p
The producers of Rookie Blue return with a hospital drama told from the point of view of the comatose chief of surgery.
Yo! MTV Raps NEW VH1 Documentary 10p
A documentary about the groundbreaking MTV show.
Friday / June 8
Lives on Fire NEW OWN Reality 9p
A look at female firefighters
Comedy Bang! Bang! NEW IFC Comedy/talk 10p
SEE PREVIOUS PAGE. Scott Aukerman's podcast comes to television.
Bunk NEW Trailer IFC Comedy/game show 10:30p
Comedians compete in "inane challenges to win surreal prizes."
Saturday / June 9
Jersey Shore Shark Attack NEW Trailer Syfy Movie 9p
With characters named "Nooki" and "The Complication," is it a Syfy Original Movie ... or wish fulfillment?
Million Dollar Neighborhood NEW OWN Reality 9p
A struggling, debt-ridden community attempts to save $1 million over three months.
Real Life: The Musical NEW OWN Reality 10p
Regular people are given professional coaching to perform a "flash musical" to express their feelings to a loved one.
Sunday / June 10
Mob Wives Chicago NEW VH1 Reality 8p
In case the title wasn't a giveaway, it's a spinoff from Mob Wives that's set in Chicago.
True Blood HBO Drama 9p
SEE PREVIOUS PAGE. The vampire drama returns for a fifth season. (And, yes, that does mean that Game of Thrones is done for the year.)
Bridezillas WE Reality 10p
Our America with Lisa Ling OWN Reality 10p
Monday / June 11
Tia & Tamera Style Reality 8p
Bunheads NEW Trailer ABC Family Drama 9p
Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino takes a stab at another small-town drama; Tony winner Sutton Foster stars.
Chicagolicious NEW Style Reality 9p
The creators of Jerseylicious return with a look at a Chicago salon owner.
Lizard Lick Towing TruTV Reality 10p
Tuesday / June 12
Barter Kings NEW A&E Reality 9p
Thorne NEW Encore Miniseries 9p
David Morrissey, Aidan Gillen, Natascha McElhone, and Sandra Oh star in this two-part crime drama that concludes Wednesday, June 13 at 9p.
Storage Hunters TruTV Reality 10p
The Next Big Thing: NY NEW Oxygen Reality 11p
Wednesday / June 13
Dallas NEW TNT Drama 9p
SEE PREVIOUS PAGE. The classic 1980s soap returns for/with a new generation. Note that a second new episode airs tonight immediately following the premiere.
Thursday / June 14
Burn Notice USA Drama 9p
Suits Trailer USA Drama 10p
Friday / June 15
Let It Shine NEW Disney Movie 8p
Saturday / June 16
Blue Lagoon: The Awakening NEW Lifetime Movie 8p
Piranhaconda NEW Syfy Movie 9p
Roger Corman unleashes an angry half piranha, half anaconda on a movie crew and a mad scientist.
Super-Duper Thrill Rides NEW Dest. America Reality 10p
A tour of the country's most extreme roller coasters.
Sunday / June 17
Falling Skies TNT Sci-fi 9p
SEE PREVIOUS PAGE. The Spielberg-produced alien invasion series returns for a second season of 10 episodes.
Forensic Firsts NEW Smithsonian Reality 9p
Monday / June 18
Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta NEW VH1 Reality 8p
One Nation Under Dog: Stories of Fear, Loss, and Betrayal NEW HBO Documentary movie 8p
Pair of Kings Disney XD Comedy 8:30p
Hollywood Heights NEW Nick at Nite Drama 9p
New nightly soap opera is adapted from the Mexican telenovela Alcanzar una Estrella; James Franco to appear in multiple episodes
RuPaul's Drag U Logo Reality 9p
The Glass House NEW ABC Reality competition 10p
ABC's take on the Big Brother formula involves more viewer participation, though CBS thinks that it's close enough to their original formula that they have taken legal action against ABC.
Miss Advised NEW Bravo Reality 10p
Three experts dispense relationship advice but don't follow it themselves
