The Fall/Spring season is over now, but it doesn't mean that scripted genre shows have gone into hibernation for the next few months. As with every year, Summer brings us several genre entries to choose from, even if this year has fewer options than recent Summers. The broadcast networks decided to bow out once again as we have not seen anything from them since 2010 when shows like Persons Unknown and The Gates failed to catch on. But the cable channels have a few returning shows and one new series to tide us over until the Fall season begins. Here's my thoughts (for what they are worth) on those and you can see the full schedule of Summer shows at this link.
Tron: Uprising (Tuesdays, Disney XD, Premieres June 7th) - This series, which bridges the gap between the first and second Tron films, has actually already kicked off with a ten-part web series that introduces the characters and premise (you can watch it at the Disney XD site). Based on that, it looks like they have basically repackaged all of the expected tropes
from young-adult oriented action animated shows but this time with the Tron label.
The animation is cool at least and I will keep an eye on it to see if it
manages to rise above cliche and find its own voice.
True Blood (Sundays, HBO, Returns June 10th) - With the last couple of seasons, this series has gone
the way of bad camp and I don't foresee that changing going into Season 5.
It has become Dark Shadows at its worse but with sex, nudity, violence
and none of the Gothic ambience that gave the 60's soap its appeal. But
then True Blood continues to deliver the ratings for HBO, so expect it
to stick around for a while.
Falling Skies (Sundays, TNT, Returns June 17th) - In its first season, this show managed to tread that
fine line between family drama and genre series without going overboard on
the former like Terra Nova did or giving way to bad camp like Once Upon
A Time did. I considered it a pleasant surprise last Summer, though it
still has room to improve. If they continue to develop the sci fi and post-apocalyptic elements, this one could turn into a decent show.
Futurama (Wednesdays, Comedy Central, Returns June 20th) - Expect more of the same animated, sci fi hijinks from this series which now enters its seventh season.
Warehouse 13 (Mondays, Syfy, Returns July 23rd) - Expect Syfy not to tinker with the formula too much on
this show in its fourth season as the Warehouse 13 team continues to
recover objects that have leaked out across the globe.
Other notes about the Summer season: Eureka, which kicked off its
fifth season in April, will end its run in July prior to the season
debuts of Alphas and Warehouse 13, which will give them one less hour for their Monday-night block unless they have an unannounced new series waiting to fill in the gap. The Canadian import Lost Girl will
continue its run on Syfy throughout the Summer, but will move to Fridays as it
takes the slot Haven held last year. The latter series will shift to a Fall
run this year. Torchwood, which aired its fourth season on STARZ last
year, has not been officially cancelled, but there is no word of a new
season starting up in the near future. And NBC plans on taking
advantage of the Summer Olympics and kicking its season off early in
August. Grimm is expected to debut its second season that month,
though no word on if the J.J. Abrams series Revolution will launch then