Summer is a big season for television. June alone is bringing a whole mix of new shows to the small screen, encompassing all genres from sci-fi thrillers like Netflix’s Sense 8 and SyFy’s Killjoys to political-themed comedies like HBO’s The Brink. Here are 21 television series premieres to watch out for this month.
1. The Whispers, June 1
Based on the 1951 Ray Bradbury short story “Zero Hour” from The Illustrated Man, the upcoming ABC supernatural thriller explores what happens when a paranormal force begins a mysterious and quiet haunting of Earth by using the most unlikely and unsuspecting inhabitants on the planet—the children. Lily Rabe stars as an FBI child specialist Claire Bennigan while Barry Sloane plays Defense Department operative, Wes Lawrence. Milo Ventimiglia, Derek Webster, Kristen Connolly, Kylie Rogers, and Kyle Harrison Breitkopf also co-star. Meanwhile, Steven Spielberg serves as co-executive producer.
2. Stitchers, June 2
ABC Family’s first ever procedural drama stars Emma Ishta as Kirsten, a young woman who is recruited into a secret government agency to be “stitched” into the minds of the recently deceased. She then uses their memories to investigate murders and decipher mysteries that otherwise would have gone to the grave. The 10-episode first season of the hourlong crime series also features Kyle Harris, Ross Kurt Le, Allison Scagliotti, Sola Bamis, Cameron Britton and Ritesh Rajan. Damon Dayoub also recurs on the show as Detective Quincy Fisher.
3. Sense8, June 5
The 10-episode sci-fi drama series, which hails from the Wachowski siblings and J. Michael Straczynski, follows a group of eight characters around the world who find themselves linked to each other mentally and emotionally in the aftermath of a tragic death. Their sudden connection allows them to talk to each other, even while in totally different countries. While trying to figure why this happened and what it means for the future of mankind, a mysterious and powerful man named Jonas tries to bring the eight together, while another stranger called Mr. Whispers and his organization will attempt to hunt them down to capture or assassinate them.
The 14-member international cast includes Lost alum Naveen Andrews, Daryl Hannah, and Stargate Universe‘s Brian J. Smith, among others.
4. Becoming Us, June 8
The ABC Family docuseries, produced by Ryan Seacrest, centers on the life of 17-year-old Ben Lehwald of Evanston, Illinois, as he struggles to come to terms with his father’s decision to undergo gender reassignment surgery and become a woman. The series will follow Ben, his family and his friends as they support one another through this unexpected journey and navigate their new world with Charlie now living as Carly. It will also focus on Ben’s girlfriend, Danielle, whose dad is also transitioning into a woman. The show has been outed as a real-life take on Amazon’s Golden-Globe winning series “Transparent.”
5. Odd Mom Out, June 8
The comedy, created by and starring Jill Kargman, will mark Bravo’s second ever scripted series, following last year’s Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce. Based on Kargman’s 2007 novel Momzillas, the show will star the author and actress as Jill Weber, a satirical version of herself who is forced to navigate the wealthy mommy clique that reside in New York’s Upper East Side. Andy Buckley will play Jill’s husband, Andy Weber, while KK Glick will portray Vanessa Wrigley, an ER doctor and Jill’s best friend. Joanna Cassidy, Sean Kleier, and Abby Elliot also co-star.
6. Dark Matter, June 12
The upcoming SyFy series, based on the book of the same name, follows the six-person crew of a derelict spaceship, who awaken from stasis in the farthest reaches of space with their memories wiped completely clean. The only clue to their identities is a cargo bay full of weaponry and a destination: a remote mining colony that is about to become a war zone. With no idea whose side they are on, they face a deadly decision. Marc Bevadid, Melissa O’Neil, Anthony Lemke, Alex Mallari Jr., Jodelle Ferland, Roger Cross, and Zoe Palmer co-star.
7. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell, June 13
The BBC adaptation of Susanna Clark’s best-selling novel has been in the works for several years. Adapted by Peter Harness and set at the beginning of the 19th century, the series follows the reclusive Mr. Norrell of Hurtfew Abbey as he stuns the city of York when he causes the statues of York Cathedral to speak and move. When he goes to London to help the government in the war against Napoleon, Norrell ends up conjuring a fairy to bring the minister’s fiancée back from the dead. The seven-part miniseries stars Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan, Filth) and Bertie Carvel (Restless) as the titular characters, with Alice Englert, Marc Warren, Samuel West, and Charlotte Riley as co-stars.
8. Clipped, June 16
The upcoming sitcom follows a group of people who all went to high school together but ran in very different crowds and now find themselves working together at a barbershop in Charlestown, Massachusetts. Mike Castle, Matt Cook, Ashley Tisdale, Lauren Lapkus, Ryan Pinkston, and Diona Reasonover star in the series, which was previously titled Buzzy’s. The show airs on TBS this summer, with the first season comprised of a total of ten episodes.
9. Proof, June 16
Jennifer Beal stars as Dr. Carolyn Tyler, a brilliant but caustic surgeon who’s hired by a cancer-stricken tech millionaire (Matthew Modine) to “investigate cases of reincarnation, out-of-body experiences, hauntings and other supernatural phenomena.” She will examine the question of whether there is truly something beyond death – all while also grappling with the recent, devastating loss of her teenage son, the breakup of her marriage to Dr. Len Barliss (Doctors‘ Sean Gleeson) and a growing estrangement from their daughter (Annie Thurman).
The series will also co-star Scandal’s Joe Morton as Carolyn’s boss, Callum Blue as a best-selling author who claims to be psychic and Edi Gathegi as a hospital intern from the Sudan who assists Carolyn.
10. Deutschland 83, June 17
The eight-part limited series is a coming-of-age spy thriller tale set in Germany in 1983, in the midst of the Cold War. It stars newcomer Jonas Nay as Martin Rauch, a 24-year-old East German spy who is pulled from the world as he knows it and sent to infiltrate the West German military and gather secrets of NATO’s military strategy.
The show is due to air on Sundance TV this month and will become the first German-language drama to be aired on a major US network.
11. The Astronaut Wives Club, June 18
The upcoming ABC drama is based on Lily Koppel’s best-selling novel of the same name. It chronicles the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race The 10-episode first season was originally slated to air last April, but was pushed back to this summer in order to undergo some creative changes.
The show features Dominique McElligott, Yvonne Strahovski, Odette Annable, Joanna Garcia, Erin Cummings, and Azure Parsons. Sam Reid, Desmond Harrington, and Bret Harrison also co-star.
12. Complications, June 18
Jason O’Mara stars as Dr. John Ellison, a disillusioned suburban ER doctor, who finds his existence transformed when he intervenes in a drive-by shooting, saving a young boy’s life and killing one of his attackers. When he learns the boy is still marked for death, he finds himself compelled to save him at any cost and discovers that his life and his outlook on medicine may never be the same.
The USA series also features Jessica Szohr, Beth Riesgraf and Lauren Stamile, while Chris Chalk, Tim Peper, Eric Edelstein, and Ronreaco Lee also co-star.
13. Killjoys, June 19
The forthcoming sci-fi series takes place in the Quad, a galaxy on the brink of a bloody interplanetary class war. It follows the story of a fun-loving, hard living trio of bounty hunters who attempt to remain impartial as they chase deadly warrants. The series stars Thom Allison, Tamsen McDonough, Aaron Ashmore, Rod Stewart, Hannah John-Kamen, and Luke Macfarlane. The first season of the space adventure drama will air on SyFy and will be comprised of a total of ten episodes.
14. Ballers, June 21
Created by Entourage producer Steven Levinson, the upcoming HBO comedy drama series is centered around a group of football players and their families, friends, and handlers. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars as Spencer Strasmore, a football retiree who now lives vicariously through the young athletes whose finances he manages. P. The cast also features Omar Benson Miller, John David Washington, Rob Corddry, Troy Garity, Donovan Carter, Jazmyn Simon, Taylor Cole and LeToya Luckett.
In addition to starring in the series, Johnson is also serving as executive producer along with Pain And Gain co-star Mark Wahlberg.
