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Almost Royal
Almost Royal
  • BBC America
  • Premieres: Saturday, June 21 at 10/9c

The British are coming! And they're delusional, spoiled royalty, according to this mockumentary, the network's first original comedy-reality series. Cameras will follow British aristocrats and siblings Georgie (Ed Gamble) and Poppy Carlton (Amy Hoggart) as they tour America, take in all of its homely glory, and learn about this "baseball" thing the country seems so in love with.

Bachelor in Paradise
Bachelor in Paradise
  • ABC
  • Premieres: Monday, August 4 at 8/7c

Bachelor Pad this is not. Well actually, it sort of is. Just out of The Valley and in a foreign country. Former Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants who didn't find true love the first (or second) time around will pile into a house in "paradise" and give finding their special someone under the watchful eye of America another shot. There will be hookups, breakups, and beatdowns. Chris Harrison returns to host the six-episode series, natch.

Backpackers
Backpackers
  • CW
  • Premieres: Monday, July 14 at 8:30/7:30c

Originally developed as a web series for CW Seed, this half-hour comedy features two best friends played by Noah Reid and Dillon Casey who question what to do with their lives as they race across Europe in search of a missing bride-to-be and a stolen journal. Reign's Giacomo Gianniotti also stars.

CeeLo Green's The Good Life
CeeLo Green's The Good Life
  • TBS
  • Premieres: Monday, June 23 at 10:30/9:30c

If you're missing CeeLo on The Voice, you can get your fix with his reality series that tracks Green and his childhood best friends — Big Gipp, T-Mo and Khujo — as they prepare to release their first Goodie Mob album in 14 years. No word yet if we'll see Purrfect. (No offense, Lady.)

Chasing Life
Chasing Life
  • ABC Family
  • Premieres: Tuesday, June 10 at 9/8c

Think The Big C for teens. Based on the Mexican series Terminales, the drama stars Italia Ricci (Don Jon) as April, an up-and-coming Boston-based journalist who must balance her burgeoning career with her hectic home life, which includes her widowed mother, rebellious little sister and grandmother. Her world is turned upside-down when she learns that she has cancer. Mary Page Keller, Aisha Dee, Richard Brancatisano and Haley Ramm co-star.

Crossbones
Crossbones
  • NBC
  • Premieres: Friday, May 30 at 10/9c

Arrgh you ready for another pirate show? In his first regular series role, John Malkovich plays the legendary Blackbeard (with a white goatee!) in this fictionalized account of the notorious pirate's life. Like Black Sails, the series from Neil Cross (Doctor Who) is set around New Providence Island with swashbucklers fighting over the key to a treasure. Blackbeard will come up against Tom Lowe (Richard Coyle), a sly physician tasked with taking out Blackbeard. David Hoflin, Yasmine Al Massri, Tracy Ifeachor and Chris Perfetti co-star.

Dominion
Dominion
  • Syfy
  • Premieres: Thursday, June 19 at 9/8c

Based on the 2010 film Legion, this supernatural drama explores a post-apocalyptic future in which archangel Gabriel leads a group of lower angels as they wage war against mankind. Playing for the opposite team is archangel Michael, who has turned against his own kind and joined the humans in the fight for humankind. Christopher Egan, Tom Wisdom, Roxanne McKee, Alan Dale, Anthony Stewart Head, and Luke Allen-Gale star.

Extant
Extant
  • CBS
  • Premieres: Wednesday, July 9 at 9/8c

Follow along with us here: Halle Berry stars as an astronaut who just returned from a 13-month solo space mission and discovers that during her time in orbit, she somehow got pregnant. Back home, her husband is a scientist who made their robot son. Somehow the two are linked, and the fate of humanity depends on them figuring out what's going on. Got it? Goran Visnjic, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Camryn Manheim also star.

Famous in 12
Famous in 12
  • CW
  • Premieres: Tuesday, June 3 at 8/7c

This unscripted series follows a family as they attempt to make it big in Hollywood within a 12 week timeframe. The family is assisted by the fine folks at TMZ, who create opportunities for them as they breeze through popular celebrity hotspots while the rest of us can't even find a parking spot.

Food Fighters
Food Fighters
  • NBC
  • Premieres: Tuesday, July 22 at 8/7c

Hosted by Man v. Food's Adam Richman, the culinary reality series will pit home cooks vs. professional chefs. Each week, an amateur cook, who will have three lifelines to work with, and a pro will face off by whipping up the former's signature dish. A blind taste test by a panel of judges will determine the winner. If the home cook prevails, they receive a cash prize and get to cook again versus another pro.

