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Summer TV Preview: Mr. Robot, The Get Down, and More Shows to Watch For

Photo-Illustration: Kelly Chiello and Photos by Lifetime, USA, Netflix

Remember the days when the summer television schedule was dominated by reruns, lowbrow reality programs, and even more reruns? Today’s summer television landscape is both exciting and diverse, and it’s already giving the fall–spring lineup a serious run for its money. Below, we’ve outlined highlights from the summer slate, as well as a list of when all shows will be returning — we’ll continue to update this post in the coming weeks as more programming information becomes available.

Game of Thrones, April 24, HBO

What else can we possibly say about the sixth season of Game of Thrones that hasn’t already been extensively written about? (Two words: Jon Snow.) In the event you need a refresher, though, we’ve created an essential guide for all of the characters, betrayals, alliances, schemes, and more.

Veep, April 24, HBO

Season five of the political satire picks up the morning after the highly dramatic presidential election, which ended in a tie between current president Selina Meyer (the delightfully foul-mouthed Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and her senator opponent. Look forward to VP candidate Tom James (Hugh Laurie) causing a bit of trouble, as well as John Slattery in a recurring role. Remember: continuity with change!

Preacher, May 22, AMC

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg helped adapt this cult comic-book series for television; it depicts a ruthless small-town Texas priest (Dominic Cooper) who, after being inhabited by an unknown entity that gives him supernatural powers, begins his quest to literally find God. His badass ex-girlfriend and an Irish vampire accompany him on what should be one hell of a spiritual journey.

Feed the Beast, June 5, AMC

Fresh from the success of The People v. O.J. Simpson, David Schwimmer is fronting this new crime drama, which follows two best friends who take one last shot at opening a restaurant together in the Bronx. Oh, and they also may have connections to the mob, which could prove difficult while trying to establish themselves in the culinary world. Jim Sturgess also stars.

UnREAL, June 6, Lifetime

The first season of UnREAL proved to be a critical and ratings success, with its brutally honest portrayal of the behind-the-scenes world of a reality dating show. The new season will feature a black bachelor (something the real Bachelor has never done) named Darius, who comes to the mansion to rehab his image after a tumultuous life as a quarterback. Drama and bitchiness will ensue, naturally.

Orange Is the New Black, June 17, Netflix

Welcome back to Litchfield! This season has everything — new bunk beds, a major corporate takeover, a still-alive Alex, and even a Martha Stewart-esque figure.

Greenleaf, June 21, OWN

As if we needed another reason to have more Oprah in our lives. Greenleaf — which Oprah executive produces and co-stars in — chronicles the scandalous and wealthy Greenleaf family, who run a megachurch in Memphis, and the countless secrets and lies that surround them.

Mr. Robot, July 13, USA

Mr. Robot received widespread acclaim when it made its network debut last summer, and it’s easy to see its gritty appeal. Elliot (Rami Malek), a security engineer and secret cyber-vigilante hacker gets recruited by a mysterious anarchist named Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) to join a group of underground “hacktivists.” The second season deals with the aftermath of the group’s hack on E Corp — the FBI are called in to investigate, of course.

Vice Principals, July 17, HBO

Danny McBride and Walton Goggins star as two rival vice principals — one for discipline, the other for curriculum — at a local high school, who are simultaneously vying for the coveted principal spot. From pushing over grandmas and fistfighting in the teacher’s lounge, they’re being really mature about it.

The Get Down, August 12, Netflix

From the mind of Baz Luhrmann comes the musical-drama series The Get Down, which follows a rag-tag group of South Bronx youngsters in 1970s New York as they become immersed in the downtown music scene. The birth of hip-hop has never looked so vivacious and funky, especially through the eyes of our youthful protagonists. (We’re already anticipating the soundtrack.)

The full summer 2016 lineup:

Sunday, April 24
8 p.m. Rebellion, Sundance
9 p.m. Game of Thrones, HBO
10 p.m. Silicon Valley, HBO
10:30 p.m. Veep, HBO

Monday, April 25
8 p.m. Mike & Molly, CBS
8 p.m. Reign, CW
10 p.m. Monica the Medium, Freeform
10 p.m. Turn: Washington’s Spies, AMC

Tuesday, April 26
8 p.m. Chopped Junior, Food
9 p.m. Top Gear (US), History

Wednesday, April 27
8 p.m. Flying Monsters With David Attenborough, Smithsonian

Friday, April 29
12 a.m. Special Correspondents, Netflix

Saturday, April 30
8 p.m. 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, HBO

Sunday, May 1
9 p.m. Keeping Up With the Kardashians, E!
10 p.m. Penny Dreadful, Showtime
10 p.m. #RichKids of Beverly Hills, E!

Monday, May 2
9 p.m. Houdini & Doyle, Fox
9:30 p.m. The Odd Couple, CBS

Tuesday, May 3
10 p.m. Person of Interest, CBS

Wednesday, May 4
8 p.m. Micro Monsters with David Attenborough, Smithsonian
9 p.m. Maron, IFC

