Summer 2015 TV Schedule

Summer is here (or, close enough — depending on when you read this); which means you should probably be planning on hitting a streetfest or live show on the weekends, while pining for some outdoor time during your grueling Monday-Friday workweek.

I feel you; trust me. 

For the nights you simply need a break from real-life, your old friend television has some new & returning entertainment to satisfy your visual stimuli.

In returning Summer 2015 TV, there are a few names that made my list for some of the best new shows of 2014 — including TNT’s Murder in the First, FX dramas The Strain and Tyrant, and the popular, “what-would’ve-been-the-best-show-if-not-for-Fargo” HBO anthology series True Detective.

In new series, there are a few I’ll be keeping my eye on as the warm weather graces Chicago: HBO’s The Brink, starring Jack Black & Tim Robbins looks promising; USA’s Mr. Robot seems like it’ll be entertaining (Christian Slater’s track-record notwithstanding); and Hvmans on AMC — from what little I’ve seen — could develop enough of a cult-like following (similar to another show of the network’s, the also-returning Halt and Catch Fire) to keep it around for a second season.

For my money, though, Netflix has two of the most promising new shows on the Summer 2015 TV lineup — including the Wachowskis’-produced Sense8, which highlights eight strangers whose minds become somehow linked; and the miniseries follow-up to the 2001 cult classic Wet Hot American Summer subtitled First Day at Camp. The sequel-of-sorts stars many notable names, including Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Janeane Garofalo (who starred in the original), Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Jason Schwartzman, and Chris Pine.

The best of the Summer 2015 TV schedule (as it’s known, now) is below. All times listed are Central, and new shows/miniseries are in bold.

June

The Whispers | ABC | 9pm | 6/1
Christley Knows Best USA | 8pm | 6/2
Pretty Little Liars ABC Family | 7pm | 6/2
Royal Pains USA | 9pm | 6/2
Girl Code MTV | 9pm | 6/3
Hannibal NBC | 9pm | 6/4
Sense8 Netflix | 2:01am | 6/5
Power | Starz | 8pm | 6/6
69th Annual Tony Awards CBS | 7pm | 6/7
Major Crimes | TNT | 8pm | 6/8
Murder in the First | TNT | 9pm | 6/8
Dark Matter | Syfy | 9pm | 6/12
Defiance | Syfy | 8pm | 6/12
Orange is the New Black Netflix | 2:01am | 6/12
The Making of the Mob: NY (miniseries) AMC | 9pm | 6/15
Clipped | TBS | tba | 6/16
Rizzoli & Isles | TNT | 8pm | 6/16
Proof | TNT | 9pm | 6/16
Tyrant | FX | 9pm | 6/16
The Astronauts Wives Club | ABC | 7pm | 6/18
Complications USA | 8pm | 6/18
Killjoys | Syfy | 8pm | 6/19
Aqua Teen Hunger Force (final season premiere) | Cartoon Network | midnight | 6/21
Battlebots | ABC | 7pm | 6/21
The Last Ship | TNT | 8pm | 6/21
True Detective | HBO | 8pm | 6/21
Ballers | HBO | 9pm | 6/21
The Brink | HBO | 9:30pm | 6/21
Another Period | Comedy Central | tba | 6/23
Ink Master | Spike | 9pm | 6/23
Big Brother CBS | 7pm | 6/24
Suits USA | 8pm | 6/24
Mr. Robot USA | 9pm | 6/24
Graceland USA | 9pm | 6/25
Under the Dome CBS | 9pm | 6/25
Hvmans | AMC | 8pm | 6/26
Falling Skies | TNT | 9pm | 6/28
Teen Wolf MTV | 9pm | 6/29
Scream MTV | 9pm | 6/30
Zoo CBS | 8pm | 6/30

July

Extant CBS | 9pm | 7/1
Penn & Teller: Fool Us | CW | 7pm | 7/6
Whose Line Is It Anyway? | CW | 8pm | 7/6
Key & Peele | Comedy Central | 9:30pm | 7/8
Rectify | Sundance | 9pm | 7/9
Chris Tucker Live (special) | Netflix | 2:01am | 7/10
Ray Donovan | Showtime | 8pm | 7/12
Masters of Sex | Showtime | 9pm | 7/12
2015 ESPYs (special) | ABC | 7pm | 7/15
The Jim Gaffigan Show | TV Land | 9pm | 7/15
Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll | FX | 9pm | 7/16
Married | FX | 9:30pm | 7/16
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp | Netflix | 2:01am | 7/17
Tut (special) | Spike | 8pm | 7/19
Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (movie) | Syfy | 8pm | 7/22
Rick and Morty | Cartoon Network | tba | 7/26
Cold Justice | TNT | 7pm | 7/31
Cold Justice: Sex Crimes | TNT | 8pm | 7/31

August

Significant Mother | CW | 8:30pm | 8/3
Playing House USA | 9pm | 8/4
The Carmichael Show NBC | 8:30pm | 8/5
Mr. Robinson NBC | 8pm | 8/5
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (finale) | Comedy Central | 10pm | 8/6
Documentary Now! | IFC | 9pm | 8/20
Blunt Talk | Starz | 8pm | 8/22
Public Morals | TNT | 9pm | 8/25
2015 MTV Video Music Awards (special) | MTV | tba | 8/30

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