Summer TV 2015

No longer is summer a time for endless reruns. Now television networks try to grab our attention with new programming.  Familiar shows are returning with new episodes (Big Brother, So You Think You Can Dance, Orange Is the New Black, Extant, Under the Dome, Falling Skies, Teen Wolf, Pretty Little Liars, Hannibal, etc.), but there are also plenty of completely new shows on the schedule.  Here's a look:

Aquarius (NBC, started airing May 28)
David Duchovny stars in this late-1960s period piece as an L.A. police sergeant whose investigation in a missing person's case leads him to Charles Manson.

The Astronaut Wives Club (ABC, begins airing June 18)
Based on Lily Koppel's book, this series follows the lives of military spouses as they become American "royalty" when their husbands go on pioneering space missions in the 1960s.

Ballers (HBO, begins airing June 21)
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is a retired athlete trying to reinvent himself.

Blunt Talk (Starz, begins airing August 22)
Produced by Seth MacFarlane, Patrick Stewart plays a British newscaster who moves to Los Angeles with his alcoholic manservant to host a talk show.

Boom! (FOX, begins airing June 25)
Not to be confused with the 2005 reality series that followed demolition experts as they blew stuff up, this new series is based on an Israeli TV quiz show in which players have to answer questions to defuse bombs.

The Briefcase (CBS, started airing May 27)
Two families facing financial struggles are each given a briefcase of money and given the choice to keep it or give it to the other family, without the knowledge that the other family has been given a similar choice.

The Brink (HBO, begins airing June 21)
The concept for this comedy series involves a set of characters who face a political crisis in a different part of the world each season. It begins in Pakistan and the cast includes Tim Robbins, Jack Black, Jaimie Alexander, and Esai Morales.

Bullseye (FOX, started airing May 27)
Contestants compete in extreme challenges to hit or come close to a specified target for a chance to win $50,000.

Celebrity Family Feud (ABC, begins airing June 21)
A new version of this fan-favorite gameshow comes to ABC this summer for a limited run. The previous All-Star version that aired in 2008, hosted by Al Roker, had the Kardashians and American Gladiators, among others.  Who will compete in this newest edition, hosted once again by Steve Harvey.

Complications (USA, begins airing June 18)
I like actor Jason O'Mara (Life on Mars, Terra Nova) and I want to see him finally have a hit.  Here he stars as a doctor who becomes a vigilante hero, drawn into a gang war.

Humans (AMC, begins airing June 28)
Adapted from the Swedish television series Real Humans, the show delves into the implications of having "Synths," lifelike robotic servants. William Hurt is part of the cast.

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell (BBC America, begins airing June 13)
This seven-part adaptation of Susanna Clarke's bestselling fantasy novel set in England during the Napoleonic Wars. The twist is that it's an alternate history in which magic exists, but only a few practice it.

Killjoys (Syfy, begins airing June 19)
This new science fiction series follows the exploits of three space bounty hunters.

Mr. Robot (USA, begins airing June 24)
Christian Slater plays an anarchist who recruits a new programmer into his underground hacker group.

Proof (TNT, begins airing June 16)
A billionaire (played by Matthew Modine), dying of cancer, hires a troubled doctor (portrayed by Jennifer Beals), to investigate seemingly supernatural cases to find evidence of life after death.  Joe Morton also stars.

Scream (MTV, begins airing June 30)
Produced by Wes Craven and Harvey Weinstein, the horror movie franchise is rebooted and updated for today's generation.

Sense8 (Netflix, begins airing June 5)
The Wachowski siblings (The Matrix) and J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) bring us a science fiction show in which eight strangers from around the world become mentally and emotionally linked.

Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll (FX, begins airing July 16)
Denis Leary plays a middled-aged rocker still holding out hope of becoming rich and famous.

Stitchers (ABC Family, begins airing June 2)
A secret government agency "stitches" a young woman into the minds of recently deceased people to access their memories in order to investigate murders.

True Detective (HBO, begins airing June 21)
It's technically season two of this anthology series, but it's a brand new plot with completely new characters and actors. This time we see Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, and Rachel McAdams involved in solving the latest crime.

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (Netflix, begins airing July 31)
The original cast of the 2001 film return for a prequel to the satirical comedy. Prepare yourselves for some laughs from Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, and others.

The Whispers (ABC, started airing June 1)
Based on Ray Bradbury's short story "Zero Hour," children are told by their "imaginary friends" to do horrendous things.

Zoo (CBS, begins airing June 30)
In this adaptation of James Patterson's bestseller, a young scientist tries to find out what is causing animals to violently attack humans.

What will you be watching?