That does not mean it is any easier to figure out what TV shows are on or which are worth checking out. So in order to try to provide a list of what TV shows are upcoming to keep an eye out for and which to sample, here is a nice quick reference list for the Summer 2014:
Wednesdays (returned May 21st)
“Motive” 10 p.m. on ABC (Season 2, Warren Christie joins cast)
Wikipedia description: MOTIVE is a police procedural drama following the investigations of working class single mother Detective Angie Flynn (Kristin Lehman). Each episode reveals the killers and victims at the beginning, and the rest of the episode details the ongoing investigation, the killers’ efforts to cover up the crime, and slowly reveals the events leading to the crime via flashbacks.
Thursdays (debuted May 22nd)
“Gang Related” 9 p.m. on Fox (new drama series, stars Terry O’Quinn)
The series follows members of the elite Los Angeles Police Department’s multi-agency Gang Task Force as they take on the city’s most dangerous gangs, including one with which a task force member has ties.
Mondays (returned May 26th)
“Hit the Floor” 9 p.m. on VH1 (Season 2)
Wikipedia description: The series follows Ahsha (Taylour Paige), a girl who joins the NBA Cheerleading team the Los Angeles Devil Girls, unaware of the treacherous and tempting world that follows.
Tuesdays (debuted May 27th)
“The Night Shift” 10 p.m. on NBC (new drama series, starring Brendan Fehr and Eion Macken)
Wikipedia description: Follows the lives of the staff who work the late night shift in the ER at San Antonio Medical Center.
Wednesdays (debuted May 28th)
“Rogue” (Season 2 on DirecTV)
Grace Travis (Thandie Newton) begins as a San Jose police officer working undercover in Oakland to bring down Jimmy Laszlo’s (Marton Csokas) criminal enterprise. After Grace’s son is murdered, she and Jimmy discover they have a common purpose. In the second season, Grace takes a new job as a handler for an FBI task force investigating corporate espionage in San Francisco. When a female undercover operative goes missing, Grace is forced undercover where she meets Ethan (Cole Hauser), a charming and enigmatic security consultant who might be responsible for the disappearance, or even death, of the operative.
Fridays (debuts May 30th)
“Crossbones” 10 p.m. on NBC (new drama series, starring John Malkovich)
Wikipedia description: The series is a fictionalization of the life of the pirate Edward “Blackbeard” Teach.
Saturdays (debuts May 31st)
“Sing Your Face Off” 9 p.m. on ABC (new reality series, hosted by John Barrowman)
Official description: Talent variety competition featuring celebrities who are transformed and trained to perform as legendary musical icons. Over the course of the series, the 5 celebrities will each take on the identity of a different and iconic music performer — the celebrities could find themselves transformed into someone far older, younger or even someone of the opposite sex.
Sunday, June 1
”Halt and Catch Fire” 10 p.m. on AMC (new drama series, starring Lee Pace)
Wikipedia description: The series is set in the early 1980s, and depicts a fictionalized insider’s view of the personal computer revolution. The name is a reference to the machine code instruction Halt and Catch Fire which could cause a computer’s central processing unit to cease all meaningful function.
Monday, June 2
“Longmire” on A&E (Season 3 premiere)
Wikipedia description: The show centers around Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor), a Wyoming county sheriff who returns to work after his wife’s death. Assisted by his friends and his daughter, Longmire investigates major crimes within his jurisdiction, while campaigning for re-election.
Friday, June 6
“Orange Is the New Black” on Netflix (Season 2 release date)
Wikipedia description: The series revolves around Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), a bisexual woman living in New York City who is sentenced to 15 months in a women’s federal prison for transporting a suitcase full of drug money to her former girlfriend, Alex Vause (Laura Prepon), who is an international drug smuggler. The offense occurred ten years prior to the start of the series, and in that time Piper had moved on to a quiet, law-abiding life among New York’s upper middle class. While in prison, Piper is reunited with Alex, and they re-examine their relationship and deal with their fellow inmates.
Monday, June 9
“Major Crimes” 9 p.m. on TNT (Season 2 premiere)
Following the departure of Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) from the Los Angeles Police Department – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, Captain Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell) is selected as the new head of its fictional Major Crimes Division.
