If you were planning on giving your TV and DVR a break this summer, you might want to rethink that. The once-endless barrage of reruns that we endured during the hottest months of the year has now turned into a season for new television programming and returning favorites. Here are 10 shows that are definitely worth watching this summer.
Devious Maids (Lifetime, June 1)
The spicy Latinas who clean houses in Beverly Hills are back again, but these girls are getting involved in anything and everything except housekeeping. Expect more sex, secrets, murder, and lies as new cast members Naya Rivera and man candy Gilles Marini join the Marc Cherry-produced series for its third season, which picks up from last year’s cliffhanger of the drive-by shooting at Rosie and Spence’s wedding.
So You Think You Can Dance (FOX, June 1)
This show kicks off its twelfth season with a change in format that will split the competing dancers into two camps: “Stage vs. Street.” Even more exciting is the return of Paula Abdul, who will be sitting at the judges’ table along with Jason Derulo and Nigel Lythgoe.
Becoming Us (ABC, June 8)
This docuseries from Ryan Seacrest Productions chronicles the life of a Midwestern teenager named Ben, who shortly after his parents’ divorce, discovers that his father is transitioning into a woman. Ben’s girlfriend, Danielle, also has a transgender parent, which helps deepen their connection.
Skin Wars (GSN, June 10)
We’re less than a week away from finding out who will be the winner of season 7 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, but if you’re already going through Mama RuPaul withdrawal, he’ll be back soon enough as a judge on the second season of this body painting competition show. Rebecca Romijn hosts.
Orange Is the New Black (Netflix, June 12)
The ladies prison-set show that launched Laverne Cox onto pop culture’s radar and turned binge-watching into an art form returns for a third go-around. The entire season will be available for streaming on Netflix upon its release, which means you probably shouldn’t make any plans that weekend.
Clipped (TBS, June 16)
Max Matchnick and David Kohan, the creators of Will & Grace, are serving up a new sitcom this summer that stars Ashley Tisdale of High School Musical
infamy fame. The show follows a group of former high school classmates who now work together at Buzzy’s, a local barbershop in the Boston neighborhood of Charlestown. It’s worth noting that Cheers alum George Wendt plays the role of Buzzy, the former owner of the barbershop, who happens to be in a long-term gay relationship.
Big Brother Season 17 (CBS, June 24)
Last summer brought us one of the most homoerotic storylines we’ve seen on Big Brother thanks to an extremely flirtatious and affectionate friendship between housemates Frankie Grande and Zach Rance. There was also the discovery of Cody Calafiore’s past as an underwear model, which made this boring contestant slightly more fascinating.
Teen Wolf (MTV, June 29)
It’s hard to believe that this homoerotic series was adapted from the 1985 Michael J. Fox film with the same name. That movie was a comedy and there was nothing remotely sexual about its plot. On the other hand, Teen Wolf, the show, has brought us shirtless werewolves, gay storylines, and Tyler Posey, and it’s back for a fifth season startingMonday, June 29 at 10:00 p.m. on MTV.
Bruce Jenner’s Docuseries (E!, July 26)
Although the eight-part series does not have an official title yet, the project will pick up from where the Diane Sawyer interview left off. The show will chronicle Jenner’s transition as he begins to live an authentic life and seek out his “new normal.”
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (July 31)
Netflix is delivering another binge-watching treat in the form of this eight-episode series that serves as a prequel to the 2001 cult comedy. Most of the cast will reprise their roles, and there will also be some new faces like hotties Chris Pine and Jon Hamm. However, the return of Bradley Cooper as the gay camp counselor is what we find most exciting. If you haven’t seen the movie, you missed one of hottest sex scenes to ever take place in a tool shed between Cooper and Michael Ian Black. Fortunately, the clip lives on in YouTube: