When most people think of summer television, they think of re-runs and catching up on shows they’ve either missed or haven’t seen in a while. For TV fanatics, this summer won’t be one of those. Instead of staring at your television bored for three months, this summer over 80 different television shows are either starting up for the first time or beginning another season. Below is a list of just a few series that may be interesting.
1. Family Tree: HBO’s new series stars Chris O’dowd, who had a small stint on HBO’s series Girls, as Jessa Johansson’s husband, and was the Irish police officer that falls in love with Annie in Bridesmaids. Family Tree is about 30-year-old Tom Chadwick, who has just lost his job and his girlfriend. He inherits a strange box of belongings from a great-aunt that he has never met, and it leads him down a path of discovering his family lineage, helping him to understand his own now-shaken identity. The series premieres on May 12 at 10:30 p.m.
2. Keeping Up With the Kardashians: Although this series is certainly not new to television, E!’s KUWtK is back for its eighth season. Not always entertaining to most, this season is sure to spice things up, as it peels back the layers of Kim and Kanye’s relationship and shows viewers the behind-the-scenes look of their pregnancy. Other than that, most things are the same; Kylie and Kendall are growing up, Bruce attempts to spend more time with his sons and Scott gets drunk. The season premieres on June 2 at 9 p.m.
3. Breaking Bad: The series will begin the second half of its fifth and final season on August 11 at 9 p.m. Fans are anxious to discover if Walter White’s (Bryan Cranston) empire will end, and who he will take down with it.
4. The Newsroom: This HBO series premiered with its first 10-episode season last June. It focuses on the set of the fictional Atlantis Cable News network (ACN) and its head anchor, Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels). After an interesting first season of past loves returning, drug accusations and suicide, fans are hoping the return of The Newsroom will be able to hold its ground. The second season will premiere on July 14 at 10 p.m.
5. Suits: After two interesting seasons revolving around Harvey Spector (Gabriel Macht), top NYC lawyer and Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), a drug-dealer turned lawyer when his photographic memory helps him ace a BAR exam and his initial interview. When it is revealed that Mike did not attend Harvard University, like all Pearson/Hardman law firm employees must, things begin to unravel. The third season premieres on July 16 at 10 p.m.
Seeing as those are only five of the various new series and seasons premiering this summer, it appears TV fans alike are going to have trouble putting down their remote in order to enjoy the fresh summer air.