Our 10 Most Anticipated New Shows for Summer 2012

Look, we're not here to B.S. you. The summer television season is looking skinnier than Calista Flockheart after a 24-course dinner of laxatives. But we do love anticipated shows lists, so we've put together this itemized memorandum featuring the new summer shows we're most looking forward to... even if they're just placeholders to keep us busy until fall rolls around. And with that inspiring introduction, here are our most(ly) anticipated shows of summer 2012!

10. Saving Hope (NBC)
When it's on: Thursdays at starting June 7
Who's in it: Erica Durance, Michael Shanks, Daniel Gillies, and other fine actors from the Canadian wilderness.
What it's about: This cross-border co-production between America and Canada continues the trend of medical dramas trying to incorporate ghosts in some way. But this one is different! When a super-hot male surgeon ends up in a coma, his "spirit" (or ghost if you don't care for technicalities) roams the hospital. In real-life world, the surgeon's hot fiancee and another sexy man doctor race to save his life! Valuable life lessons will be learned. Death lessons, too.

9. The Choice (Fox)
When it's on: Thursdays starting June 7
Who's in it: Pauly D, some football players, Joe Jonas, Carmen Electra, and a bunch of other people you won't remember in five years.
What it's about: This dating show rip-off of The Voice features male faux-lebrities choosing women to court based solely on the sound of their voice and the disgusting sexual innuendo of their simple-minded words. And just to prove that men can be just as desperate, the roles will be swapped after a few episodes. This is going to be a complete train wreck and is our top pick for "guilty pleasure that will last three episodes." It's cool to anticipate total failure, right?

8. Political Animals (USA)
When it's on: Sundays starting July 15
Who's in it: Sigourney Weaver, Carla Gugino, James Wolk, Sebastian Stan, Adrian Pasdar, Ciaran Hinds, and other actors who only wanted to commit to six episodes.
What it's about: This six-part miniseries from Greg Berlanti (Dirty Sexy Money) follows the wife of a former U.S. president as she holds the post of secretary of state. In addition to taking care of whatever responsibilities the secretary of state has, she also has to deal with her family, her family's image, and the tainted legacy her husband left behind. No, her name is not Hillary Clinton.

7. Perception (TNT)
When it's on: Mondays starting July 9
Who's in it: Eric McCormack, Rachael Leigh Cook, Jamie Bamber, and LeVar Burton!
What it's about: A smart neuroscientist works with the FBI to solve tough cases! But he's also weird and suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, which drowns his career and personal relationships with a total bummer shower. One day, television will write a procedural about a well-adjusted person of average intelligence who solves cases by following the rules. This is not one of those days.

6. Dallas (TNT)
When it's on: Wednesdays starting June 13
Who's in it: Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, and Jordana Brewster as the hot new Ewings; Larry Hagman, Linda Gray, and Patrick Duffy as the old crusty Ewings.
What it's about: You know how your grandma used to go on and on about how television won't ever be as good as it was back when her Dallas stories were on? Well now you can watch her sad face as her old favorite show is modernized and destroyed! Dallas follows the wealthy Ewing family of South Fork Ranch as they argue with each other and [SPOILER] have incredibly elaborate dreams that last an entire season.

5. Anger Management (FX)
When it's on: Thursdays starting June 28
Who's in it: Some guy named Charlie Sheen, some girl named Selma Blair, and an assortment of frightened actors and actresses.
What it's about: Sheen's return to television appropriately sees him playing a total jerk in this adaptation of the movie of the same name. A former ballplayer with a promising career that was derailed by anger issues, a guy named Charlie (clever) goes back to school to become an anger management therapist himself. Only in a comedy, folks!

4. Longmire (A&E;)
When it's on: Sundays starting June 3
Who's in it: Robert Taylor, Starbuck Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Wyoming.
What it's about: This modern-day, Westernized drama is based on the Walt Longmire Mystery series of novels, and follows a small-town sheriff who's rebuilding his life after divorce. He's got mysteries to solve, a young upstart looking to take his job, and a new hotshot deputy from Philly to deal with, and he has to do it all while looking tough. Think of a more serious Justified in 20 years.

