MUST-WATCH Summer 2011 New TV Shows

summer 2011 must see tv
The 2010-2011 TV season has just ended, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t some exciting new television coming your way this Summer, quite the contrary. Cable not only has some great returning shows about ready to premiere (some already did), but they also are bringing some amazing new shows that you MUST NOT MISS.

And so to help prepare your Summer TV watching, I have put together a guide of all the Must-Watch New Summer 2011 TV Shows.

Because I haven’t yet seen all the new summer shows, I will first rank the ones that I have seen and think you should not miss, then I will write about the ones that I haven’t seen but am really excited about.

HAVE SEEN
 

falling skiesFalling Skies (TNT) – Sundays at 9pm

Premieres June 19

Falling Skies is THE event of the summer and it should be at the top of your list if it isn’t already. Why? Let’s see, let me count the reasons:

1) Steven Spielberg

2) Noah Wyle

3) Aliens

4) TNT

5) Because I said so!

Synopsis: Falling Skies opens in the chaotic aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world completely incapacitated. In the six months since the initial invasion, the few remaining survivors have banded together outside major cities to begin the difficult task of fighting back. Each day is a test of survival as citizen soldiers work to protect the people in their care while also engaging in an insurgency campaign against the occupying alien force, whose nature and purpose remains a mystery.

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franklin bashFranklin & Bash (TNT) – Wednesdays at 9pm

Premieres June 1

YOU MUST WATCH THIS!!! I cannot express how much I LOVE this show, it should definitely be at the top of your list this summer. I have already seen the first six episodes and they are fantastic!

Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer were made for each other and they have become a new bromance to be reckoned with. Watch out Shawn and Gus, they’re coming for you!

Synopsis: When they’re not hanging out at their favorite hot dog stand pontificating on what they’d go through to enjoy a night with their favorite female celebrities, Jared Franklin (Breckin Meyer) and Peter Bash (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) are chasing down their latest clients…sometimes literally. With business cards in hand, they’re ready to nab a client within seconds after a car accident, arrest for solicitation or any other incident where their legal services may be needed. Once in the courtroom, they show their flair for the dramatic and the shocking.

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suitsSuits (USA) – Thursdays at 10pm

Premieres June 23

Ah another USA show, I just never get tired of them and if you are a fan of any of USA’s programming such as White Collar, Burn Notice, In Plain Sight, etc., you’ll want to give Suits a chance.

Not only does it have that Characters Welcome feel USA is so good at creating, it also stars two outstanding actors, Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams, who I can bet will soon be at the top of your new crushes list.

Synopsis: “Suits” stars Gabriel Macht (“Love and Other Drugs”), as one of Manhattan’s top corporate lawyers sets out to recruit a new hotshot associate and hires the only guy that impresses him – Patrick J. Adams (“Lost”) as Mike Ross, a brilliant but unmotivated college dropout. Though he isn’t actually a lawyer, this legal prodigy has the book smarts of a Harvard law grad and the street smarts of a hustler. However, in order to serve justice and save their jobs, both these unconventional thinkers must continue the charade.

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torchwood miracle dayTorchwood: Miracle Day (Starz) – Fridays at 10pm

Premieres July 8

So technically this isn’t new and technically I haven’t seen this either, but since Starz sort of took it over, I’ll consider it as new, plus it’s Torchwood, which means it’s at the top of my list no matter what.

Synopsis: Torchwood: Miracle Day begins with a day when nobody dies. All across the world, nobody dies. And then the next day, and the next, and the next, people keep aging, they get hurt and sick, but they never die. The result: a population boom, overnight. With all the extra people, resources are finite. It’s said that in four month’s time, the human race will cease to be viable. But this can’t be a natural event – someone’s got to be behind it. It’s a race against time as C.I.A. agent Rex Matheson investigates a global conspiracy. The answers lie within an old, secret British institute. As Rex keeps asking “What is Torchwood?,” he’s drawn into a world of adventure, and a threat to change what it means to be human, forever.

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switched at birthSwitched at Birth (ABC Family) – Mondays at 9pm

Premieres June 6

ABC Family has created a new great family show with Switched at Birth. If you are looking for a new sweet, family friendly series to be watching this summer, this is it.

Synopsis: Switched at Birth tells the story of two teenage girls who discover they were accidentally switched as newborns in the hospital. Bay Kennish grew up in a wealthy family with two parents and a brother, while Daphne Vasquez, who lost her hearing at an early age due to a case of meningitis, grew up with a single mother in a working class neighborhood. Things come to a dramatic head when both families meet and struggle to learn how to live together for the sake of the girls.

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nine lives chloe kingThe Nine Lives of Chloe King (ABC Family) – Tuesdays at 9pm

Premieres June 14

For those of you who miss Kyle XY, The Nine Lives of Chloe King might be right up your alley. It has a fun female protagonist a la Buffy who has some cool cat-like abilities. And yes, she always falls on her feet and has nine lives… obviously.

Synopsis: The Nine Lives of Chloe King follows Chloe King, who is looking forward to celebrating her 16th birthday with her friends and single mother — just like every other year – that is until she starts developing heightened abilities and discovers she’s being pursued by a mysterious figure. Chloe soon learns she’s part of an ancient race called the Mai, which has been hunted by human assassins for millennia — and that she may ultimately be their only hope for survival.

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teen wolfTeen Wolf (MTV) – Mondays at 10pm

Premieres June 5 (at 11pm), then June 6 (at 10pm)

It’s young, it’s fun, it has werewolves in it, it’s perfect for the Summer!

