NEW YORK — No matter how fine the weather may be, you just can’t stay outdoors all summer. Who could handle all that sun block and fresh air?
So it’s good news that the networks continue to crank out new shows, in stark contrast to years gone by when TV took the sort of leisurely summer holiday you wish you could score.
“Magic City,” Starz, season premiere Friday at 9 p.m. Ike Evans is the tough, charismatic pasha of the Miramar Playa Hotel in 1960s-era Miami Beach. He’s got it all: fancy lifestyle, loving family, gorgeous wife, great tan. But he’s also got problems: how to get the mob off his back and out of his business. Jeffrey Dean Morgan stars in this posh period drama.
“True Blood,” HBO, season premiere Sunday at 9 p.m. Vampire Bill has been reincarnated while the governor of Louisiana is declaring war on vampires. Starring Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer.
“Wilfred,” FX, season premiere June 20. This is the comedy that reminds you that man’s best friend is his dog — or, in this case, an Australian bloke in a baggy dog suit. Starring Elijah Wood and Jason Gann.
“Under the Dome,” CBS, series premiere June 24. This particular dome is a transparent, from-out-of-nowhere dome that has suddenly sealed off a small town from the rest of the world. Based on Stephen King’s novel, this eerie thriller stars Mike Vogel, Natalie Martinez and Dean Norris.
“Ray Donovan,” Showtime, series premiere June 30. Ray Donovan is the clean-up man for L.A.’s most glamorous and powerful mess-makers. And he’s good at fixing things for these high rollers. Liev Schreiber stars, with Jon Voight as his father.
“Dexter,” Showtime, season premiere June 30. It’s the eighth and final season for this do-gooder serial killer. Michael C. Hall stars as TV’s favorite vigilante sociopath.
“The Bridge,” FX, series premiere July 10. This bi-cultural crime drama is set on the border between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, where two detectives join forces to track down a killer. Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger star.
“The White Queen,” Starz, series premiere Aug. 10. What happens when a young, handsome king weds a beautiful commoner, thus foiling the plans of the powerbrokers who surround him? Max Irons and Rebecca Ferguson star.
“Breaking Bad,” AMC, season premiere Aug. 11. Walter White, the mousey chemistry teacher-turned-drug kingpin, is heading for his comeuppance as this drama airs its final eight episodes. The end just can’t possibly be pretty for Walt (aka “Heisenberg”) and his sidekick Jesse Pinkman. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul star.