Summer Preview: 26 Shows Coming Back to TV This Season

Summer Preview Returning Shows
Clockwise from top left: Showtime; BET; ABC; HBO; Showtime; TNT
Summer Preview Returning Shows

Summer brings us a roster of new shows, but old favorites are also making their returns in June, July, and August:

Thursday, June 4

10/9c, NBC
The Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) seen in the beginning of Season 3 is still suave and scarily smart. He’s also brazenly chowing his way through professori Florentine, in front of semi-coerced “companion” Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson), and with the gusto of someone who has gotten away with many, many murders. And for creator Bryan Fuller, the fun truly begins this season. “The first seven episodes are what I’ve always wanted to do with the show,” he says. “We finally have Hannibal as the antihero he’s always been.” Here, Fuller tells us more about his plans for Hannibal’s next round and the show’s rogue’s gallery of villains.

Monday, June 8

Major Crimes
9/8c, TNT
This season, Captain Raydor (Mary McDonnell) makes a choice that could seriously affect her adopted son Rusty’s (Graham Patrick Martin) life.

Murder in the First
10/9c, TNT
A mass murder in San Francisco shocks the detectives in Season 2.

Friday, June 12

8/7c, Syfy
Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas) and Nolan (Grant Bowler) are rescued from prison only to find Defiance defenseless against opposing forces.

Tuesday, June 16

Rizzoli & Isles
9/8c, TNT
Look for hunky new assistant M.E. Kent Drake (Adam Sinclair) to help the ladies with cases—and possibly find love with Isles (Sasha Alexander).

Thursday, June 18

9/8c, ABC
Season 3 picks up with Joss (Jes Macallan) in Harry’s (Brett Tucker) arms— except, oops, he’s not the man she’s marrying that day. Jennifer Esposito joins the cast, replacing Alyssa Milano.

Sunday, June 21

True Detective
9/8c, HBO
Cops played by Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, and Taylor Kitsch deal with a career criminal (Vince Vaughn) in the second season of the cerebral series. Watch the Season 2 trailer here.

The Last Ship
9/8c, TNT
Captain Chandler (Eric Dane) and the Nathan James crew distribute the cure to survivors of the Red Flu pandemic in the two-hour premiere. See the Season 2 trailer here.

Wednesday, June 24

9/8c, USA
A big case, a ballsy new partner, and Donna’s (Sarah Rafferty) new boss threaten to derail Rachel (Meghan Markle) and Mike’s (Patrick J. Adams) happy engagement announcement. Here’s what we learned from creator Aaron Korsh after last season’s finale.

Thursday, June 25

Under the Dome
“This season, we’re answering all the big questions,” vows executive producer Tim Schlattman. “Particularly why a dome fell on Chester’s Mill in the first place.” But get ready for some new mysteries to bubble up.

Season 3 begins right after Barbie (Mike Vogel) and the townies encountered his back-from-the-dead half-sister, Melanie (Grace Victoria Cox), in the underground tunnels. And from there, things get even twistier. “When Barbie decides to trust Melanie and lead everyone into the white light, their lives will be forever changed,” says Schlattman. ER vet Eriq La Salle joins the cast as a mogul whose obsession with the mysterious meteor-encased egg will result in “brutal consequences for all of our characters,” hints Schlattman. Just as ominous: an unlikely alliance between villain Big Jim (Dean Norris) and reporter turned hero Julia (Rachelle Lefevre) that is sure to shock viewers. Teases executive producer Neal Baer, “They’ll discover that they need each other to survive a common enemy.” —Damian Holbrook

Rookie Blue
10/9c, ABC
Lovebird cops Andy (Missy Peregrym) and Sam (Ben Bass) return from vacation for another unpredictable year on the beat with Toronto’s 15 Division.

10/9c, USA
Briggs (Daniel Sunjata) goes undercover in the Armenian mafia.

Sunday, June 28

Falling Skies
10/9c, TNT
The 2nd Mass. prepares for an all-out war against the Espheni in the final season of the alien-invasion drama. Check out the action in the trailer here.

Monday, June 29

Teen Wolf
10/9c, MTV
It’s senior year and Scott (Tyler Posey) and his pack are facing a new evil who’s out to tear them apart. Literally. See the trailer for Season 5 here.

Wednesday, July 1

10/9c, CBS
Jeffrey Dean Morgan and The Walking Dead’s David Morrissey join the cast for Season 2 of the sci-fi thriller as Halle Berry’s Molly continues the search for her missing alien son.

Wednesday, July 8

Key and Peele
10/9c, Comedy Central
Politicians and celebrities, watch ya backs! The sketch-comedy duo is rested and ready to skewer.

Thursday, July 9

10/9c, SundanceTV
Daniel (Aden Young) and his family deal with the fallout of his shocking confession about Hanna Dean’s murder in the third season of the critically acclaimed drama.

Sunday, July 12

Ray Donovan
9/8c, Showtime
Can he really clean up his act? Ray Donovan ended last season with the hard-boiled Hollywood fixer (Liev Schreiber) reeling from the murder of his lover Kate (Vinessa Shaw), a hit ordered by longtime pal and No. 1 client Ezra Goldman (Elliott Gould). When the series returns for Season 3, Ray is “so full of rage and pain that he sees himself as a monster,” executive producer David Hollander says. “And his wife, Abby [Paula Malcomson], is desperately trying to reclaim their relationship, but Ray, ever the hypocrite, can’t get past the fact that she had an affair.” Read more about the mega-mogul family coming to town and what’s ahead.

Masters of Sex
10/9c, Showtime
A fresh slew of morning-after complications await Bill (Michael Sheen) and Virginia (Lizzy Caplan) in Season 3. The action resumes in 1965, on the eve of the release of their groundbreaking book Human Sexual Response. Despite the fact that Bill is still married to Libby (Caitlin FitzGerald), he and Virginia are more entwined than ever—in and out of the sheets—and they’re about to experience the fame that comes along with getting into America’s proverbial pants. Here, Sheen and Caplan offer a peek at what’s next in their Sex lives.

The Strain
10/9c, FX
Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) and Co. failed to stop the Master— and the vampire epidemic sweeping through New York. Does an ancient text hold answers to the cure?

Thursday, July 16

10:30/9:30c, FX
The Bowmans are back for more bickering after last season’s almost-relocation nearly cost them their marriage, again.

Saturday, July 18

Cedar Cove
8/7c, Hallmark
The romantic tension between small-town judge Olivia (Andie MacDowell) and newspaperman Jack (Dylan Neal) grows. But will Colin Ferguson’s District Attorney Paul Watson cause disorder in the courtship?

Sunday, July 19

Welcome to Sweden
8/7c, NBC
Season 1 ended with Bruce (Greg Poehler) and Emma’s (Josephine Bornebusch) airport reunion. Next stop: Sweden?

Tuesday, August 4

Playing House
10/9c, USA
The hilarious friendcom is back with new mom Maggie (Lennon Parham) and single bestie Emma (Jessica St. Clair) enduring even more kinds of suburban mayhem.

Tuesday, August 18

Real Husbands of Hollywood
10/9c, BET
On tap for the next round of the reality-spoofing hit: Kevin (Kevin Hart) gets kidnapped.

Saturday, August 22

Survivor’s Remorse
9:30/8:30c, Starz
The basketball comedy from NBA star LeBron James takes the court for Season 2.