Gang Related
Gang Related
  • Fox
  • Premieres: Thursday, May 22 at 9/8c

John Locke gets to do some lockin' up! Lost's Terry O'Quinn stars as the head of an anti-gang task force in Los Angeles that busts 'bangers in the crime-ridden city. There's just one problem: His star pupil (Ramon Rodriguez) might have ties to the city's biggest and most dangerous gang. Oops! The RZA, Cliff Curtis, Jay Hernandez, and Sun Kang also star.

Girl Meets World
Girl Meets World
  • Disney
  • Premieres: Friday, June 27 at 9/8c

The highly anticipated Boy Meets World sequel series features Riley (Rowan Blanchard), the 12-year-old daughter of Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel), as she navigates adolescence like her pops did in the '90s. Sabrina Carpenter plays Maya, the Shawn Hunter to Blanchard's Riley, while her Mr. Feeny will be none other than her dad, who's now her history teacher. BMW alums Rider Strong, William Daniels, William Russ, Betsy Randle and Lee Norris will all make appearances. Fingers crossed for Plays With Squirrels.

Halt and Catch Fire
Halt and Catch Fire
  • AMC
  • Premieres: Sunday, June 1 at 10/9c

Known to many as the grand return to television of Pushing Daisies' Lee Pace, this period drama doesn't go too far back: It's set in the 1980s, where it'll aim to recreate the critical era of personal computer pioneering. The series will follow a trio of characters — a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy — as they invent the great-great-great grandfather of that box you use to tweet out what you had for breakfast. Scoot McNairy and Mackenzie Davis also star.

The Hotwives of Orlando
The Hotwives of Orlando
  • Hulu
  • Premieres: Tuesday, July 15 at TBD

Watch it, girl! This Real Housewives parody features six shallow and temperamental housewives from Orlando who scratch, kick, and scream as they spend their husbands' money, go under the knife, and try on shoes. The online exclusive also boasts a great cast: Happy Endings' Casey Wilson, The Office's Angela Kinsey, and Flight of the Conchords' Kristen Schaal will strap on the heels and don the cocktail dresses of these psychos.

I Wanna Marry "Harry"
I Wanna Marry "Harry"
  • Fox
  • Premieres: Tuesday, May 20 at 9/8c

Taking a page out of the Joe Millionaire book, Fox sends 12 American ladies looking for love to an English castle and dupes into thinking they're competing for Prince Harry's heart. The grift? It's actually just a normal redheaded English bloke in a dress shirt. This could be the worst thing to happen to American-English relations since Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's uncoupling.

Jennifer Falls
Jennifer Falls
  • TV Land
  • Premieres: Wednesday, June 4 at 10:30/9:30c

Jaime Pressly stars in this single-camera comedy as Jennifer Doyle, a single mother who loses her high-paying job and is forced to move back in with her slightly narcissistic mother (Jessica Walter) and work at a bar owned by her brother (Pressly's My Name Is Earl co-star Ethan Suplee). Missi Pyle plays Jennifer's childhood best friend who is hesitant to restart the friendship, and Nora Kirkpatrick and Dylan Gelula co-star as Jennifer's sister-in-law and daughter, respectively.

The Knick
The Knick
  • Cinemax
  • Premieres: Friday, August 8 at 10/9c

Set in New York City in the early 1900s, this peek at the medical world at the dawn of the 20th century follows Dr. John W. Thackery (Owen) during a time when hospitals were transitioning from hackjobs to more precise butchery as advancements in the field and knowledge of the human body grew exponentially. Directed and executive-produced by Steven Soderbergh, the show also stars Steve Garfanti, Juliet Rylance, Andre Holland and Eric Johnson.

The Last Ship
The Last Ship
  • TNT
  • Premieres: Sunday, June 22 at 9/8c

Grey's Anatomy's Eric Dane returns to television with more than one patient on his hands — try billions! McSteamy stars as the captain of a Navy destroyer that runs into some unexpected fortune while at sea: It is unaffected by a deadly global pandemic that wipes out 80 percent of the population. He teams up with a paleomicrobioligist (Rhona Mitra) to find a cure. The thriller is produced by Michael Bay, so expect flyover shots, intense shouting, and more than a few explosions.

The Leftovers
The Leftovers
  • HBO
  • Premieres: Sunday, June 29 at 10/9c

From Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof, this dama is an adaption of author Tom Perrotta's novel of the same name and begins three years after two percent of the world's population disappears without explanation. Those who remain struggle to discover the truth about what happened. Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, and Liv Tyler star.

