Next weekend sees “Game of Thrones” coming to an end for the season, which is both bad news (no more “GoT”) and good news, since it meansthere’s plenty of summer TV coming your way. Don’t worry, you still don’t have to go outside, even though the weather is nice now.Here’s what you need to watch this summer.
THE BIG ONES
‘Orange Is the New Black’
Friday, June 12, Netflix
Netflix’s women’s prison drama returns for a third season that we can promise will feature the following things: one totally new romance, plenty of Alex/Piper drama, 100 percent no Larry at all and the usual level of stress you experience hoping life will turn out better for these women. Oh, and most shocking of all? You’re going to start liking Pennsatucky. Excited yet?
Sunday, June 21, 9 p.m.,HBO
Everyone pretty much lost their mind over the first season of “True Detective,” except for the people who were annoyed it didn’t have bigger roles for women. This season promises to rectify that with a prominent role for Rachel McAdams, but can it live up to the hype the much-loved first season created? Can Colin Farrell be our new Matthew McConaughey?
‘Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell’
Saturday, June 13, 10 p.m., BBC America
Fans of BBC costume dramas and Susanna Clarke’s epicreenvisioning of a Napeolonic eraEngland with magic should tune in for this adaptation, which stretches across multiple weeks and seems likely to cover all the finer points of her faux history. Plus, it stars noted British character actor Eddie Marsan as the titular Mr. Norrell (Bertie Carvel plays Jonathan), and he wouldn’t let us down.
‘Astronaut Wives Club’
Thursday, June 18, 8 p.m., ABC
We’re all acclimated to the drama of the astronauts who took part in the space race in the ’60s, but this show takes a look at a different group — the women who were married to those astronauts, and the challenges they met as the public face of happy marriages to a group of men who may not have been the most dutiful husbands.
VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR
Monday, June 29, 10 p.m., MTV
Your favorite lycanthropic (and a variety of other supernaturally afflicted youths) return for another season of bromances, broody sulking, and taking out the enemies who just won’t let them settle down and enjoy high school.
Tuesday, June 30, 10 p.m., MTV
OK, we’re not sure what to make of this one either. It’s a small screen adaptation of a movie franchise that stretched out to “Scream 4.” And no, none of the main trio is scheduled to appear on the show, that we know of. But MTV has proven to be pretty capable of producing decent quality program about teens, so we’re holding out hope that this will be just the funny/scary hybrid we want it to be.
‘Wet Hot American Summer’
Friday, July 17, Netflix
This isn’t exactly a returning show — it’s based on the much-adored 2001 movie starring various future stars of comedy (a movie so packed with talent that Amy Poehler plays a secondary character). Fittingly, since all those actors were playing people more than a decade younger than them, they’re now going to be playing even younger, since the show is essentially a prequel.
Thursday, July 16, 10:30 p.m., FX
This dark comedy takes a somewhat bleak look at marriage, but boasts another one of those killer casts: “Descendants” writer Nat Faxon stars opposite the perpetually underused Judy Greer, with Paul Reiser, Jenny Slate and John Hodgman appearing as various friends and associates.