Summer TV Guide: What you’ll be watching
From workplace dramas to scandalous series to the return of “Breaking Bad,” here’s what we bet you’ll be tuning into this summer:
‘Breaking Amish: Brave New World’
Sundays, 10 p.m., TLC
What happens when young men and women leave their Amish and Mennonite upbringings? Find out in this series, which picks up where “Breaking Amish” left off.
‘Newlyweds:The First Year’
Mondays, 10 p.m., Bravo
Sorry, Nick and Jessica fans — there’s no going back to those idyllic days. Instead, Bravo’s newest follows four newlywed couples, like bi-coastal Christians Kimberly and Alaska, domestic partners Jeff and Blair (16 years apart!) and suburb-dwelling Kathryn and John.
Sundays, 10:30 p.m., HBO
Chris O’Dowd (“Bridesmaids”) stars in Christopher Guest’s new series about a man who traces his heritage in search of meaning in his life.
‘The Goodwin Games’
Premieres Monday, 8:30 p.m., Fox
Scott Foley returns to TV on this comedy as Henry, a man estranged from his siblings who’s starting over with the money from his father’s inheritance.
Premieres Thursday, 8:30 p.m., ABC
Also making a return to TV is Anne Heche, who plays a woman who talks to God after a near-death experience.
‘Does Someone Have to Go?’
Premieres Thursday, 9 p.m., Fox
Ever want to fire one of your co-workers? Live your dreams vicariously through the employees on this reality show, who are suddenly thrown into managerial roles.
Premieres May 27, 10 p.m., TLC
“Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro helps down-and-out bakers get their businesses in shape.
‘Family SOS with Jo Frost’
Premieres May 28, 9 p.m., TLC
Supernanny Jo Frost hightails it to TLC, where she’ll dish out advice to families in a rough patch.
Premieres Tuesday, May 28, 10 p.m., CBS
The six-episode reality series will take you behind the closed doors of the courtroom, profiling attorneys at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office.
‘The American Baking Competition’
Premieres Wednesday, May 29, 8 p.m., CBS
Jeff Foxworthy hosts this take on a popular British reality show, where 10 home cooks compete for the title of best amateur baker in the country. The winner will receive a
cookbook deal and $250,000.
Premiers Wednesday, May 29, 9 p.m., ABC Family
This show, in which dancers from embarrassing YouTube videos compete for money, really epitomizes the whole “turning lemons into lemonade” thing.
‘Princesses: Long Island’
Premieres June 2, 9 p.m., Bravo
If you miss “Jersey Shore,” we predict you’ll quickly fall back into the habit with this show, which follows six college-educated women still living with their parents on Long Island. Roosevelt Field trip, anyone?
Premieres Monday, June 3, 10 p.m., ABC
We wish this were a reality show, but alas, it’s a nighttime soap with a cast of familiars, like Alyssa Milano and Yunjim Kim (“Lost”). It centers on four friends who, well, look at the title.
Premieres June 6, 8 p.m., TNT
If you haven’t seen enough of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson lately — and really, who has? — set your DVR for this reality competition, in which he’ll pit nine people against one another to test their strength, courage and integrity. The winner is dubbed “The Hero” and gets a prize.
Premieres June 6, 10 p.m., USA
Broadway vet Aaron Tveit joins Daniel Sunjata in this show about a group of law enforcement agents living together in SoCal.
Premieres June 8, 9 p.m., Syfy
This British import tracks the sea voyage of the eponymous hero who’s trying to get rid of a curse. Another “Lost” star, Naveen Andrews, is back on TV, here as Lord Akbari.
‘Primeval: New World’
Premieres June 8, 10 p.m., Syfy
Animal experts and scientists try to uncover truths about paranormal events.
‘King and Maxwell’
Premieres June 10, 10 p.m., TNT
Rebecca Romijn and Jon Tenney star in an adaptation of author David Baldacci’s best-selling books about a pair of Secret-Service-agents-cum-PIs.
Premieres June 11, 9 p.m., ABC Family
Take that, Charlie Sheen: Denise Richards is working again. She stars as a mother whose son, Danny (Avan Jogia), killed his aunt five years prior. Danny is now the target suspect in the murder of one of his classmates.
‘My Teen is Pregnant and So Am I’
Premieres June 11, 10 p.m.
Leave it to TLC to provide us with this gem. We’ve been told that “as their bellies grow, so does the tension.”
Premieres June 23, 10 p.m., Lifetime
This Marc Cherry-led “Desperate Housewives” copycat follows the lives of women and the secrets they keep because of their jobs as maids to wealthy and powerful Beverly Hills denizens.
‘Under the Dome’
Premieres Monday, June 24, 10 p.m., CBS
The Stephen King novel about a small town that gets trapped by an unbreakable dome gets a TV version. Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre and Dean Norris (“Breaking Bad”) star.
‘Get Out Alive’
Premieres July 8, 9 p.m., NBC
Bear Grylls may have gotten fired from “Man vs. Wild,” but he’ll be back this summer, leading 10 teams throughout New Zealand in this adventure-reality series.
Premieres July 10, 10 p.m., NBC
Relive your sing-song days around the campfire in this series starring Rachel Griffiths as a camp director for teens.
‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’
Premieres July 15, 8 p.m., The CW
We’re totally counting this as a series premiere, even though it’s the return of a series that’s been off the air for quite awhile. The new version marks the return of Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie (!) and is hosted by Aisha Tyler.
Premieres July 16, 9 p.m., The CW
This half-hour dating game series pits friends against each other to see who can pick the best date based on compatibility. Arielle Kebbel (“The Vampire Diaries”) hosts.
Premieres July 17, 10 p.m., TLC
Sandy Malone is the only wedding planner on beautiful Vieques Island. Paradise just got a lot more stressful.
Premieres July 24, 9 p.m., ABC Family
A docu-drama about all the happenings in the lives of 20-somethings spending the summer at Martha’s Vineyard. Expect trouble against a pretty backdrop.
Premieres July 31, 9 p.m., The CW
It was only a matter of time before they made “The Hunger Games” into a TV show, somehow. This competition reality series pits 12 teams of two against each other as they live in an arena in the wild for one month, competing against other teens for resources. Hopefully no one dies.
‘In the Flesh’
Premieres Aug. 3, 10 p.m., BBC America
This three-part British import looks into a society post-zombie outbreak and focuses on an undead teen named Kieren trying to reconnect with his family.
- “So You Think You Can Dance,” Tuesdays, 8 p.m., Fox
- “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” May 20, 9 p.m., E!
- “The Bachelorette,” May 20, 9 p.m., ABC
- “Arrested Development,” May 26, 12:01 a.m., Netflix
- “The Killing,” June 2, 9 p.m., AMC
- “America’s Got Talent,” June 4, 9 p.m., NBC
- “Pretty Little Liars,” June 11, 8 p.m., ABC Family
- “True Blood,” June 16, 9 p.m., HBO
- “Dexter,” June 30, 9 p.m., Showtime
- “The Newsroom,” July 14, 10 p.m., HBO
- “Breaking Bad,” August 11, 9 p.m., AMC