Legends
Legends
  • TNT
  • Premieres: Wednesday, August 13 at 9/8c

This action drama from Homeland and 24 producer Howard Gordon stars Sean Bean (Game of Thrones) as a deep-cover operative for the FBI who possesses the uncanny skill to transform himself into a different person for each assignment. But things get kind of Bourne Identity when a stranger suggests he may not even be the man he thinks he is. Ali Larter, Morris Chestnut, and Tina Majorino also star.

Manhattan
Manhattan
  • WGN America
  • Premieres: Sunday, July 27 at 10/9c

WGN's second original scripted series explores the complicated lives of the men and women responsible for the Manhattan Project, which led to the creation of the atomic bomb. The 13-episode season follows the scientists as they try to coexist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives. John Benjamin Hickey, Olivia Williams, Daniel Stern, and Ashley Zukerman star.

Married
Married
  • FXX
  • Premieres: Thursday, July 17 at 10/9c

Nat Faxon and Judy Greer star in this comedy as Russ and Lina Bowman, a married couple who struggle to keep the romance alive now that they have kids, are in debt and live in suburbia. Despite arguments about the carpool or their nearly non-existent sex life, the duo is always eventually reminded that they're actually best friends who remain (miserably) in love.

Murder in the First
Murder in the First
  • TNT
  • Premieres: Monday, June 9 at 10/9c

Co-created by Steven Bochco, This San Francisco-set detective series ditches the case-of-the-week format for a serialized, season-long investigation involving two seemingly unrelated murders. Private Practice's Taye Diggs and Boss' Kathleen Robertson star as SFPD partners who learn both deaths have a link to Silicon Valley wunderkind Erich Blunt (Tom Felton). Nicole Ari Parker, Ian Anthony Dale, and Steven Weber round out the cast.

Mystery Girls
Mystery Girls
  • ABC Family
  • Premieres: Wednesday, June 25 at 8:30/7:30c

Donna Martin investigates! West Bev High grads Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth reunite as former co-stars of the detective show Mystery Girls. Charlie (Garth) is a suburban housewife and mother, while Holly (Spelling) longs for her '90s glory days when she was on television. (How meta.) They are brought back together when a witness to a crime and a Mystery Girls fanatic will only speak to the famous duo, so the former pals put their TV crime-solving skills — or "detectiving" — hats back on.

The Night Shift
The Night Shift
  • NBC
  • Premieres: Tuesday, May 27 at 10/9c

It's ER: In the Dead of Night. From Life As We Know It and 90210's Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, the drama follows the doctors who work the graveyard shift at an Antonio Medical Center. Merlin's Eoin Macken stars as T.C. Callahan, who has just returned from his third tour of duty in Afghanistan to work in the ER. Ken Leung (Lost) plays his BFF Topher, Roswell's Brendan Fehr is his protégé Drew, and Six Feet Under's Freddy Rodriguez plays their new boss Michael Ragosa.

Outlander
Outlander
  • Starz
  • Premieres: Saturday, August 9 at 9/8c

Kick up your kilts! Adapted from Diana Gabaldon's best-selling books and executive-produced by Battlestar Galactica's Ron Moore, the series follows Clair Randall (Caitriona Balfe), a married British combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743 Scotland. There, she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), a gallant Scottish warrior who comes to her aid. Tobias Menzies, Graham McTavish, Gary Lewis and Annette Badland co-star.

Partners
Partners
  • FX
  • Premieres: Monday, August 4 at 9/8c

Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence star as two Chicago lawyers from vastly different backgrounds who cross paths as they each face a personal crisis. Lawrence plays Marcus Jackson, a community activist going through a divorce when he meets Allen Braddock (Grammer), an elitist lawyer who has just been fired from his father’s firm. And as luck would have it, they become partners! Telma Hopkins, Rory O’Malley, McKaley Miller, Edi Patterson and Danièle Watts also star.

Penn & Teller: Fool Us
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
  • CW
  • Premieres: Wednesday, July 30 at 8/7c

In this new reality series, Penn & Teller invite aspiring magicians to perform their best trick while they attempt to figure out how it's done. Anyone who can fool them will be invited to perform on stage with Penn & Teller in their celebrated show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas

Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
  • Showtime
  • Premieres: Sunday, May 11 at 10/9c

Showtime is doing the mash — the "monster mash"! From screenwriter John Logan (Skyfall), this psychological supernatural drama set in Victorian-era London weaves together classic literary horror characters, including Frankenstein's monster, as well as figures from Dracula and The Picture of Dorian Gray. There will be blood, there will be sex, there will be scares, and there will be an attractive cast — including Josh Hartnett, Eva Green, Billie Piper and Timothy Dalton — to provide them.

