Summer TV Preview 2017: 16 Shows You Absolutely Cannot Miss
By Philiana Ng and Jennifer Drysdale
Summer's here! That means school's out, and what better to keep cool from the warm, sunny rays than with the hottest new shows hitting the small screen?
From anticipated revivals and farewell seasons to a boy band singing competition and the long-overdue return of a hit medieval fantasy series, summer TV has just about everything you need to keep yourself glued to your television sets!
Inspired by the lauded novel by Chris Kraus, Amazon's latest scripted series comes from Transparent's Jill Soloway and combines the whimsy of sexual desire and the heartbreaking reality of a crumbling marriage with a deft hand. Kathryn Hahn plays Chris, an unhappy wife and independent filmmaker, who, along with her husband, Sylvere (Griffin Dunne), obsess over the same charismatic professor, Dick (Kevin Bacon). Sexy, visually stunning and led by an impressive ensemble -- what better viewing for a warm summer day?
Premieres: Sunday, May 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime
Showtime's anticipated revival may be summer's biggest secret! Not much has been revealed about the return of the beloved cult classic from the secretive David Lynch, just that nearly all our Twin Peaks favorites -- including Kyle MacLachlan as Agent Dale Cooper -- are back, along with a slew of new cast members (see: Amanda Seyfried, Ashley Judd, Monica Bellucci, Naomi Watts and Jennifer Jason Leigh, among others). Who knows what brings the characters back to Twin Peaks, but sometimes secrecy can be a good thing.
It's Rachel Lindsay's time to find love! The 31-year-old attorney -- and first black lead in Bachelor franchise history -- was a breath of fresh air during Nick Viall's season of The Bachelor, and it's finally her time to hand out the roses. Fans (and Lindsay!) already met a few of her suitors during The Bachelor: After the Final Rose in March, and we can't wait to meet the rest of the guys, and watch Lindsay get her happy ending.
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House of Cards
Premieres: Tuesday, May 30 on Netflix
Kevin Spacey's scheming, maniacal President Frank Underwood returns for season five of the hit Netflix series, and there's no telling what shenanigans he'll pull this time, now that he and his wife, Robin Wright's Claire, are back on the same team. Last season of the political drama saw Claire break the fourth wall for the first time in the series -- and coupled with creator Beau Willimon's departure from the series and rumors of Frank's imminent death, it's safe to say it's Claire's time to shine ... and you don't want to miss it.
World of Dance
Premieres: Tuesday, May 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC
Jennifer Lopez returns to the judging table and her dance roots in her new show, World of Dance, which -- you guessed it -- is being touted as the world's largest dance competition series. All ages and all styles of dance will be represented as contestants battle it out for a prize of $1 million. Derek Hough and Ne-Yo will join J.Lo as judges, while Jenna Dewan Tatum serves as host and mentor to the show's incredible dancers.
Orange Is the New Black
Premieres: Friday, June 9 on Netflix
Netflix's most-watched original series is back for a fifth season, documenting the three days after the riot at Litchfield Penitentiary that saw season four end with a ginormous cliffhanger. Will we see justice for Poussey? Will Daya pull the trigger? What does Piper have up her sleeve this time? We'll find out when we reunite with Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Laverne Cox and all our favorite inmates this summer.
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Premieres: Saturday, June 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on BBC America
Brace yourselves, Clone Club, we're just 10 episodes away from closing the books on our beloved "seesters" -- and we're not ready to say goodbye! The sci-fi drama may have captured our hearts with its complex storytelling, beautifully acted arcs and heartbreaking sacrifices (R.I.P. Hot Paul!), but we're most grateful to have witnessed star and Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany soar.
So You Think You Can Dance
Premieres: Monday, June 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox
Mary Murphy is back! The fan favorite is back behind the judging table for SYTYCD's 14th season, joining resident judge Nigel Lythgoe and host Cat Deeley. Lythgoe has promised to take the show back to basics for the summer season, which will showcase the skills of the nation's best adult dancers (following last season's young crop of contestants), and pair the top 10 with all-stars of seasons past. New talent, familiar faces and Murphy -- season 14's got a recipe for success.
