As June approaches, some of our most beloved shows wrap up their seasons with cliff hangers and jaw droppers, only to put us on edge as we anxiously await their comeback in September.
Even still, summer television has no shortage of intense or hilarious viewing. With the exciting returns of favorites like “Dexter,” “Pretty Little Liars” and “Wipe Out,” the couch will be calling your name.
Here are some of the most anticipated new series airing this summer:
‘Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous’
Everyone’s favorite inappropriate YouTube sensation Bo Burnham heads to the television in his hilarious new series that seems to ironically reflect his real life.
Fresh out of high school, Zach Stone chooses a quest for fame over a college education by hiring a camera crew to document his not-so-glamorous life. His adventure brings him to every quick trick to be an overnight celebrity. “Zach Stone” airs every Thursday on MTV.
‘Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls’
After seeing him drink his own urine and burrow himself into a zebra carcass, you would think we’d had enough of Bear Grylls.
“Get Out Alive” is a reality competition that follows Grylls as he leads teams across the desolate wilderness of New Zealand. Teams must work together to trek across the land with weekly challenges centered around surviving the wilderness. NBC is slated to premiere “Get Out Alive” on July 8.
‘American Baking Competition’
Hosted by Jeff Foxworthy, this installment in the ever-expanding repetoire of chef shows pits amateur bakers against each other in a series of challenges with an end prize of $250,000 and a publishing deal.
“American Baking Competition” will whet your taste buds May 29 on CBS.
In the newest ABC Family drama, the network will continue to push the envelope, this time with the help of Jennifer Lopez.
“The Fosters” follows a biracial lesbian couple as they raise their biological and adopted teenagers. This emotional depiction showcases the struggles minorities face in modern America. The drama unfolds as the newest edition brings turmoil and trouble to the family dynamic. For the first time, Lopez is behind the scenes instead of in front of the camera. “The Fosters” is a homage to her late aunt who faced prejudice as a lesbian and minority.
“The Fosters” is set to tug at your heart strings June 3 on ABC Family. ‘Graceland’
USA Network has a knack for putting a spin on the crime genre.
“Graceland” is the newest addition to their dramatic repetoire as a show that centers around several different branches of government, including the FBI, DEA and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Different agents are forced to live in the same beach house in Southern California as part of an undercover mission. Packed with familiar faces, “Graceland” is sure to provide all the adrenaline-pumping drama you could want. “Graceland” premieres June 6 on USA Network.
The CW is bringing Katniss Everdeen to the television.
After the wildly successful premiere of the Hunger Games franchise, the CW jumped on the craze by designing a reality show with the same premise: teams will be dropped in a fenced arena where they will compete against one another for survival essentials. Don’t worry, the battle is not to the death.
May the odds be ever in their favor July 31 on the CW.
BY BRIAN ASHBURN