The Skinny: Upcoming Summer TV

This is how I watch TV in the summer.

This is how I watch TV in the summer.

Happy Friday, friends! I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve been feeling a little lost now that many of my favorite TV shows are on hiatus. Wow—did that sound as pathetic to you as it did to me? Maybe “lost” is being melodramatic, but it is a little sad not to have those pick-me-ups to look forward to throughout the week. Bates Motel to get me through Monday, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to anticipate on Tuesday, Arrow and pretty Stephen Amell to watch on Wednesday, etc. Now that summer is here, it’s all about working for the weekend and whatever new movies come with it.

But here’s the good news: starting next month, we’ll see a whole slew of new and returning TV shows! I hadn’t really thought there was much to get excited about this summer, but there might be a few diamonds in the rough. Today, I give you the skinny on nine shows that I will be paying attention to:

#1: Suits (June 11)


Synopsis: “On the run from a drug deal gone bad, Mike Ross, a brilliant college-dropout, finds himself a job working with Harvey Specter, one of New York City’s best lawyers.” –

Why I’m Interested: Admittedly, this isn’t one I’ve kept up with very well (I usually only catch the occasional episode), but I’ve wanted to go back and watch it from the beginning for some time because I hear only excellent things. On its fourth season, Suits is clearly one of USA’s best original series. Slick, well-performed, and riddled with humor amidst the drama, it’s a pretty fun lawyer show. Check out a promo for season four on USA’s website.

#2: True Blood (June 22)

true blood season 7

Synopsis: “Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse encounters a strange new supernatural world when she meets the mysterious Bill, a southern Louisiana gentleman and vampire.” –

Why I’m Interested: While I’ll admit that HBO’s True Blood has been declining in quality since season four, I’m still very interested in seeing how season seven goes—because it’s the last season. I’ve read most of the books that the TV series is based on, but the plot has changed so much from the original story that I have no idea what’s going to happen. We’ll see if that’s a good or bad thing. Either way, I’ve grown very fond of some of these characters (two of them are even among my biggest TV Crushes), so I sincerely hope the show ends as well as it began. Check out the trailer here.

#3: Falling Skies (June 22)

falling skies

Synopsis: “Survivors of an alien attack on Earth gather together to fight for their lives and fight back.” –

Why I’m Interested: This is a show that I kept up with for a while (I think I even watched all of the first season), but for whatever reason it lost my interest somewhere along the way. However, the fact that this TNT show is on its fourth season makes me wonder if I gave it up too soon. There were definitely some interesting threads in it. I think it just premiered during a time when aliens were a little oversaturated in TV and film. The trailer sure does look exciting! Watch it here.

#4: Tyrant (June 24)


Synopsis: “Series tells the story of an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.” –

Why I’m Interested: It seems like FX has been hitting homerun after homerun with its originals series lately, and Tyrant has an interesting enough premise that it might just be outta the park, too. The trailers vaguely remind me of Khaled Hosseini’s novels, which often deal with characters who grew up in the Middle East (for example, The Kite Runner, which is one of my all-time favorite books). I know Hosseini has nothing to do with this show, but if it’s anything like his stuff, we’ll be dealing with something very intense, emotional, and culture-rich. Check out this little trailer and see what you think.

#5: The Leftovers (June 29)

the leftovers

Synopsis: “Revolves around mysterious disappearances, world-wide, and specifically follows a group of people who are left behind in the suburban community of Mapleton. They must begin to rebuild their lives after the loss of more than 100 people.” –

Why I’m Interested: I actually read the novel this HBO series is based on while I was in college. Though it has a really fascinating premise, I think the novel ultimately doesn’t reach its full potential. It just leaves you with a hollow feeling, which maybe is the point, but…meh. I’m hoping to see HBO dig deeper into this idea. In fact, the idea might just be better suited to a TV series because I think the trailer looks great. Watch it here and see if you agree.

#6: Under the Dome (June 30)

under the dome

Synopsis: “An invisible and mysterious force field descends upon a small fictional town in the United States, trapping residents inside, cut off from the rest of civilization. The trapped townsfolk must discover the secrets and purpose of the ‘dome’ and its origins, while coming to learn more than they ever knew about each other.” –

Why I’m Interested: I have yet to see the first season of this show, but it is on my list. Starting its second season on CBS this summer, Under the Dome is based on a Stephen King book, so I figure it’s bound to be interesting. Have any of you guys seen it and/or read the book? Frankly, I’d love to get more feedback on the show; what I’ve heard it positive, but I haven’t really heard much. Anyway, here’s the trailer for season two, but fair warning—it does contain mild spoilers.

