10 hot(ish) new series debuting this summer.
“Ride With Norman Reedus” (AMC; Sunday, June 12) Series Debut: The “Walking Dead” star gets his own motorcycle road-trip series because AMC sure as hell wasn’t going to tell him no.
“Ride” works well enough as a biker-culture travelogue show, as long as Reedus isn’t called upon to talk too much (just like with Daryl Dixon).
“BrainDead” (CBS; Monday, June 13) Series Debut: This government-is-stoopid political dramedy may have a killer cast (including Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Danny Pino and Tony Shaloub) and the producers of “The Good Wife,” but CBS isn’t going to let them get away with anything close to “House of Cards” or “Veep,” because, CBS.
“Uncle Buck” (ABC; Tuesday, June 14) Series Debut: America has rejected a TV version of the beloved 1989 movie before — but this one has an all-black cast, so at least give ABC (further) credit for chipping away at TV’s Whiteytown. But, yeah … “Uncle Buck” sucks.
“Animal Kingdom” (TNT; Tuesday, June 14) Series Debut: After his mom dies of a heroin overdose, “J” Cody moves in with his sketchy grandmother, “Smurf” Cody (Ellen Barkin), the matriarch of a sketchy SoCal crime family. Producer John Wells (“Shameless”) knows his way around dysfunctional clans, but “Animal Kingdom” just looks like “Surfboards of Anarchy.”
“Wrecked” (TBS; Tuesday, June 14) Series Debut: Another promising new comedy from TBS — words no one ever expected to utter. Like a mashup of “Gilligan’s Island” and “Lost,” “Wrecked” follows a clueless group of plane-crash survivors stranded on an island. It’s at least funnier than “Fear the Walking Dead.”
“American Gothic” (CBS; Wednesday, June 22) Series Debut: Compared to the long-lost 1995 “American Gothic” drama about a supernaturally-evil small-town sheriff menacing the locals, the new “American Gothic” (posh Boston family has a secret serial killer among them) seems like a snooze. It is — with a recycled title, no less.
“Queen of the South” (USA; Thursday, June 23) Series Debut: Teresa Mendoza (Alice Braga) flees to America from Mexico when her drug-dealer boyfriend is “unexpectedly” murdered, then plots her bloody revenge upon the cartel that killed him. “Queen of the South” is flashier and pricier than the Telemundo series is was lifted from, therefore huger and better. Make American television great again!
“Roadies” (Showtime; Sunday, June 26) Series Debut: It’s “Almost Famous: Backstage”! Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino, Luis Guzman, Imogen Poots and cameo bands galore star in Cameron Crowe’s ode to the grimy life behind the rock & roll fantasy. Unlike HBO’s dark “Vinyl,” “Roadies” is set in current times and more light-hearted. Don’t worry; there are still drugs.
” (Freeform; Tuesday, June 28) Series Debut: Pretty 20-somethings in a 1980 summer-camp slasher flick that’s a weekly series! There’s a killer on the loose at Camp Stillwater, and if these kids can’t keep it in their pants, they’re all dead … so, yeah, they’re all pretty much dead. CV
Bill Frost writes about television for Salt Lake City Weekly, talks about it on TV Tan Podcast (iTunes, Stitcher and BillFrost.tv), and tweets about it at @Bill_Frost.