New TV shows: Summer 2014
Everyone's under the dome now.
All the broadcast networks and cable channels are eager to duplicate CBS' surprise blockbuster success last summer with Stephen King's buzzed-about suspenser "Under the Dome." That means we'll be seeing more "event series" this summer, intended to heat up what used to be the lukewarm season of repeat and castoff TV.
In fact, the ratings rush has already started. In May, Fox resurrected Jack Bauer for the 12-week London-set saga "24: Live Another Day," then premiered the new drama "Gang Related" with Wu-Tang Clan rapper RZA. NBC jumped the gun, too, with its new shows "Undateable" from comedy king Bill Lawrence, the hospital hour "The Night Shift" and John Malkovich's pirate tale, "Crossbones."
Take a look at more than 20 new shows premiering this summer.
MURDER IN THE FIRST (June 9, TNT)(Credit: James White)
MURDER IN THE FIRST (June 9, TNT): Steven Bochco-produced drama of San Francisco homicide, with Taye Diggs.
CHASING LIFE (June 10, ABC Family)(Credit: ABC Family / Claire Folger)
CHASING LIFE (June 10, ABC Family): Family drama has budding journalist's personal and professional lives kicking into gear, just as she learns she has cancer. Italia Ricci stars in slow-starting but involving family melodrama with mystery elements. Steven Weber plays her oncologist uncle.
DOMINION (June 19, Syfy)(Credit: Syfy / Ilze Kitshoff)
DOMINION (June 19, Syfy): This post-apocalyptic showdown picks up where the celestial war of 2010 movie "Legion" left off. While evil angels continue to target humanity, archangel Michael (Tom Wisdom) aids the fortified city's military ruler (Alan Dale), scheming mogul (Anthony Stewart Head) and hunky rebel (Christopher Egan). Rival "houses" joust for power, as "caste"-ranked citizens await their faith's promised "savior." If it sounds as though "Dominion" aspires to the dramatic range and metaphysical depth of "Battlestar Galactica," it certainly does.
THE LAST SHIP (June 22, TNT)(Credit: Richard Foreman)
THE LAST SHIP (June 22, TNT): Epic moviemaker Michael Bay tackles the TV thriller series genre, as Eric Dane switches gears from "Grey's Anatomy." Former heartthrob McSteamy turns commanding to captain a remote Naval destroyer, which breaks radio silence after four months to learn a pandemic is wiping out Earth's population. As the crew frets over family fates, onboard scientist Rhona Mitra may hold the key to the cure. Can she find it? Can the crew keep it together? Will Adam Baldwin's executive officer go rogue? What about food, fuel and that "engineered" virus? Effective nail-biter is packed with military action, medical mystery, internal turncoats and (wow, that was fast) Russian menace.
THE MUSKETEERS (June 22, BBC America)(Credit: Larry Horricks)
THE MUSKETEERS (June 22, BBC America): Witty, sexy take on 17th century swashbucklers stars Luke Pasqualino, Santiago Cabrera. From Adrian Hodges ("Primeval").
TYRANT (June 24, FX)(Credit: FX / Patrick Harbron)
TYRANT (June 24, FX): Americanized refugee returns 20 years later to the land of his Middle East dictator father. With Adam Rayner, Jennifer Finnigan, Justin Kirk. From "24" showrunner Howard Gordon.
TAXI BROOKLYN (June 25, NBC)(Credit: NBC / Linda Kallerus)
TAXI BROOKLYN (June 25, NBC): Action comedy pairs Chyler Leigh's New York police detective and Jacky Ido's French-born driver/sidekick. With Jennifer Esposito, Ally Walker.
YOUNG & HUNGRY (June 25, ABC Family)(Credit: ABC Family / Eric McCandless)
YOUNG & HUNGRY (June 25, ABC Family): Ashley Tisdale produces comedy of food blogger (Emily Osment) turned chef for young tech wiz (Jonathan Sadowski).
MYSTERY GIRLS (June 25, ABC Family)(Credit: ABC Family / Craig Sjodin)
MYSTERY GIRLS (June 25, ABC Family): "Beverly Hills 90210" castmates Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth reunite, playing former detective show stars now sleuthing for real.
