This summer isn’t going to be anything like the desolate 2012 summer season, in terms of television shows. You can expect to see almost 85 new and returning shows, this summer. We know that figuring out when your favorite shows are returning, and when all of the new show shows are premiering can be a hassle, so we’re going to provide a list of all of the premiere dates. These dates entail shows that are airing on May 12th, and later.
“Family Tree” (HBO) – Series premiere May 12th, at 10:30/9:30C.
Synopsis – “Family Tree” is a documentary type series about a distraught man who tries to get his life back on track, by tracing his family history.
“Long Island Medium” (TLC) – Season 4 premiere May 12th, at 9/8C.
Synopsis – TLC’s hit show about a medium who helps families communicate with their loved ones, that have passed away, is back for it’s 30 episode 4th season!
“Breaking Amish: Brave New World” (TLC) – Season 2 premiere May 12th, at 10/9C.
Synopsis- This arguably ridiculous “Non-Scripted” reality show is back for it’s second season on TLC. The show follows a group of Amish individuals, and their daily life events.
“So You Think You Can Dance” (FOX) – Season 10 premiere May 14th, 8/7C.
Synopsis – FOX’s hit talent show SYTYCD is back for it’s 10th season!
“Motive” (ABC) – Series premiere May 23rd, 9/8C.
Synopsis – This isn’t your typical cop drama. The storyline of “Motive” works in reverse. At the beginning of each episode, the victim is shown, and then the storyline works backward to find the suspect and why he/she committed the crime.
“The Goodwin Games” (FOX) – Series premiere May 20th, 8:30/7:30C.
Synopsis – After being left a notable amount of money by their father, three estranged siblings attempt to reconnect with one another. Also, the show stars the great Scott Foley. All of my fellow Scandal fans know him as Jake Ballard.
“The Bachelorette” (ABC) – Season 9 premiere May 20th, at 9/8C.
Synopsis – The surprisingly popular dating reality show makes it’s return to ABC, for it’s 9th season.
“MasterChef” (FOX) – Season 4 premiere May 22nd, at 8/7C.
Synopsis - The hit Cooking show with controversial host/chef Gordon Ramsey returns for it’s 4th season, on FOX.
“Rookie Blue” (ABC) – Season 4 premiere May 23rd, at 10/9C.
Synopsis – ABC’s hit cop drama returns for it’s 4th season! You can expect the level of drama this season, that newbie show Chicago Fire has brought to NBC.
“Save Me” (NBC) – Series premiere May 23rd, at 8/7C.
Synopsis – After almost dying, a woman claims to have a direct connection to god. No-one believes her until an odd number of “coincidences” begin to happen around her. I warn you to not get too attached to this newbie NBC drama, however. the Thursday 8PM slot is a doomed one, in the fall. Though Given that this is a summer show in that slot, it’s chances are fairly better. Also take into account, however, that NBC is the host network…
“Arrested Development” (Netflix Exclusive) – May 26th, at 3:01 ET.
Synopsis – The hit show Arrested Development gets it’s revival on May, 26th! After being cancelled for years, Netflix picked up the rights to the show that stars names such as Jason Bateman and Will Arnett. We can assume that all 15 episodes of the season will be released on Netflix, on the date listed above.
“The Glades” (A&E) – Season 4 premiere May 27th, at 9/8C.
Synopsis – A&E’s hit crime solving drama returns, for it’s 4th season!
“Longmire” (A&E) – Season 2 premiere May 27th, at 10/9C
Synopsis – A&E’s very own “Western Law And Order” Returns To Answer the questions that season 1 left us with!
“Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” (ABC) – Season 3 premiere May 28th, at 8/7C.
Synopsis – The title says it all.
“Brooklyn DA” (CBS) – Series premiere May 28th, at 10/9C.
Synopsis – this six part documentary style series goes behind the scenes Of Brookyln’s DA’s office. The show profiles Brookyln’s ADA, as well as a number of other lawyers.
“The American Baking Competition” (CBS) – Series premiere May 29th, at 8/7C.
Synopsis – This is a Reality cooking/Baking show adapted from a British reality show. Hosted by Jeff Foxworthy.
“Melissa & Joey” (ABC Family) – Season 3 premiere May 29th, at 8/7C.
Synopsis – The hit ABC Family show returns for it’s 3rd season!
