Entertainment Summer TV preview: 'Roots,' 'The Get Down,' 'Uncle Buck' and more must-sees of 2016 By Scott A. Rosenberg May 25, 2016 9:18 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Once just a time for rerun after rerun, the summer has become a sizzling time for some interesting new television series to debut. This season will be bringing lots of remakes, from a new version of “Roots” to a trio of reboots of classic game shows. 'Roots' (May 30) Photo Credit: History Forest Whitaker, Laurence Fishburne, Anna Paquin and many more big-name actors star in this new miniseries adaptation of the epic story of slavery and family. (History) 'Maya & Marty' (May 31) Photo Credit: NBC / Lisa Rose Maya Rudolph and Martin Short team up for a new star-studded variety show that will bring you singing, dancing and celebrity guests like Kenan Thompson. (NBC) 'Cleverman' (June 1) This new futuristic drama coproduced for America, Australia and New Zealand is inspired by Aboriginal mythology in a dystopian setting where society exists alongside mythical creatures. (Sundance) 'Hidden America with Jonah Ray' (June 2) This streaming series starring comedian Jonah Ray is a spoof on a travel series where Ray travels from city to city meeting eccentric folks along the way (played by the likes of Randall Park). (Seeso) 'Outcast' (June 3) Photo Credit: Niko Tavernise This horror show is adapted from a comic book by "The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta. It follows Patrick Fugit's Kyle Barnes, who is investigating demonic possessions. (Cinemax) 'Feed the Beast' (June 5) "Friends" star David Schwimmer returns to television in this series about two pals trying to open their dream restaurant while dealing with all the beastly obstacles in their way, including corrupt officials and the mob. Also starring Jim Sturgess. (AMC) 'The American West' (June 11) This docudrama miniseries chronicles stories of the old West and such iconic figures as Jesse James, Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull. Featuring interviews with Robert Redford, James Caan, Tom Selleck, Mark Harmon and others. (AMC) 'O.J.: Made in America' (June 11) In case you didn't get enough O.J. Simpson with "American Crime Story," here's a five-part documentary miniseries that gives you an even more extensive look at the disgraced football player/actor. The first part debuts on June 11 on ABC/7, and the rest will air on ESPN starting June 14. (ABC) 'BrainDead' (June 13) Photo Credit: CBS / Jeff Neumann Alice Braga plays a woman who flees to America after her drug dealer beau is killed in Mexico. Here she tries to help take down the drug traffickers responsible. Based on the book "La Reina Del Sur" by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, which also was turned into a series on Telemundo. (CBS) 'Guilt' (June 13) Photo Credit: Freeform / Nick Ray An American student living in London is at the center of a murder when her roommate is found dead. Starring Emily Tremaine ("Vinyl"). (Freeform) 'Animal Kingdom' (June 14) Inspired by the 2010 Australian film by David Michôd, this crime thriller follows a teen (Finn Cole) who goes to live with his crime-friendly relatives (including Ellen Barkin and Scott Speedman) after his mother dies from a drug overdose. (TNT) 'To Tell the Truth' (June 14) "Blackish" star Anthony Anderson hosts this reboot of the classic game show where a panel of celebrities are introduced to three people, one of which has a unique, unusual or interesting talent, job or such, and they have to figure out which one is telling the truth. Panelists include Betty White and NeNe Leakes. (ABC) 'Uncle Buck' (June 14) Photo Credit: ABC / Craig Sjodin Inspired by the John Candy film from 1989, comedian Mike Epps steps into the title role of a hustler who starts helping to take care of his brother's children. Also starring Nia Long and James Lesure. (ABC) 'Wrecked' (June 14) This new comedy channels the funnier side of "Lost" as it follows plane crash survivors on a deserted island. Starring Jessica Lowe, Rhys Darby and Ginger Gonzaga. (TBS) 'Greenleaf' (June 21) This scripted drama follows the Greenleaf family, which runs a megachurch in Memphis. Starring Keith David and Lynn Whitfield. Executive producer Oprah Winfrey has a recurring role as well. 