XIII: The Conspiracy NEW Reelz Movie 11p
Conspiracy thriller based on graphic novel stars Stephen Dorff and Val Kilmer; an ongoing series based on the same material begins on June 29th.
Tuesday / June 19
Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp NEW Lifetime Reality 10p
Wednesday / June 20
Justin Bieber: All Around the World NEW NBC Special 8p
Concludes Thursday, June 21 at 8p.
Baby Daddy NEW ABC Family Comedy 8:30p
A 20-something guy discovers he is a father when his ex-girlfriend leaves their baby on his doorstep. (It's a comedy.)
Diamond Divers NEW Spike Reality 10p
Futurama Comedy Central Animation/comedy 10p
Fry, Bender, and the gang are back for the first half of what will eventually be a 26-episode seventh season; note that a second new episode will air tonight at 10:30p.
Inside Men NEW BBC America Drama 10p
Three men who work in a secure vault plan and execute a multi-million pound cash heist in this four-part British import told entirely from the perspective of the thieves.
School Spirits NEW Syfy Reality 10p
This Mark Burnett-produced "reality" series explores haunted schools across the U.S.
The Soul Man NEW TV Land Comedy 10p
Cedric "The Entertainer" and Niecy Nash star in TV Land's latest original sitcom, a spin-off from Hot in Cleveland.
The Exes TV Land Comedy 10:30p
Thursday / June 21
POV PBS Documentary 10p
Snooki & JWOWW NEW Trailer MTV Reality 10p
The Jersey Shore girls get the spotlight to themselves when the action shifts from the beach to the city.
Saturday / June 23
Tall Hot Blonde NEW Lifetime Movie 8p
Directed by Courteney Cox; Garret Dillahunt and Laura San Giacomo star
Arachnoquake NEW Trailer Syfy Movie 9p
It's two disasters in one!
Oddities: San Francisco NEW Science Reality 9p
Six-episode spin-off from Oddities.
Sunday / June 24
Army Wives Lifetime Drama 10p
The Great Escape NEW Trailer TNT Reality competition 10p
The creators of The Amazing Race team with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer on a new competition that asks teams of ordinary people to escape from exotic locations like sinking ships and maximum security prisons; Rich Eisen hosts.
The Newsroom NEW HBO Drama 10p
SEE PREVIOUS PAGE. Aaron Sorkin depicts the world of a 24-hour news network in his first cable series.
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Adult Swim Animation/comedy Midnight
Monday / June 25
Mobster Confessions NEW Discovery Reality 9p
Tuesday / June 26
Craft Wars NEW TLC Reality competition 10p
Crafters compete for prizes in a series hosted by Tori Spelling.
Wednesday / June 27
Hollywood Exes NEW VH1 Reality 9p
Final Witness NEW ABC Reality 10p
True crime series looks at notorious murders from the victim's point of view.
The Real World MTV Reality 10p
Season 27 (!) is set on the Caribbean island of St. Thomas.
Thursday / June 28
Trip Flip NEW Travel Reality/travel 9p
Wipeout ABC Game show 9p
Anger Management NEW FX Comedy 9:30p
SEE PREVIOUS PAGE. Charlie Sheen returns to television in a sitcom based on the Adam Sandler movie.
D.U.I. TLC Reality 10p
Wilfred Trailer FX Comedy 10p
Awkward. MTV Comedy/drama 10:30p
SEE PREVIOUS PAGE. MTV's acclaimed high school dramedy returns for a second season.
Louie FX Comedy 10:30p
SEE PREVIOUS PAGE. The critical favorite from Louis C.K. is back for a third unpredictable season.
Brand X with Russell Brand NEW Trailer FX Comedy/talk 11p
The comedian offers his take on current events in front of a live studio audience.
Friday / June 29
XIII NEW Reelz Drama 9p
New conspiracy thriller series stars Stuart Townsend and Aisha Tyler.