Power
Power
  • Starz
  • Premieres: Saturday, June 7 at 9/8c

With great power comes great problems. Produced by 50 Cent, the drama follows James "Ghost" St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick), who's living a double life as a New York nightclub owner (cue "In Da Club") and as one of the city's top drug dealers. He now wants to leave the drug underbelly to legitimize his business, which, of course, is harder than it sounds. The series also stars Lela Loren plays as Angela Valdes, Ghost's ex who reenters his life, Naturi Naughton as his wife and accomplice Tasha, and Joseph Sikora as Tommy Egan, Ghost's best friend and business partner. Fiddy will recur on the show.

The Quest
The Quest
  • ABC
  • Premieres: Thursday, July 31 at 8/7c

Ever wish The Amazing Race took place at a Renaissance Faire? Always wanted to see Survivor set in Middle-Earth? Apparently ABC did! The network has partnered with a producer of The Lord of the Rings and the creators of The Amazing Race for this reality competition staged in an elaborately built fantasy world full of castles, creatures, and other things out of a Dungeons & Dragons manual. Twelve heroes will compete to save the kingdom from an onslaught of orcs and dark forces in what is sure to be the biggest-budget LARPing session ever.

Reckless
Reckless
  • CBS
  • Premieres: Sunday, June 29 at 9/8c

It's North meets South in this steamy legal drama about a sexy female litigator from the Southside of Chicago (Anna Wood) and a studly male attorney from South Carolina (Cam Gigandet) who confront a police sex scandal from opposite sides of the courtroom. While objecting to each other's arguments, they can't object to the fact that they want to bone each other. Do we need to tell you what happens next? Adam Rodríguez, Shawn Hatosy and Georgina Haig also star.

Riot
Riot
  • Fox
  • Premieres: Tuesday, May 27 at 8/7c

Steve Carell executive-produces this adaptation of the Australian slapstick game show Slide Show, which features improv comedians engaging in a series of physical and mental challenges. Among the tricks these jokesters will deal with while trying to make us laugh are a stage that tilts at a 22-degree angle, a pitch-black room, and a wrecking ball that smashes them off a pedestal. Confirmed guests include Carell, Jason Alexander, and Cheryl Hines.

Rising Star
Rising Star
  • ABC
  • Premieres: Sunday, June 22 at 9/8c

Swivel chairs? Waiting a day to tally votes? That's like the dial-up Internet version of talent shows. Based on the number-one Israeli reality competition, Rising Star brings singing shows into the modern era. Using an app, viewers vote in real time to decide whether the singer stays or goes. Still no word on how this will work as a live event on both coasts, though. Josh Groban hosts and Kesha, Brad Paisley and and Ludacris form the panel of experts.

Rush
Rush
  • USA
  • Premieres: Thursday, July 17 at 9/8c

Tom Ellis stars as Dr. William Rush, a hard-partying freelance doctor, whose discreet approach comes with a hefty price tag — literally. He'll do almost anything for the right amount of money, but when an old flame (Odette Annable) resurfaces, she might just make him want to change. Sarah Habel also stars.

Satisfaction
Satisfaction
  • USA
  • Premieres: Thursday, July 17 at 10/9c

Matt Passmore stars as Neil Truman, an investment banker who discovers his wife is having an affair with a male escort. After gaining possession of said escort's cell phone, Neil uncovers truths about his life and his wife (Stephanie Szostak), and explores what leads women to stray from their marriages. His wife, for her part, begins to reevaluate her life and whether or not her marriage is worth saving. Michelle DeShon and Blair Redford also star.

Seed
Seed
  • CW
  • Premieres: Monday, July 14 at 9:30/8:30c

Also the name of the network's online digital home, Seed is a new half-hour comedy series starring Adam Korson as a single slacker who makes money by donating his sperm. The poorly-named series follows his relationships with three wholly different families with whom he now shares his DNA—a lesbian couple, a single mom-to-be, and an uptight, upper-class family.

