There is “Undateable” and “Dating Naked,” which would probably make you undateable anyway. (“You can’t miss me. I’m the guy in the restaurant without his clothes.”)
Actually, “Undateable” is a new NBC comedy coming Thursday, and “Dating Naked” is a new VH1 reality series — you get the picture — set in a remote exotic locale coming July 17.
Who says summer television programming is limited? While in the months ahead there will be the usual collection of obstacle-course competitions and other forms of reality humiliations, there is also a lot that looks sizzling.
You can start with the second season of Showtime’s “Masters of Sex,” one of the best series on TV. The drama about real-life sex researchers Masters and Johnson appears to be taking some interesting twists as the pair get deep into their work and each other. It returns July 13 with Sarah Silverman joining the cast.
Never shy about sex or violence — or both at the same time — is HBO’s “True Blood,” which judging by its trailer is not going quietly in its seventh and final season. Zombielike vampires plague Bon Temps, and townspeople are blaming Sookie (Anna Paquin). The final 10 episodes start June 22.
On June 6, Netflix will release season two of “Orange Is the New Black,” a 2014 Peabody Award winner. The trailer finds Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) finally settling into prison, but shows new troubles and inmates on the way.
Another Peabody winner, “The Bridge,” is back in July. The crime drama, set on the U.S.-Mexico border, stars Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir. The show isn’t giving away much about the upcoming plotline, but it looks intense.
There are a host of exciting-looking new shows on the way as well. AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire” is a drama about the race to be first during the personal computing boom. Starz’s “Power” combines the glamour of New York City nightlife with the violent modern-day drug trade. FX’s “Tyrant” has the son of a Middle Eastern dictator returning home with his American family to dangerous times.
There is plenty of supernatural and science fiction on the horizon. HBO’s “The Leftovers” involves an uneasy post-Rapture world. Meanwhile, TNT’s “The Last Ship” involves the aftermath of a global catastrophe. “The Strain” on FX is a thriller from Guillermo del Toro about a mysterious viral outbreak and, maybe, vampirism.
“Dominion” on Syfy is set in the near future when an army of angels wages war against mankind. Halle Berry plays an astronaut who returns to strange events happening on Earth in CBS’ “Extant.” The network also will have the second season of last year’s big summer hit “Under the Dome,” based on the Stephen King sci-fi novel. TNT’s post alien-invasion “Falling Skies” is back for a fourth season.
On a more romantic fantasy note, there is Starz’s 16-episode “Outlander.” Adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s international best-sellers, it’s about a World War II combat nurse who goes back in time to 1743 Scotland, where she is torn between two lovers.
“The Quest” on ABC is a reality competition series in which 12 people compete in a fantasy world.
Of course, there will be plenty of cop shows. Notably, Netflix will release the final six episodes of “The Killing” on Aug. 1. It will be interesting to see how gritty the former AMC series will get without the restrictions of basic cable.
Fans of British detective shows can look forward to new episodes of “Endeavour” and “Poirot” on PBS’ “Masterpiece Mystery!” Starring Sean Bean and based on Robert Littell’s novel, “Legends” on TNT looks like it might be a cool spy drama.
The most unfortunate title of the summer is “You’re the Worst” — if critics and fans don’t like it. But it might be good. The comedy about two self-destructive people falling in love is on FX, which has some pretty funny stuff like “Louie” and the final season of “Wilfred,” starting June 25.
Though not listed here, summer is filled with sporting events. There are three major tennis tournaments (the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, beginning Aug. 25); and golf with both the men’s and women’s U.S. Open (in June).
Football, the global kind, has the biggest tournament of all with the men’s soccer World Cup beginning on June 12 and lasting a month.
NBA and NHL playoffs continue in June. Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game is July 15. By August, preseason NFL football begins, and on Aug. 30, college football kicks off with the defending national champion Florida State against Oklahoma State.
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