15. The Brink, June 21
HBO’s upcoming political satire follows the story of three disparate and desperate men who must pull through the chaos surrounding them to save the planet from World War III. Tim Robbins stars as the womanizing U.S. Secretary of State Walter Larson, who recruits foreign service officer Alex Talbot (played by Jack Black) and ace Navy fighter pilot Zeke Tilso (played by Orange Is the New Black star Pablo Schreiber) to help him solve a conflict in Pakistan that could potentially result in global turmoil. The Daily Show vet Aasif Mandvi portrays a disdainful embassy worker. Maribeth Monroe, Eric Ladin, Esai Morales, and Geoff Pierson also co-star in the 10-episode series.
16. Poldark, June 21
The eight-part British drama, based on the first two Poldark novels by Winston Graham, takes place in the late 18th century and stars Aldan Turn as Ross Poldark, who returns to his Cornish copper mines after spending three years in the army to avoid charges of smuggling, leaving behind his sweetheart Elizabeth. On his return, having fought in the Revolutionary War, he finds his father dead, his estate in ruins and Elizabeth engaged to his cousin Francis. He rescues a young woman, Demelza, from a beating, and takes her on as a kitchen maid.
The series, which also co-stars Eleanor Tomlinson, Heida Reed, and Jack Farthing, will air on PBS, as part of the channel’s Masterpiece series.
17. Another Period, June 23
Comedy Central’s upcoming period sitcom follows the lives of the Bellacourts, the first family of Newport, Rhode Island at the turn of the 20th century. Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome play Lillian and Beatrice, two sisters “who care only about how they look, what parties they attend and becoming famous, which is a lot harder in 1902.” The series is directed by Drunk History co-creator and writer Jeremy Konner and produced by Ben Stiller. David Koechner, Paget Brewster, Lauren Ash, Jason Ritter, and Brian Huskey also co-star.
18. Mr. Robot, June 24
The USA crime drama stars Christian Slater as Mr. Robot, a mysterious anarchist who recruits the services of young computer programmer Elliot (played by Rami Malek). Elliot suffers from an anti-social disorder and only connects to people by hacking them. The two team up with plans to decimate corporate America. Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin, and Martin Wallstrom also co-star in the series, which won the Episodic Audience Award at South by Southwest earlier this year and was also an official selection at the Tribeca Film Festival.
19. Humans, June 28
The upcoming AMC drama is set in a parallel present where the must-have gadget for every family is a “Synth” – a highly developed robotic servant that’s eerily similar to its live counterparts. The eight-part series, adapted from the Swedish show Real Humans, follows a strained suburban family, who purchase a refurbished Synth in the hopes of transforming the way they live. Instead, they discover that sharing life with a machine can have chilling consequences.
Gemme Chan stars as the main Synth in question, Anita, who seems accommodating and servile at first, but quickly reveals a different and darker side. Katherine Parkinson and Tom Goodman-Hill play the wife and husband of the family.
20. Scream, June 30
Based on the 1996 cult film of the same name, MTV’s new iteration follows the events that occur in the town of Lakewood after a cyberbullying incident becomes the catalyst for a brutal murder. The violent death opens a window into the town’s troubled past, stirring up memories of another killing spree that previously took place and continues to haunt some of its residents. The viral video that led to the death also causes problems for a group of teens, all of whom soon become targets of a new killer who is out for blood.
Willa Fitzgerald stars as Emma Duvall, a classic beauty whose looks and popularity hide a natural shyness and intellectual nature. Her new life with the “in crowd” leaves her estranged from her childhood best friend, Audrey, played by Bex Taylor-Klaus. John Karna, Tracy Middendorf, Carlson Young, Connor Weil, and Bobby Campo co-star. Bella Thorne makes a guest appearance.
21. Zoo, June 30
The upcoming CBS drama, based on the novel of the same name by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge, stars James Wolk (Mad Men, Lone Star) as a young renegade zoologist who is tasked with trying to figure out why there have been a wave of recent animal attacks on humans. The attacks have taken place not just in Los Angeles but all over the planet. Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg wrote the script and are executive producing the 13-episode drama, which was originally picked up to series last summer.