Summer TV Preview

Check out these new seasons and series debuting this summer.

click to enlarge Colin Farrell in 'True Detective'
Colin Farrell in 'True Detective'

Check out these new seasons and series debuting this summer. Halt and Catch Fire (Season Premiere, 10 p.m. Sunday, May 31, AMC) – Season Two focuses on Cameron’s startup, Mutiny, where Donna is also now working. Back at Cardiff, Joe and Gordon try to mend things after the Giant’s major flop. Hannibal (Season Premiere, 10 p.m. Thursday, June 4, NBC) – After the cryptic end to last season’s finale, we pick up with Hannibal and Bedelia traveling across Europe. If this season’s title theme is any indication (“Antipasto,” “Primavera” and “Digestivo” are just a sampling of this season’s fare), they’ll end up in Italy. But where is Will Graham? Orange Is the New Black (Season Premiere, Friday, June 12, Netflix) – Alex is back in Litchfield with Piper; Larry and Pornstache are out of the picture (for the time being); Mike Birbiglia and Mary Steenburgen join the cast. True Detective (Season Premiere, 9 p.m. Sunday, June 21, HBO) – Last year’s debut of this anthology drama, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, set the bar very high. This second season brings a new story, cast and directors (several directors will replace Emmy-winning director of Season One, Cary Fukunaga), but it still looks like another hit with a cast that includes Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Taylor Kitsch and Rachel McAdams. Ballers (Series Premiere, 10 p.m. Sunday, June 21, HBO) – Think Entourage with athletes + The Rock. Scream the TV Series (Series Premiere, 10 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, MTV) – Scream without the mask? We’ll see ... Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll (Series Premiere, 10 p.m. Thursday, July 16, FX) – Denis Leary plays an aging rocker desperate for fame. Married (Season Premiere, 10 p.m. Thursday, July 16, FX) – A seriously dark but amusing look at family life with a solid cast. Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (Series Premiere, Friday, July 17, Netflix) – The cast of David Wain’s 2001 cult-classic satire about an ’80s Jewish summer camp returns for this prequel series. The ridiculously funny original is definitely required viewing. Now, go fondle your sweaters. WEDNESDAY 20 500 Questions (Premiere, 8 p.m., ABC) – Braniacs from all fields compete in what’s being dubbed the toughest quiz show ever, which runs for seven consecutive nights. Modern Family (Season Finale, 9 p.m., ABC) – Phil employs his favorite tech gadgets to attend Alex’s graduation celebration in his place.  Black-ish (Season Finale, 9:30 p.m., ABC) – Pops tells the kids about his Pops’ Pops, their great-grandfather.

THURSDAY 21 The Comedians (10 p.m., FX) – It’s Billy’s birthday and Josh takes him out to celebrate. Lip Sync Battle (10 p.m., Spike) – Hip Hop queens Salt and Pepa compete. Wouldn’t we rather just watch them rap battle? Louie (10:30 p.m., FX) – Louie hits the road.


Game of Thrones (9 p.m., HBO) – Ugh. As if we needed any more proof that weddings end terribly in Westeros. This week, Sansa reaches out to Theon; Jon preps for battle as Stannis won’t budge; Brienne waits for a signal; Jaime tries to get in touch with family. Silicon Valley (10 p.m., HBO) – Richard considers the reality of selling out or folding. Elsewhere, the Pied Piper team explores other opportunities, Russ is distracted by financial issues and Gavin tries to put a spin on Nucleus’ problems. Veep (10:30 p.m., HBO) – Selina is taken aback by a dramatic event in the White House. TUESDAY 26 Inside Amy Schumer (10:30 p.m., Comedy Central) – Riding the bull; identity theft; Bill Cosby.

CONTACT JAC KERN: [email protected] or @jackern

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