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TVWW's New Summer Series Sneak Peek: Part III
May 28, 2012  | By Diane Werts
 

Chloe Sevigny as a contract serial killer. Sigourney Weaver as a former First Lady turned Secretary of State. And a gritty urban police drama set in 1860s NYC.

In other words: There's lots more cool stuff coming.

Part III of our Summer TV Preview clues you in on the rest of the hot season's coolest new shows. Click to Part I and Part II to complete the chronological rundown. (And if you think this is great, just wait until you see TVWW's upcoming list of returning series. Among the highlights: final seasons for The Closer and Damages and other much-awaited faves, including True Blood, Burn Notice, Breaking Bad, Boss, Louie, Weeds and Hell on Wheels.)

So why wait till fall to watch new shows? Click on the sneak peeks below, and start planning your viewing for what used to be called TV's "rerun season." Lucky us. Today, there's way too much fresh summer fare to re-watch anything.


July 9

 

GOOD AFTERNOON AMERICA

ABC News extension; weekdays at 2 p.m. ET

Josh Elliott and Lara Spencer host this weekdaily hour of news and features from the Times Square studio. It's a fill-in till fall, when General Hospital moves up to this hour and Katie Couric's show debuts at 3 p.m. ET. (Preview currently not available.)

 


PERCEPTION

TNT drama; Mondays at 9 p.m. ET

Eric McCormack stretches his dramatic muscles as a paranoid schizophrenic professor of neuroscience who's got a talent for tracking criminals.

 


OPENING ACT

E! competition; Mondays at 10 p.m. ET

American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe chooses acts from the internet to open concerts for superstars such as Nicki Minaj, Rod Stewart, Brad Paisley, LMFAO, Gym Class Heroes, Jason Aldean and more.




July 10

 

TRUST US WITH YOUR LIFE

ABC improv show; Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET

Fred Willard hosts this London-based chat/comedy/game show, with Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie, Wayne Brady and Jonathan Mangum. (Preview currently not available.)



FINAL WITNESS

ABC true crime series; Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET

"Some of the nation's most shocking murders" are brought to life in this docudrama series.




July 11

 

HIT AND MISS

DirecTV drama; Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET

Chloe Sevigny of Big Love (above) plays a transgender contract killer who discovers she's a dad. It comes from Paul Abbott, who created Shameless and State of Play, and follows the final season return of Damages.




July 15

 

POLITICAL ANIMALS

USA drama; Sundays at 10 p.m. ET

Sigourney Weaver stars as (quel coincidence!) a former First Lady and current Secretary of State in this Washington saga, with Carla Gugino, Adrian Pasdar, Dylan Baker, Ellen Burstyn and James Wolk of Lone Star.




July 19

 

SULLIVAN & SON

TBS sitcom; Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET

Steve Byrne's hotshot lawyer steps behind the family bar, as in tavern, with dad Dan Lauria. (Preview currently not available.)



Aug. 13

 

MAJOR CRIMES

TNT drama; Mondays at 10 p.m. ET premiere, then Monday at 9 p.m. ET

From the creator of The Closer comes this spinoff with Mary McDonnell joining Closer supporting cast members.


Aug. 19

 

COPPER

BBC America drama; Sundays at 9 p.m. ET

Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson are behind BBC America's first original series (as in, made directly for this channel). It's a police drama set in 1860s New York City, revolving around an Irish-American cop (Tom Weston-Jones, MI-5) working the tough Five Points 'hood. Also in the cast: Franka Potente (The Shield), Kyle Schmid (Being Human), Tessa Thompson (Heroes), Dylan Taylor (Defying Gravity).


 
 
 
 
 
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