Summer TV preview
Just because sweeps are over and the new fall shows are months away, it doesn’t mean there’s nothing new to watch on the tube. In fact, there’s a ton of new shows coming up this summer to keep your DVR jam-packed.
amNewYork takes a look at some of the season’s hot new offerings.
May 30, Bravo
It’s yet another music competition show. This series, featuring “American Idol” castoff Kara DioGuardi and Jewel, focuses more on songwriting, though it’s still big on performance.
‘Franklin & Bash’
June 1, TNT
Mark-Paul Gosselaar and the underrated Breckin Meyer star as a pair of unconventional attorneys recruited to a big-time law firm in this raunchy legal farce. Malcolm McDowell also stars as their eccentric new employer.
June 1, Travel Channel
Artists work to build intricate sand sculptures while batting the elements.
June 2, TLC
Follow Big Apple tat master Ami James as he opens his new tattoo parlor in SoHo.
June 5, MTV
Forget Jason Bateman and Michael J. Fox — this is not your ’80s teenager-becomes-a-werewolf comedy. MTV turns up the heat with its re-imagining of “Teen Wolf,” which is understandable in the time of “Twilight” and dark, brooding man beasts, but what I don’t understand is why this werewolf plays lacrosse and not basketball. That’s nonsense.
‘The Glee Project’
June 12, Oxygen
“Glee” creator Ryan Murphy expands the brand with this new reality competition series where 12 wannabe actors vie for a role on the popular Fox series. We can’t help but root for Emily and Marissa, the two New Yorkers in the battle.
‘The Nine Lives of Chloe King’
June 14, ABC Family
On her birthday, Chloe King (Skyler Samuels) discovers she’s part of an ancient race with heightened abilities — and her people have been hunted for millennia. Good thing she has nine lives.
June 15, TV Land
TV Land resurrects another familiar sitcom face (and, unfortunately, cackle) with this Fran Drescher vehicle, in which the “Nanny” star plays a divorced women getting back into the dating game after her husband of 18 years (played by the always wonderful John Michael Higgins) comes out.
‘Jon Benjamin Has a Van’
June 15, Comedy Central
Actor H. Jon Benjamin, who is often busy doing voice-acting work on shows such as “Archer” and “Bob’s Burgers,” stars in this sketch show built around the concept of a roving investigative reporter doing human-interest stories.
‘Come Fly With Me’
June 18, BBC America
Matt Lucas and David Walliams, the men behind the popular BBC comedy “Little Britain,” produce a new mockumentary set in an airport, where the duo will portray more than 60 different people.
June 18, BBC America
This futuristic British import is set on a planet filled with people who took refuge from a nuclear war on Earth, as they deal with a whole new alien world that’s a five-year trip from their home.
June 19, TNT
Steven Spielberg executive-produces this science-fiction series set in the aftermath of an alien invasion, starring Noah Wylie and Moon Bloodgood.
June 21, ABC
Formerly known as “The Hot Zone,” this drama starring Elias Koteas is set in a combat hospital in Afghanistan. And don’t expect this to be like “MASH”; this show is deadly serious.
June 23, FX
Where to begin? Elijah Wood stars as Ryan, a down-on-his-luck guy who buddies up with his neighbor’s dog. While most people just see a regular dog, Ryan sees a vulgar Australian man in a shoddy dog costume (played by David Gann, who originated the role in the original Aussie version).
June 23, USA
From executive producer Doug Liman (The “Bourne” films, USA’s “Covert Affairs”) comes this odd-couple legal thriller about a lawyer (Gabriel Macht, “The Spirit”) and his young recruit (Patrick J. Adams), who has the legal skills and street smarts, but lacks a a key component to practicing law — he’s not a lawyer. Let the cover-up begin.
‘Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings’
June 24, IFC
Best buds and YouTube superstars Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal cross the U.S. making commercials for local businesses, such as the Holiday Hotel for Cats in Los Angeles.
‘State of Georgia’
June 29, ABC Family
Former “Cosby” kid Raven Symoné stars as an aspiring actress trying to make it in NYC.
June 29, USA
USA continues to mine Long Island with this drama about a divorced woman (Callie Thorne) who takes a job as a therapist for a pro football team while trying to maintain her family life with two teenage children.
June 30, Food Network
This new cooking competition show takes chefs out of the kitchen and puts them in the wild, where they’ll have to prepare food in extreme conditions, such as on a deserted island or during a torrential downpour. Adventurer Marsh Mokhtari hosts the show.
‘Torchwood: Miracle Day’
July 8, Starz
Not exactly a new series, the popular BBC “Dr. Who” spinoff gets a tune-up as the British show moves from its Cardiff, Wales, setting to American shores, complete with new cast members Bill Pullman, Lauren Ambrose and Mekhi Phifer.
July 11, Syfy
Writer Zak Penn (“X-Men: The Last Stand”) sticks to the super-powered route with this new series about a group of people with extra abilities. In the Professor X role is brilliant Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actor David Strathairn.
July 13, Syfy
This real-life cross between “Indiana Jones” and “The Da Vinci Code” follows symbologist Ashley Crowe as he and his crew search for some of history’s most elusive artifacts.
July 21, Adult Swim
Gap-toothed comic Paul Scheer (who we love from his guest spots on “30 Rock”) created this outrageous procedural spoof, which he stars in alongside Rob Riggle, Rebecca Romijn and Kate Mulgrew.
July 24, CBS
Celebs such as David Hasselhoff switch places with regular folks with the same name for a week. Hey, “Cowboys and Aliens” producer Scott Rosenberg — why don’t you finish up this story for me?
July, Cartoon Network
Do you feel the magic? Do you hear the roar? You know what that means, right? The new “ThunderCats” are loose for a whole new generation. The ’80s cartoon is revamped, but the core values are still the same: Lion-O and his feline friends face off against Mumm-Ra.