'Queen of the South' (June 21) Photo Credit: USA Network / Benedicte Desrus Alice Braga plays a woman who flees to America after her drug dealer beau is killed in Mexico. Here she tries to help take down the drug traffickers responsible. Based on the book "La Reina Del Sur" by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, which also was turned into a series on Telemundo. (USA) 'American Gothic' (June 22) Paranoia begins to destroy a Boston family in upheaval over the discovery that they have a connection to some murders. Starring Justin Chatwin, Megan Ketch and Anthony Starr. (CBS) 'Thirteen' (June 23) A woman finds freedom after being imprisoned in a cellar for 13 years, but it is difficult all around as she tries to return to her family. Don't expect the same carefree tone of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" here. Starring Jodie Comer. (BBC America) ‘The $100,000 Pyramid’ (June 26) Photo Credit: ABC / Lou Rocco Michael Strahan will be giving out the big bucks on this new iteration of the game show where celebrities and contestants try to get the right answers in this word-association game. (ABC) 'The Match Game' (June 26) Alec Baldwin plays host as this popular 1970s game show returns. It features a panel of six celebrities and contestants have to match the famous folks in a humorous fill-in-the-blanks game. (ABC) 'Roadies' (June 26) Photo Credit: Showtime / Katie Yu After a series of disappointing films, Cameron Crowe takes a shot at television with this comedy about roadies set in the world of rock music (big surprise there, right?). Starring Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino, Imogen Poots, Rafe Spall, Keisha Castle-Hughes and Ron White. Thankfully, there's no sign of Hawaii or zoos here. (Showtime) ‘Dead of Summer’ (June 28) Photo Credit: Freeform / Katie Yu This throwback series, set at a summer camp in the 1980s, features a group of counselors faced with a growing mythological evil presence. (Freeform) 'Greatest Hits' (June 30) Classic musicians and modern performers take on popular tracks from different decades (1980s-2000s) in this series hosted by Arsenio Hall and Kelsea Ballerini. (ABC) 'Marcella' (July 1) Photo Credit: Netflix Anna Friel, who we love from "Pushing Daises," heads up this European crime thriller about a mother/retired detective who finds herself back at the job years later, tracking down a serial killer. (Netflix) 'The Night Of' (July 10) Photo Credit: HBO This eight-part series from Steven Zallian ("Gangs of New York," "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo") and Richard Price ("The Wire," "Child 44") takes an expansive look at the criminal justice system in New York City, from the police to the courts to the jails. Starring John Turturro and Riz Ahmed. (HBO) 'The A Word' (July 13) This drama follows a complex family where the 5-year-old son is autistic and how that diagnoses affects his parents and extended family. Based on an Israeli series. (Sundance) 'Stranger Things' (July 15) A boy mysteriously goes missing in this 1980s Indiana-set horror series starring Winona Ryder and Matthew Modine. (Netflix) 'Vice Principals' (July 17) Photo Credit: Fred Norris Danny McBride, an HBO favorite from "Eastbound & Down," returns to the network for this academic comedy about the people almost in charge of a high school, which he stars in and co-created with his "Eastbound" partner Jody Hill. Also starring Walton Goggins, Georgia King and Busy Philipps. (HBO) 'The Get Down' (Aug. 12) Photo Credit: Netflix / David Lee The long-awaited Baz Luhrmann musical series is set in the 1970s at the birth of hip-hop in the Bronx as the city is facing a financial disaster. Starring Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Jaden Smith, Jimmy Smits and Giancarlo Esposito. (Netflix) 'Gomorrah' (Aug. 24) The Italian crime series, based on the book of the same name by Roberto Saviano, which also spawned a 2008 film, takes viewers inside the world of organized crime in Italy. (Sundance) By Scott A. Rosenberg Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic 30 must-see summer moviesJason Bourne is back. 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