3. Inside Men (BBC America)
When it's on: Wednesdays at 10pm starting June 20
Who's in it: Steven Mackintosh, Ashley Walters, and Warren Brown.
What it's about: This four-episode miniseries already aired in the U.K., but it's coming to American shores via BBC America. It's about a violent bank heist and will be told from multiple perspectives as it digs up the motivation of the robbers and provides plenty of twists and turns along the way. In other words, it's The Nine but without the abrupt ending due to cancellation.

2. Comedy Bang! Bang!/Bunk (IFC)
When they're on: Fridays starting June 8
Who's in it: Comedians! Funny ones, too!
What it's about: Comedy Bang! Bang! is a fake talk-show with awesome LSD moments and really funny skits, the other is Bunk. Just kidding, Bunk, is pretty great too! Former Mr. Show writer Scott Aukerman hosts the delightfully weird Comedy Bang! Bang!, which defies description but does feature Amy Poehler on the couch in the pilot. Bunk is a unique improv game show with a twisted sense of humor that swaps countdown clocks for interns searching for razorblades in a bucket of broken glass! If that sounds dangerous to you, don't worry, they're not REALLY interns.

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1. The Newsroom (HBO)
When it's on: Sundays starting June 24
Who's in it: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Dev Patel, Olivia Munn, Jane Fonda, Sam Waterston.
What it's about: First you should know that Aaron Sorkin wrote this, so it's sure to have his trademark rants and grandstanding and all that stuff we love about the guy. But instead of being set behind the scenes of a sports cable show or the White House or the Harvard dorm room of Mark Zuckerberg, this one takes place at a 24-hour cable news network and centers on an anchor who is sick of coddling the news. Tailor made for Sorkin and HBO.



Okay, it's your turn! Which new shows are you most looking forward to this summer?

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Oh yeah also another returning show is Louie. One of THE funniest shows on TV. At the end of summer is Homeland, a fantastic show originally from Israel, is about a returning POW who has a rough time trying to readjust to living in reality when his wife and kids believed him to be dead. I can't say anymore as to not be a spoiler so check out the first season which is very intense and catch up to this CIA spy thriller.
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Breaking Bad is one of the few shows that is very much worth the time. Anyone who has not seen it should start from the beginning. You can see it for free on Watch Series.com as well as many other shows and movies. Another show is Paranormal Witness on SyFy wednesday Aug. 8th, it is one of the best shows about the paranormal with firsthand witnesses and very well produced re-enactments, plus unlike all the other ghost shows like Ghost Hunter, Ghost Adventures and so on, there isn't that over used night vision camera and lots of the same old sshhh what was that,EVP white noise and douche bags challenging ghosts. One of the best cop dramas ever, that no one is watching is Southland. With the viewer riding shotgun it gives you a very raw and real first hand feeling of a ride along with the LAPD. With a great cast and writers and excellent acting Southland, In my humble opinion, is one the best and most realistic portrayals of a day in the life of a police officer in LA.
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Just started watching "The Newsroom" and "Perception" I love them both. For comedy "Anger Management" is a good one, lots of classic Charlie Sheen one liners!!
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well yep she died. So whos writing the commentary here? Someone whos not watching the show?
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The commentary on Longmire says his wife divorced him. I got the idea she died of cancer. Feed back?

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His wife was supposed to have died from cancer but the twist is in the finale of season 1, love the show, great concept. I live in Australia and have to download as we don't get it here.
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a) I do not know how are the shows that will be aired in Brazil. I am curious about "The Newsroom", "Longmire" and "Perception".

b) I liked the comments of Tim. Very good!
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Looking forward to Charlie Sheen and Brand X with Russell Brand!! This will be the first time I've paid any attention to FX. the rest of them sound like crap.
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Unless Longmire REALLY hated that ex-wife he's a widower.

His wife's ashes are in a tea box he keeps in the kitchen.

Or they were. I can't even remember if he got rid of them at the end of the episode or not.

