2016 TV Premiere Dates:
Your Everything Guide to the Summer Schedule
Preacher EDITORS' PICK
May 22 at 10:00 PM on AMC
The adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's insane and ultra-violent comic about a small-town Texas preacher who gets inhabited by a mysterious being and seeks out a disinterested god with his ex-girlfriend and drunk vampire friend is finally here! Like we said, it's insane, and one of the most anticipated new series of the year. An encore presentation of the pilot will air on May 29. New episodes begin June 5 in the show's regular 9pm timeslot.
June 5 at 10:00 PM on AMC
Two pals (played by David Schwimmer and Jim Sturgess) open up a restaurant together, which puts a flame under their already complicated sibling-like relationship. And if making sure the Veal Piccata gets out hot wasn't enough, one of them is in trouble with the mob! Feed the Beast is based on the Danish series Bankerot. The series will then move to Tuesdays beginning June 7.
June 26 at 10:00 PM on Showtime
Cameron Crowe's latest love letter to music again goes behind the scenes to tell a story that's not often told. Think Almost Famous but current day and a comedy series about the roadies, a.k.a. the men and women without whom live concerts would not be possible. It stars Luke Wilson as the band's tour manager and Carla Gugino as their production manager. Imogen Poots, Luis Guzmàn, Rafe Spall, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Peter Cambor, Colson Baker, a.k.a. Machine Gun Kelly, and Ron White round out the cast.
July 10 at 9:00 PM on HBO
This limited series based on the U.K.'s Criminal Justice is all about crime. And justice. And the system that manages the two. John Turturro stars in this look at a murder case in New York City that follows the proceedings from the investigation all the way to Rikers Island penitentiary, where the accused waits for his trial. Yep, this will be a heavy one.
Vice Principals EDITORS' PICK
July 17 at 10:30 PM on HBO
Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down) makes his return to HBO in this goofy comedy about two high school vice principals (McBride and Justified's Walton Goggins) fighting to become the next principal. And boy do we mean fighting. Watch out for tussling, one liners, and some potty humor from McBride.
May 30 at 8:00 PM on FOX
Season 13 is "Next Generation"-themed and will feature contestants aged 8-13.
May 30 at 9:00 PM on A&E
Yes, it's a remake of THAT Roots. History's update is again a portrait of American slavery that recounts the incredible journey of one family’s will to survive in spite of hardships and violence. Malachi Kirby takes on the role of Kunta Kinte in a miniseries that also stars Forest Whitaker, Laurence Fishburne, Mekhi Phifer, James Purefoy, Anika Noni Rose, Anna Paquin, Matthew Goode, Erica Tazel, and many more.
June 13 at 9:00 PM on Freeform
Freeform's latest hourlong soapy drama is giving us what we've always wanted, or at least what Psych's Shawn Spencer always wanted: a TV series starring Billy Zane. Well, he's in it anyway. Guilt follows the aftermath of the murder of Molly Ryan, and Zane appears as a lawyer who aides Emily Tremaine's Natalie in defending Grace (Daisy Head), Molly's roommate—who also happens to be Natalie's sister—once she becomes the prime suspect in Molly's murder. Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Anthony Stewart Head (father of star Daisy Head) also appears as the sisters' step-father.
June 13 at 10:00 PM on CBS
From the folks who brought you The Good Wife comes this comic-thriller about aliens taking over Congress. Sure, that tracks! Going from a show that was once the best broadcast drama on TV to... this. Okay! Mary Elizabeth Winstead's Laurel, the daughter of Democratic political dynasty, is our entry point and the young woman who discovers the brain-eating bugs on Capitol Hill. Winstead leads a cast that includes Aaron Tveit, Danny Pino, Tony Shalhoub, and more.
August 22 at 10:00 PM on Freeform
Cheer Squad is a two-week programming event following the Great White Sharks cheerleading squad. The two-time World Cheerleading champions and elite athletes will attempt to defend their title and balance their grueling schedules to stay on top. The series will air nightly at 10pm.
