Summer TV Preview: 12 Must-Watch New Shows
Because nobody should have to resort to reruns
When to Watch: Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on Lifetime
From the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer comes this buzzy new scripted series about what really goes on behind the scenes of a "reality show" (which is pretty much an exact replica of The Bachelor). Expect intrigue, drama and catfights as the show’s producers do their best to bring out the worst in all the contestants.
“ODD MOM OUT”
When to Watch: Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo
Momzillas author Jill Kargman makes her TV debut in this new comedy about what it’s like to be a misfit among the Lululemon-loving, carb-hating Upper East Side fem-bots. Her bit about spin class hits a little close to home.
“ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK”
When to Watch: Anytime. The full season is currently streaming on Netflix
Been there, binged that, you’re thinking. But just in case you’ve been living under a rock, a quickie reminder that the third season of the hit Netflix drama about a 30-something woman sentenced to 15 months in the slammer is ready to stream now.
When to Watch: Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO
Season two brings a clean slate for the crime drama: McConaughey and Harrelson are out, and Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughn are way in. The plot--which focuses on corruption in California’s transportation industry--is pretty intense. Watch the trailer to see Vince go all scary bad guy.
“THE ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB”
When to Watch: Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC
Based on the book by Lily Koppel, this new and deliciously retro drama about the lives of women in 1960s America looks up our alley. Reviews are so far mixed, but c’mon--we’ve got a gaping Mad Men-shaped void and we intend to fill it.
When to Watch: Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC
Based on the hit BBC show, the soapy drama about the scandalous lives of four women navigating love, life and friendship returns for a third season, minus Alyssa Milano. Jennifer Esposito will attempt to fill her shoes, playing a high-powered fashion designer with a secret devious side. Dun dun dun.
When to Watch: Anytime. The full series is available on Amazon Prime.
This popular British TV series about an American adman who gets an Irish woman pregnant during a business trip is making its Amazon Prime debut. The show's creator, Sharon Horgan, is known as the Tina Fey of the UK (and it costars Twitter celebrity Rob Delaney), so it's got to be funny. Low commitment…we like it.
“THE SPOILS BEFORE DYING”
When to Watch: Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on IFC, beginning July 8
Anyone else watch last summer’s The Spoils of Babylon? It was so absurdly silly, we hoped there’d be more. The sequel--a six-episode parody of a cheesy soap opera miniseries--pairs Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell as they navigate the underground jazz scene of the 1950s. Watch the trailer here.
“MASTERS OF SEX”
When to Watch: Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime, beginning July 12
Now in its third season, the hit series about two real-life pioneers of human sexuality (played by Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan) is back. Also back: Sarah Silverman. News broke last week that she’ll reprise her role as Helen, the once-jilted lover of Betty, in a multi-episode arc.
“WELCOME TO SWEDEN”
When to Watch: Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, beginning July 19
This comedy follows Bruce, a New York accountant, who moves to Sweden after falling in love with a tall, blonde girl. Need more ammo to add it to your watch list? Amy Poehler’s adorable brother Greg is the show’s creator and star.
“I AM CAIT”
When to Watch: Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on E!, beginning July 26
This eight-part, one-hour documentary series will follow Caitlyn Jenner as she shares the intimate story of her new life as a transgender woman--further proving that you can sooner change genders than extricate yourself from the shackles of reality television.
“WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: FIRST DAY OF CAMP”
When to Watch: It’s set to stream on Netflix beginning July 31
The TV reboot of the classic film reunites the entire original cast, including Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper and Paul Rudd, plus a few new faces like Jon Hamm and Kristen Wiig. You guys, there’s a trailer.