Guess I was reading by that time. I DO like Lou Diamond Phillips, though.
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The Newsroom, Political Animals, and Inside Men
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Excuse me but haven't all these been done before? No wonder I don't own a TV set.
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Well, certainly none of these! And Charlie Sheen - shame on you and even more shame on him. I wouldn't watch him after his behavior if you paid me!
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Have you ever heard of a mental breakdown. He surely had one.
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Maybe The Newsroom and Longmire, otherwise its a long time till September.
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Maybe Newsroom because like Sorkin's work. Otherwise NONE!
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I'll give Comedy Bang! Bang! a go... i mean these guys seem to think its good so...

I need a good comedy to watch that actually makes me laugh!
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Total crap!

Glad I caned the Cable TV..

Nothing on But total crap.

I do watch Breaking Bad. . But I get them on DVD now. When the season comes out.

Forget the Crap Cable TV... Happy to put $75-$80 bucks a month in my pocket..
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I'd hate to see the least anticipated list...
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Really? You put garbage like "The Choice" on this list, but you could not have put on the new improv series "Trust Us With Your Life"?
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Wow, not a huge fan of this list lol. The only show on here that I might look forward to is Anger Management, even tho I haven't even heard of it before ( but come on, Charlie Sheen + anger management therapist = pure gold lol , or so I hope )
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Longmire: Katee Sachoff I enjoyed her work playing starbuck on Battlestar Galactica and also 24 so i wil give this show a chance.



Saving hope: Well of course i will watch it. It has Michael Shanks, Stargate SG-1 and verious other shows and movies and also Erica Durance from Smallville I am really looking forward to it.



Perception: also looks really good.
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Katee Sackhoff is the sole reason I will give this a chance.
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what show are you talking about?
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saving hope will last only one season
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maybe not if they make it good it could last longer. hey everyone who else is going to watch.
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I will watch 10, 8, 4 and one.. if they hold for 3 episodes i will add them to my list of things to take in if not i wont bother.. I am disappointed of the bigger TV producers... they cut descent series to fast and series with absolutely no subsistence gets years and years on air just cos they are cheep to produce. I demand a higher standard.
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I am for SAVING HOPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Eica Durance is epic and i like the rest of the cast!!!!!!!!!! the trailer is really good!!!! and it has potential!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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All those shows suck in my opinion...
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CANNOT WAIT for Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom!!!!
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Anger Management is only interesting because of Charlie
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"One day, television will write a procedural about a well-adjusted person of average intelligence who solves cases by following the rules. This is not one of those days."



"Bwah!!! This is the best comment yet in a summer preview article."



I must agree on both counts, however, sorry guys, it's already been done. The show was called Life on Mars. It was originally on BBC and then Americanized (meaning: dumbed down). I'd rather watch both incarnations of that excellent show again (third time's the charm they say) than any of those listed above.



Having said that, I'll TIVO a few eps of The Newsroom because it's on HBO and it has Olivia Munn in the cast.
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There was a third attempt. Can not remeber the name of the show (BBC). It stared the Captain from the BBC series and was set in the 1970's. Also had a female as the lead.
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charlie sheen and anger mangment nuff said
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Political Animals, Longmire & The Newsroom all look promising.

Dallas looks like half the cast are from The Walking Dead. :)
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I think I might have missed the joke here... Is it me, or do these shows really all look like they're going to suck so hard that staring at a blank screen is going to be less boring and painful?
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The Newsroom. Hands down. I've been looking to this since I heard the words "Aaron Sorkin is working on a new project".

Definately Longmire (been looking forward to this for a long time too) and I'll try Perception, Political Animals - maybe give it a six episode test :D - and Saving Hope (only because of Erica Durance though). I'll probably give Anger Management the four episode test, but that's only because of Selma Blair to be honest.



The Choice looks like the same old crap that's currently on TV far too much.
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Perception & Longmire
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I agree, love those two, just something a little different with Perception, fascinated with the mental illness side, great acting Eric.
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Sometimes when you don't have anything good to show, don't show anything.
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Hardly anything for me, I'm afraid. I might give a chance to "Saving Hope" and "Longmire". Those miniseries shows might be interesting, but I normally seer away from them.

To sum it up, we are... sorry... I am in for a boring season.
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"One day, television will write a procedural about a well-adjusted person of average intelligence who solves cases by following the rules. This is not one of those days."