#7: Extant (July 9)


Synopsis: “An astronaut returns home from a year long solo mission in space. She tries to reconnect with her husband and son in their everyday life. Her experiences in space and home lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history.” –

Why I’m Interested: And here’s another CBS show! This is one I’m a little uncertain about. The core idea is really, really cool, but it could very easily become overly complicated, as there seems to be a lot going on at once. Also, Halle Berry’s acting has never really blown me away. Nonetheless, the trailer is too intriguing to pass this series up. See what you think by watching it here.

#8: The Bridge (July 9)

the bridge

Synopsis: “Two detectives work together to take down a serial killer operating on both sides of the Texas-Chihuahua border.” –

Why I’m Interested: I learned something about this show a while back: apparently, it’s based on a Danish/Swedish series of the same title. And as if two shows weren’t enough, the premise has also inspired a British/French version called The Tunnel. Yeesh. Can’t anybody come up with new ideas anymore? Honestly though, I saw most of the first season of The Bridge last year, and I thought it was pretty good. The lead actors (Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger) have excellent chemistry, and they’re both fascinating characters. I’m very interested in seeing where this show goes. This teaser doesn’t show much, but here you go.

#9: The Strain (July 13)


Synopsis: “A thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Centerfor Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself.” –

Why I’m Interested: Aaaand last but not least, another FX show! I did say FX was on its game, didn’t I? Has anyone read the book series this show is based on? I haven’t, and given how little the teaser trailers have revealed thus far, I’m still not entirely sure what we’re dealing with here, but it has my interest. Vampires are pretty dead at this point (pun intended), but this looks much weirder than most recent vampire stuff—and I think that could be a really good thing. Here’s a teaser trailer for your consideration.

So there are the ones I’ll be paying attention to, but what about you guys? Any summer shows you’re anticipating? If you have any recommendations, I’m all ears! 🙂

59 thoughts on “The Skinny: Upcoming Summer TV

  1. #1: Unless it’s Birthday Suits, no thanks.
    #2: Housewife Porn
    #3: Sometimes they show previews for this at the movies and I laugh heartily every time.
    #4: This will last half a season.
    #5: The previews for this look unbelievably terrible.
    #6: Loved the book, gave up on the show halfway through the first season because it was so dumb and the acting was worse than Eric on conference calls at work.
    #7: Interesting premise… for a movie. Seems like it will drag out forever while the audience waits to see if the kid is an alien.
    #8: I’m not crossing this bridge!
    #9: Oh boy, more vampires…

  2. I’m looking forward to The Leftovers – I hope it works out! I’ll watch True Blood just because I’ve invested so much time in them – but I’m glad it’s almost over.


    • Yeah fingers crossed about The Leftovers! Have you read the book? As for True Blood, yes, it’s definitely time to end it. I think introducing the whole fairy thing was what threw a wrench in it…

      • I haven’t read the book – but the trailer looks good!

        The fairy thing started it all going downhill – and the werepanthers… o_O

        • Haha yeahhh the werepanthers didn’t help either…In the book, Jason actually becomes one of them, which maybe would’ve made them a tiny bit more relevant on the show, but…meh. Lol.

    • I like the look of The Leftovers. : ) But dear god I couldn’t take another True Detective! Lol!

      Tried to watch Under The Dome but lost interest. Which makes sense I guess as it’s possibly my least favorite Stephen King book ever.

      I’ve actually decided to not watch TV shows anymore, though, until they’ve been on a good few years. I’ve had too many shows gets cancelled after one season and I get VERY pissed off at having wasted all my time… Bastards. This is why I stick to movies in recent years. : )

      • Yeah I think The Leftovers look good! I’m hoping, anyway. I don’t blame you for giving up on TV–plenty of stuff I’ve gotten attached to only to be disappointed by a cancellation. Rude.

        • It wouldn’t be quite as bad if they’d at least let them wrap the season up & give us some sort of conclusion. But they just suddenly stop. : ( SO frustrating! Let’s see… I’ve wasted my life on Journeyman, Sarah Connor Chronicles, No Ordinary Family, V, Believe, Glory Daze… Screw it! I’ll just go buy Game Of Thrones now – think that one is safe from sudden unexpected cancellation. ; )

        • YAAAASSSS buy GoT!!! I fully support this. 😀 I think of the ones you listed the only one I gave a shot was V…and I actually ended up giving up on that one. Did they cancel Believe? Didn’t that one just start? Lol.

  3. Saw the first three series of Suits but has gone down in quality for sure. Wow, the idea for The Bridge wasn’t that amazing for a remake and a spin off! Great post Cara. Love these types especially.

    • Thanks, Alex! Yeah they’ve really run with The Bridge, haven’t they? Lol. Suits isn’t as good anymore? That’s a shame. Just a bad storyline or what?

      • Yeah a big part of it. It just feels like one long story, with the guys within the company friends and then enemies. Some silly sub storylines too, and characters saying stuff you wouldn’t expect them too. The Good Wife is where it is at judging by its last series.

  4. Leftovers just makes me feel hungry. Tyrant sounds like it could be good if its not too Ameri-centric (is that a word?).