“Dancing Fools” (ABC Family) – Series premiere May 29th, at 9/8C.
Synopsis – Just what we need.. A clip show about dances, in which $10,000 is given to the winner. Hosted by Melissa Peterman.
“The Killing” (AMC) – Season 3 premiere June 2nd, at 9/8C.
Synopsis – It’s “Un-Cancelled” and ready to earn it’s keep!
“The Real Housewives of New Jersey” (Bravo) – Season 5 premiere, June 2nd, at 8/7C.
Synopsis – Unfortunately…. it got renewed.
“Princesses: Long Island” (Bravo) – Series premiere June 2nd, at 9/8C.
Synopsis – This “Reality Series” follow 6 wealthy, educated women who are still living with their families. The best of Bravo…
“Keeping Up With the Kardashians” (E!) – Season 8 premiere May 20th, at 9/8C.
Synopsis – Sorry, it’s back….
“Mistresses” (ABC) – Series premiere June 3rd at 10/9C.
Synopsis – This uber soapy drama follows four friends and their struggling love lives. Cast includes Alyssa Milano.
“The Fosters” (ABC Family) - Series premiere June 3rd, at 9/8C.
Synopsis – This Jennifer Lopez produced soapy drama follows a diverse family of children who are being raised by two hard working moms, as they accept a troubled child into their home.
“Teen Wolf” (MTV) – Season 3 premiere June 3rd, at 10/9C.
Synopsis – It’s a show, about wolf people. For those that remotely care, Teen Wolf is returning to MTV, for it’s 3rd season.
“America’s Got Talent” (NBC) – Season 8 premiere June 4th, at 9/8C.
Synopsis – Arguably the most successful summer talent show, AGT is making it’s return to NBC, with many changes that have been made. This includes 2 of the former judges being replaced, as well as a 4th judge being added!
“Graceland” (USA) – Series premiere June 6th, at 10/9C.
Synopsis – We all know that USA produces many of the top rated dramas. It seems that they’re expecting to do the same with “Graceland”. The show follows An elite and special police task force consisting of agents from the DEA, U.S. Customs, and FBI. Better yet, they all reside in the same place. Southern California!
“The Hero” (TNT) – Series premiere June 6th, at 8/7C.
Synopsis – In this newbie game show, nine individuals are tested physically, mentally, and morally. They’ll be trying to earn the title of “The Hero” and the accompanying prize. Who better to produce and host this show than Dwayne Johnson himself?
“72 Hours” (TNT) – Series premiere June 6th, at 9/8C.
Synopsis – Contestants on this new reality game show are dropped into the wilderness with only a bottle of water and a GPS device on a mission to find a briefcase filled with $100,000. Simple, right?
“Burn Notice” (USA) – Season 7 premiere June 7th at 9/8C.
Synopsis – This is it. After 7 seasons, the hit spy drama, “Burn Notice”, will be completing it’s final season, on USA.
“Continuum” (Syfy) – Season 2 premiere June 7th, at 10/9C.
Synopsis – After it’s immense Season 1 popularity in Canada, “Continuum” was picked up by Syfy, for broadcasting in the U.S. After receiving notable ratings in it’s first U.S. season, Syfy has picked the drama/thriller up for a second season!
“Being Human” (BBC America) – Season 5 premiere June 8th, at 10/9C.
Synopsis – The supernatural goodness known as “Being Human” returns for it’s 5th season, on BBCA!
“Sinbad” (Syfy) – Series premiere June 8th, at 9/8C.
Synopsis – This 12 episode (and presumably single season event) series follow sinbad, a flawed hero, who begins a journey to lift a curse and follow his destiny.
“Primeval: New World” (Syfy) – Series premiere June 8th, at 10/9C.
Synopsis – “Ghost Hunters” reinvented.
“Falling Skies” (TNT) – Season 3 premiere June 9th at 10/9C.
Synopsis – the alien Scifi based epic drama known as “Falling Skies” Makes it’s 3rd season debut, on TNT, this summer! You can expect even more mystery, and suspense, than last season had.
“Switched At Birth” (ABC Family) – Season 3 premiere June 10th, at 8/7C.
Synopsis – the highly popular Show, with a notable array of cast members, makes it’s return to ABC Family, for a second season!
