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Every Upcoming TV Show Premiere and Return Date of Summer 2018
While late spring is usually reserved for season finales—and, therefore, must-see-TV Emmy ploys—that doesn’t mean there isn’t something new to watch in May and June.
In addition to the second season of Netflix’s Luke Cage (how chivalrous to let Jessica Jones return first) and a revamping of the motorcycle-obsessed American Chopper on Discovery, these months also bring us new shows like Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger on Freeform and Condor, the new Audience Network spy thriller that stars Max Irons, Brendan Fraser and Mira Sorvino.
We’ll be updating this list as more premiere dates are announced. But hey, if you don’t see something you’d like to watch here, you can probably find it on our list of March and April premieres.
End Game (Netflix) The digital channel moves from food to medical docs with this vérité style short piece about practitioners who, according to its logline “work on the cutting edge of life and death.”
I’m Dying Up Here (Showtime) Brad Garrett is among the cast additions for the second season of this dramedy about struggling comics in 1970s Los Angeles.
Sweetbitter (Starz) A new drama based on Stephanie Danier’s best-seller about behind-the-scenes life in a fancy New York restaurant.
Vida (Starz) Mishel Prada and Melissa Barrera star as Mexican-American sisters who return to East LA upon their mom’s death—and learn she was much more than they imagined.
Botched (E!) It’s the fifth season of this reality series that will scare straight anyone considering plastic surgery.
Little Women (PBS) A three-part miniseries based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic story of girl power in Civil War-era America.
2018 Billboard Music Awards (NBC) The award show has moved to NBC, which will air it live coast-to-coast during a three-hour telecast.
The Great American Read (PBS) An eight-part somewhat counterintuitive series that attempts to get us to turn off the TV and read a book.
Red Nose Day (NBC) The channel’s annual telethon partnership with Comic Relief USA that unleashes star power to raise money to end child poverty.
The Fourth Estate (Showtime) Documentarian Liz Garbus followed The New York Times journalists while they, in turn, followed the first year of the Trump administration.
American Chopper (Discovery) The motorcycle-loving father and son Paul Teutul Sr. and Paul Teutul Jr. return after a five-year hiatus.
Six (History) Fittingly, the second season of this story about Navy SEALs premieres on Memorial Day.
100 Code (WGN) A Swedish crime drama about a pair of cops investigating murders in New York and Stockholm.
America’s Got Talent (NBC) Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Howie Mandel return as judges for Season 13. In other words, no actual American is currently on that panel for this long-running competition series.
World of Dance (NBC) It’s the second season of this dance competition series, which counts Jennifer Lopez as an executive producer (she also judges along with Derek Hough and Ne-Yo).
American Ninja Warrior (NBC) The hugely popular summer hit is back with more elaborate obstacle courses.
Running Wild with Bear Gryllis (NBC) Among the celebrity guests following the famed adventurist into the abyss this season are Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lena Headey, and Roger Federer.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix) Forcing us to pace ourselves, Netflix is only releasing the first six episodes of the fourth season of this addictive now—the others will be out later this year.
Dietland (AMC) Joy Nash and Julianna Margulies star in this new satire based on Sarai Walker’s 2015 best-seller about a woman’s self-awakening after trudging through patriarchy, misogyny, rape culture and unrealistic beauty standards. You know, your basic Tuesday.
Condor (AT&T AUDIENCE Network) Max Irons stars in this drama based on the similarly named book and Sydney Pollack movie about a young CIA analyst fearing for his life as he investigates why his colleagues have all been assassinated. Brendan Fraser, Mira Sorvino, William Hurt, and Bob Balaban also appear.
American Woman (Paramount Network) Alicia Silverstone stars in this period dramedy based on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Kyle Richards’ childhood.
Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger (Freeform) Because every network gets a Marvel series. This one stars Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph as teens linked by their newfound superpowers.
Nashville (CMT) One last encore! It’s the second half of the sixth and final season of the Hayden Panettiere-starring musical drama.
72nd Annual Tony Awards (CBS) Curtain up! Light the lights!
The Bold Type (Freeform) The popular series about the New York City publishing world starts its second season with a new showrunner.
The Affair (Showtime) Sanaa Lathan joins the cast of this dreary relationship drama. Fingers crossed she will be the one woman on the show immune to Noah (Dominic West’s) charms.
2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards (MTV) Tiffany Haddish is hosting this year. Will she wear her white Alexander McQueen dress again?
Drunk History (Comedy Central) Because there are still plenty more stories that need to be told while inebriated …
Yellowstone (Paramount Network) Kevin Costner stars as a rancher defending his turf in this drama from Sicario writer Taylor Sheridan.
Marvel’s Luke Cage (Netflix) Mike Colter returns as the tank-top loving crime fighter. He’s cleared his name and is a hero of Harlem—until a new threat arrives.