We're only a few days into spring, but it's time to start thinking about summer and all the TV we're going to be watching during it because we're allergic to sunshine and pool chemicals and fresh air and sand. NBC is the latest network to unveil its summer schedule, and with premiere dates already announced for unscripted shows like Last Comic Standing (Thursday, May 22) and America's Got Talent (Tuesday, May 27), all that's left are the scripted shows that were announced forever ago and that most of us only vaguely recall, plus one new reality series from Adam Richman (Man v. Food).
The Night Shift – Premieres Tuesday, May 27 at 10pm
A new medical series starring Eoin Macken (Merlin), Jill Flint (Royal Pains), Ken Leung (Person of Interest), Brendan Fehr (Bones, Roswell), Daniella Alonso (Revolution), and Freddy Rodriguez (Six Feet Under, Grindhouse). The Night Shift follows the men and women who work—you guessed it—the night shift at San Antonio Memorial Hospital. Macken's T.C. Callahan is an army veteran and doctor who enjoys blowing off steam with his friends and co-workers Topher (Leung) and Drew (Fehr) in between the terrible burden of having to save lives. That is, until their new boss (Rodriguez) comes on board and puts pressure on them to clean up their act.
Undateable – Premieres Thursday, May 29 at 9pm with back-to-back episodes
From the show-creating machine that is Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Cougar Town) comes Undateable, a new comedy about a group of people who need a little bit of help to escape their "undateable" phase. Chris D'Elia (Whitney) stars as Danny, a confident man in his late 20s who decides to help out his roommate—a bar owner named Justin (Brent Morin)—and a few of Justin's friends. Those friends are played by Ron Funches, Rick Glassman, David Lynn, and Bianca Kajlich, and the group spends most of their time at the bar, where they help solve each other’s problems over beers, like rational people do.
Crossbones – Premieres Friday, May 30 at 10pm
Starring John Malkovich and Richard Coyle, Crossbones is NBC's pirate drama about the infamous Blackbeard (Malkovich). The show is set in 1715 in New Providence, where Blackbeard and his band of sailors, thieves, outlaws, and general miscreants have become a threat to international trade. Assassin Tom Lowe (Coyle) is sent to the island to take down Blackbeard, but eventually discovers that it's not so easy to beat a pirate who looks like John Malkovich. Plus, he kind of admires the guy's business acumen and political ideals. There's also something about a lady that Blackbeard cannot deny. But whatever, BRING ON THE PIRATES!
Taxi Brooklyn – Premieres Wednesday, June 25 at 10pm
Chyler Leigh (Grey's Anatomy) , Jacky Ido (Inglourious Basterds), Ally Walker (Sons of Anarchy), and Jennifer Esposito (Blue Bloods) star in this action-comedy police procedural that centers on an unofficial partnership between a New York City taxi driver and a driven NYPD detective.
Welcome to Sweden – Premieres Thursday, July 10 at 9pm
This new comedy comes from the Poehler siblings—the very famous, very funny Amy, and the less famous but probably still cool Greg. Based on Greg's own life, the series is a half-hour sitcom that tells a fish-out-of-water story as New York accountant Bruce (Greg) falls in love with a Swedish girl, Emma (Josephine Bornebusch) and moves to her native country.
Working the Engels – Premieres Thursday, July 10 at 9:30pm
Working the Engels is a single-camera comedy featuring a family who must band together to pick up the pieces after their patriarch passes away, leaving them a mountain of debt and a law firm to run. Andrea Martin (SCTV), Azura Skye (American Horror Story), Kacey Rohl (Hannibal), and Benjamin Arthur (Less Than Kind) star.
Food Fighters – Premieres Tuesday, July 22 at 8pm
Hosted by Man v. Food's Adam Richman, Food Fighters is an unscripted series on which the best amateur cooks in the country will compete against five professional chefs. As the amateurs knock out the pros and move ahead in the competition, the cash prizes they're hoping to win will increase. All dishes will be judged by a “Dinner Party” of fancy culinary peeps, who I'm 99 percent sure don't have names that rhyme with Shannibal Schmecter.
Do any of these sound good to you?