“Major Crimes” (TNT) – Season 2 premiere June 10th, at 9/8C.
Synopsis – TNT had a great deal of success with the launch of it’s newest crime solving/police drama, last summer. Now “Major Crimes” will be back on your screens, next month!
“King & Maxwell” (TNT) – Series premiere June 10th, at 10/9C.
Synopsis – This book to television series features two former secret service agents, who now run their own private investigation business. They tend to Bend the rules a bit, as well.
“Pretty Little Liars” (ABC Family) – Season 4 premiere June 11th, at 8/7C.
Synopsis – This ABC Family drama grasped the attention of many people, back when it premiered. now after much popularity, and after achieving it’s own spin off series, “Pretty Little Liars” returns for it’s 4th season!
“Twisted” (ABC Family) – Series premiere June 11th, at 9/8C.
Synopsis – This mystery murder drama entails a young teen who has returned to his town after murdering his aunt 5 years before. soon after returning home, the teen is the prime suspect of a local murder. Denise Richards stars. * Some of you may have watched the pilot of “Twisted” which followed the season 3 finale of “Pretty Little Liars”. However, ABC Family is re-running it, to begin the season.
“Royal Pains” (USA) – Season 5 premiere June 12th, at 9/8C.
Synopsis – USA’s critically acclaimed drama, “Royal Pains”, is back for it’s 5th season!
“Necessary Roughness” (USA) – Season 3 premiere June 12th, at 10/9C.
Synopsis – This being another one of USA’s Highly successful dramas, “Necessary Roughness” returns for it’s 3rd season!
“Sullivan & Son” (TBS) – Season 2 premiere June 13th, at 10/9C.
Synopsis – We all know that TBS is the king of comedies. “Sullivan & Son” is living proof of this. The Hit TBS comedy is returning for it’s 2nd season!
“Magic City” (Starz) – Season 2 premiere June 14th at 9/8C.
Synopsis – This Mafia style drama Made it’s name last Year, and now it’s back! The show features a huge ensemble of well known actors/actresses. You can expect to see “Magic City” back on your screens, next month!
“True Blood” (HBO) – Season 6 premiere June 16th, at 9/8C.
Synopsis – Yes, this is a vampire drama that has lasted for 6 years. That being said, “True Blood” will be returning for it’s 6th season, next month, on HBO!
“Franklin & Bash” (TNT) – Season 3 premiere June 19th at 9/8C.
Synopsis – The law based TNT hit is making it’s return, next month! Even better, the premiere episode is going to be a 2 hour special.
“Hot In Cleveland” (TV Land) – Season 5 premiere June 19th at 10/9C.
Synopsis – This beyond epic comedy features a highly diversified and hilarious cast, including the great Betty White. The show will be returning for it’s 5th season, next month, on TV Land.
“The Exes” (TV Land) – Season 3 premiere June 19th at 10:30/9:30C.
Synopsis – The great and equally hilarious comedy returns for a 3rd season, next month, on TV Land.
“Copper” (BBC America) – Season 2 premiere June 23rd at 10/9C.
Synopsis – After gaining the ratings for BBCA last year, this Sherlock Holmes style drama will be returning for another season, next month.
“Devious Maids” (Lifetime) – Series premiere June 23rd at 10/9C.
Synopsis – This show is about a group of maids who know every dirty secret about their wealthy employers. And they have their own agenda.
“Under The Dome” (CBS) – Series premiere June 24th at 10/9C.
Synopsis – In This Stephen King book to television series, inhabitants of a small town are shocked when a strange dome is placed over their city, leaving them trapped, and cut off from the rest of the world. The show will have a 13 episode season event. It’s not clear if this is planned to be a mini-series or a continuing series.
“Rizzoli & Isles” (TNT) – Season 4 premiere June 25th at 9/8C.
Synopsis – This is another groundbreaking TNT drama, that has had consecutive seasons. “Rizzoli & Isles” will be returning for a 4th season, next month.
“Perception” (TNT) – Season 2 premiere June 25th at 10/9C.
Synopsis – This unique crime solving drama features a schizophrenic college professor named Daniel pierce who is also a consult for the FBI. Pierce helps solve many crimes, in which the FBI simply cannot solve alone. The show also has a hint of soapy-ness. The show stars Eric McCormack and Rachael Leigh Cook. “Perception” will be returning to TNT next month!