Monday, June 9
“Murder In The First” 10 p.m. on TNT (new drama series)
Wikipedia description: San Francisco homicide detectives Terry Seagrave (Taye Diggs) and Hildy Mulligan (Kathleen Robertson) investigate what originally appear to be two unrelated murders. Ultimately, they learn both victims have ties to Silicon Valley prodigy Erich Blunt (Tom Felton).
Tuesday, June 10
“Pretty Little Liars” 8 p.m. on ABC Family
Wikipedia description: Set in the fictional town of Rosewood, Pennsylvania, the series follows the lives of Spencer Hastings (Troian Bellisario), Hanna Marin (Ashley Benson), Emily Fields (Shay Mitchell), and Aria Montgomery (Lucy Hale), who are four girls whose clique falls apart after the disappearance of their queen bee, Alison DiLaurentis (Sasha Pieterse). One year later, they begin receiving messages from a mysterious figure using the name “A”, who threatens to expose their secrets.
Tuesday, June 10
“Chasing Life” 9 p.m. on ABC Family (new dramedy series, starring Italia Ricci)
April (Italia Ricci) is a young up-and-coming newspaper reporter, balancing her hectic family life with her widowed mother Sara, her rebellious little sister Brenna, her grandmother and dating her co-worker Dominic (Richard Brancatisano). However, things take a turn for the worse when she learns from her uncle that she has cancer.
Tuesday, June 10
“Royal Pains” – USA Network (Season 6 premiere)
The series follows Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein), a young emergency room doctor, who after being wrongly blamed for an important patient’s death, moves to the Hamptons and becomes a reluctant “doctor for hire” to the rich and famous. When the administrator of the local hospital asks him to treat the town’s less fortunate, he finds himself walking the line between doing well for himself and doing good for others.
Wednesday, June 11
“Suits” 9 p.m., USA Network (Season 4 premiere)
The series is set at Pearson Hardman, a fictitious law firm in New York City. Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), once a college scholarship recipient and on his way to becoming a law student at Harvard University, was kicked out of college for selling the answers to a math test he had memorized, ruining his chances of attending law school. Mike instead makes a living as a bicycle messenger, and is convinced by his friend, Trevor, to take part in a marijuana deal. The deal happens to be a sting operation, which Mike astutely discovers and narrowly avoids, instead stumbling into a job interview with Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), a lawyer at Pearson Hardman and arguably the “best closer in New York City”. Having recently made senior partner, Harvey must now hire a Harvard-educated lawyer as an associate, as per firm policy. Using his eidetic memory and knowledge of the law, Mike proves to Harvey that he is undoubtedly the best candidate for the position and is subsequently hired, despite having neither gotten a college degree nor attended Harvard. The series focuses on Mike and Harvey as they try cases for the firm while maintaining Mike’s secret.
Wednesday, June 11
“Graceland” 10 p.m., USA Network (Season 2 premiere)
A group of undercover agents from various law enforcement agencies in the United States, including the DEA, the FBI, and the ICE, live together in a confiscated Southern California beach house known as “Graceland”. Rookie FBI agent Mike Warren (Aaron Tevit) is assigned to the house fresh out of Quantico training.
Monday, June 16
“Switched at Birth” 8 p.m. on ABC Family (returns)
Wikipedia description: Scripted drama revolves around two teenagers who were switched at birth and grew up in very different environments. When the two families meet, the girls struggle with their identities. The Kennishes learn that Regina is facing financial woes and propose the Vasquezes move into their guest home. The new living situation forces the girls, along with both families, to understand their differences and embrace their similarities.
Monday, June 16
“The Fosters” 9 p.m. on ABC Family (returns)
Wikipedia description: The series follows the lives of the titular Foster family, consisting of an interracial lesbian couple (portrayed by Teri Polo and Sherri Saum) raising a blended family of biological, adopted and foster children.
Tuesday, June 17
“Rizzoli & Isles” 9 p.m. on TNT (returns)
Wikipedia description: Police procedural starring Angie Harmon as police detective Jane Rizzoli and Sasha Alexander as medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles, and the variety of cases they encounter.
Tuesday, June 17
“Perception” 10 p.m. on TNT (Season 3 premiere)
Dr. Daniel Pierce (Eric McCormack), a talented but eccentric neuropsychiatrist, is enlisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to assist in solving some of its most complex cases in Chicago. Dr. Pierce works closely with Special Agent Kate Moretti (Rachael Leigh Cook), a former student who recruited him to work with the FBI. Also on the team are Max Lewicki (Ajday Smith), Dr. Pierce’s teaching assistant and Natalie Vincent (Kelly Rowan), a hallucination manifested as a result of his schizophrenia who also serves as his best friend.
