Teams of two try to escape rooms rigged with “Indiana Jones"-style obstacles by answering trivia questions in this competition based on a Japanese game show “Dero!” (Phelan Ebenhack/Syfy)
In this somber three-part mini, zombies can be “cured” with medication that keeps their rabid tendencies at bay. But Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry) and other patients battling Partially Deceased Syndrome aren¿t exactly welcomed back home after having eaten their neighbors’ brains. More than another zombie apocalypse thriller, “In the Flesh” is a surprisingly deep examination of fear, prejudice and the struggle for acceptance. (BBC America)
Star Manny Montana says this new drama is a cross between “New York Undercover” and “The Real World,” but it’s much grittier than the usual USA network fare. In it, undercover agents from the FBI, DEA and Customs live together in a beachfront house from where they launch covert investigations. Former Chicago resident Daniel Sunjata (left) also stars with Aaron Tveit (right). (Jeff Daly/USA Network)
This sizzling summer treat has had a good run, but the sun’s about to set on the action series. As the seventh season begins, the CIA offers ex-spy Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) a deal he can¿t refuse. To save his family and friends, he must go deep undercover in the Dominican Republic and infiltrate the inner circle of a terrorist (Adrian Pasdar). His cover? He’s an ex-spy putting together a living by bare-knuckle brawling. (Glenn Watson/USA Network)
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson puts nine contestants through a variety of challenges and temptations to screw each other over to test their strength, courage, integrity and heroism. (Frank Masi / TNT)
Each week three teams composed of three strangers are dropped off in a remote location (like the one show, Lost Coast in Auckland, New Zealand) and have 72 hours to work together to find a hidden briefcase full of money. (Vince Valitutti / TNT )
Host Dolph Lundgren makes sexually suggestive quips and other bad jokes as three teams of two attempt to complete movie-themed challenges for money. (Reelz)
Inspector Lewis, Series VI 8 p.m. Sundays, June 16-30, PBS
Inspector Robbie Lewis (Kevin Whately, right in left photo) and DS James Hathaway (Laurence Fox, left) ponder their futures in three new feature-length episodes that find them investigating murders among the stones halls of Oxford.
Endeavour, Series 1
8 p.m. Sundays, July 7-28, PBS
After the success of its “Endeavour” pilot, “Masterpiece” brings back young Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans, right) before he became and inspector. In four episodes set in 1965 Oxford, the detective constable rubs most of the force the wrong way with his unusual investigative techniques. (PBS)
In the 10-episode sixth season of the increasingly campy vamp romp, the Authority is in ruins, Bill (Stephen Moyer) is newly resurrected after drinking the blood of Lillith and a humans-vs.-vampires war ls heating up. Meanwhile, Sookie (Anna Paquin, right) and Jason (Ryan Kwanten, left) search for their parents’ killer, Warlow. (HBO)
Despite being canceled by Fox way back in 2003, Matt Groening’s animated comedy about a group of 31st century oddballs was brought back to life and, but the time the seventh season ends Sept. 4, will have aired 140 episodes. The finale will reportedly feature the wedding of Philip J. Fry and his one-eyed lady love, Leela (both pictured). Special guest stars include Larry Bird, Dan Castellaneta, Emilia Clark, Sarah Silverman, George Takei, Adam West and Burt Ward. (Comedy Central)
This promising procedural benefits from it international cast and setting. Donald Sutherland stars as a World Court judge who pushes through the creation of a special crime unit made up of cops from around the world, including William Fichtner’s troubled former New York detective, that hunts international bad guys.
Pictured, from left: Tom Wlaschiha as Sebastian Berger, Marc Lavoine as Louis Bernard. (Etienne Chognard/Tandem)
Each week a new pair of strangers face the ultimate challenge: seeing each other naked! Oh, and they must survive together for 21 days in some of the world’s harshest environments with no food, water, tools or clothes.
Pictured, from left: Erroll James Snyder and Kellie Nightlinger. (Discovery Channel)
Yes, that title sounds a bit like “Desperate Housewives.” That’s because “DH” creator Marc Cherry adapted a Spanish-language telenovela into this dramedy about five housekeepers in Beverly Hills. Add in a murder mystery, and you’ve got pure soapy fun. (Lifetime)
Adaptations of Stephen King novels have been hit-and-miss on TV, but this 13-episode miniseries might have the goods. It will show viewers how crazy the inhabitants of Chester’s Mill, Maine, get when it is sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible dome.
Pictured, from left: Natalie Martinez and Josh Carter. (CBS)
Liev Schreiber (right) stars as the title character, a Hollywood “fixer” who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty to help out his high-profile clients. When his bad-to-the-bone father (Jon Voight, left) is released early from prison, Ray digs deep into his toolbox to keep his wife and kids out of danger. This taut drama comes from Ann Biderman, the mind behind TNT’s late, great “Southland.” (Suzanne Tenner / Showtime)
Last season’s jaw-dropping ending sets up a new set of problems for everybody’s favorite serial killer, Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall). Not only does he have to deal with his sister, Deb (Jennifer Carpenter), who has gone off the rails after learning what he is, but a neuro-psychiatrist (Charlotte Rampling) working with Miami Metro might have figured him out. (Randy Tepper/Showtime)
This new drama crosses the thin line between reality shows and scripted TV--because we all know many reality shows are actually scripted. In it, 16 actors plays contestants in a reality show descend on the Siberian site of a 1908 meteor crash in Tunguska, Russia, only to be subjected to strange occurrences that are not part of the show.