Premieres: Thursday, June 22 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC
Are we about to meet the next One Direction or Fifth Harmony? This new summer series, from the team behind the uber-popular Lip Sync Battle, hopes that answer is yes! The 10-episode reality competition show gives America the power to vote for their favorite five band members live to create the next music group sensation. If you were a fan of Making the Band or Popstars, this sounds like the perfect fit with a 2017 twist!
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Premieres: Thursday, June 22 at 10 p.m. on Spike
Based on the Stephen King story of the same name -- and 10 years after the Frank Darabont-directed film -- Spike's The Mist is sure to satisfy your summer horror craving. The 10-episode series centers around a small-town family torn apart by a tragic crime. Just as they start to deal with the consequences, an eerie mist rolls in, separating them from the rest of the world, and sometimes each other. Allies and adversaries will be tested as they decide whether societal rules apply when you're cut off from society altogether.
Premieres: Wednesday, June 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS
When the warm summer months roll around, it's all about CBS' reality staple, hosted by Julie Chen (affectionately referred to by ChenBot by Big Brother loyalists). Imagine being locked up with more than a dozen other houseguests with little to no privacy, as you scheme, backstab, compete and "showmance" your way through the summer for the $500,000 grand prize -- all while having your every move recorded by hidden cameras and strategically placed microphones. Honestly, who can't get enough of everyday people doing anything and everything to win that coveted prize?
Premieres: Wednesday, June 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on TV Land
What do you get when you mix the glamorous, cutthroat world of The Devil Wears Prada and the sexy romances of Sex and the City? TV Land's juicy half-hour comedy! In the new season, Liza (Sutton Foster) -- a 40-something divorcee pretending to be a 26-year-old at a big-time publishing company -- will be forced to deal with the consequences after she finally reveals the truth about her age to her business partner (and new roomie), Kelsey (Hilary Duff). Not to mention Liza's love triangle -- with two very attractive men! -- is enough fodder to keep you glued to your television sets!
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Game of Thrones
Premieres: Sunday, July 16 on HBO
It's the beginning of the end, but after a longer than usual wait, it's finally here. The penultimate season of the dark fantasy series will consist of just seven episodes, three fewer than seasons past, but they'll be chock-full of all our favorite storylines -- and a few famous faces. Ed Sheeran is set to make his GOT debut his summer, alongside heavy metal singer Brent Hinds and members of the band Bastille. Cersei has vaporized her enemies and now sits on the iron throne, but with Khaleesi on her way to Westeros with an ally in Theon Greyjoy and Jon Snow officially alive and well, the former mother of three (sorry, not sorry, Cersei -- you reap what you sow) better watch her back.
Premieres: Sunday, July 23 on HBO
"Insecure as f**k" no more! Issa Rae is super fierce and back for round two! After a critically acclaimed first season, Rae returns for more of the series that coupled important social and racial issues with hilariously awkward and relatable human experiences. Season two is set to pick up right where season one left off, exploring the aftermath of Issa and Molly's falling out, and whether or not their friendship can be repaired.
Premieres: Wed, Aug. 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on USA Network
Jessica Biel goes dark in this intense crime thriller, based on the 2007 Petra Hammesfahr novel of the same name. In the eight-episode limited series, Biel sheds her All-American girl persona in her return to television, playing young mother Cora Tannetti, who commits a shocking act of violence during a family beach trip and has no idea why. It's unlike anything we've seen the former 7th Heaven star do before and that's more reason to be excited over her upcoming acting showcase.
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Daredevil. Jessica Jones. Luke Cage. Elektra. Iron Fist. Five high-flying reasons to circle that August date on your calendars for the ultimate Marvel/Netflix superhero team-up! Set several months after the events of the second season of Daredevil, the vigilantes come together in the Big Apple to face off against a common enemy: The Hand. Sigourney Weaver puts on her villainess hat, while your favorites like Rosario Dawson, Carrie-Anne Moss and Deborah Ann Woll also stick around for some caped fun.
Which summer shows will you be watching? Share your top picks in the comments below or by tweeting us at @etnow!