For many of our favorite television shows, May means season finales. Summer is almost here, and, sure, we’re going to be spending a lot more time outdoors. All the same, it’s still nice to relax with a little television especially with all the great flat screen TVs and home entertainment systems out there. There’s some good news: there are plenty of shows premiering this summer to fill in the void left by our favorite shows.
Charlie Sheen returns to television in Anger Management. This loose adaptation of the film follows a former minor league baseball player, Sheen. After overcoming his own anger problems, he becomes a therapist with some non-traditional techniques. The series is set to premier June 28th on FX.
Dallas returns to television June 13th on TNT. The drama is set to be a continuation of the original series, not a reboot. The story revolves around the Ewings, a wealthy family caught up in oil and cattle-ranching in Dallas. Family drama ensues over betrayal and intrigue, money and greed.
USA premiers a new comedy, Common Law, May 11th. It’s about two dysfunctional detectives with a problem. They’re partners, but they can’t stand each other. Once their bickering starts to interfere with police business, their captain orders them to see a couple’s therapist.
TNT’s popular The Closer comes to an end this summer. Nipping at its heels is a series spin-off, Major Crimes. Mary McDonnell stars as Captain Sharon Raydor, leader of the Major Crimes division. Unlike many police procedurals, it won’t be featuring rogue, following-their-own-rules cops. Rather, it ‘s going to explore the dynamics of detectives working together under strict management and high pressure cases.
Aaron Sorkin, the man behind Sports Night, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and the West Wing, comes back to television with The Newsroom. Jeff Daniels stars as William McAvoy, a news anchor at the breaking point. Fed up with questionable practices in the media, he sets out to reclaim the former dignity of broadcast journalism. Daniels is accompanied by an all star cast including Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterson, John Gallagher Jr., and Olivia Munn. The high intensity drama is set to air June 24th on HBO.
ABC family airs a new comedy, Baby Daddy, on June 20th. Ben, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, suddenly becomes a father when his ex-girlfriend leaves a baby on his doorstep. With the help of his family and friends, he decides to raise his daughter. The new comedy is being produced by the same people who made The Nine Loves of Chloe King, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Hannah Montana: The Movie.
Also from ABC family, a Las Vegas showgirl marries on a whim, and moves to her newlywed’s small town Bunhead. The former showgirl, Michelle, takes the uneasy position teaching young girls at her mother-in-law’s dance studio. Amy Sherman-Palladino, creator of Gilmore Girls, brings life to the show as Executive Producer, and Tony Award-winning actor Sutton Foster headlines as Michelle. The show airs June 11th.
Eric McCormack of Will & Grace fame stars in a new crime drama, Perception, on TNT. The series follows an eccentric neuroscientist, Dr. Daniel Pierce, who consults for the FBI on some of their harder to solve cases. Rachael Leigh Cook, Arjay Smith, and Kelly Rowan costar. The show is scheduled to premiere July 9th.