Thursday, June 19
“Defiance” 8 p.m. on Syfy (Season 2 premiere)
Wikipedia description: The story begins in the year 2046: Earth has been radically transformed, causing changes in topography, the extinction of plant and animal species, and the emergence of new species. The series follows Joshua Nolan (Grant Bowler) and his adopted Irathient daughter Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas), who have put down roots in Defiance, a city-state community where humans and several extraterrestrial races, collectively known as Votans, coexist over the partially re-built ruins of St. Louis.
Thursday, June 19
“Dominion” 9 p.m. on Syfy (new drama series)
Wikipedia description: An army of lower angels, assembled by the archangel Gabriel (Carol Beukes), has waged a war of possession against mankind. The archangel Michael (Tom Wisdom), turning against his own kind, has chosen to side with humanity against Gabriel. After the 25-year-long battle, newly fortified cities have arisen to protect human survivors.
Thursday, June 19
“Rookie Blue” 10 p.m. on ABC (Season 5 series premiere)
Wikipedia description: The series follows the lives of five rookie cops from fictional 15 Division who have just graduated from the academy. Training’s over, life begins. They must learn not only to deal with their duties as police officers, but also deal with the problems and expectation of their families and friends. They are first responders and they are about to learn that no amount of training prepares you for life.
Thursday, June 19
“Rectify” 9 p.m. on Sundance Channel (Season 2 premiere)
Daniel Holden (Aden Young) was imprisoned as a teenager for the rape and murder of his 16-year-old girlfriend, Hanna. New DNA evidence vacates his original trial and he returns to his hometown of Paulie, Georgia after spending 19 years on death row. The subsequent adjustments and events in the lives of Daniel, his extended family, and the townfolk are related as a character study in a slowly unfolding Southern Gothic story.
Sunday, June 22
“The Last Ship” 9 p.m. on TNT (new drama series)
Wikipedia description: After a pandemic kills 80% of the world’s population, the crew of an unaffected U.S. Navy ship must try to find a cure to save humanity.
Sunday, June 22
“Falling Skies” 10 p.m. on TNT (Season 4 premiere)
Wikipedia description: Tells the story of the aftermath of a global invasion by extraterrestrials (including mechanical attack drones called “mechs”, a species of green-skinned six-legged beings known as “Skitters” that appear to control the mechs, and a third mysterious species known as the Overlords, or “espheni”, presumably the actual engineers of the invasion and the masters of the Skitters). Within a few days the invaders neutralized the world’s power grid and technology, destroyed the militaries of all the world’s countries, and killed over 90% of the human population. The aliens’ objectives are not explained, though the aliens try to round up children between the ages of 8 and 18 and attach a biomechanical obedience device onto (and into) their spines, referred to as a “harness”. The harness controls the child’s mind, and forcibly removing it generally kills the child. The story begins six months after the invasion and follows a group of survivors who band together to fight back. The group, known as the Second Massachusetts (an allusion to a historical regiment from the Continental Army), is led by retired U.S. Army Captain Dan Weaver (Will Patton) and Boston University history professor Tom Mason (Noah Wyle) who must put his extensive knowledge of military history into practice as one of the leaders of the resistance movement.
Sunday, June 22
“The Musketeers” on BBC America (new drama series)
Wikipedia description: Set in 1630 Paris, D’Artagnan (Luke Pasqualino), Athos (Tom Burke), Aramis (Santiago Cabrera) and Porthos (Howard Charles) are a group of highly trained musketeers who fight to protect the King and Country. The Musketeers shows Athos, Aramis, Porthos and D’Artagnan as ‘The Musketeers’, commanded by Captain Treville (Hugo Speer).
Sunday, June 22
“True Blood” 9 p.m. on HBO (returns)
Wikipedia description: The fictional universe depicted in the series is premised on the notion that vampires (and other supernatural creatures) have been living among us, unbeknownst to the majority of humans until two years before the series premiere, when the creation of synthetic blood (“Tru Blood”) by Japanese scientists allowed vampires to come out of the coffin (a term coined as a play on “coming out of the closet”) and reveal their existence to the world on the basis that they no longer need to feed on humans to survive. This so-called ‘Great Revelation’ has split the vampires of the world into two camps: those who wish to integrate into human society (aka “mainstream”) by campaigning for citizenship and equal rights, and those who think that human-vampire co-existence is impossible because it is in conflict with the inherently violent nature of vampires. Throughout the series, other supernatural creatures are also introduced, among them shapeshifters, werewolves, fairies, witches and a maenad.