May 17 at 9:00 PM on FOX
Coupled is a dating show set on a beach in the Caribbean in which 12 beautiful women have to decide whether or not they feel a spark with a dude and want to spend more time with him, or if they don’t and want to wait for the next single guy to be trotted out to the buffet table. So it's basically just like normal dating only on a beach and on TV? Hm. Okay.
May 31 at 10:00 PM on NBC
NBC does not know how to quit. Maya and Marty is the network's latest attempt at reviving the variety series. It stars Maya Rudolph and Martin Short and will feature musical numbers, comedy sketches, and celebrity guests. It's produced by Saturday Night Live's Lorne Michaels.
June 7 at 9:00 PM on TNT
When a young man's (Finn Cole) mother dies of a heroin overdose, he moves in with his extended family in this Southern California-set adaptation of the 2010 Australian film of the same name. Ellen Barkin stars as the tough family matriarch, with Scott Speedman appearing as her right hand man, and Shawn Hatosy as the eldest and most dangerous of her children. Ben Robson, Jake Weary, Daniella Alsonso, and Molly Gordon round out the cast.
June 14 at 8:00 PM on ABC
A reimagining of the beloved game show, To Tell the Truth's latest incarnation is hosted by Anthony Anderson and features a celebrity panel of Betty White, NeNe Leakes, and Jalen Rose. The show's six episodes were filmed in 2015, but apparently a new ABC intern recently found where they'd been stashed and we finally get to see them this summer!
June 14 at 9:00 PM on ABC
Uncle Buck is based on the film of the same name and tells the story via an all black cast. Mike Epps stars as the titular charismatic hustler who steps up to be a nanny for his brother and sister-in-law (James Lesure and Nia Long) when they move to town and need help with their kids. Wackiness almost certainly will ensue.
June 14 at 10:00 PM on TBS
An ensemble comedy about a group of strangers stranded on a deserted island following a plane crash, Wrecked stars Zach Cregger, Rhys Darby, Jessica Lowe, Asif Ali, Ally Maki, and more. Whether or not there are flashbacks or flashforwards or flashes diagonally across time and space remains unclear.
June 21 at 10:00 PM on USA
This American adaptation of Telemundo's La Reina Del Sur follows the wife of a Mexican who flees to the States after he's murdered. And you know what she does when she arrives, don't you? That's right, she plots revenge. Go get 'em, girl! I Am Legend's Alice Braga stars.
June 28 at 9:00 PM on Freeform
From the minds of the dudes who brought you the cracked-out world of Once Upon a Time, Dead of Summer is set in the '80s and naturally follows a deadly summer at Camp Stillwater, a seemingly idyllic Midwestern summer camp. Bad things are 100 percent guaranteed to happen at summer camp. It's science. The series stars Elizabeth Mitchell, Elizabeth Lail, Zelda Williams, Mark Indelicato, Eli Goree, and more.
May 11 at 12:01 AM on Netflix
Netflix's first talk show stars the polarizing Chelsea Lately host as she engages celebs like Drew Barrymore, Tony Hale, and the U.S. Secretary of Education to talk about pressing topics. But Netflix promises this won't be your normal late-night talk show. For one, it only airs three nights a week: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Or you can just binge 'em all on Saturday after you're done with Grace and Frankie.
June 1 at 10:00 PM on Sundance Channel
The premise for this Australian and New Zealand-produced drama is too big and confusing to fit into a simple logline, but we'll try. Based on Australian Aboriginal lore and set in the near future, Cleverman follows two indigenous brothers fighting for survival in a world where otherwordly creatures exist and battle humans who want to destroy them. It's a lot more confusing than that, actually, so we'll just have to wait to see the six-episode first season to really get an idea of what is going on in it, though we're not sure even that will help.
