Henry Goldblatt and Emily Strohm
June 09, 2014 12:00 PM

No. 1

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

Netflix, available June 6

Between scary new inmates and more ugly brushes with the law, the ladies of Litchfield Federal Prison have it pretty rough this season. But once the cameras stop rolling, the stars of Netflix’s breakout hit let loose. “We shoot in a prison and an abandoned children’s psychiatric hospital,” Laura Prepon, 34, says of the mostly female cast, who spend six months a year working on the 13-episode seasons, “but even after a heavy emotional scene, I come down the hall to everyone dancing, playing music and yelling. It makes you love coming to work.” And for many, these feel like lifelong friendships. “It feels good to have a tribe,” adds Taylor Schilling, 29. “I have a group of girlfriends that fiercely have my back. I’m never going to let go of them.”

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No. 2

THE LEFTOVERS

HBO, June 29

Starring: Justin Theroux

Two percent of the world’s population suddenly disappears (including our national treasure, J.Lo!), and the residents of a New York suburb struggle to cope with the loss of their loved ones three years after the fact. Was it the Rapture? Or something else? Based on Tom Perrotta’s terrific bestselling novel, the series is heart-wrenching and wonderfully creepy. No surprise there, since it comes from one of the co-creators of Lost.

No. 3

LADIES OF LONDON

Bravo, June 2

Starring: Noelle Reno, Caprice Bourret

Four Americans navigate the catty world of British high society in this reality series. (Lesson No. 1: Wearing a fascinator on the wrong occasion will earn you downright mockery!)

No. 4

HALT AND CATCH FIRE

AMC, June 1

Starring: Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy

In a star-making turn, Lee Pace plays a former IBM exec building a revolutionary computer in the early ’80s. “The nature of their vision was unhinged,” says Pace, “but this is the stuff our modern culture depends on.”

No. 5

THE LAST SHIP

TNT, June 22

Starring: Eric Dane

In Eric Dane’s new drama, a global catastrophe decimates the world’s population – but Dane, 41, and the crew of the Naval destroyer he commands happen to be out of harm’s way when it occurs. “It’s a real look at a potential end-of-days scenario,” the actor says. “They’re on the brink of apocalypse.”

No. 6

EXTANT

CBS, July 9

Starring: Halle Berry

Halle Berry, 47, plays an astronaut who returns from a yearlong solo mission in space only to discover she’s somehow knocked up. “What drew me to this role was being a mom,” Berry says of the supernatural drama. “And I love being pregnant, so I thought, ‘I’m going to ace that part of this, for sure.'”

No. 7

THE STRAIN

FX, July 13

Starring: Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro

Based on the bestselling trilogy, the drama, created and directed by Guillermo del Toro, follows biochemists Stoll (above) and Maestro as they fight a viral outbreak of vampirism. “It brings the vampire genre to the 21st century,” says Maestro. “It’s thrilling.”

No. 8

WELCOME TO SWEDEN

NBC, July 10

Starring: Greg Poehler

For this “sweet and fun” comedy, Poehler – yes, Amy’s brother – drew inspiration from his own experience relocating to Stockholm. “It’s a fish-out-of-water tale and a love story,” he says. “Much like my actual life.”

No. 9

SHARKNADO 2

Syfy, July 31

Starring: Ian Ziering, Tara Reid

Ziering reprises his role as a bar owner in the sequel to last year’s so-bad-it’s-good flying shark disaster movie. This time, a freak weather system brings a “sharknado” to the Big Apple.

No. 10

THE MUSKETEERS

BBC AMERICA, June 22

Starring: Santiago Cabrera, Tom Burke, Luke Pasqualino, Howard Charles

As D’Artagnan, one of not three but four skilled fighters protecting King Louis XIII in 17th-century Paris, “we get to act like 5-year-olds again,” says Pasqualino, 24 (above, center). “We just play with swords and horses.”

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