Monday, June 23
“Teen Wolf “ 10 p.m. on MTV (Season 4 premiere)
The series revolves around social outcast Scott McCall (Tyler Posey), a high school student living in the town of Beacon Hills. Scott’s life drastically changes when he is bitten by a werewolf, becoming one himself. He must henceforth learn to balance his problematic new identity with his day-to-day teenage life. The following characters are instrumental to his struggle: Stiles (Dylan O’Brien), his best friend; Allison (Crystal Reed), his love interest who comes from a family of werewolf hunters; and Derek (Tyler Hoechlin), a mysterious werewolf with a dark past. Throughout the series, he strives to keep his loved ones safe while maintaining normal relationships with them.
Tuesday, June 24
“Covert Affairs” 10 p.m. on USA (Season 5 premiere)
Wikipedia description: A young CIA trainee, Annie Walker (Piper Perabo), is sent to work in the Domestic Protection Division (DPD) as a field agent. August “Auggie” Anderson (Chris Gorham), a blind tech operative, is Annie’s guide in her new life. In the beginning, Annie’s cover story is that she works in Acquisitions at the Smithsonian Museum but she is later let go. As of the fourth season, her new cover is that of a glamourous and well-connected Importer/Exporter, with expensive tastes and dealings that may not always be legal.
Sunday, June 24
“Tyrant” on FX (new drama series)
Wikipedia description: Bassam “Barry” Al Fayeed (Adam Rayner) is from the fictional war-torn country of Baladi. He has been living in self-selected exile in Los Angeles for nearly 20 years. Barry, the younger son of Baladi’s dictator, ends his exile to return with his American family to his homeland for his nephew’s wedding. His arrival leads to a dramatic culture clash, as he reluctantly returns to the familial and national politics he once left.
Wednesday, June 25
“Young and Hungry” 8 p.m. on ABC Family (new comedy series)
Wikipedia description: The series follows wealthy young tech entrepreneur Josh (Jonathan Sadowski), who hires a feisty young food blogger named Gabi (Emily Osment) to be his new personal chef. Desperate to keep her new job, Gabi must prove her skills to Josh and his personal aide Elliot (Rex Lee), who would prefer a celebrity chef for the job instead. The series is based upon the life of San Francisco food blogger, Gabi Moskowitz.
Wednesday, June 25
“Mystery Girls” 8:30 p.m. on ABC Family (new comedy series, stars Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling)
Official description: MYSTERY GIRLS follows two former detective TV show starlets brought back together by a real-life mystery. Charlie Contour (Jennie Garth) is a suburban housewife and mother, while Holly Hamilton (Tori Spelling) longs for her glory days in the 90’s when she was on television. Both of their lives are disrupted when Nick (Miguel Pinzoni), a witness to the crime and a MYSTERY GIRLS fanatic, will only speak to the infamous duo, and the former friends must reunite and put their TV crime solving skills to the test.
Sunday, June 29
“Reckless” 9 p.m. on CBS (new drama series)
Official description: RECKLESS is a sultry legal drama set in Charleston, S.C., where a gorgeous Yankee litigator and a charming southern attorney must hide their intense mutual attraction as a police sex scandal threatens to tear the city apart. Jamie Sawyer is enviously cool, confident and armed with south side of Chicago street-smarts as she takes on the good ol’ boys in the South. Her handsome courtroom rival is Roy Rayder, a divorced father of two, embodies the Old South and is the newly minted City Attorney, thanks to his influential former father-in-law, Dec Fortnum. When disgraced cop Lee Anne Marcus hires Jamie to represent her in a lawsuit against the police department, Jamie and Roy discover that Lee Anne is at the epicenter of a sinister case with dire implications for the members of the Charleston PD. Heading that department is Deputy Chief Holland Knox, a family man who radiates integrity. Working under him are Terry McCandless, a cocky and corrupt detective, and Preston Cruz, Jamie’s well-respected boyfriend who might not be all that he appears. Helping Jamie is her confidante and paralegal, Vi Briggs, an expert at digging up case-winning information. As Jamie and Roy spar in and out of the courtroom, dark secrets simmer behind every door and threaten to tarnish the genteel facade of seductive Charleston.