Bwah!!! This is the best comment yet in a summer preview article.
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Are you getting the new 'Sinbad' series in the States?, looks good.
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I'll definitely give the Newsroom a try, based on The West Wing and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
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the sherlock holmes show looks promising. So good to see Johnny lee miller back on I'm suprised he'd come back after eli stone. My daughter and I both swore off ABC after they cancelled it. Now look at them, vengance is sweet. Hope that hope show is good but i dont think people will watch it
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Saving Hope ,why are we not getting this in Australia ? I am a huge Erica Durance fan and so desperate to see her , I don't care big or small screen .Just repeatedly watching Smallville ....until something new comes along down under....
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I also adore erica durance she is great! I am so excited to see saving hope!!!!!!!!!
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Saving Hope (Daniel Gillies) and Perception ( LeVar Burton)
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i am watching saving hope too!!!!!!!!!!
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Gonna go watch Inside Men right now.
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Erica Durance is always watchable.
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agreed!!!!!!!!!!! Cant wait for saving hope!!!!!!
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Political Animals: You had me at Sigourney Weaver and Sebastian Stan.



Perception: You had me at LeVar Burton.



Longmire: You had me at Katee Sackhoff.



Anger Management: You lost me at Charlie Sheen.



None of these show sound particularly interesting, it's really the actors and actresses that will make me watch/avoid any of them. Except Dallas. You had me at Dallas.
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Wasn't JR dead? Also, I read that Political Animals may become a full season show in the future if the miniseries does well. And where is Teen Wolf? :P
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What no "Continuum"? Loved the first episode. I'll tune in to most of the above to check it out except The Choice and Anger Management.
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Dallas, Longmire, Comedy Bang! Bang!/Bunk all look good!
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I'll check out Perception and Longmire. I'll probably also have a peek at Anger Management for curiosity but I don't think it will go for long.
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Saving Hope - well, I like Michael Shanks, and Erica Durance finally got some personality the last couple seasons of Smallville, and the concept could be interesting, so I'll give it a chance but I won't expect much.



The Choice - really?? Oh Tim, no. Also, Carmen Electra is an unbearable bore, watching her hosting Singled Out was like pulling teeth really slowly - she's got no personality.



Political Animals - I didn't want to get into this, but it does look pretty good, so I will probably watch the whole thing.



Perception - I hadn't heard of this, but it's got Jamie "BSG" Bamber and LeVar "TNG" Burton, and Eric McCormack is a solid bet. The concept sounds interesting even if it does follow a recent trend. By the way, CSI's new main character, Ted Danson's DB Russell, is actually entirely well-adjusted and follows the rules and has a regular home life and yet is still interesting (actually, he's breathed new life into a show that was losing itself), but he's not "average intelligence" I suppose.



Dallas - are you f'ing kidding me? Not even a little bit. That is going to be an unwatchable train wreck, the casting has been generic and production has taken forever to get off the ground, and watching JR be old is going to suck.



Anger Management - I am going to give this a shot, but with low expectations. I would much rather have watched Charlie as the one receiving anger management. Also on the show. HA!



Longmire - really, Katee Sackhoff gets a "Starbuck" callout but Jamie Bamber gets no "Apollo"? I hadn't heard of this series either, odds of trying are low but maybe.



Inside Men - I'm not really into bank heist stories, they're all kinda samey.



Comedy Bang Bang / Bunk - I have no IFC, so no watchy either one. Comedy fake talk-show interviews aren't always as funny to watch on tv as they are to make, as the pictured Zach Galifianakis proved this year, so I can't say I'd be trying it out. Bunk sounds like you didn't describe it right.



The Newsroom - I didn't have good feelings about this when the first descriptions came out, but the promos on tv have looked REALLY good and it kills me that I'm too cheap to shell out for HBO.

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I am watching saving hope!!!!!!!!!!!

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There isn't one show on this summer roster that would even vaguely interest me! It's all mindless pap and useless filler.... When you start to bring shows in with the caliber of "Game of Thrones" - THEN I'll be sitting in front of the TV!
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A real pattern seems to be emerging... once again, FX (Anger Management) and A&E (Longmire) are the only stations putting out anything that interests me at all. The others won't even likely get a look.
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