June 13: Washington Gets BrainDead
Michelle and Robert King, the creators of The Good Wife, are back with a new political thriller for CBS. But BrainDead has a twist: Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars as Laurel, a young Hill staffer who realizes that bugs have been eating the brains of members of congress. She bands together with legislative director Gareth (Broadway’s Aaron Tveit) to figure out what’s gone wrong in the nation’s capital. Let us know when you find out, Laurel!
June 14: TBS Gets Wrecked
This new TBS comedy is Lost with laughs. Wrecked follows a random assortment of passengers whose plane crashed on a desert island. But don’t expect any mysterious monsters here — the main threat to the dim-witted survivors is their own ignorance. The show’s cast includes Flight of the Conchords’ Rhys Darby, comedian Brooke Dillman, Asif Ali, and the very funny Will Greenberg.
June 17: Season 4 is the New Season…of Orange is the New Black
Season 3 of the Netflix mainstay ended as new management took over Litchfield Prison — and promptly installed bunk beds in order to double the facility’s capacity. Expect a whole whack of new characters in Orange is the New Black’s fourth season, plus answers to some lingering questions, like what will become of Piper’s used-panty business? Will she and Alex get back together? And what will happen to Daya’s baby?!
June 21: Let There Be Greenleaf
I’ve been craving a juicy family drama (besides Game of Thrones, of course), and Greenleaf may just hit the spot: This original series from Oprah’s OWN centres on Grace Greenleaf (Merle Dandridge), the “prodigal daughter” of the Greenleaf family, who returns home to Memphis after her sister mysteriously dies and finds herself pulled back into the family business — running a mega-church.
June 21: Yas, Queen
TV has no shortage of stories about organized crime, but this one stands out simply because its protagonist is a woman (that’s at least the saddest sentence I’ve written today). Based on the 2002 novel by Spanish writer Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Queen of the South follows Teresa Mendoza (Alice Braga), who flees Mexico when her boyfriend, a drug dealer, is murdered by a local cartel. Teresa ends up in the U.S., where she finds herself helping to take down the leader of that very same cartel.
June 23: BBC America’s Thirteen
Thirteen sounds an awful lot like Room: BBC America’s five-part limited series stars British actress Jodie Comer (Doctor Foster, My Mad Fat British Diary) as Ivy, a woman in her twenties who escapes from the cellar where she’s been held captive for 13 years. The series documents both the escape and Ivy’s reintegration back into society — and the family who believed she died long ago.
June 26: Cameron Crowe Hearts Roadies
Cameron Crowe’s first foray into television looks mighty promising based on the trailer. Then again, it could just be a great trailer, which opens with a Tom Petty quote celebrating the people who “make the show happen.” Roadies is another backstage drama, this time about the crew of a fictional touring band, starring Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino, and Imogen Poots.