Gravity Falls NEW Disney Animation/comedy 9:30p
Vocal cast includes Kristen Schaal, Jason Ritter, and Linda Cardellini.
Saturday / June 30
Fugitive at 17 NEW Lifetime Movie 8p
My Cat From Hell Animal Planet Reality 8p
Bad Dog! Animal Planet Reality 9p
Bigfoot NEW Syfy Movie 9p
Made-for-Syfy movie will be the first and last time you can see Danny Bonaduce, Barry Williams, Howard Hesseman, Sherilyn Fenn, Andre Royo, and Alice Cooper in the same place.
Twenty Twelve NEW BBC America Comedy 11p
A who's who of British TV actors (including Downtown Abbey's Hugh Bonneville, Spaced's Jessica Hynes, and Peep Show's Olivia Colman) star in a mockumentary about the organizing committee for the London Olympics; reviews, however, were mixed when the show aired in the UK.
Sunday / July 1
Queen & Country NEW PBS Documentary 8p
A four part series examining the life of Queen Elizabeth II.
Wallander PBS Drama 9p
Three new episodes of the Kenneth Branagh cop drama will air in July.
Shark Wranglers NEW History Reality 10p
Weeds Trailer Showtime Comedy 10p
It's the eighth and likely final season of Showtime's long-running drug dramedy.
Episodes Trailer Showtime Comedy 10:30p
The Matt LeBlanc comedy is back for a second season of nine episodes.
Monday / July 2
Four Houses NEW TLC Reality competition 10p
Web Therapy Showtime Comedy 11p
Among the guests seeking help from Lisa Kudrow's Fiona Wallice this season will be Meryl Streep, Rosie O'Donnell, Conan O'Brien, Molly Shannon, Minnie Driver, Selma Blair, and David Schwimmer.
Tuesday / July 3
Michael Wood's Story of England NEW PBS Documentary 8p
A four-part look at the 2,000-year history of England as viewed through the prism of a single small town (Kibworth, Leicestershire).
Haunted Highway NEW Syfy Reality 10p
Friday / July 6
Outrageous RVs NEW HGTV Special 9p
Sunday / July 8
Mega Mansions NEW Travel Reality 7p
Xtreme Waterparks NEW Travel Reality 8p
Big Ang NEW VH1 Reality 9p
Hoarding: Buried Alive TLC Reality 9p
Insane Coaster Wars NEW Travel Reality 9p
Inspector Lewis [on Masterpiece Mystery] PBS Drama 9p
New four-part series airs on consecutive Sundays in July.
United States of Food NEW Dest. America Reality 9p
Bounty Wars NEW Discovery Reality 10p
RV Kings NEW Travel Reality 10p
Monday / July 9
Bizarre Foods America Travel Reality 9p
The Closer TNT Drama 9p
The popular Kyra Sedgwick cop drama returns for its final six episodes, including the series finale on August 13.
Opening Act NEW E! Reality 10p
Internet amateur singers are given the chance to open for top pop stars, with just days to prepare for the big moment.
Perception NEW TNT Drama 10p
SEE PREVIOUS PAGE. Crime drama stars Eric McCormack and Rachael Leigh Cook.
Tuesday / July 10
Destination Truth Syfy Reality 8p
Hardcore Pawn truTV Reality 9p
Trust Us With Your Life NEW ABC Comedy 9p
Fred Willard hosts a new improv sketch series—in which comedians re-enact moments from a guest celebrity's life—from the creators of Whose Line Is It Anyway?
White Collar USA Drama 9p
Covert Affairs USA Drama 10p
NY Med NEW ABC Reality 10p
Latest documentary series from the producers of "Boston Med" and "Hopkins."
Wednesday / July 11
Beverly Hills Nannies NEW ABC Family Reality 9p
Damages DirecTV Drama 9p
SEE PREVIOUS PAGE. The twisty Glenn Close legal drama returns for a fifth and final season.
The Franchise Trailer Showtime Sports 10p
The Miami Marlins are the subject of the baseball documentary's second season.
Hit & Miss NEW Trailer DirecTV Miniseries 10p
Chloe Sevigny stars as a transgender assassin in this UK import.
Thursday / July 12
Big Brother CBS Reality competition 9p
