Summer TV Preview: 10 Must-Watch Shows
THE ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB (ABC, JUNE 18)
"This is a story about sisterhood, friendship and being a strong woman," JoAnna Garcia Swisher, 35, says of this 10-episode series based on the real-life women married to space-race legends like John Glenn and Alan Shepard. "None of those men would have been picked had they not had a model home life. There were a lot of expectations placed on these military wives." Adds costar Yvonne Strahovski, 32: "They were thrown into the limelight and became, in essence, America's first reality stars."
A DEADLY ADOPTION (LIFETIME, JUNE 20)
It's not a hoax! News of the campy TV-movie spoof may have broken on April Fool's Day, but Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig will indeed star as a couple looking to adopt (by any means necessary) in the top-secret project.
BALLERS (HBO, JUNE 21)
"I literally dreamed of having Spencer's life when I was playing football in high school and at the University of Miami," Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, 43, says of the former pro football star he plays in this new behind-the-scenes sports comedy, executive produced by the action star and his pal Mark Wahlberg.
SCREAM (MTV, JUNE 30)
The self-aware scares of the Scream franchise have been distilled into "a bloody, scary, fun show about high school and the masks we all wear," says actress Willa Fitzgerald, 24.
ZOO (CBS, JUNE 30)
A young scientist (James Wolk) investigates a rash of violent animal attacks in this pulse-racing thriller based on a James Patterson novel of the same name. The premise may be a bit unnerving, but Wolk for one hasn't been taking the subject matter home. "I have a dog, and I feel safe with her still," says the actor, 30.
SEX&DRUGS&ROCK&ROLL(FX, JULY 16)
"It takes a lot of work to have that look," Denis Leary, 57, says of playing an aging, failed rock star. "I'm in hair and makeup longer than the girls!"
WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: FIRST DAY OF CAMP (NETFLIX, JULY 31)
"It was so cool to get to jump back to the past," Amy Poehler, 43, says of reuniting with her now A-list costars (including Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd and Elizabeth Banks) in this prequel series to their 2001 cult-classic comedy.
FEAR THE WALKING DEAD (AMC, AUGUST)
Kim Dickens is not exactly ready for the apocalypse. "Even my earthquake kits are probably expired," the Gone Girl actress admits. But luckily for her, Madison Clark – the high school guidance-counselor-turned-zombie-fighter Dickens plays in this companion series to The Walking Dead – is more prepared. "I really admire how quick she is when making those really tough decisions on how to survive and protect her family," Dickens, 50, says of Madison. "I hope I'd be that quick."
MR. ROBINSON (NBC, AUG. 5)
The Office star Craig Robinson, 43, is an aspiring musician working as a music teacher in this sitcom loosely based on his life. "I taught music in Chicago before I moved to L.A.," says Robinson.
BLUNT TALK (STARZ, AUG. 22)
X-Men star Patrick Stewart, 74, says he observed the Daily Show and Rachel Maddow newsrooms to get into character as Walter Blunt (a "passionate" news broadcaster with a "chaotic and unpredictable" personal life) in this new comedy executive-produced by Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane.