Summer 2016 TV Guide

Despite the never-ending list of things to do besides sit indoors and watch television during the Summer months (especially if you live in Chicago), both the networks and streaming providers have generously increased the quality of content they deliver between Memorial Day and September 1st over the past few years.

That said, there’s always downtime, so why not have your DVRs set for just those occasions?

New to Summer 2016 TV

For my money, the most talked-about show this upcoming Summer will be the TNT drama Animal Kingdom. Based on the 2010 Australian film of the same name, Kingdom stars Ellen Barkin as a takes-no-shit family matriarch & head of the family business. The show looks & feels a lot like Sons of Anarchy—which, doesn’t bother me in the least, surprisingly—and may be the best new drama we see this season.

In July, HBO’s The Night Of debuts with John Turturro starring in a role originally intended for The Soprano‘s James Gandolfini. The network also has a comedy starring Danny McBride and Walton Goggins (who has been my favorite in everything he’s done) in July, called Vice Principals; and near the end of the month, HBO will air a movie to conclude the recently-cancelled series Looking.

Returning Favorites & Special Events

So much to mention…so little room. Let’s give this a go:

Cable & streaming have been the big winners of the Summer TV season the past two years, and each have some stellar returning favorites to keep an eye on. Major Crimes, The Last ShipMurder in the First, and Rizzoli and Isles will all be back on TNT in June, the latter for it’s final episodes after being cancelled earlier this year. Ray Donovan returns to Showtime in late June, while binge-watchers will rejoice when Orange is the New Black drops all of season 4 on us on June 17th.

USA’s biggest hits—Suits and last year’s golden-boy Mr. Robot—both debut on July 13th; FX’s Tyrant will be back for season 3 in the beginning of July as well, while fans of The Strain will have to wait until nearly the end of August to get their next dose of the walking infected.

Speaking of infected, Fear the Walking Dead will return for the second-half of season 2 on August 21st, one week before the annual MTV Video Music Awards.

For CBS’ Person of Interest fans, the series finale will air on Tuesday, June 21st.

Finally, don’t forget about what stands to be the most-watched event of the Summer: the 2016 Summer Olympics. NBC will have the Opening Ceremonies from Rio on Friday, August 5th, starting at 7pm.

For a complete look at Summer 2016 TV premiere dates, check out the schedule below! All times are in CST.

