Set Your DVR for These Summer TV Premieres
6 newcomers worth checking out on the small screen
By Aleksander Chan, 3:00PM, Sat. May. 25
Fall television lineups may have snagged headlines last week, but just because it's summer doesn't mean there isn't anything new to watch on TV.
You already know about all the big names coming back for new seasons – or at least, the rabid fandoms do: Arrested Development, Breaking Bad, Dexter, Teen Wolf and True Blood all pick up again over the next few months. But here are some notable and promising-looking new series to keep an eye out for.
For your guilty pleasure fix: Mistresses and Devious Maids
Premieres June 3 at 9pm on ABC; June 23 at 9 pm on Lifetime
In these adaptations of British and Mexican soap operas, deception is just accoutrement to the well-tousled hair and silk dressage. And even though they look like dishy beach reads, they're actually well-pedigreed dramas: Mistresses stars Alyssa Milano and Yunjin Kim (Lost) as women who become the other woman.
More curious is Devious Maids, Marc Cherry's first show since Desperate Housewives. Headed by an all-Latina main cast (including Scrubs' Judy Reyes) as the maid staff to wealthy Beverly Hills types, it hopes to be a salient, no-doubt lascivious tale of class warfare – the ultimate, Downton-level revenge fantasy.
For a big ensemble drama: Graceland
Premieres June 6 at 9pm on USA
The latest in the network's series of easy, breezy spy and secret agent dramedies is a Real World riff on their tried-and-true format: Undercover operatives from multiple government agencies are housed together under one roof, called Graceland. Though there is no apparent connection to the King, there are plenty of nice hair swoops: Les Misérables' Aaron Tveit stars as the newbie tasked with secretly investigating one of his housemates.
For your summer "event series" needs: Under the Dome
Premieres June 24 at 9pm on CBS
A small town in Maine is suddenly cut off from the rest of the world after a domelike barrier appears. Cloverfield's Mike Vogel and Twilight's Rachelle Lefevre have to keep the peace. Adapted from the Stephen King novel, the miniseries portends some David Lynch-meets-Lord of the Flies intrigue.
For Liev Schreiber: Ray Donovan
Premieres June 30 at 8pm on Showtime
Mr. Naomi Watts plays a Hollywood "fixer" who cleans up messes that get a little grizzlier than the kind of problems Kerry Washington runs into. Created by Ann Biderman (Southland, NYPD Blue), it looks to be the kind of thriller about a morally-ambiguous antihero that Showtime has made itself known for.
For grit: The Bridge
Premieres July 10 at 9pm on FX
Yes, it's another adaptation of a Nordic crime drama, but this one looks like it'll have a distinctly American grime. Set against the Texas-Mexico border, detectives from both sides (Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir) team up to track down a serial killer that's chopping up women. Previews of the show have scant details, but you don't set an ominous clip to PJ Harvey's "Down by the Water" and expect something light and fluffy.