Summer’s almost here and you know what that means – beach trips and snow cones. TV isn’t that appealing when it’s 95 degrees outside and the kids are home. But you’d be surprised at how many great shows are premiering this sizzling season. Here’s our list of the Top 10 Most Anticipated Shows of Summer 2013.
10. The White Queen
Ever since The Tudors ended in 2010, television has been missing something. This summer, that void might be filled by The White Queen, a period piece hailing from BBC One but airing on Starz. The biggest difference between this and other historical dramas is it offers a new perspective—the female one. The series is set against the War of the Roses, and follows the conflict between Elizabeth “The White Queen” Woodville, Lady Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville as they battle for the throne of England. We’re in for a season of backstabbing and take-downs.
Premiere date: Saturday, August 10 at 9 p.m. on Starz
9. The Newsroom
In its second season, The Newsroom will take us through the Romney/Obama campaign all over again. Who’s excited? Perhaps you’re not too keen on watching that a second time, but we’re intrigued to see how Aaron Sorkin tackles it, speedy dialogue, romance nonsense and all.
Premiere date: Sunday, July 14 at 10 p.m. on HBO
8. The Bridge
Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir join forces in FX’s police drama The Bridge. The series begins after a body is dumped and found at the border of El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico. From there Bichir’s Detective Ruiz and Kruger’s Detective Sonya Cross work together to find the killer that’s doing damage in both of their countries. The Bridge has an intriguing premise, which is very appropriate to the times. We can’t wait to see what other chaos breaks out in that danger zone.
Premiere date: Wednesday, July 10 at 10 p.m. on FX
7. Orange Is The New Black
Netflix is giving TV networks a run for their advertising money. They’re doing things differently, and so far, pretty well. This summer, the web-based streaming company is releasing another original series. Weeds creator Jenji Kohan is sticking with the drug trade for Orange Is The New Black. Based on Piper Kerman‘s memoir of the same name, the show follows Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) who’s sent to prison for her relationship with a drug smuggler. Kohan’s great with dark comedies, and this one sounds rather promising.
Premiere date: Thursday, July 11 via Netflix
6. The Killing
On Sunday, AMC’s once-canceled show, The Killing, rose from the dead. Thanks to the combined efforts of Netflix and AMC, the series was saved and Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman were able to keep their acting jobs. Fans are excited about the new season, and critics, though skeptic, seem happy about its revival. After all of the ups and downs, we’re interested to see how The Killing recovers. It’s not everyday that a network revives a show shortly after cancelling it.
Premiered on: Sunday, June 2 at 9 p.m. on AMC
5. Ray Donovan
Showtime has high hopes for Ray Donovan, and so do we. The Sopranos-type drama centers on a Hollywood fixer who can make anyone’s problems disappear except those created by his family. The big draw here is the impressive cast: Liev Schreiber is joined by Jon Voight, Elliot Gould, Katherine Moennig, Eddie Marsan, and James Woods. Based on what we’ve seen so far, the first season will be loaded with father-son drama, steamy sex scenes and an insane/terrifying Voight.
Premiere date: Sunday, June 30 at 10 p.m. on Showtime
4. Low Winter Sun
As AMC bids farewell to drug dealers, it welcomes dirty cops. This August, the network will premiere Low Winter Sun, based on the British mini-series of the same name. Led by two fantastic actors – Zero Dark Thirty‘s Mark Strong and worldwide treasure Lennie James (The Walking Dead). The show tells the tale of cops and detectives working in Detroit. This isn’t your typical crime-drama, there’s a lot going on below the surface, not to mention the presence of these two great actors.
Premiere date: Sunday, August 11 at 10 p.m. on AMC
Last summer, Showtime said goodbye to Nancy Botwin; this year the network is losing another valuable character – Dexter. The eighth and final season of the killer series premieres later this month, and our expectations are high. How will Dexter’s story end? There are so many possibilities, and we’re very excited to see how it all wraps up.
Premiere date: Sunday, June 30 at 9 p.m. on Showtime
2. Under The Dome
There are a lot of things working in favor of Under The Dome. For one, the show’s based on Stephen King‘s epic 2009 novel. There’s also a great crew working behind-the-scenes, including Swedish filmmaker Niels Arden Oplev (director of the original The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo); and it’s on CBS, a major television network. The show’s premise is pretty interesting, focusing on a town in Maine that finds itself cut off from the rest of the world by an invisible dome. That can’t be very good.
Premiere date: Monday, June 24 at 10 p.m. on CBS
1. Breaking Bad
The return of Breaking Bad is one of the major entertainment events of the summer. This is, after all, the last season of one of the best TV shows of all time. We know very little about the upcoming eight episodes. Most of it’s still a mystery, but that’s half the fun. Though it’ll be emotional to say goodbye to Walter White and Co., we’re excited for the finale. Will it satisfy fans, or leave them wanting more with tears in their eyes?
Premiere date: Sunday, August 11 at 9 p.m. on AMC
What shows are you excited for this summer?