Summer is almost here, and with it come thoughts of swimming pools, mountain hikes and grilling. But Hollywood still wants you in front of your television. The TV season used to be exclusive to fall to spring, but no longer. Some of the best shows now air during the hottest time of year.
Here are 10 new series with real potential to be summer breakouts:
- "100 Code" (Tuesday, WGN America) - Detective Tommy Conley (Dominic Monaghan) suspects a connection between a series of murders in New York and a death in Sweden and is allowed to work with the Stockholm police. Upon arrival in Sweden, he is paired with Mikael Eklund (Michael Nyqvist), a cop who doesn't care for American culture. The series was created by Academy Award winner Bobby Moresco ("Crash," "Million Dollar Baby").
- "Reverie" (Wednesday, NBC) - Mara Kint (Sarah Shahi) is a former hostage negotiator and expert on human behavior who became a college professor after a personal tragedy. When former boss (Dennis Haysbert) brings her in to save people who have lost themselves in an immersive virtual reality program, she finds that in saving others, she may save herself.
- "C.B. Strike" (June 1, Cinemax) - This mini-series is based on the bestselling novels by Harry Potter creator JK Rowling. C.B. Strike (Tom Burke) is a war veteran turned private detective who operates out of an office in London. Although severely changed by combat, his skills as an investigator are helpful when crimes are so complex that they leave police baffled.
- "Succession" (June 3, HBO) - Created by Jesse Armstrong, who was nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for "In the Loop," "Succession" focuses on the Roy family, which controls one of the world's biggest entertainment empires. Logan Roy's (Brian Cox) four children all want a say in how the company is run as their aging father looks for a successor.
- "Marvel's Cloak & Dagger" (June 7, Freeform) - Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone "Ty" Johnson (Aubrey Joseph), two teenagers from very different backgrounds, find themselves mysteriously connected when they discover they have superpowers.
- "Strange Angel" (June 14, CBS All Access) - A diamond in the rough, Jack Parsons (Jack Reynor) is a brilliant yet seemingly average janitor who works in a chemical factory in 1930s Los Angeles. During the day, he works on his dream of building rockets, something most people know nothing about at the time. By night, Parsons is drawn into an occult religion created by Aleister Crowley.
- "Yellowstone" (June 20, Paramount Network) - John Dutton (Kevin Costner) and his family own the largest contiguous ranch in the U.S. Family drama and power struggles ensue as the Duttons battle land developers, politicians and each other.
- "Sharp Objects" (July 8, HBO) - Adopted from the Gillian Flynn novel of the same name, "Sharp Objects" stars Amy Adams as reporter Camille Preaker. When Camille returns to her small hometown to cover the murders of two girls, she finds herself strangely identifying with one of the victims. The psychological drama also stars Patricia Clarkson and Elizabeth Perkins.
- "Castle Rock" (July 25, Hulu) - After the success of "11.22.63," Hulu is delving back into the Stephen King universe. The psychological thriller is an original anthology series executive produced by JJ Abrams set in a few square miles of Maine (of course). Andre Holland, Sissy Spacek and Scott Glenn star.
- "Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan" (Aug. 31, Amazon) - The Tom Clancy hero is reinvented yet again, this time as a young CIA operative. John Krasinski ("The Office") stars as Jack Ryan and is an executive producer with Carlton Cuse ("Lost," "Bates Motel") and Graham Roland ("Fringe," "Prison Break"). Amazon is so confident in the series, it already has green-lighted a second season.
Gazette media columnist Terry Terrones is a member of the Television Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. You can follow him on Twitter at @terryterrones.