DateTitleNetworkTime
6/1/16American Monster (New)ID9p
6/1/16Smoked (New)Dest. America9p
6/1/16Baby DaddyFreeform7:30p
6/1/16Young & HungryFreeform7p
6/1/16The Perfect MurderID8p
6/1/16Brother vs. BrotherHGTV8p
6/1/16Cutthroat Kitchen: Time Warp TournamentFood8p
6/1/16KingdomDirecTV8p
6/1/16ClevermanSundance9p
6/1/16The Night ShiftNBC9p
6/1/16American Ninja WarriorNBC7p
6/1/16iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party (Special)CW7p
6/1/16MasterChefFox8p
6/2/16Lone Star Law (New)Animal Planet9p
6/2/16Vintage Flip (New)HGTV10p
6/2/16North Woods LawAnimal Planet8p
6/2/16Quincy Jones: Burning the Light (Special)HBO9p
6/2/16Beauty and the BeastCW8p
6/2/16Hidden America with Jonah Ray (New)Seesotbd
6/3/16Outcast (New)Cinemax9p
6/3/16Comedy Bang! Bang! Full 1st episode (free)IFC10p
6/3/16Girl Meets WorldDisney7:30p
6/3/16Deadly Secrets: The Lost Children of Dozier (Special)LMN7p
6/3/16Marriage Boot Camp Reality StarsWE8p
6/3/16Wedding Bells (Movie)Hallmark8p
6/3/16Ben Gleib: Neurotic Gangster (Special)Showtime9p
6/3/16Bo Burnham: Make Happy (Special)Netflix12am
6/4/16Ms. Matched (Movie)Hallmark8p
6/4/16The Vet Life (New)Animal Planet8p
6/5/16Garage Sale Mystery: The Novel Murders (Movie)HMM8p
6/5/16Feed the Beast (New)AMC9p
6/5/162016 Miss USA (Special)Fox6p
6/6/16UnRealLifetime9p
6/6/16The Vanishing Women (New)ID9p
6/6/16Rizzoli & IslesTNT8p
6/6/16Devious MaidsLifetime8p
6/6/16Barbarians Rising (New)History8p
6/6/16Cake WarsFood8p
6/6/16Angie TribecaTBStbd
6/7/16My Giant LifeTLC9p
6/7/16Dark Woods Justice (New)Discovery9p
6/7/16West Texas Investors ClubCNBC9p
6/7/16Bert the ConquerorTravel7p
6/7/16Not Safe With Nikki GlaserComedy Central9:30p
6/7/16Big Bad BBQ Brawl (New)Cooking9p
6/7/16CasualHulu12am
6/8/16TranscendentFuse10:30p
6/8/16Big Freedia: Queen of BounceFuse10p
6/8/162016 CMT Music Awards (Special)CMT7p
6/8/16My Big Fat Fabulous LifeTLC8p
6/9/16Ladylike (New)MTV9:30p
6/9/16Rock This Boat: (New) Kids on the BlockPop7p
6/9/16Flip or FlopHGTV8p
6/10/16Voltron: Legendary Defender (New)Netflix12am
6/11/16Hollywood 911 (New)Reelz9p
6/11/16Stop the Wedding (Movie)Hallmark8p
6/11/16The American West MINISERIESAMC9p
6/11/16People's List (New)ABC7p
6/11/16Hell on WheelsAMC8p
6/11/16O.J.: Made in America MINISERIESABC8p
6/12/16Deadline: Crime With Tamron HallID9p
6/12/16Ghosts of Shepherdstown (New)Dest. America9p
6/12/16Love Under (New) Management: The Miki Howard Story (Movie)TV One6p
6/12/16The Night Stalker (Movie)LMN7p
6/12/16The Last ShipTNT8p
6/12/16Still the King (New)CMT8p
6/12/16Ride with Norman Reedus (New)AMC9p
6/12/1670th Annual Tony Awards (Special)CBS7p
6/13/16Major CrimesTNT9p
6/13/16Are You the One?MTV9p
6/13/16Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge (New)NBC9p
6/14/16I Am Homicide (New)ID9p
6/14/16Famously Single (New)E!9p
6/14/16Animal Kingdom (New)TNT8p
6/14/16To Tell the Truth (New)ABC7p / 9p
6/14/16Uncle Buck (New)ABC8p
6/14/16Wrecked (New)TBStbd
6/15/16Another PeriodComedy Centra9p
6/15/16In a Perfect World (Movie)Showtime7p
6/15/16Comedians in Cars Getting CoffeeCrackletbd
6/16/16AquariusNBC8p
6/16/16Home FreeFox8p
6/16/16The Pistol Shrimps (Movie)Seesotbd
6/16/16Gentlemen Lobsters (New)Seesotbd
6/17/16Homestead Rescue (New)Discovery9p
6/17/16Decker: Unclassified (New)Adult Swim10:15p
6/17/16The Amber Rose Show (New)VH110p
6/17/16Check It Out! With Dr. Steve BruleAdult Swim10p
6/17/16Big Jay Oakerson: Live at Webster Hall (Special)Comedy Central10p
6/17/16Orange Is the (New) BlackNetflix12am
6/17/16What Would You Do?ABC8p
6/18/16Your Number's Up (New)ID9p
6/18/16Convenient Groom (Movie)Hallmark8p
6/18/1620/20: In an InstantABC8p
6/19/16The Jim Gaffigan ShowTV Land9p
6/19/16Top Secret Swimming Holes (New)Travel9p
6/19/16Murder in the FirstTNT9p
6/19/167 Water Wonders (New)Travel10p
6/19/16EJ and The City (New)E!10p
6/19/16Xtreme Waterparks - Jeff Henry: The Madness Continues (Special)Travel8p
6/19/16Murder She Baked: A Deadly Recipe (Movie)HMM8p
6/20/16Odd Mom OutBravo9p
6/20/16The FostersFreeform7p
6/20/16The Real Housewives of Orange CountyBravo8p
6/21/16Queen of the South (New)USA9p
6/21/16Greenleaf (New)OWN9p
6/21/16This Is Mike Stud (New)Esquire9p
6/21/16Pretty Little LiarsFreeform7p
6/21/16Bizarre FoodsTravel8p
6/21/16Person of Interest FINALECBS9p
6/22/16Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons (New)HBO9p