Airs Thursdays at 9p, Sundays at 8p, and Wednesdays at 8p.
Natural Born Sellers NEW HGTV Reality 9p
Property Wars NEW Trailer Discovery Reality 10p
The Real L Word Trailer Showtime Reality 10p
Suite Choice NEW Travel Reality/travel 10p
Polyamory: Married and Dating NEW Showtime Reality 11p
Friday / July 13
Outrageous Backyards NEW HGTV Special 9p
Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse TBS Comedy 9p
A second new episode follows weekly at 9:30p.
Saturday / July 14
An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars NBC Movie 8p
True Bloodthirst NEW Syfy Movie 9p
Cheating Las Vegas NEW Dest. America Reality 10p
A look at famous casino scams.
Dark Matters: Twisted But True Science Reality 10p
George Lopez: It's Not Me, It's You NEW HBO Stand-up special 10p
Sunday / July 15
Leverage TNT Drama 8p
Breaking Bad AMC Drama 10p
SEE PREVIOUS PAGE. The acclaimed drama will kick off the first half of its fifth and final season this July, and return for its final eight episodes next summer.
Political Animals NEW USA Drama 10p
SEE PREVIOUS PAGE. Six-hour limited series stars Sigourney Weaver in her TV debut.
Small Town Security NEW AMC Reality 11p
Black Dynamite NEW Trailer Adult Swim Animation 11:30p
Half-hour animated series based on the 2009 movie.
Monday / July 16
Market Warriors NEW PBS Reality competition 9p
Fred Willard narrates a showdown between flea market scavengers from the creators of Antiques Roadshow.
Tuesday / July 17
L.A. Complex The CW Drama 9p
Television's lowest-rated show somehow returns for a second season.
Wednesday / July 18
Mama Drama NEW VH1 Reality 10p
Thursday / July 19
Project Runway Lifetime Reality competition 9p
Sullivan & Son NEW TBS Comedy 10p
Steve Byrne stars in a sitcom set in a working-class Pittsburgh bar.
Friday / July 20
House Hunters World Tour: Best of Europe NEW HGTV Special 9p
John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show Comedy Central Comedy 11p
Saturday / July 21
An Officer and a Murderer NEW Lifetime Movie 8p
Sunday / July 22
3 NEW CBS Reality 9p
Each episode of this dating series features a trio of single women of different ages and backgrounds.
Bar Rescue Spike Reality 9p
Flip Men Spike Reality 10p
Squidbillies Adult Swim Animation/comedy 12:15a
Monday / July 23
The Bachelor Pad ABC Reality competition 8p
This year's version will also include new contestants who have never appeared on The Bachelor(ette).
Warehouse 13 Syfy Drama 9p
Alphas Trailer Syfy Drama 10p
In the Big House NEW Logo Reality 10p
Tuesday / July 24
American Originals NEW Travel Reality 8p
A showcase of "uniquely American" festivals, companies, and people.
Wednesday / July 25
The CLIOS: World's Best Commercials NEW NBC Special 8p
Top Chef Masters Bravo Reality competition 10p
WakeBrothers NEW Trailer MTV Reality 11p
Friday / July 27
You Live in What? NEW HGTV Special 9p
Saturday / July 28
The Nerdist: Comic-Con NEW BBC America Special 9p
The Philadelphia Experiment NEW Syfy Movie 9p
Sunday / July 29
Hillbilly Handfishin' Animal Planet Reality 8p
Off the Hook: Extreme Catches NEW Animal Planet Reality 9p
Tuesday / July 31
Design Star All-Stars NEW HGTV Reality competition 9p
Six past runners-up from HGTV's Design Stars series return for another chance to win $25,000.
Wednesday / August 8
Paranormal Witness Syfy Reality 10p
Go On NEW NBC Comedy tbd
Sneak peak of new fall comedy (starring Matthew Perry) following Olympic Games coverage; series returns on Sep. 11.
Thursday / August 9
Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell NEW FX Comedy/talk 11p
