TV would have a time-out during the summer months, but at this point, when the big boring procedurals go on holiday, the more interesting stuff comes out to play. This is a rundown of what you’ll be watching this summer.
Take a brilliant feature film director and keep the keys of the writing room far away from him. This could be good. Wayward Pines (May 14) is M. Night Shyamalan’s crossbreed between The Sixth Sense and Twin Peaks. Starring Matt ‘everybody knows who he is, but can’t name one movie with him in it’ Dillon and the amazing Carla Gugino.
One week later, History adds a few more historical bad asses to their lineup. After Vikings, it’s time for Texas Rangers, in Texas Rising (May 25). Starring Bill Paxton, but it could just as well be Will Patton, I can never tell the difference.
At one point, it looked like he was going to be Fox Mulder forever, but his portrayal of Hank Moody has also become legendary. It could go either way this time. The tagline for Aquarius (May 28) never grabbed me. Investigating Charles Manson? That can only end badly. The writers probably came up with a twist, but I’ve yet to hear it.
Creepy, but in a more extraterrestrial way, is The Whispers (June 1). A ‘force’ is manipulating kids into achieving its goal, whatever that may be. A lot of mystery and you know: the bigger the secret, the bigger the payoff has to be. We’ll see.
Constance Zimmer (House of Cards) is back, but it’s a long way from the White House. Unreal (June 1) is all about a dating competition program. Her former home, Netflix, is the gift that keeps on giving. On June 5th, they launch Sense8, the show directed by James McTeigue (V For Vendetta) and created by The Wachowski siblings.
As usual, FX has got a lot to offer. The second season of Tyrant (June 16), for example, but also a new comedy by Denis Leary: Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll (July 16). It wasn’t hard to figure out what that will be about.
TNT keeps on trying to overshadow USA, but I don’t think it’s their year. Despite the fact that Proof (June 16) stars the wonderful Jennifer Beals, the premise sounds like a watered down The X-Files and all that’s left is Scully doing autopsies.
Falling Skies (June 28) is back, as well as Cold Justice (July 31), Legends (August 25), Rizzoli & Isles (June 16) and The Last Ship (June 21).
That last one will disappear between the waves, because on the same day HBO brings out their big guns. The return of True Detective, followed by two comedies. Ballers, starring Dwayne Johnson and The Brink, starring Jack Black, Tim Robbins and directed by Jay Roach (Austin Powers, Meet The Parents).
TNT’s dark horse is Public Morals (August 17), a period police drama set in 1967, directed by Edward Burns.
Suits has just ended its fourth season, but is back on June 24th. USA cancelled Rush last year and will replace him with another doctor in Complications (June 18). They’re also moving into AMC territory, with the hacker series Mr. Robot (June 24), starring Steve Buscemi’s brother Michael and Christian Slater.
On June 25th we’ll finally know whether Mike Warren actually died or not. The second season wasn’t as hot as the first, so I’m looking forward to the third of Graceland.
Stephen King’s Under the Dome (June 25) also goes into its third year, where Zoo (June 30) still has to prove itself. Showtime’s got its usual suspects lined up: Penny Dreadful (May 3), Ray Donovan (July 12) and Masters of Sex (July 12), and NBC will once again be the one to beat when it comes to reality, with Running Wild with Bear Grylls (July 13) and American Ninja Warrior (May 25).
You may say Orange is the New Black (June 12) and cannibal may be the new serial killer Hannibal (June 4), but summer is the new spring.