We present, in date order, our Top 10 list of the most highly anticipated shows hitting our screens this summer. From True Detective to Ballers, some of these shows have been around for a while but are coming back with a twist, others are brand new. From hip-hop to sci-fi to zombies and wizards, Summer TV is looking hot!
June 6, 9pm – Starz
50 Cent’s crime drama is back but this time with a lot more money, more drama and more problems. The show was created by Courtney Kemp Agboh and is produced by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson. It originally premiered on June 7, 2014. The 10-episode second season begins June 6 and the drama picks up right where season one left off. 50 Cent's character Kanan is fresh out of prison after a 10-year bid and ready to settle the score with Ghost. Ghost, played by Omari Hardwick, gets into a lot of trouble due to his life as a night club owner and drug dealer and he can’t go straight because of his notorious underworld connections. Things get messier when he wants to commit to his mistress Angela, who happens to be an assistant US attorney closing in on Ghost’s drug operation..
JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL
June 13, 10 pm – BBC America
An alternative history set in 19th-century England around the time of the Napoleonic Wars, it is based on the premise that magic once existed in England and has returned with two men: Gilbert Norrell and Jonathan Strange. All the fabulousness of a BBC period drama with powdered wigs and stockings telling the story of magicians helping 18th century England fight Napolean. A great combination of political intrigue and magic! The series is based on the best-selling book by Susanna Clarke which investigates the nature of "Englishness" and the boundaries between reason and unreason. Can’t wait for this one!
June 21, 10 pm - HBO
This could be described as a football version of Entourage and sees everyone’s favourite star Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson play an ex-NFL player who becomes a highly successful financial manager to the sports stars. The Rock tries to advise the stars on how to stay out of trouble and act like mature adults - which naturally involves a lot of partying with topless models. All the glitz and sleaze of the world of pro sports..marvellous! The trailer we posted earlier this week was one of our most popular posts.
June 21, 10 pm - HBO
This has to be the most hotly anticipated TV show this summer. Will it live up to everyone’s expectations? It’s not an easy task beginning again with a new mystery - there will need to be serious setting and character changes in order for Season 2 to happen. The writing of Season 1 was some of the most intelligent on television, so even with an unknown plot there is much to look forward to. The cast looks promising with Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch.
July 12, 9 pm - Showtime
This gets more interesting every season - the pilot episode broke records of viewership, becoming the biggest premiere of all time on Showtime and now the third season looks even more promising. Of course, the casting of Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight was the magic element behind the shows continued success. Season 3 finds Ray drifting away from his family and friends, while he focuses on his business. Meanwhile, his father Mickey finds himself plotting a similar course to build his own empire. A stand-alone version of Showtime is now available without a cable subscription for the first time this summer. The new service will launch exclusively on Apple devices - just in time for the new season. How convenient!
I AM CAIT
July 26, 9 pm – E!
Typical isn’t it? When a show called Keeping Up With the Kardashians can’t even keep up with the real life Kardashians! This 8-episode reality series follows Caitlyn as she begins her new identity, asking "How many people go through life and just waste their entire life because they never deal with themself, to be who they are?" Maybe not the most gripping stuff but curiosity will get the better of most of us and it will probably get mega ratings.
WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: FIRST DAY OF CAMP
July 31 - Netflix
The comedy classic continues - it’s the prequel that everyone has been waiting for. The show revives as an 8-episode miniseries with all the original cast - Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd — as well as newcomers like Jon Hamm, John Slattery and Kristen Wiig.
FEAR THE WALKING DEAD
August – AMC
The new Walking Dead companion series is a spin off but it could be just as good if not better than the original. It takes place during the early stages of the zombie apocalypse and is set in Los Angeles. The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman has said that the two series’ timelines will eventually align. "This is going to be a show about family," Kirkman revealed "But it's going to be a show about a different type of family that we haven't explored in The Walking Dead thus far." And you don’t have to have watched The Walking Dead to get into it - Kirkman says it’s definitely a stand-alone series. "You could watch The Walking Dead spinoff if you've never watched an episode of The Walking Dead and get a really great, rich, fulfilling experience out of it."
August – Hulu
Produced by Amy Poehler, this is great comedy prospect for this summer’s viewing. It stars Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner as struggling comedians who are best friends looking for fame and fortune in NYC. The running theme is “Being a comedian makes a lot of people hate you…”
August 22, 9 pm - Starz
A sitcom starring Patrick Stewart created by Jonathan Ames and produced by Seth MacFarlane. The 10-episode first season follows Walter Blunt, an Englishman intent on conquering the world of American cable news, and the fallout from his haphazard decisions both on and off the air. Blunt is on a mission to share his wisdom and guide Americans as to how they should think and behave. Blunt’s only support is the devoted Butler he brought from England to look after him. Sounds hilarious already - and there is a green light for a two-season 20-episode run.