    Have you seen the Danish/Swedish The Bridge? Its fantastic. The Tunnel is good too.

    • Gees do any shows not make your hungry?! Hahaha. I get the impression that Tyrant will be mostly set in the Middle East, so could be interesting. I have not seen the Danish/Swedish version of The Bridge, but I do hear great things. I’d be curious to watch just to see how they compare…

  5. I more focused on Fall. I might give Under the Dome another try, as I’ve started it already, but might just jump into older stuff I like.

    And you know you are addicted to TV, when without it you are Lost.

    …i’ll leave.

  6. For me, Under The Dome season one was just okay, though it does pick up a bit towards the end. I’ll probably watch the second season. The Leftovers sounds quite interesting.


    • Yeah I’m intrigued by The Leftovers. We’ll see how it goes! Under the Dome starts okay and gets better, eh? Well, I might try to get to that one…but I’ll make sure some others get priority. 😉

  7. Nice list Cara. I’m really looking forward to the new season of True Blood and Under the Dome, but above all, I can’t wait for SUITS. It’s such a great show, you should binge it all the way. 😉 Also, I’ll be recapping True Blood and Suits this summer, so it’s all very exciting!

    • I’ve thought about binge watching Suits. Problem is I don’t think it’s on Netflix. :/ Maybe there’ll be a marathon or something! And I’ll have to read those True Blood recaps! Very, very curious to see how things end. I fear a large body count. Lol.

  8. Good list cara! And may I say we both share the same favourite book? Khaled Hosseini is my favourite author of all time.

    • I tell you what, I LOVE The Kite Runner, but I actually didn’t care for A Thousand Splendid Suns. It was well-written–it just depressed the heck outta me!! Haha. I have yet to read And the Mountains Echoed. Is it pretty good? Oh and fun fact: Khaled Hosseini came to my city once, and I got him to sign my copy of The Kite Runner. 😀

      • Hahaha I can only managed to read half of A Thousand Splendid Suns. I haven’t read And the Mountains Echoed, but heard many great things about it.

        And whaaattt?! You are so lucky to have met him, Cara! Hope he was a nice fella as he is a good writer 😀

    • Yeah I was worried for a while that nothing was going to happen with The Bridge, but I think it’s great they decided to renew! Should be an interesting season–same for True Blood! I just hope they end it somewhat decently…

  9. More to add to my list! There are one or two that I’m unsure about but will definitely try. I must catch up on Suits too, I’m only midway through S3. As for TB, it’s bound to be entertaining and ridiculous. 😀

    Nice roundup Cara!

    • Thanks, lady! Yeah we’ll see what the newbies have to offer. And I’m sure TB has some twists and turns in store. I just hope all the awesome people don’t die…hahaha.

  10. Love me some Suits, and can’t wait to see where they take things in the new season. You already know my stance on True Blood, and I quite enjoy Falling Skies….it moves along quickly enough that you don’t get terribly bored, but not so fast that you get lost. Absolutely cannot wait for Under the Dome to start back up…I agree that the first season started a little slow, but it definitely picked up near the end of the season (like a lot of shows).

    I may or may not watch Extant, cause I agree with you that it seems very interesting but Halle Berry has never blown me away. What I am waiting for in breathless anticipation is The Strain. Read the books, loved em, got a friend to read em and now we’re thinking about having a premiere party for the show. I don’t wanna spoil anything for anyone but I will say the vampires of The Strain are not the same type of vampires we see on other shows/movies…there’s no allure or sexuality to them or when they feed; rather, they’re very savage and animalistic. Can. Not. Wait.

  11. Cara! You haven’t seen the first season of Under the Dome? You should! I love it to bits! I have been waiting for this one to come back.
    I’m wondering how they’ll end True Blood since I did finish the series and wasn’t too impressed with it. But if they even offer me some hot shots of Eric and Alcide, I’m down for that..haha!
    Actually, its right around the corner and Orange is the New Black starts June 6th and I simply cannot wait 😉
    I haven’t seen the majority of these but some are quite interesting so they are going on my list.

    • Yeah I think I’m going to give Under the Dome a try! I don’t know when…but I will!! Haha. Let’s hope True Blood ends with a bang and not a whimper. Although, yeah, as long as Eric and Alcide are looking good then that’s half the battle! Bahaha. Orange is the New Black is another one I’ve been curious about! I’ve heard nothing but good things. I didn’t realize that was starting so soon! I think we’ve got enough to keep us occupied this summer, huh? 🙂

  12. Agreed although TB has been sucking (no pun intended) I am excited to watch it! Ugh Eric is my dream man for sure, need Zoe to add that to my man list. 🙂 I will definitely be watching The Leftovers, The Bridge, Tyrant and The Strain, I am also a sucker for those FX shows. I think it is the mass amount of promos they play for those, they get in your head and eventually you just need to know what they are all about.

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