Summer Television Preview 2015: 30 new shows to see this season

Just go ahead and cancel your summer vacation plans right now.

Just go ahead and cancel your summer vacation plans right now. There are lots of scripted series to watch this summer on television, from the return of some familiar faces like Craig Robinson and David Duchovny to some fantastical new series about British magicians and bounty hunters in space.

Here are 30 new series to check out:



Set in 1967 Los Angeles, this show stars David Duchovny as a WWII veteran turned LAPD detective looking for a missing teen girl. (May 28, 9 p.m., NBC/4).


Go behind the scenes at a dating competition reality show in this scripted drama starring Shiri Appleby (“Girls”) and Constance Zimmer (“House of Cards”). (June 1, 10 p.m., Lifetime).

‘The Whispers’

A mysterious force is playing games with children in this series starring Lily Rabe, Milo Ventimiglia and Barry Sloane. The parents think it’s an imaginary friend, but a it’s not. Creepy. (June 1, 10 p.m., ABC/7).


This high-concept drama is about the titular Stitchers, who work for the government and are “stiched” into the minds of recently deceased people so that they can dig through their memories to help solve crimes, including how they died. Starring Emma Ishta, Kyle Harris, Salli Richardson-Whitfield and Allison Scagliotti. (June 2, 9 p.m., ABC Family).


From the Wachowskis (“The Matrix”) and J. Michael Straczynski (“Babylon 5”), this science-fiction series is centered on eight individuals all connected after a death in their lives. Each episode will focus on one of the eight characters. (June 5, Netflix).

‘Odd Mom Out’

This comedy series lampoons the rich moms living on the Upper East Side. If you’re not laughing, you may be one of them. Starring Jill Kargman, who also created the show, Abby Elliott and Andy Buckley. (June 8, 10 p.m., Bravo).

‘Dark Matter’

Based on a comic book from Dark Horse Comics and brought to television by some of the writers of “Stargate,” this sci-fi drama follows the crew members of a run-down space ship that is brought out of statis. They have no memories but have to make things work during this confusing and dire situation. (June 12, 10 p.m., Syfy).

‘Jonathan Strange. & Mr. Norrell’

Magic abounds in England during the Napoleonic Wars in this adaption of Susanna Clarke’s fantasy novel. Starring Eddie Marsan (“Ray Donovan”) and Bertie Carvel (Broadway’s “Matilda”). (June 13, 10 p.m., BBC America).

‘The Making of the Mob: New York’

Ray Liotta narrates this eight-part docu-drama about the mob in New York City, starting in 1905 and focusing on characters such as Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky. (June 15, 10 p.m., AMC).


A bunch of former high school classmates are working together in a Boston barbershop, complete with thick accents. Starring Ashley Tisdale and, more importantly, George Wendt (Norm from “Cheers”), who is finally back in Beantown where he belongs. (June 16, 10 p.m., TBS).


Jennifer Beals plays Carolyn Tyler, a doctor dealing with the death of her son, a distant daughter and failing marriage, who is convinced by a dying billionaire techie (Matthew Modine) to start looking into reincarnation, ghosts and other supernatural scenarios that might prove there is life after death. (June 16, 10 p.m., TNT).

‘The Astronaut Wives Club’

Based on the book by Lily Koppel, this drama follows the wives of the astronauts during the early days of spaceflight. (June 18, 8 p.m., ABC/7).


ER doctor John Ellis (John O’Mara) saves the life of a boy gunned down in a drive-by shooting, then takes it upon himself to make sure the victim is safe when he discovers the boy is still being targeted. (June 18, 9 p.m., USA).


From the producers of “Orphan Black” comes this action series following a trio of bounty hunters trying to do their job during a massive class war. Starring Hannah John-Kamen, Luke MacFarlane and Aaron Ashmore. (June 19, 9 p.m., Syfy).


Dwayne Johnson makes the jump to HBO with this new comic drama about football players and their families, friends and lives. Also starring Rob Corddry. (June 21, 10 p.m., HBO).

‘The Brink’

This political comedy focuses on heads of the military and government as they try to stop World War III. Starring Tim Robbins and Jack Black. (June 21, 10:30 p.m., HBO).

