Television’s summer offerings are formidable this year.
The months of repeats, stale specials and feature movies adapted for your screen are practically gone. In their place are several returning and new scripted and reality series.
Typically a fruitful time for cable shows, summer is now full of broadcast offerings as part of their bid to provide year-round programming.
Reuters’ TV team has compiled a list of summer shows it can’t wait to see. Find out why below:
So You Think You Can Dance (Fox, CTV), Wednesday, May 28 at 8 p.m.
The perennial summer favorite returns for its 11th season. Reuters caught up with Cat, Nigel, and Mary at the show’s L.A. auditions, and we can attest to the fact that the level of talent just keeps getting better.
Derek (Netflix), Friday, May 30
As secretly (or not-so-secretly) the saddest places on Earth, a nursing home setting is the perfect backdrop for a dark comedy. But it’s seen as quite the opposite through the eyes of the quirky, optimistic titular character (Ricky Gervais). Plus, how often are you going to get to see Gervais play the nicest man in the world? Even more unbridled joy is sure to come this year when Derek’s estranged father moves into the home.
Crossbones (NBC, Global), Friday, May 30 at 10 p.m.
Because who doesn’t want to see John Malkovich as infamous pirate Blackbeard? Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of fun.
Halt and Catch Fire (AMC), Sunday, June 1 at 10 p.m.
After all the Steve Jobs worship, it will be nice to be reminded that there were other rebels in the early days of personal computing.
Orange Is the New Black (Netflix), Friday, June 6
Season 1 left off with Piper standing over a beaten and bloody Pennsyltucky. If that’s not a cliffhanger, we don’t know what is.
Tyrant (FX Canada), Saturday, June 24 at 10 p.m.
This drama, about an unassuming American family that’s drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle East nation, should be in good hands with Homeland producer Howard Gordon.
Under the Dome (CBS, Global), Monday, June 30 at 10 p.m.
This crazy tale of a small town with an abundance of crooked citizens who are suddenly trapped in a bubble can’t have more than one season in it, right? Wrong. As long as people watch, the show’s producers will twist the show’s logic to keep the storylines going. That’s part of our anticipation for Season 2 - how the hell will they get around that dome to introduce new stories and characters?
Extant (CBS, Global), Wednesday, July 9 at 9 p.m.
A promising idea - a female astronaut (Halle Berry) returns from a 13-month solo space mission improbably pregnant, while her husband tends to their robotic, artificial intelligence enhanced son - just might be out of this world in a good way.
Welcome to Sweden (NBC), Thursday, July 10 at 9 p.m.
Produced by Amy Poehler and starring her brother Greg, this “fish out of water” comedy is hilarious and awkward.
The Strain (FX Canada), Sunday, July 13 at 10 p.m.
Yes, vampires as a topic might be dangerously close to jumping the coffin at this point. But we’ll trust Guillermo del Toro to pump fresh blood into the genre with this tale of a team from the Center for Disease Control that’s investigating a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism.
Hotel Hell (Fox, Global), Monday, July 21 at 9 p.m.
Gordon Ramsey is going to yell at more people! That’s all that is required to greenlight a show on Fox, because it is a formula that works. Ramsey is hardly a hotelier, but so what? America would watch this guy scream at pretty much anybody. Plus, it’s kind of nice to watch gross hospitality fails from the comfort of your own (hopefully) clean couch.
The Quest (ABC), Thursday, July 31 at 8 p.m.
What do you get when the Amazing Race and Lord of the Ring movie franchise producers team up? The Quest is a reality/fantasy competition that could be a crazy mess or a very thrilling ride. We can’t wait to see which one it is.