Thursday, May 5
12 a.m. Flowers, Seeso
12 a.m. Marseille, Netflix

Friday, May 6
12 a.m. Grace and Frankie, Netflix

Sunday, May 8
8 p.m. Sister Wives, TLC
9 p.m. Wallander, PBS

Tuesday, May 10
9 p.m. Botched, E!
9 p.m. Little People, Big World, TLC

Wednesday, May 11
12 a.m. Chelsea, Netflix

Sunday, May 15
9 p.m. Undercover Boss, CBS

Tuesday, May 17
9 p.m. Coupled, Fox

Wednesday, May 18
10 p.m. Royal Pains, USA

Thursday, May 19
12 a.m. Thingstarter, Seeso

Friday, May 20
12 a.m. Lady Dynamite, Netflix
8 p.m. Masters of Illusion, CW

Saturday, May 21
8 p.m. All the Way, HBO

Sunday, May 22
8 p.m. 2016 Billboard Music Awards, ABC
10 p.m. Preacher, AMC

Monday, May 23
8 p.m. The Bachelorette, ABC
9 p.m. Whose Line Is It Anyway?, CW

Tuesday, May 24
8 p.m. Hotel Hell, Fox

Wednesday, May 25
9 p.m. Wayward Pines, Fox

Thursday, May 26
8 p.m. 500 Questions, ABC
9 p.m. Red Nose Day, NBC

Friday, May 27
12 a.m. Bloodline, Netflix
12 a.m. Chef’s Table, Netflix
12 a.m. The Do-Over, Netflix

Monday, May 30
8 p.m. So You Think You Can Dance, Fox
9 p.m. The Dresser, Starz
9 p.m. Roots, A&E, Lifetime, and and History
10 p.m. Scream, MTV
10 p.m. Mistresses, ABC

Tuesday, May 31
8 p.m. America’s Got Talent, NBC
10 p.m. Maya and Marty in Manhattan, NBC

Wednesday, June 1
8 p.m. American Ninja Warrior, NBC
8 p.m. MasterChef, Fox
8 p.m. Young & Hungry, Freeform
8:30 p.m. Baby Daddy, Freeform
10 p.m. Cleverman, Sundance
10 p.m. The Night Shift, NBC

Thursday, June 2
12 a.m. Hidden America With Jonah Ray, Seeso
9 p.m. Beauty and the Beast, CW

Friday, June 3
10 p.m. Outcast, Cinemax
11 p.m. Comedy Bang! Bang!, IFC

Sunday, June 5
10 p.m. Feed the Beast, AMC

Monday, June 6
9 p.m. Devious Maids, Lifetime
9 p.m. Rizzoli & Isles, TNT
10 p.m. UnREAL, Lifetime

Tuesday, June 7
12 a.m. Casual, Hulu
10 p.m. Animal Kingdom, TNT

Saturday, June 11
9 p.m. O.J.: Made in America, ABC

Sunday, June 12
8 p.m. 70th Annual Tony Awards, CBS
9 p.m. The Last Ship, TNT
9 p.m. Still the King, CMT

Monday, June 13
9 p.m. Guilt, Freeform
10 p.m. BrainDead, CBS
10 p.m. Major Crimes, TNT

Tuesday, June 14
8 p.m. To Tell the Truth, ABC
9 p.m. Uncle Buck, ABC
10 p.m. Famously Single, E!
10 p.m. Wrecked, TBS

Wednesday, June 15
12 a.m. Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Crackle

Thursday, June 16
9 p.m. Aquarius, NBC
9 p.m. Home Free, Fox

Friday, June 17
12 a.m Orange Is the New Black, Netflix

Saturday, June 18
8 p.m. Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?, Lifetime

Sunday, June 19
10 p.m. Murder in the First, TNT
10 p.m. The Jim Gaffigan Show, TV Land
11 p.m. EJ and the City, E!

Monday, June 20
8 p.m. The Fosters, Freeform
10 p.m. Odd Mom Out, Bravo

Tuesday, June 21
8 p.m. Pretty Little Liars, Freeform
10 p.m. Greenleaf, OWN
10 p.m. Queen of the South, USA

Wednesday, June 22
8 p.m. Big Brother, CBS
10 p.m. American Gothic, CBS

Thursday, June 23
8 p.m. BattleBots, ABC
10 p.m. Thirteen, BBC America

Friday, June 24
12 a.m. The Fundamentals of Caring, Netflix

Sunday, June 26
8 p.m. Celebrity Family Feud, ABC
9 p.m. The $100,000 Pyramid, ABC
9 p.m. Ray Donovan, Showtime
10 p.m. Roadies, Showtime
10 p.m. WAGS, E!
10:30 p.m. Impastor, TV Land

Tuesday, June 28
9 p.m. Dead of Summer, Freeform
9 p.m. Zoo, CBS

Thursday, June 30
10 p.m. Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, FX

Friday, July 1
12 a.m. Marco Polo, Netflix
12 a.m. Jim Jefferies: Freedumb, Netflix

Wednesday, July 6
10 p.m. Tyrant, FX

Sunday, July 10
9 p.m. The Night Of, HBO

Monday, July 11
8 p.m. Penn & Teller: Fool Us, CW

Tuesday, July 12
12 a.m. Difficult People, Hulu

Wednesday, July 13
8 p.m. The 2016 ESPYs, ABC
10 p.m. Mr. Robot, USA

Friday, July 15
12 a.m. East Los High, Hulu
12 a.m. Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru, Netflix
12 a.m. Stranger Things, Netflix

Sunday, July 17
10 p.m. Ballers, HBO
10:30 p.m. Vice Principals, HBO

Thursday, July 21
8 p.m. Syfy Presents Live From Comic-Con, Syfy

Friday, July 29
12 a.m. Home: Adventures With Tip & Oh, Netflix

Sunday, July 31
8 p.m. Sharknado: The 4th Awakens, Syfy

Tuesday, August 2
8 p.m. Bachelor in Paradise, ABC
9 p.m. American Experience: Boys of ‘36, PBS

Wednesday, August 3
8 p.m. CMA Music Festival, ABC

Friday, August 5
8 p.m. 2016 Rio Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, NBC

Sunday, August 7
10 p.m. Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry, E!

Tuesday, August 9
9 p.m. Botched By Nature, E!

Friday, August 12
12 a.m. The Get Down, Netflix

Monday, August 22
10 p.m. Cheer Squad, Freeform

Friday, August 26
12 a.m. Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy: We’ve Been Thinking…, Netflix

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