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Jodie Comer stars in the BBC America original 'Thirteen.' (Photo: BBC America)

The summer lineup is jam-packed with new TV series and season premieres. We’re not going to list every single show, but we want to highlight programs that we’re looking forward to and may stand out to you:

1. Top Gear

Where to watch: BBC AMERICA
When to tune in: May
What to expect: Top Gear returns for season 23 this summer with newly-appointed hosts Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc. The two will be joined by a team of experts, made up of motorsport guru and Formula 1 commentator Eddie Jordan, world record-breaking German racing driver Sabine Schmitz, renowned motoring journalist and YouTube petrolhead Chris Harris, and car reviewer and TV presenter Rory Reid.

2. Marseille

Where to watch: Netflix
When to tune in: May 6
What to expect: Gérard Depardieu stars as the mayor of Marseille, France in this Netflix original. After 25 years in office, he is being challenged by his former protégé (Benoit Magimel). The eight-part series is in French, with English subtitles.

3. Grace and Frankie 

Where to watch: Netflix
When to tune in: May 6
What to expect: Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin) are recovering from their unexpected divorces they went through in season one. Both women are actively dating in the follow-up season, but Grace suffers a slide back, jumping into bed with her ex-husband (Sam Waterson).

4. Doctor Thorne 

Where to watch: Amazon Prime
When to tune in: May 20 
What to expect: The three-part series is based on Anthony Trollope’s 1858 novel by the same name. The story follows Dr. Thorne (Tom Hollander), who lives with his penniless niece Mary (Stefanie Martini). Rebecca Front takes on the role of Lady Arabella, who is aghast at the thought of her son (Harry Richardson) falling for Mary.

5. Lady Dynamite

Where to watch: Netflix
When to tune in:
May 20
What to expect:
Maria Bamford plays a fictionalized version of herself in Lady Dynamite. It appears she’s about to get a big break in her career, but it turns out to be a break down. Sometimes you need to hit rock bottom, before heading back up, as illustrated in this 13-part series. 

6. All the Way

Where to watch: HBO
When to tune in: May 21
What to expect: Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston stars as President Lyndon B. Johnson in this made-for-TV movie, produced by Steven Spielberg. Based on Robert Schenkkan‘s play, with Schenkkan on deck to write the screenplay, the film details Johnson’s first year in office, working to launch a civil rights bill.

7. Preacher

Where to watch: AMC
When to tune in: May 22
What to expect: Dominic Cooper stars as Jesse Custer in the AMC original series. AMC describes the main character as “a West Texas preacher … who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that causes him to develop a highly unusual power.” The 10-part series is based on the DC Comics Preacher.

8. Wayward Pines

Where to watch: Fox
When to tune in: May 25
What to expect: Wayward Pines was meant to be a one-off season, based on its strong beginning, middle and end, according to author and executive producer Blake Crouch. But, plans change. He and M. Night Shyamalan made a pact to do a second season, “only if it was truly great.” So, we can expect something truly great in the upcoming season. In the second season we find the children of the academy leading the town.

9. Roots

Where to watch: A&E, History, Lifetime
When to tune in: May 30
What to expect: The Roots miniseries first aired in 1977. It tells the story of Roots author Alex Haley‘s lineage, his ancestors who were enslaved and the struggle to freedom. The retelling of Roots will air in four parts, eight hours total, on three channels: A&E, History, and Lifetime.

10. The Dresser

Where to watch: Starz
When to tune in: May 30
What to expect: For the first time ever, Sirs Ian McKellen and Anthony Hopkins are set to appear on screen together in the made-for-TV movie The Dresser. The 120-minute program, co-produced by Starz and BBC, follows an aging actor (Hopkins) and his faithful personal assistant (McKellen) as they attempt to put on a stage production of Shakespeare’s King Lear during WWII. You can also look for Emily Watson as the stage manager Madge. The film adaptation is based on Ronald Harwood‘s play, and is directed by Richard Eyre (Notes on a Scandal).

11. Beauty and the Beast

Where to watch: The CW
When to tune in: June 2
What to expect: The CW gives this classic tale a modern twist. A female detective (Kristen Kreuk) falls in love with an ex-soldier (Jay Ryan). He turns into a beast when angry, thanks to a serum the military injected into him while serving. This is the fourth and final season of Beauty and the Beast.

12. Outcast

Where to watch: Cinemax
When to tune in: June 3
What to expect: Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit) was raised by a family who believed in demonic possession. He returns to his hometown, escorted by a reverend, to look for answers. The 10-part horror series is based on Robert Kirkman‘s comics.

13. Feed the Beast

Where to Watch: AMC
When to tune in: June 5
What to expect: Dion (Jim Sturgess) and Tommy (David Schwimmer) are like brothers; they’ve been friends since they were teenagers. The two team up to open an upscale restaurant in the 10-part series Feed the Beast. According to AMC’s description of the new show, “They push each other to follow through on their dreams, welcome love into their lives, and overcome their demons. They also betray, backstab, manipulate and coerce each other into the most dangerous situations imaginable.”

14. UnREAL

Where to watch: Lifetime
When to tune in: June 6
What to expect: The first season of UnReal dramatized what actually happens on the set of a dating competition show like The Bachelor. It can be vicious. In the second season we meet up with the same cutthroat producers (Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer) we met in the first season, but they have a whole new batch of fresh contestants to mold (or destroy).

15. O.J.: Made in America

Where to watch: ABC
When to tune in: June 11
What to expect: It was hard for the world to turn away when O.J. Simpson was tried for killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman in 1995, which he was acquitted. Just this past year, it was almost as if it was happening again, and viewers were entranced with the FX series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. Now ABC has its own documentary O.J.: Made in America, retelling the story through historical footage.