GIRL MEETS WORLD (June 27, Disney)(Credit: Disney Channel / Bob D'Amico)
GIRL MEETS WORLD (June 27, Disney): "Boy Meets World" kids Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel now play parents of smart tween Rowan Blanchard.
RECKLESS (June 29, CBS)(Credit: Jackson Lee Davis)
RECKLESS (June 29, CBS): Sultry Southern police sex scandal! Legal mystery features Anna Wood, Cam Gigandet, Gregory Harrison.
THE LEFTOVERS (June 29, HBO)(Credit: Paul Schiraldi Photography / Paul Schiraldi)
THE LEFTOVERS (June 29, HBO): Damon Lindelof ("Lost") adapts the bestseller of suddenly disappeared citizenry. Is it The Rapture? With Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler.
VICIOUS (June 29, PBS)(Credit: ITV / Brown Eyed Boy Limited 2013)
VICIOUS (June 29, PBS): Half-hour stars Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi as roommates with sharp tongues.
FINDING CARTER (July 8, MTV)(Credit: MTV)
FINDING CARTER (July 8, MTV): Teen abducted as a toddler tries joining her biological family. With Kathryn Prescott, Milena Govich.
EXTANT (JULY 9, CBS)(Credit: Dale Robinette)
EXTANT (JULY 9, CBS): Halle Berry's astronaut returns from space to world-changing events. Steven Spielberg-produced thriller with Goran Visnjic, Camryn Manheim, Grace Gummer.
WELCOME TO SWEDEN (July 10, NBC)(Credit: NBC / Linus Hallsenius)
WELCOME TO SWEDEN (July 10, NBC): Greg Poehler moves with his lady love back to her native Stockholm. With Lena Olin, Patrick Duffy.
THE STRAIN (July 13, FX)(Credit: FX / Michael Gibson)
THE STRAIN (July 13, FX): Movie director Guillermo del Toro brings the vampire trilogy to life with Corey Stoll, Sean Astin.
BACKPACKERS (July 14, CW)(Credit: The CW / Jordon Nuttall)
BACKPACKERS (July 14, CW): Web-hatched half-hour follows best buds through Europe seeking one's missing bride-to-be.
THE DIVIDE (July 16, WE)(Credit: WE)
THE DIVIDE (July 16, WE): Moviemaker Richard LaGravanese tackles "innocence" projects to free the wrongly convicted.
MARRIED (July 17, FX)(Credit: FX / Prashant Gupta)
MARRIED (July 17, FX): Judy Greer and Nat Faxon play best friends trying to save their marriage.
SATISFACTION (JULY 17, USA)(Credit: USA Network / Guy D'Alema)
SATISFACTION (JULY 17, USA): Matt Passmore stars in a frank look at modern marriage. ... Rush (USA) Tom Ellis does the "Royal Pains" thing, west, doctoring Los Angeles' elite.
THE LOTTERY (July 20, Lifetime)(Credit: Lifetime / James Dittiger)
THE LOTTERY (July 20, Lifetime): Conspiracy thriller about a no-childbearing future has 100 embryos suddenly up for grabs. With Marley Shelton, Martin Donovan
THE KNICK (AUG. 8, Cinemax)(Credit: AP / Mary Cybulski)
THE KNICK (Aug. 8, Cinemax): Working at New York City's 1900 Knickerbocker Hospital: Clive Owen.
OUTLANDER (Aug. 9, Starz)(Credit: Sony Pictures Television / Ed Miller)
OUTLANDER (Aug. 9, Starz): Combat nurse transported to 18th century Scotland. Popular books adapted by Ronald D. Moore ("Battlestar Galactica").
HALT AND CATCH FIRE (June 1, AMC)(Credit: AMC / James Minchin III)
HALT AND CATCH FIRE (June 1, AMC): In this '80s-set drama with Texas flavor, renegade tech-heads seize the moment when business mainframes start losing mojo to personal computers. Lee Pace struts as the super salesman who recruits Dallas nerd Scoot McNairy and geek girl Mackenzie Davis to battle 800-pound gorillas like IBM. Have they got what it takes to be great? Or just deluded dreams? This potent mix of hindsight, nostalgia, ambition and keen character observation is tailor-made for the tech-native generation -- and their parents weaned on Speak & Spell.