Sunday, June 29
“The Leftovers” 10 p.m. on HBO (new drama series)
Wikipedia description: THE LEFTOVERS takes place in the wake of a global “Rapture” and centers on the people who were not taken but were left behind in a suburban community. [NOTE: One storyline involve a segment of the population left-behind who are depicted as a chain-smoking cult.]
Monday, June 30
“Under the Dome” 10 p.m. on CBS (Season 2 premiere)
Wikipedia description: UNDER THE DOME is a science fiction novel by Stephen King published in November 2009. Set in and around a small Maine town, it tells an intricate, multi-character and point-of-view story of how the town’s inhabitants contend with the calamity of being suddenly cut off from the outside world by an impassable, invisible barrier; one that literally drops out of a clear blue sky.
Sunday, July 6
“Witches of East End” (Season 2 on Lifetime)
Official description: This season, with the portal to Asgard open, what comes through will forever change the lives of the Beauchamps. Darkness surrounds East End as a new stranger arrives. Joanna is still weak with poison in her blood as the Beauchamps search desperately for a cure. With the death of Penelope, Killian and Dash’s warlock powers return.
Wednesday, July 9
“Extant” 9 p.m. on CBS (new drama series starring Halle Berry)
Wikipedia description: Extant is an upcoming American science fiction drama television series that will air on CBS. It revolves around an astronaut (Halle Berry) who returns home to her family after a year in outer space inexplicably pregnant.
Wednesday, July 9
“The Bridge” on FX (Season 2)
Wikipedia description: Based on the Danish/Swedish TV series of the same name, THE BRIDGE follows two police detectives – one Mexican, one American – and their joint effort to investigate a serial killer menacing both nations along the Texas–Chihuahua border. Their investigation is complicated by the rampant corruption and general apathy among the Mexican authorities and the violence of the powerful borderland drug cartels. The show title refers to the Bridge of the Americas that serves as a border crossing between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, where the series is set.
Thursday, July 10
“Welcome to Sweden” 9 p.m. on NBC (new comedy series)
Wikipedia description: WELCOME TO SWEDEN follows New York accountant Bruce as he follows his girlfriend Emma to Sweden.
Friday, July 11
“Hemlock Grove” Season 2 release on Netflix
Wikipedia description: The series is set in the town of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania. The town is a mixture of extreme wealth and poverty, as the closing of the town’s steel mill many years earlier caused many to lose their jobs. The town’s main sources of employment are now the Hemlock Acres Hospital and Godfrey Institute for Biomedical Technologies. Run by the powerful Godfrey family, the Institute is rumored to conduct sinister experiments on a daily basis. The town’s rumor mill turns even more twisted when two teenage girls are brutally killed and their bodies left for unsuspecting people to find the next day. Peter Rumancek (Landon Liboiron), a 17-year-old Gypsy, is suspected of the crimes by some of the townsfolk; he is also rumored to be a werewolf. While secretly he is a werewolf, he is not the killer, and, along with the heir to the Godfrey estate, Roman (Bill Skarsgard), he sets out to solve the mystery.
Sunday, July 13
“Ray Donovan” 9 p.m. on Showtime (Season 2 premiere)
Wikipedia description: The show takes place in Los Angeles, California, where Ray Donovan (Liev Schreiber), who is originally from South Boston, is a “fixer” for the powerful law firm Goldman & Drexler that represents the rich and famous. Ray experiences his own problems when his father, Mickey Donovan (Jon Voight), is unexpectedly released from prison and FBI agents try to bring down Ray and his associates.
Sunday, July 13
“Masters of Sex” 10 p.m. on Showtime (Season 2 premiere)
Wikipedia description: Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan star as the lead characters, Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson, two pioneering researchers of human sexuality at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Sunday, July 13
“The Strain” on FX (new drama series)
Wikipedia description: A plane lands at John F. Kennedy International Airport with the lights off and doors sealed. Epidemiologist Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) and his team are sent to investigate. On board they find two hundred corpses and four survivors. The situation deteriorates when the bodies begin disappearing from morgues. Goodweather and a small group of helpers find themselves battling to protect not only their own loved ones, but the entire city, from an ancient threat to humanity.
