Summer TV preview
Summer might be the time you want to hit the beach, but there's still a lot of engaging television to lure you back to the couch. amNewYork gives you a rundown of some must-see TV.
'Torchwood: Miracle Day'
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 his 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 11, Syfy
Pete gets a new partner (Aaron Ashmore) who has the uncanny ability to tell if someone is lying as they go on a search for new artifacts, including Jimi Hendrix's guitar.
'Rizzoli and Isles'
July 11, TNT
Three months after the tense Season 1 finale, some wounds have healed, but there's still plenty for the characters to deal with, including an impending divorce and bolstered love lives.
July 12, FX
It's the final countdown for "Rescue Me," and Tommy (Denis Leary) struggles to cope with people trying to cash in on 9/11.
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.
'The Franchise: A Season With the San Francisco Giants'
July 13, Showtime
Follow Brian Wilson, Tim Lincecum and all the unique characters on the Giants roster as they defend their World Series title this season.
July 17, AMC
It would be a crime to give away anything about the season premiere of one of the best series on television, so we'll just point out that it's returning, tension is mounting, and we've seen the episode (and it's fantastic).
July 19, Showtime
"Friends" star Lisa Kudrow takes her online series to the small screen. She plays Fiona Wallice, a therapist who ditches the traditional 50-minute sessions for three-minute video chats. There's a great crew of guest stars, so stay tuned for Jane Lynch, Bob Balaban, Lily Tomlin and Victor Garber.
July 24, HBO
For the final season, Vince and the boys are continuing their frequent ups and downs. From the three episodes we've watched, it appears that they're setting up each character for an interesting and fulfilling future. We'll tease just a little bit: There's an animated series you're going to wish was real.
July 28, Lifetime
Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn and the rest of the fashionistas are back with a new set of designer contestants. Also, Heidi's nearly naked on the mylifetime.com website. I'm just saying.
July 29, 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 remain the same: Lion-O and his feline friends face off against Mumm-Ra.
'Take the Money and Run'
Aug. 2, ABC
From the makers of "The Amazing Race" and "CSI" comes this high-stakes competition series involving contestants trying to find hidden money, facing off against actual detectives.
Aug. 5, IFC
In pursuit of the hirsute, this show follows some of the world's most impressively bearded men as they compete in top facial-hair competitions around the globe. My beard is feeling inadequate right now.
'Karaoke Battle USA'
Aug. 8, ABC
Hey, another new singing competition show! This one follows the annual Karaoke World Championships.
Aug. 24, Fox
Fox is getting into the antique business with this new unscripted series that follows Leigh and Leslie Keno - appraisers on "Antiques Roadshow" - as they dig through people's homes for valuable artifacts.