Summer TV Preview: The 9 Hottest Shows You Can't Miss!
By Leanne Aguilera
The sun is out, school is over, and the hottest new shows are headed your way!
If you thought that summer was a TV dead zone, then you clearly need to spend more time with your remote. Wondering what's worth watching? Look no further because ET's Summer TV Preview is jam-packed with nine shows you absolutely cannot miss.
From an A-list anthology series, to a thrilling continuation of a big-screen favorite, and two perfect prequels, these hot new shows will definitely keep you in the cool crowd this summer.
True Detective: If you thought the first season of True Detective was great, you're in for a real treat. The sophomore season of the HBO anthology series begins with the murder of a corrupt California politician with possible ties to a career criminal, played by Vince Vaughn, and the ensuing investigation that brings together three law-enforcement officers from different jurisdictions played by Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, and Taylor Kitsch. It's going to be dark, gritty, and exactly what you need to curb your Emmy-worthy drama cravings for the summer.
Premiere Date: Sunday, June 21 at 9 p.m. on HBO
Scream: For all the nostalgic horror lovers out there, this is the show for you! MTV is taking the big-screen franchise that we all know and love and turning it into a weekly event of thrills and whodunnit chills. So if you're a fan of scantily dressed high schoolers getting murdered in new and creepily vicious ways, make sure you tune in.
Premiere Date: Tuesday, June 30 at 10p.m. on MTV
Fear the Walking Dead: This is another TV prequel that we're just dying to see. AMC's Fear the Walking Dead, which features a brand-new cast of characters, will take fans back in time to the very beginning of the zombie epidemic with a six-episode first season. However, instead of watching walkers stumble around in the suburbs of Atlanta, Fear will take place in the heart of Los Angeles.
Premiere Date: August on AMC
Astronaut Wives Club: What do you get when you mix the cool '60s vibe of Mad Men with the delicious drama of Desperate Housewives? Your new favorite soapy drama of the summer, that's what! The ABC series centers on the lives of seven women whose astronaut husbands are all fighting for the chance to be the first man in space. It's fun, it's enlightening, and, at the very least, it will give you some summer fashion inspiration for a cool, retro look.
Premiere Date: Thursday, June 18 at 8 p.m. on ABC
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp: This Netflix comedy is by far the most star-studded series of the summer! The eight-episode prequel to the cult classic flick features the return of all your favorite Camp Firewood counselors including Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks and many more. Plus, new faces like Kristen Wiig and Jon Hamm will be joining in on the camp fun as well.
Premiere Date: Friday, July 31 on Netflix
Ballers: This HBO dramedy, which also happens to be Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's very first TV series, mixes the high-end thrills of Entourage, the football passion of Friday Nights Lights, and the city craziness of CSI: Miami -- but with a lot less murders. Johnson stars as Spencer Strasmore, a former Miami Dolphins legend-turned financial manager who struggles to adjust to retirement while mentoring his younger friends.
Premiere Date: Sunday, June 21 at 10 p.m. on HBO
The Brink: After watching Ballers, HBO fans should also stick around to watch their new comedy starring Tim Robbins and Jack Black. After a military coup in Pakistan, an unlikely trio tries to prevent World War III: the U.S. secretary of state in Washington, D.C. (Robbins); a low-level diplomat in Islamabad (Black); and a stressed-out Navy fighter pilot on an aircraft carrier in the Red Sea (Pablo Schreiber).
Premiere Date: Sunday, June 21 at 10:30 p.m. on HBO
Mr. Robot: USA's new hacker drama centers on a young and isolated programmer named Elliot, played by Rami Malek, who struggles with an anti-social disorder. Elliot is then recruited to join an underground hacker organization determined to bring down corporate America by a mysterious anarchist named Mr. Robot, played by Christian Slater.
Premiere Date: Wednesday, June 24 at 10 p.m. on USA.
Zoo: Based off of the best-selling James Patterson novel, Zoo is a wild new drama about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans. The adaptation of the New York Times bestseller stars James Wolk as a behaviorist named Jackson Oz trying to warn the world about the impending animalpocalypse.
Premiere Date: Tuesday, June 30 at 9 p.m. on CBS
Which new summer shows will you be watching? Sound off in the comments below or share your DVR picks with @LeanneAguilera on Twitter!