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10 Highly Anticipated New & Returning Summer Shows

The summer is heating up! Cool off with a few new and returning hit shows in August and July. Stay cool with brand-new comedies, dramas and reality shows. Watch some of your favorite actors and explore new ones, be amused and captivated by storylines, learn something new and laugh with exciting new TV shows. There is something for everyone!

Ray Donovan on SHOWTIME

Ray Donovan

Returning on SHOWTIME

Premiered: July 12 at 9/8c

Set in the sprawling mecca of the rich and famous, RAY DONOVAN does the dirty work for LA’s top power players. The one-hour series stars Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominee Live Schreiber in his first lead television role as the go-to guy who makes the problems of the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls disappear. This powerful drama unfolds when his father, played by Oscar winner Jon Voight, is unexpectedly released from prison, setting off a chain of events that shakes the Donovan family to its core.

Dragons: Race to the Edge

New on Netflix

Premieres: Available for Streaming NOW

From the creators of How to Train Your Dragon comes an all-new Netflix original series that takes Hiccup and Toothless to the edge of adventure!

Dragons: Race to the Edge

The Strai

The Strain

New on FX

Premiered: July 12 at 10/9c

The transformation has begun. It can no longer be denied — New York City is rapidly falling to an evil epidemic, and no one is coming to its rescue. Its citizens must fight or die. Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and his unlikely allies tried to take down the embodiment of this evil — the Master — and failed. Now Eph and Dr. Nora Martinez concentrate on creating a biological weapon to wipe out the creatures. They need to find a way to defeat him before the infection spreads too far and becomes irreparable...before they become monsters themselves.

Hell on Wheels

Returning on AMC

Premiered: July 18 at 9/8c

Hell on Wheels looks at the institutionalized greed and corruption behind the building of the Transcontinental Railroad as the race between Central Pacific and Union Pacific intensifies. In Season 5, Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) finds himself a stranger in a strange land: Truckee, California. Home to the headquarters of the Central Pacific railroad, this rough mountain railroad town teems with thousands of Chinese workers who are foreign in language, culture and traditions. While grappling with the challenges of corralling his new workforce, Cullen leads the Central Pacific’s herculean effort to tunnel through the Sierra Nevada mountains, sometimes achieving only inches a day in the race to complete America’s First Transcontinental Railroad.

Hell on Wheels

Fear the Walking Dead

Fear the Walking Dead

New on AMC

Premieres: August 23 at 9/8c

Starring Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, Sons of Anarchy), Cliff Curtis (Missing, Gang Related), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) AND Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Storm) and Executive Produced by Dave Erickson (Marco Polo, Sons of Anarchy), Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert, Fear the Walking Dead premieres this summer with a second season airing in 2016.

Geeks Who Drink

New on Syfy

Premieres: July 16 at 11/10c

In each installment of Geeks Who Drink, two teams of self-proclaimed “trivia geeks” battle it out in rapid-fire quizzes that cover topics from pop culture to science fiction. Each team consists of three players – a celebrity team captain and two trivia pros. After three rounds of raucous game-play and (mostly) friendly competition, the winning team will earn bragging rights a spot on the Geeks Who Drink leader-boar d and a bevy of prizes to geek out over.

Geeks Who Drink

Strike Back

Strike Back

Returning on Cinemax

Premieres: July 31 at 10/9c

A high-octane globe-spanning thriller with storylines ripped from today’s headlines, Strike Back, the network’s first original primetime series in more than 15 years, focuses on two member of a top-secret intelligence agency known as Section 20!


Returning on Sundance TV

Premiered: July 9 at 10/9c

Nineteen years ago, Daniel Holden was sentenced to death for the rape and murder of his teenage girlfriend Hanna Dean. Thanks to newly discovered DNA evidence and the efforts of his sister Amantha and lawyer, Daniel’s conviction has been vacated. Season 2 of the Peabody Award-wining series RECITIFY finds Daniel Holden committed to living in the present. Unfortunately, there are many places and faces in his hometown of Paulie, Georgia that remind Daniel of the past – his incarceration, Hanna and his role in Hanna’s murder


Welcome to Sweden

Welcome to Sweden

New on NBC

Premiered: July 19 at 8/7c

Bruce and Emma seem to be the perfect couple. He’s a successful money manager to the stars, she’s a kind and beautiful banker from Sweden, and they both believe they’ve finally found their true soul mate. So when Emma makes the life-changing decision to accept a prestigious job in her native Stockholm, she fears she may have to kiss her love goodbye. But much to her surprise and joy, Bruce immediately agrees to move with her to Sweden and start a new life together.

From executive producers Amy Poehler and Greg Poehler comes a new comedy based on true events from Greg Poehler’s life with guest cameo appearances by Amy Poehler, Aubrey Plaza, Will Ferrell and Gene Simmons.

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