Pictured, from left. Back Row, Harpreet, Irene, Berglind, Victoria, Johnny, Natalie, Tommy, Annie, Miljan, Esther, Sabina, George; Front Row, Carolina, Daniel, Host Jonathan Buckley, Neeko, Sam. (Jamie Winterstern/NBC)
I’d watch anything with survivalist Bear Grylls in it, but he’s only hosting this new extreme competition in which 10 teams of two who must survive the wilds of New Zealand’s South Island and avoid elimination. (Paul Drinkwater/NBC)
Two detectives, one from the U.S. and one from Mexico, must overcome prejudices, corruption and drug cartels to solve a series of grotesque murders along the El Paso-Juarez border. Diane Kruger (left) plays the American and Oscar nominee Demian Bichir (right) the Mexican. (Frank Ockenfels/FX)
Netflix keeps the new originals coming with this prison-set dark comedy from “Weeds” creator Jenji Kohan. In it, Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) is sent up for her connection to a drug smuggler. Jason Biggs, Natasha Lyonne, Laura Prepon and Kate Mulgrew co-star. (Netflix)
NBC’s new comedy might be about the Little Otter Summer Camp, but the 9 p.m. timeslot hints it isn’t for kids. Rachel Griffiths stars as Mackenzie Granger, the camp’s owner and director of the cash-strapped camp where nothing goes as expected.
Pictured, from left: Charles Grounds as Buzz, Rachel Griffiths as Mackenzie. (Vince Valitutti/NBC)
Everyone in the seaside town of Broadchurch is a suspect in the murder of 11-year-old Danny Latimer. This gripping, eight-episode drama brings together two “Doctor Who” alums--David Tennant and Arthur Darvill--but adventures in time and space are the last thing that’ll come to mind as the mystery unfolds. Olivia Colman plays a detective who returns from maternity leave to find disgraced detective Alec Hardy (Tennant) has taken her job. They work together on the case, uncovering secrets in the sleepy town, including Hardy’s own. (BBC America)
The upcoming third season of may favorite summer series sees Section 20, an elite military black ops-counterterrorism unit within the British government, pursuing a terrorist network with ties to an international drug ring. Stars Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton return as Section 20 soldiers Michael Stonebridge and Damien Scott, respectively. Their mission this season will take them from the jungles of Colombia to hotspot Beirut to the center of Europe. (Liam Daniel / Cinemax)
Based on Phillipa Gregory’s historical “The Cousins’ War” novels, this lush period drama revolves around the War of the Roses and is told from the perspective of three women challenging each other for the English throne. It’s “Game of Thrones” without the dragons. (Starz)
Adapted from a British miniseries of the same name, this dark crime drama stars Mark Strong (above) as a Detroit detective who gets pulled into the city’s underworld following the brutal murder of a fellow investigator. Lennie James also stars. (Alicia Gbur/AMC)
The journey of chemistry-teacher-turned-meth mastermind Walter White (Bryan Cranston, right) and his former student-current partner-in-crime Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul, left) comes to an end with eight episodes that are sure to be filled with violence, bloodshed and awesomeness. (Frank Ockenfels/AMC )
Add David Simon, creator of the acclaimed HBO series “The Wire” and “Treme,” to the list of those appalled that George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
On his blog, Audacity of Despair, the auteur has been known to expound at length about controversial subjects in the news, from Edward Snowden and the NSA surveillance scandal to the Newtown, Conn., shooting to, um, Andy Cohen.
Not long after the verdict was read on Saturday night, Simon, whose nuanced portrayal of race, crime and urban politics helped make “The Wire” one of the most acclaimed shows in TV history, weighed in on the topic with a short but provocative post titled simply “Trayvon.”
Simon saw in the verdict a stark and troubling message: “You can stand your ground if you’re white, and you can use a gun to do it. But if you stand your ground with your fists and you’re black, you’re dead.”
He went on to say that “in the state of Florida, the season on African-Americans now runs year round” and that “tonight, anyone who truly understands what justice is and what it requires of a society is ashamed to call himself an American,” but it’s the following paragraph that has provoked the most ire:
“If I were a person of color in Florida, I would pick up a brick and start walking toward that courthouse in Sanford. Those that do not, those that hold the pain and betrayal inside and somehow manage to resist violence — these citizens are testament to a stoic tolerance that is more than the rest of us deserve. I confess, their patience and patriotism is well beyond my own.”
The post has so far generated nearly 600 comments, many of them accusing Simon of encouraging violence and lawlessness.
But as Simon explained in a follow-up post Tuesday aimed specifically at criticism directed at him from Twitter from pundits Howard Kurtz and John Podhoretz, his intent was not to incite riots, but quite the opposite: to express his “admiration for the restraint and civic commitment that African Americans are displaying in the wake of an appalling betrayal of their citizenship” by not throwing bricks through courthouse doors. (Podhoretz has since apologized.)
For those who’d like a more complete understanding of Simon’s take on the subject, he has been actively participating in the, shall we say, lively comments section of the initial post, where he explains that while he doesn’t think that Zimmerman is “by any necessity a racist,” “his calculations and his behaviors were racially motivated.” (And where he also refers to one of his invective-spewing detractors as “hate-crusted and stunted.”)