16. The Last Ship

Where to watch: TNT
When to tune in: June 12
What to expect: Eighty percent of the world has been wiped out in the post-apocalyptic TNT series, minus a naval ship with 218 men and women. We’re heading into the third season of The Ship, and it appears the survivors are on the verge of finding a cure.

17. BrainDead

(Photo: Getty Images)
Tony Shalhoub (Photo: Getty Images)

Where to watch: CBS
When to tune in: June 13
What to expect: From the creators of The Good Wife, Robert and Michelle King, comes the comic-thriller BrainDead. The 13-part series follows a young White House staffer (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), who soon realizes the government’s leaders and some of her coworkers have had their brains eaten out by aliens. We can look forward to seeing Monk star Tony Shalhoub in a lead role.

18. Orange is the New Black

Where to watch: Netflix
When to tune in: June 17
What to expect: At the end of season three of OITNB, a bus load of new prisoners arrived. We can expect some new characters and look forward to series regulars making their return like Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba, Laura Prepon, and Natasha Lyonne. 

19. Greenleaf

Where to watch: OWN
When to tune in: June 21
What to expect: The OWN original series follows the Greenleaf family, based in Memphis. Bishop James Greenleaf (Keith David) heads a local church and his family, with his supportive wife (Lynn Whitfield) by his side. Their neighbors are probably wondering about their estranged daughter (Merle Dandridge) who has returned home after being gone for 20 years.

20. American Gothic

Anthony Starr in 'Banshee.' (Cinemax)
Anthony Starr (Cinemax)

Where to watch: CBS
When to tune in: June 22
What to expect: American Gothic revolves around a prominent Boston family whose recently deceased patriarch has been tied to a string of murders. Bystanders presume one of his surviving family members may have been on it. Anthony Starr (Banshee) has been confirmed to star in the series.

21. Thirteen

Where to watch: BBC AMERICA
When to tune in: June 23
What to expect: The BBC America original series follows Ivy Moxam (Jodie Comer) on the day she escapes from the cellar that has been her prison for the last 13 years. It’s the day she’ll return to her home, to her family, to her life, but that reunion is only the beginning, according to BBCA. Ivy’s mother is portrayed by Natasha Little (The Night Manager), with Stuart Graham (The Fall) taking on the role of her father.

22. Ray Donovan

Where to watch: Showtime
When to tune in: June 26
What to expect: Liev Schreiber returns in the title role of Ray Donovan in the season four premiere. He’s still causing problems, fixing things, but he shows some remorse in the above trailer.

23. Roadies

Where to watch: Showtime
When to tune in: June 26
What to expect: Roadies feels like a look at the other side of Almost Famous, beyond the band and their groupies. And it makes sense, because its the first original series created by Almost Famous creator Cameron Crowe. This 10-part series shows us exactly what roadies take on to make the show happen. You can look for Luke Wilson, Imogen Poots, and Rafe Spall.

24. The Hunt

Where to watch: BBC AMERICA
When to tune in: July 3
What to expect: Sir David Attenborough narrates this seven-part docuseries, examining predators and their prey in the wild. Each episode examines strategies the predators use to attack and how sometimes escape is achieved. BBCA provides more details, saying in a press release, “Many of the stories will show rarely seen animal behavior such as polar bears using meltwater pools in the ice to stalk seals, Arctic foxes leaping to catch auks mid-flight, and killer whales hunting humpback whale calves in tropical waters.”

25. Killjoys

Where to watch: SyFy
When to tune in: July 1
What to expect: Killjoys returns for its second season, following three space bounty hunters. They have their work cut out for them, searching a four-body solar system known as “The Quad.” The three try to figure out their place in the organization they work for and the universe as a whole.

26. Dark Matter

Where to watch: SyFy
When to tune in: July 1
What to expect: In the first season of Dark Matter six people wake up on a starship and have no memory of who they are, where they came from, or how they arrived to the ship. In the sophomore season the crew is being held at the intergalactic super max prison, according to showrunner Joseph Mallozzi.

27. The Night Of

Where to watch: HBO
When to tune in: July 10
What to expect: A young man indulges in a night out, waking up to a murder scene in HBO’s The Night Of. He waits at Rikers Island to be tried. The eight-part series stars John Turturro and Riz Ahmed.

28. Mr. Robot

Where to watch: USA
When to tune in: July 13
What to expect: The dark thriller Mr. Robot follows a young hacker by the name of Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek). He knows he can’t save the world, but he can at least make it uncomfortable for the baddies. Executive producer Sam Esmail talked about what to expect in season two, or actually what not to expect, saying, “I’m not interested in ‘gotcha!’ moments or trying to shock or surprise the audience.” He explained that viewers will learn what’s happening the same time as Elliot. He adds that season two will be about the question, “How do these two guys (Elliot and Mr. Robot) reconcile?”

29. Vice Principals

Where to watch: HBO
When to tune in: July 17
What to expect: There is some serious competition going on at Lincoln High School, and it’s not amongst the students. Two vice principals (Danny McBride, Walton Goggins), who almost run the school, go head-to-head in the comedy Vice Principals.

30. The Get Down 

'The Get Down' (Photo: Netflix)
‘The Get Down’ (Photo: Netflix)

Where to watch: Netflix
When to tune in: August 12
What to expect: The Get Down is a musical drama created by Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge) and Shawn Ryan (Mad Dogs). The story revolves around Bronx teens growing up in the 1970s, starring Justice Smith, Shameik Moore and Skylan Brooks in the leads. You can watch the NSFW (due to language) trailer here.

Which shows are you going to add to your watch list? 

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By Brigid Brown