Thursday, July 17
“Rush” 9 p.m. on USA Network (new drama series)
Official description: RUSH examines the world of renegade physician Dr. William P. Rush (Tom Ellis, “Miranda”), a “medical fixer” who privately caters to LA’s elite and whose service comes with a hefty price tag. Though the hard-partying doctor claims that he doesn’t make judgments about his less-than-squeaky-clean clients, he’s not immune to the ugliness that he encounters.
Thursday, July 17
“Satisfaction” 10 p.m. on USA Network (new drama series)
Official description: A provocative drama that explores modern marriage at its midpoint. Through the lens of one couple, Neil Truman (Matt Passmore, “The Glades”) and his wife, Grace (Stephanie Szostak, “The Devil Wears Prada”), this series answers the question, “What do you do when having it all is not enough?” by delving into their shocking and unconventional choices.
Saturday, July 19th
“Cedar Cove” on Hallmark Channel (Season 2)
Wikipedia description: Based on author Debbie Macomber’s book series of the same name, Cedar Cove focuses on Municipal Court Judge Olivia Lockhart’s professional and personal life and the townsfolk surrounding her.
Sunday, July 20th
“The Lottery” on Lifetime (new drama series)
Official description: Set within a dystopian future driven by a global fertility crisis, THE LOTTERY reveals a world staring down the barrel of impending extinction as women have mysteriously stopped bearing children. After years of research, Dr. Alison Lennon (Shelton) and her team remarkably fertilize 100 embryos. However, her victory is short-lived when the Director of the U.S. Fertility Commission, Darius Hayes (Donovan), takes government control of the lab and informs the President of the monumental scientific breakthrough. To determine which women will carry the prized embryos to term, Chief of Staff Vanessa Keller (Karkanis) convinces the President to hold a national lottery and a battle over the control of the 100 embryos begins. Michael Graziadei stars as Kyle, a recovering alcoholic and single father of one of the last children born in the country, while David Alpay stars as James, Alison’s colleague and lab assistant. Yul Vasquez portrays the President of the United States, and Shelley Conn is his wife, Gabrielle.
Thursday, July 24
“The Astronaut Wives Club” on ABC (new drama series) – PREMIERE POSTPONED
Official description: Based on the book by Lily Koppel. This 10 episode limited series tells the story of the women who were key players behind some of the biggest events in American history.
Sunday, July 27
“Manhattan” on WGN America (new drama series)
Official description: Set against the backdrop of the greatest clandestine race against time in the history of science — the mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb in Los Alamos – and follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families as they attempt to coexist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives.
Friday, August 1
“The Killing” (Season 3 release date on Netflix)
Wikipedia description: This season takes place one year after the conclusion of the Rosie Larsen case (the events of the first two seasons). Sarah Linden (Mirelle Enos) is brought back into her detective work when the investigation into a runaway girl leads Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) to discover a string of murders, which connect to a previous murder case Linden worked on.
Saturday, August 2
“Hell On Wheels” (Season 4)
Wikipedia description: Hell on Wheels is an American Western television series about the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad across the United States. The series, which features Colm Meaney, Common, and Dominique McElligott, follows the Union Pacific Railroad and its surveyors, laborers, prostitutes, mercenaries, and others who lived, worked and died in the mobile encampment called “Hell on Wheels” that followed the railhead west across the Great Plains. In particular, the story focuses on a former Confederate soldier (played by Anson Mount) who, while working as foreman and chief engineer on the railroad, attempts to track down the Union soldiers who murdered his wife and young son during the American Civil War.
Saturday, August 9
“Outlander” (new drama series on Starz)
Wikipedia description: Focuses on 20th century nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), who time travels to 18th century Scotland and finds adventure and romance with the dashing James Fraser (Sam Heughan).
Wednesday, August 13
“Legends” 9 p.m. on TNT (new drama series, starring Sean Bean)
Official description: Sean Bean plays Martin Odum, an undercover agent working for the FBI’s Deep Cover Operations (DCO) division. Martin has the uncanny ability to transform himself into a completely different person for each job. But he begins to question his own identity when a mysterious stranger suggests that Martin isn’t the man he believes himself to be.
There are undoubtedly more shows to be aired this summer, but we hope this will give you a preview of a few TV shows you may want to check out and fall in love with this summer!