Synopsis: TEEN WOLF is the story of Scott as he tries to walk the line between what he wants and what he can’t help from wanting. Will the bite end up being a gift? Or will it be a curse? And what will it all mean for his relationship with Allison – the girl he can’t get enough of? Only time will tell if he should embrace his newfound powers, or if he should fear them.

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Necessary Roughness (USA) – Wednesdays at 10pm

Premieres June 29

Another USA show. Not as good as Suits (see above), but absolutely worth a look. I think the pilot showed a lot of potential for the upcoming episodes. Plus I’m thinking a therapist for a professional football team is bound to run into some pretty interesting situations…

Synopsis: Necessary Roughness focuses on a tough, sexy Long Island divorcee Callie Thorne (“Rescue Me,” “Californication”) who gets a job as therapist for a professional football team in order to make ends meet. Underestimated at every turn, she succeeds beyond all expectations and soon finds herself as the sought-after therapist to high-profile clients. Athletes, musicians, politicians and others living in the spotlight – all in a moment of crisis – clamor for her unique brand of tough love therapy. As a newly single mom raising two teenagers, her start-up practice wreaks havoc on her life. But recognizing that she’s changing people’s lives for the better, she is determined to make her new career work by striking a balance between her personal and professional worlds.

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the protectorThe Protector (Lifetime) – Sundays at 10pm

Premieres June 12

If you are looking for a new procedural to watch, which includes a strong female lead played by Ally Walker (Sons of Anarchy), you might want to give The Protector a shot.

Synopsis: The Protector centers on divorced mother Gloria Sheppard (Ally Walker), who juggles her demanding personal and professional life as an intuitive LAPD homicide detective while raising two boys, Leo (Thomas Robinson) and Nick (Sage Ryan), with the live-in help of her troubled younger brother Davey (Chris Payne Gilbert).

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HAVEN’T SEEN BUT EXCITED ABOUT
 

wilfredWilfred (FX) – Thursdays at 10pm

Premieres June 23

The premise alone should get you interested:

The world sees Wilfred as a dog; Ryan sees Wilfred as a man dressed in a dog suit.

Come on! How can I not be excited about that? And then on top you add Elijah Woods (Lord of the Rings). Winner! (At least I hope)

Synopsis: Elijah Wood stars as “Ryan,” an introvert who struggles to find social and professional happiness, until he meets “Wilfred” (played by Gann), who Zuckerman describes as part Australian Shepherd, part Russell Crowe on a bender. The world sees Wilfred as a dog; Ryan sees Wilfred as a man dressed in a dog suit. Wilfred is Ryan’s alter-ego intent on pushing Ryan out of his shell. Fiona Gublemann (Californication) co-stars as “Jenna,” Ryan’s attractive next door neighbor and owner of Wilfred. Wifred marks Wood’s first starring role in regular series television. Gann co-created and played the title character in the Australian version of Wilfred.

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the lying gameThe Lying Game (ABC Family) – Mondays at 9pm

Premieres August 15

The Lying Game is based on the book of the same name by Sara Shepard, who also wrote Pretty Little Liars, another ABC Family show.

And if The Lying Game is anywhere near as addictive as Pretty Little Liars, I am totally in.

Synopsis: “The Lying Game” follows Emma, a kind-hearted foster kid who learns she has an identical twin sister, Sutton.

Sutton, unlike Emma, was adopted by wealthy parents and is seemingly living an ideal life. After their initial meeting, Sutton talks Emma into stepping into her life for a few days while she pursues a lead on the mysterious identity of their birth mother.

After Sutton inexplicably fails to return to the girls’ designated meeting place, Emma must decide whether to come clean about her identity and risk her own safety in the hope of uncovering her twin sister’s whereabouts, along with the truth about why they were separated in the first place.

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alphasAlphas (Syfy) – Mondays at 10pm

Premieres July 11

A Heroes-like premise on Syfy is without a doubt going to trigger my radar. I just hope it lives up to its promise.

Synopsis: In Alphas, five ordinary people become one extraordinary team of Alphas — people with the power to stretch the capabilities of the human mind due to brain anomalies that have imbued them with hyper-normal mental and physical abilities.

Operating within the Defense Criminal Investigation Service of the U.S. Department of Defense — and led by preeminent neurologist and psychiatrist Dr. Lee Rosen (Emmy Award winner and Oscar nominee David Strathairn), an expert in Alpha phenomena — the team investigates cases that point to others with Alpha abilities. As they work against the clock to solve this new brand of crime, they must prevent their own personality differences and disparate backgrounds from interfering with their ultimate mission of catching the enemy.

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outcastsOutcasts (BBC America) – Saturdays at 9pm

Premieres June 18

Outcasts has been on my to watch list for a while now, that’s why I wanted to mention it here. However, it received some bad reviews when it aired in the UK earlier this year, so I’ll leave the choice to you.

To help you make your choice, you can read the review for the first episode here (we also have reviews from all the episodes that aired in the UK), however please be aware it includes SPOILERS.

Synopsis: Outcasts is set in 2040 on a recently-discovered planet and tells of the dilemmas, loves and lives of a group of people setting up a new world. This life-sustaining planet is now home to the surviving population from Earth. Here there is a chance to start again, to bring the lessons learnt from Earth and to put them into action on a new planet.
The series begins on the day the last known transporter from Earth arrives, prompting great excitement on the new planet – who is on board? Friends and loved ones? Important supplies and news from Earth? But also many questions – will the new people bring the problems of Earth with them? Will the mistakes that destroyed Earth be repeated? Will the arrival of a new, would-be leader, rock the fragile and precarious equilibrium of the fresh, unified and courageous new world? And, most importantly of all, how is a new and better world created?

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