“Big Brother” (CBS) – Season 15 premiere June 26th, at 9/8C.
Synopsis – Yes. A show about a bunch of people living together really is still airing.
“Dexter” (Showtime) – Season 8 premiere June 30th, at 9/8C.
Synopsis – after an outstanding run, Dexter will be making it’s final appearance with it’s 8th season. You can expect lots of, well, Everything that’s been shown in the previous seasons Times 2. Oh, and also Guest star Yvonne Strahovski, Who made her first appearance in season 7.
“Ray Donovan” (Showtime) – Series premiere June 30th, at 10/9C.
Synopsis – This Drama features a man named Ray Donovan, who fixes problems for the L.A. elite and wealthy. Ray Donovan is basically a 2nd rate Olivia Pope. Because, come on, no-one can outdo Olivia Pope.
“American Ninja Warrior” (NBC) – Season 5 July 1st, at 8/7C.
Synopsis – The hit show “American Ninja Warrior” features contestants who try to complete a physically draining and near impossible obstacle course. The show has been a huge hit, but was previously only aired by G4. It’s Shocking that one of NBC’s few successful shows once belonged to a underrated subsidiary…
“Get Out Alive” (NBC) – Series premiere July 8th, at 9/8C.
Synopsis – This extreme reality show follows Bear Grylls as he leads 10 teams of two through physically draining terrain, on New Zealand’s South Island.
“Camp” (NBC) – Series premiere July 10th at 10/9C.
Synopsis – this 10 episode series follows the actions of teens at a summer camp. Hmm … I smell early cancellation already.
“The Newsroom” (HBO) – Season 2 premiere July 14th, at 10/9C.
Synopsis – This HBO drama premiered last year with major success. the show will be returning for a 2nd season, in July.
“Whose Line Is It Anyway?” (The CW) – Series premiere July 16th at 8/7C.
Synopsis – This Improv comedy showed debuted about a decade ago, and ultimately was cancelled. But it’s back! The CW is launching their own version of the former show, which will be premiering in July.
“Perfect Score” (The CW) – Series premiere July 16th, at 9/8C.
Synopsis – A Game series about winning dates and money. Sounds fun, right?
“Covert Affairs” (USA) – Season 4 premiere July 16th, at 9/8C.
Synopsis – CIA agents, and international affairs. that should explain the greatness known as “Covert Affairs”. Season 4 is coming your way, in July!
“Suits” (USA) – Season 3 Premiere July 16th, at 10/9C.
Synopsis – We all know that one person that never stops talking about “Suits”. Well, get ready once again, to continually hear about it, as the law based critically acclaimed drama is returning to USA, in July.
“The Vineyard” (ABC Family) – Series premiere July 24th, 9/8C.
Synopsis – This soapy documentary follows about half a dozen 20 somethings, as they spend the summer in Martha’s Vineyard. You Pretty much already know what drama follows.
“Unforgettable” (CBS) – Season 2 premiere July 28th, at 9/8C.
Synopsis – After being “Un-Cancelled”, the drama show that follows a detective with a photographic memory is back. “Unforgettable” returns for a 2nd season, in July.
“Breaking Pointe” (The CW) – Season 2 premiere July 29th, at 9/8C.
Synopsis – The documentary series that goes behinds the scenes of a ballet company in Salt Lake City is back. “Breaking Pointe” will be returning, in July, on The CW.
“The Hunt” (The CW) – Series premiere July 31st, at 9/8C.
Synopsis – this reality competition places a group of contestant in an enclosed wilderness area known as “The Arena”. The contestants must survive there for one month, with scare resources, and harsh conditions. This is the real life Hunger Games.
“Hell On Wheels” (AMC) – Season 3 premiere August 3rd, at 9/8C.
Synopsis – Bohanon Is back!! Need I say any more?
“In The Flesh” (BBC America) – Series premiere August 3rd, at 10/9C.
Synopsis – This is a three part series that Follows an undead teenager, who tries to return to society, after a zombie outbreak.
“Breaking Bad” (AMC) – Final 1/2 Season premiere August 11th, at 10/9C.
Synopsis – After A long run of ratings domination, “Breaking Bad” is coming to an end, with the final half of it’s final season. August, 11th. On AMC.
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