Sing Your Face Off
Sing Your Face Off
  • ABC
  • Premieres: Saturday, May 31 at 9/8c

Another singing competition? Yep, but this one combines elements of Dancing with the Stars and Face Off as celebrities take on the personas of legendary musicians with the aid of wardrobe and makeup. Competing this year will be Skid Row's Sebastian Bach, NBA player Landry Fields, Jon Lovitz, Disney star China Anne McClain, and soap star Lisa Rinna. Yes, you might see Rinna do her Justin Bieber impersonation. John Barrowman hosts, with Debbie Gibson, Darrell Hammond, and others judging.

The Strain
The Strain
  • FX
  • Premieres: Sunday, July 13 at 10/9c

This fright-fest from Pan's Labyrinth's Guillermo del Toro and Lost's Carlton Cuse brings vampires back to what they should be: scary monsters instead of pasty prom kings. Based on Del Toro's book of the same name, The Strain follows an outbreak of vampirism in New York City and the CDC doctor (House of Cards' Corey Stoll) who tries to stop it. This is one to watch behind your hands.

Taxi Brooklyn
Taxi Brooklyn
  • NBC
  • Premieres: Wednesday, June 25 at 10/9c

Based on Luc Besson's 1998 flick Taxi, the dramedy stars Grey's Anatomy alum Chyler Leigh as Cat Sullivan, a New York detective who's demoted to foot patrol and teams up with a cab driver, Leo Romba (Jacky Ido), to solve crimes, including her father's mysterious death. In exchange, Cat will help Leo with his immigration papers so he can stay in the country. Blue Bloods' Jennifer Esposito plays Cat's pal and colleague Monica. Let's hope this goes slightly better than the last Taxi remake.

Undateable
Undateable
  • NBC
  • Premieres: Thursday, May 29 at 9/8c

Chris D'Elia will help a bunch of guys get laid! The Whitney alum plays Danny, a confident player, who helps his new roommate, Justin (Brent Morin), and his pals — aka "The Undateables" — with their ladies and their lifestyles. From Cougar Town's Bill Lawrence, the comedy also stars Matthew Wilkas, Briga Heelan, Bianca Kajlich, Ron Funches and Rick Glassman.

Welcome to Sweden
Welcome to Sweden
  • NBC
  • Premieres: Thursday, July 10 at 9/8c

Is there enough room for two Poehlers on NBC? Of course! Amy's younger brother Greg stars as Bruce, a celebrity accountant who drops everything to follow the love of his life, Emma (Josephine Bornebusch), to Sweden. Before you roll your eyes, know that the comedy is based on Greg's life and his decision to move from New York to Sweden for his girlfriend, who is now his wife. Amy will cameo as herself, along with Will Ferrell, Aubrey Plaza and Gene Simmons. Sadly, the first family of Sweden, the Skarsgards, won't be on the show... yet.

The Wil Wheaton Project
The Wil Wheaton Project
  • Syfy
  • Premieres: Tuesday, May 27 at 10/9c

For 12 half-hour episodes, reigning lord of geekdom Wil Wheaton shares his opinion on and dissects the current realm of science-fiction and genre film, television, pop culture, video games, and more. Finally! Someone is making a topical series about something we really care about!

Working the Engels
Working the Engels
  • NBC
  • Premieres: Thursday, July 10 at 9:30/8:30c

Make way for more law degree-less lawyers. The comedy follows the titular clan who find themselves in debt after the family patriarch dies and they are forced to keep his law firm running — even though only one daughter, Jenna (Kacey Rohl), is qualified to practice law. Tony winner and SCTV star Andrea Martin plays matriarch Ceil, with Azure Skye, Benjamin Arthur, Colin Mochrie and Jennifer Irwin rounding out the cast.

Young & Hungry
Young & Hungry
  • ABC Family
  • Premieres: Wednesday, June 25 at 8/7c

Love is brewing in this comedy, which stars Jonathan Sadowski ($#*! My Dad Says) as Josh, a wealthy tech entrepreneur who hires Gabi (Emily Osment), a feisty food blogger, to be his personal chef. (More like Young & Hungry for Love, right?) Rex Lee co-stars as Josh's assistant and Kym Whitley plays his housekeeper. Ashley Tisdale serves as an executive producer alongside Two and a Half Men's Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum.

You're the Worst
You're the Worst
  • FXX
  • Premieres: Thursday, July 17 at 10:30/9:30c

This new comedy stars Aya Cash and Chris Geere as two toxic, self-destructive people who fall in love with each other despite themselves. Created by Stephen Falk (Weeds), the series also stars Kether Donahue and Desmin Borges.

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