June 22 at 10:00 PM on CBS
Banshee's Antony Starr, um, stars in this new thriller that follows a prominent Boston family left reeling in the wake of the chilling discovery one of them is a MURDERER. Pro tip: Maybe just ask the guy in the rubber mask if he did it? Anyway, shocking secrets will be revealed, suspicions will be mounted, and paranoia will fester in the series that also stars Virginia Madsen, Juliet Rylance, Justin Chatwin, Megan Ketch, Elliot Knight, Stephanie Leonidas, and Gabriel Bateman.
June 22 at 10:00 PM on HBO
HBO paid a truckload of cash to grab former ESPN yakker Bill Simmons, and his first project featuring himself is this talk show that will touch on Simmons' bread and butter: pop culture and sports! Yes, he will find a way to compare the Kardashians to the Washington Redskins secondary, because that is what he does. Expect interviews, guest segments, and everything else you're used to from talk shows. With a Bill Simmons twist!
Flowers EDITORS' PICK
May 5 at 12:00 AM on Seeso
This original dark comedy (well, a co-production with the U.K.'s Channel 4) for the streaming service Seeso is Arrested Development through the eyes of Wes Anderson. The Flowers family is not well: dad (The Mighty Boosh's Julian Barratt) wants to kill himself, mom (Olivia Colman) wants everything fixed, and the 25-year-old twins are at war with each other. But they find themselves stuck together, and making light of fun topics such as death, divorce, and suicide. Woohoo!
May 5 at 12:01 AM on Netflix
Netflix's quest for world domination continues with this eight-episode French-produced original that's the first of many wholly international series that will raise Netflix's stock prices through foreign subscriptions. Gerard Depardieau (of course) stars as the mayor of Marseille, but his time might be up as his protege rises up the ranks to try to take his seat. Early reviews were deux thumbs down, but only you can know for sure after watching all the episodes in one eight-hour sitting.
June 16 at 9:00 PM on NBC
The Season 2 premiere will be two-hours long and feature no commercials. New episodes will air at 10pm beginning the following week.
June 23 at 10:00 PM on BBC America
A five-part thriller, Thirteen explores how to pick up the threads of a life half-lived, while questioning who to trust when you can’t even trust yourself. It was created by Marnie Dickens (Hollyoaks) and stars Jodie Comer (Doctor Foster).
Lady Dynamite EDITORS' PICK
May 20 at 12:01 AM on Netflix
This new comedy starring Maria Bamford looks at the comedian's life and her struggles with mental illness through a hyperrealistic version of herself. On the verge of making it big, she decides to just chill and set her life straight instead. Look for Bamford's many admirers to make an appearance in the series, including Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt, Andy Daly, and everyone else who is actually funny in the business.
Outcast EDITORS' PICK
June 3 at 10:00 PM on Cinemax
Cinemax hopes that The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman can print some more money again with his latest, the demonic possession drama Outcast. Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous) is all grown up and plays the demon-possessed Barnes as he seeks the truth about the nature of his uninvited bodymate. He teams up with an alcoholic reverend for answers, and may have some in the form of a young boy who is also possessed, but by what? This one will be creepy.
Voltron: Legendary Defender EDITORS' PICK
June 10 at 12:01 AM on Netflix
Five robot lions come together to form one giant human-shaped robot who kicks a bunch of ass, just like you remember when you ate Cap'n Crunch for breakfast and lunch.
July 15 at 12:01 AM on Netflix
This mystery-supernatural thriller hasn't detailed much of its plot in an effort to keep it secret, but we do know that it takes place in 1980s Indiana and centers on the disappearance of a young boy. So at least we have that. Winona Ryder, David Harbour, and Matthew Modine star.
The Get Down EDITORS' PICK
August 12 at 12:01 AM on Netflix
Baz Luhrmann explores the birth of hip-hop and hip-hop culture in New York City during the 1970s explosion of disco, funk, and punk. And yep, with Luhrmann's involvement this will have plenty of eye-popping musical moments. A cast of youngsters is bolstered by Giancarlo Esposito and Jimmy Smits, as well as executive producer Shawn Ryan.