This Chris Rock-produced talk show features stand-up comedian W. Kamau Bell; six episodes have been ordered for the summer.
Saturday / August 11
Boogeyman NEW Syfy Movie 9p
Sunday / August 12
Hell on Wheels AMC Drama 9p
Comedy Central Roast Of Roseanne NEW Comedy Central Special 10p
Animal Practice NEW NBC Comedy tbd
Sneak peak of new fall comedy following Olympic Games coverage; series returns on Sep. 26.
Monday / August 13
Hotel Hell NEW Fox Reality 8p
The lodging equivalent of Kitchen Nightmares finds Gordon Ramsay traveling the country to whip hoteliers into shape.
Stars Earn Stripes NEW NBC Reality competition 8p
Reality series from Dick Wolf and Mark Burnett asks "celebrities" to perform complicated challenges inspired by real-life military exercises.
Gallery Girls NEW Bravo Reality 10p
Major Crimes NEW TNT Drama 10p
SEE PREVIOUS PAGE. Mary McDonnell stars in a spin-off from The Closer; note that subsequent episodes will air at 9p.
Tuesday / August 14
Collection Intervention NEW Syfy Reality 10p
Wednesday / August 15
Oh Sit! NEW The CW Game show 8p
Yes, it's musical chairs. Deal with it.
Toy Hunter NEW Travel Reality 10p
Thursday / August 16
Braxton Family Values WE Reality 9p
The Next: Fame Is At Your Doorstep NEW The CW Reality competition 9p
Joe Jonas, Nelly, Gloria Estefan, and John Rich serve as celebrity mentors in yet another new singing competition.
Friday / August 17
Boss Trailer Starz Drama 9p
The second season of the Kelsey Grammer drama gets an early jump on the fall season with this mid-August start.
Sunday / August 19
Copper NEW BBC America Drama 9p
SEE PREVIOUS PAGE. BBC America's first original series is set in 1860s New York.
Married to Jonas NEW E! Reality 10p
Monday / August 20
Ridiculousness MTV Comedy 10p
The Inbetweeners NEW MTV Comedy 10:30p
Americanized remake of the hit British high-school comedy series.
Tuesday / August 21
Face Off Syfy Reality competition 9p
TBD
Bullet in the Face NEW IFC Comedy  
This six-episode action-comedy from Alan Spencer (creator of the 1980s cult hit Sledge Hammer!) features Eddie Izzard and Eric Roberts as notorious crime lords; the show is expected to debut in August.
Childrens' Hospital Adult Swim Comedy  
The surreal medical comedy will return for a 14-episode fourth season at some point this summer (we're guessing late July or early August, just after the season 3 DVD set is released).
NTSF:SD:SUV:: Adult Swim Comedy  
Television's best 15-minute fake terrorism strike force procedural returns for a second season, likely paired with Childrens' Hospital in August.

What do you think?

Which shows are you planning on watching over the coming months? Let us know in the comments section below.

Comments (5)

  • MarcDoyle  

    Breaking Bad and Louie..... it's going to be a good summer.

  • swill388  

    This summer is going to be the best summer for me. Thanks for the information and for the thread.

  • culleton7  

    lots to look forward to there alright BREAKING BAD, LOUIE AND THE NEWSROOM

    i have seen Sherlock here in the uk WOW its brilliant one of the best shows in the world today Inside Men is exelllent one of the best im seen this year

    Thorne is a very good police drama with agreat cast
    worth a watch cause aiden gillen

    Twenty Twelve is much better than this article suggest
    really really funny

  • GCMANINDAHOOD  

    FX has really go a lot of great stuff coming up, Wilfred, Louie, Brand X, Anger Management. Its great stuff, can't wait

  • pebblesl03  

    Please Please post just like this for full fall schedule!!!

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