‘Another Period’

Comedians Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome helm an all-star cast that also includes Christina Hendricks, Michael Ian Black, David Wain, Jason Ritter and Paget Brewster in this spoof period piece about the rich folks in turn-of-the-century Rhode Island. Figure this to be an Americanized comedic version of “Downton Abbey.” (June 23, 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central).

‘Mr. Robot’

An anarchist adds a socially troubled computer programmer to his hacker group. Starring Christian Slater and Rami Malek. (June 24, 10 p.m., USA).


Based on a Swedish sci-fi series, this drama is set in a world where the next big gadget for any home is a robotic servant. Starring William Hurt, Katherine Parkinson and Tom Goodman-Hill. (June 26, 9 p.m., AMC).


The popular horror movie franchise comes to television with a new murder in Lakewood, which might just be connected to some incidents that happened in the town years ago. It’s safe to assume the guy in the black cloak with the white mask is going to show up. (June 30, 10 p.m., MTV).


In this series based on a James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge novel, a scientist is trying to figure out why animal attacks against humans are on the rise, and vastly more violent and dangerous. Starring James Wolk, Nora Arnezeder, Nonso Anozie, Kristen Connolly and Billy Burke. (June 30, 9 p.m., CBS/2).

‘The Jim Gaffigan Show’

Jim Gaffigan heads this family comedy about the comedian and his wife and their five kids living in a tiny New York City apartment. Expect lots of cameos from his stand-up pals. Also starring Ashley Williams. (July 15, 10 p.m., TV Land).


Denis Leary returns to FX in this comedy series about a washed-up singer, Johnny Rock, whose band broke up on the eve of stardom because he slept with his bandmate’s wife. A new young singer who wants to capitalize on the band’s retro popularity joins Rock in bringing the band back together. Also starring Elizabeth Gillies and John Corbett. (July 16, 10 p.m., FX).

‘Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp’

The cult comedy film is coming to Netflix as a miniseries with a massive cast of originals returning to the camp- from Bradley Cooper to Amy Poehler to Paul Rudd – as well as newcomers including Jon Hamm and “Weird Al” Yankovic. The miniseries, as the title implies, is set on the first day of camp, two months prior to when the film began. (July 17, Netflix).

‘Significant Mother’

A Portland, Oregon, chef is stuck between his best bud who’s dating his mother and his father trying to win her back. Awkward, indeed. Starring Josh Zuckerman, Krista Allen, Jonathan Silverman, Emma Fitzpatrick and Jay Ali. (Aug. 3, 9:30 p.m., The CW).

‘Mr. Robinson’

Stand-up comedian and “The Office” star Craig Robinson gets his own sitcom vehicle inspired by his years as a teacher. Here he plays a funk musician/substitute high school music teacher. Also starring Brandon T. Jackson and Peri Gilpin. (Aug. 5, 9 p.m., NBC/4).

‘Kevin From Work’

After getting a job overseas, Kevin (Noah Reid) reveals his feelings to a co-worker he’s smitten with who he thinks he’ll never see again. But then his new job offer is rescinded and he’s back to the office to deal with the consequences. (Aug. 12, 8:30 p.m., ABC Family).

‘Show Me a Hero’

This miniseries, based on a nonfiction book by Lisa Belkin and brought to the small screen by “The Wire” creator David Simon and Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis, focuses on a housing crisis in Yonkers during the late 1980s. The star-studded cast includes Oscar Isaac, Catherine Keener, Winona Ryder, Alfred Molina and Jim Belushi as former mayor Angelo R. Martinelli. (Aug. 16, 9 p.m., HBO).

‘Blunt Talk’

Jonathan Ames, who created “Bored to Death” on HBO, returns to television with this new series produced by “Family Guy’s” Seth MacFarlane about a British newsman trying to make it big on American cable with a talk show, but things just aren’t working. Starring the always wonderful Patrick Stewart. (Aug. 22, 9 p.m., Starz).

‘Public Morals’

If you miss seeing mid-century New York City, this new drama created by Edward Burns stars the actor as a New York City cop in the Public Morals division in the early 1960s who’s trying to stay on the level. (Aug. 25, 10 p.m., TNT)

Scott A. Rosenberg