6/22/16American Gothic (New)CBS9p
6/22/16Big BrotherCBS7p
6/23/16Thirteen (New)BBC America9p
6/23/16BattleBotsABC7p
6/24/16Adventures in Babysitting (Movie)Disney7p
6/24/16Bizaardvark (New)Disney8:45p
6/24/16The Fundamentals of Caring (Movie)Netflix12am
6/25/16Center Stage: On Pointe (Movie)Lifetime7p
6/25/16The Wedding March (Movie)Hallmark8p
6/26/16WAGSE!9p
6/26/16Xtreme WaterparksTravel8p
6/26/16Flower Shop Mystery: Dearly Depotted (Movie)HMM8p
6/26/16Alexander Hamilton (Special)History8p
6/26/16Roadies (New) 1 2Showtime9p
6/26/16The Match Game (New)ABC9p
6/26/16BET Awards 2016 (Special)BET7p
6/26/16Celebrity Family FeudABC7p
6/26/16Ray DonovanShowtime8p
6/26/16Hanksy Presents: Surplus Candy (Special)Ovationtbd
6/28/16Gold Medal Families (New)Lifetime8p
6/28/16Dead of Summer (New)Freeform8p
6/28/16ZooCBS8p
6/29/16Dating NakedVH18p
6/29/16Wheeler DealersVelocity8p
6/30/16Deadly SinsID8p
6/30/16Sex&Drugs&Rock&RollFX9p
6/30/16Greatest Hits (New)ABC8p
6/30/16Night Train with Wyatt Cenac (New)Seesotbd
7/1/16Dark MatterSyfy9p
7/1/16KilljoysSyfy8p
7/1/16Brett Gelman’s Dinner in America (Special)Adult Swim11p
7/1/16Marco PoloNetflix12am
7/1/16Marcella (New)Netflix12am
7/1/16Jim Jefferies: Freedumb (Special)Netflix12am
7/1/16BetweenNetflix12am
7/3/16Island Explorers (New)Travel10p
7/3/16The Hunt MINISERIESBBC America8p
7/5/16Greatest Ever (New)truTV9p
7/5/16Big Easy Motors (New)History9p
7/5/16Chopped Grill Masters NapaFood9p
7/5/16Counting CarsHistory8p
7/6/16TyrantFX9p
7/7/16Brahman Naman (Movie)Netflix12am
7/9/16Jail: Big Texas (New)Spike8p
7/9/16Princess Diana: Behind Closed Doors (Special)Reelz8p
7/10/16Naked and Afraid XLDiscovery9p
7/10/16The Real Housewives of (New) JerseyBravo7p
7/10/16Princess Diana's Death: Mystery Solved (Special)Reelz8p
7/10/16DB Cooper MINISERIESHistory8p
7/10/16The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on EarthShowtime7p
7/10/16The Night Of (New)HBO8p
7/11/16The Making of the Mob: ChicagoAMC9p
7/11/16Penn & Teller: Fool UsCW7p
7/11/16VH1's Hip Hop Honors (Special)VH18p
7/12/16Difficult PeopleHulu12am
7/13/16Mr. RobotUSA9p
7/13/16The A Word (New)Sundance9p
7/13/16SuitsUSA8p
7/13/16The 2016 ESPYS (Special)ABC7p
7/14/16Impractical JokerstruTV9p
7/14/16Impractical Jokers: Inside Jokes (New)truTV10p
7/14/16Doc & Darryl (Movie)ESPN8p
7/14/16HarmonQuest (New)Seesotbd
7/15/16Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru (Movie)Netflix12am
7/15/16Stranger Things (New)Netflix12am
7/15/16East Los HighHulu12am
7/16/16A Perfect Christmas (Movie)Hallmark8p
7/17/16Life's a Beach (New)Travel10p
7/17/16Kids' Choice Sports 2016 (Special)Nickelodeon7p
7/17/16PowerStarz8p
7/17/16Vice Principals (New)HBO9:30p
7/17/16BallersHBO9p
7/18/16Six (New)History9p
7/19/16Shooter (New)USA9p
7/21/16Syfy Presents Live From Comic-Con (Special)Syfy7p
7/22/16BoJack HorsemanNetflix12am
7/23/16Copycat KillersReelz9p
7/23/16Murder Made Me FamousReelz8p
7/23/16Looking: The (Movie) (Movie)HBOtbd
7/24/16Survivor's RemorseStarz9p
7/27/16Ozzy & Jack's World Detour (New)History9p
7/28/16The Amazing Gayl PileSeesotbd
7/29/16Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh (New)Netflix12am
7/31/16Sharknado: The 4th Awakens (Movie)Syfy7p
7/31/16Teen Choice 2016 (Special)Fox7p
8/1/16FamelesstruTV9p
8/1/16Comedy KnockouttruTV10p
8/2/16Bachelor in ParadiseABC7p
8/2/16American Experience: The Boys of '36PBS8p
8/3/16CMA Music Festival (Special)ABC7p
8/5/16Kitten Summer Games (Special)Hallmarktbd
8/5/16The Little Prince (Movie)Netflix12am
8/5/162016 Rio Olympic Games Opening Ceremony (Special)NBC7p
8/7/16Hollywood Medium with Tyler HenryE!9p
8/8/16The Rise and Fall of El Chapo (Special)History7p
8/9/16Botched By Nature (New)E!8p
8/11/16Take My Wife (New)Seesotbd
8/12/16The Get Down (New)Netflix12am
8/14/16Chesapeake Shores (New)Hallmark8p
8/18/1660 Days InA&E8p
8/21/16Fear the Walking DeadAMC8p
8/22/16Cheer Squad (New)Freeform9p
8/23/16Lifescaping (New)truTV9:30p
8/23/16Adam Ruins EverythingtruTV9p
8/23/16Forged in FireHistory8p
8/24/16Gomorrah (New)Sundance9p
8/26/16Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy: We've Been Thinking... (Special)Netflix12am
8/28/16MTV Video Music AwardsMTVtbd
8/28/16The StrainFX9p
8/31/16You're the WorstFXX9p
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