Ride With Norman Reedus
(AMC; Sunday, June 12) Series Debut: The Walking Dead star gets his own motorcycle road-trip series because AMC sure as hell wasn't going to tell him no. Ride works well enough as a biker-culture travelogue show, as long as Reedus isn't called upon to talk too much (just like with Daryl Dixon).
(Freeform; Monday, June 13) Series Debut: A London-set millennial murder-mystery soap about a young woman (Emily Tremaine, Vinyl) out to prove her sister's innocence with the help of ... Billy Zane?!
(CBS; Monday, June 13) Series Debut: This government-is-stoopid political dramedy may have a killer cast (including Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Danny Pino and Tony Shalhoub) and the producers of The Good Wife, but CBS isn't going to let them get away with anything close to House of Cards or Veep, because, CBS.
(ABC; Tuesday, June 14) Series Debut: 'Merica has rejected a TV version of the beloved 1989 movie before—but this one has an all-black cast, so at least give ABC (further) credit for chipping away at TV's Whiteytown. But, yeah ... Uncle Buck suuucks.
(TNT; Tuesday, June 14) Series Debut: After his mom dies of a heroin overdose, "J" Cody moves in with his sketchy grandmother, "Smurf" Cody (Ellen Barkin), the matriarch of a sketchy SoCal crime family. Producer John Wells (Shameless) knows his way around dysfunctional clans, but Animal Kingdom just looks like Surfboards of Anarchy.
(TBS; Tuesday, June 14) Series Debut: Another promising new comedy from TBS—words no one ever expected to utter. Like a mashup of Gilligan's Island (Wiki it, kids) and Lost, Wrecked follows a clueless group of plane-crash survivors stranded on an island. It's at least funnier than Fear the Walking Dead.
(CBS; Wednesday, June 22) Series Debut: Compared to the long-lost 1995 American Gothic drama about a supernaturally evil small-town sheriff menacing the locals, the new American Gothic (posh Boston family has a secret serial killer among them) seems like a snooze. It is—with a recycled title, no less.
Queen of the South
(USA; Thursday, June 23) Series Debut: Teresa Mendoza (Alice Braga) flees to America from Mexico when her drug-dealer boyfriend is "unexpectedly" murdered (come on—it's a high-risk gig), then plots her bloody revenge upon the cartel that killed him. Queen of the South is flashier and pricier than the Telemundo series it was lifted from, therefore huger and better. Make American television great again!
(Showtime; Sunday, June 26) Series Debut: It's Almost Famous: Backstage! Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino, Luis Guzmán, Imogen Poots and cameo bands galore star in Cameron Crowe's ode to the grimy life behind the rock 'n' roll fantasy. Unlike HBO's dark Vinyl, Roadies is set in current times and more light-hearted. Don't worry; there are still drugs.
Dead of Summer
(Freeform; Tuesday, June 28) Series Debut: Pretty 20-somethings in a 1980 summer-camp slasher flick that's a weekly series! There's a killer on the loose at Camp Stillwater, and if these kids can't keep it in their pants, they're all dead ... so, yeah, they're all pretty much dead.
The Get Down
(Netflix; Friday, Aug. 12) Series Debut: Baz Luhrmann dramatizes the rise of rise of hip-hop in '70s New York City in what will surely be a subtle, understated affair.
Returning in June:
Hell on Wheels (AMC; Saturday, June 11); The Last Ship (TNT; Sunday, June 12); Major Crimes (TNT; Monday, June 13); Another Period (Comedy Central; Wednesday, June 15); Aquarius (NBC; Thursday, June 16); Orange Is the New Black (Netflix; Friday, June 17); The Jim Gaffigan Show (TV Land; Sunday, June 19); Murder in the First (TNT; Sunday, June 19); The Fosters (Freeform; Monday, June 20); Pretty Little Liars (Freeform; Tuesday, June 21); Ray Donovan (Showtime; Sunday, June 16); Zoo (CBS; Tuesday, June 28); Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll (FX; Thursday, June 30).
Returning in July:
Marco Polo (Netflix; Friday, July 1); Killjoys (Syfy; Friday, July 1); Dark Matter (Syfy; Friday, July 1); Tyrant (FX; Wednesday, July 6); Difficult People (Hulu; Tuesday, July 12); Suits (USA; Wednesday, July 13); Mr. Robot (USA; Wednesday, July 13); Power (Starz; Sunday, July 17); Ballers (HBO; Sunday, July 17); Bojack Horseman (Netflix; Friday, July 22); Survivor's Remorse (Starz; Sunday, July 24).
Returning in August:
Fear the Walking Dead (AMC; Sunday, Aug. 21); The Strain (FX; Sunday, Aug. 28); You're the Worst (FXX; Wednesday, Aug. 31).
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